The author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, has a treat for you. On her Pottermore site – an internet appendix for the Harry Potter universe – Rowling has written more about the American equivalent of Hogwarts, Ilvermorny, and allowed users to be sorted into one of its four houses, named Wampus, Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie and Thunderbird (Rowling has revealed she is the latter).
The test requires a Pottermore account – you take it here – but if you just want to learn more about the houses, have a look below. Note that there isn’t a parallel between Hogwarts houses and Ilvermorny ones: unlike Slytherin, none of these houses is reserved for the bad guys, focusing instead on the qualities that make up a person: body, soul, mind and heart. You can read about the sorting ceremony, also on Pottermore, here.
What is it? A “short, grey-faced, large-eared creature”, according to Pottermore. It’s also “fiercely independent… Pukwudgies hunt with deadly, poisonous arrows and enjoy playing tricks on humans.”
What does it represent? “Pukwudgie house is sometimes considered to represent the heart of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Pukwudgie favours healers.”
What is it? A creature that “can create storms as it flies”
What does it represent? “Thunderbird house is sometimes considered to represent the soul of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Thunderbird favours adventurers.”
A fan asked J.K. Rowling to reveal her house and offered her $10 to do so. This was her reply:
What is it? A “great horned river serpent that has a jewel set into its forehead.” This was the favourite of the founder of Ilvermorny, Isolt Sayre.
What does it represent? “Horned Serpent house is sometimes considered to represent the mind of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Horned Serpent favours scholars.”
What is it? “A magical panther-like creature that was fast, strong and almost impossible to kill.”
What does it represent? “Wampus house is sometimes considered to represent the body of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Wampus favours warriors.”
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One fan drew parallels between Wampus and Hufflepuff, to which Rowling replied, “there is no equivalence between Hogwarts and Ilvermorny houses.”
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