28 Jun 2016 1:36 PM +00:00 UTC

J.K. Rowling Reveals the History of Ilvermorny, the "American Hogwarts", on Pottermore

In anticipation of the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, which shows the American side of the Harry Potter Wizarding World, J.K. Rowling has released the history of Ilvermony, the American counterpart to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The detailed history of the school and its founder has been released on the official Harry Potter website, Pottermore, and a video to advertise the story has been released on YouTube, You can see the animated introduction to the history of Ilvermorny below:

This is the latest installment in Rowling's "Magic in North America" series on Pottermore, which is designed to fill in the magical backstory of Harry Potter's America. Previously, we have seen Rowling's description of the magical creatures that inhabit America and her history of Native American wizards in the series.


The history lesson begins with the tale of the founder of Ilvermorny, an Irish woman named Isolt Sayre, who was descended from the famous Irish witch Morrigan and Salazar Slytherin, who Harry Potter fans will know as the founder of Hogwarts' Slytherin House. This also means that the founder of Ilvermorny is related to Voldemort himself!

However, she doesn't follow in her ancestor's fanatical footsteps, instead opting to flee from her evil aunt with her stolen wand. She traveled to America and eventually founded Ilvermorny. How did she do this? You'll have to read the history to find out!

Wizarding America will be featured in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, which comes out in theatres on November 18.

I found Ilvermony's history to be really interesting and liked the unlikely connection to Slytherin Isolt had. It's a very dramatic story indeed. What did you think of Ilvermorny's history? Did this excite you more for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

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