Muggles and Wizards around the world wait with bated breathe to return to the Wizarding World, it has been 5 years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, hitting theaters this year, will offer Potter fans the opportunity to also venture into a previously unexplored time and region of the fictional world. In this case, we’ll be taking a trip to 1920’s New York City.

The Harry Potter series vaguely mentioned other Wizarding cultures outside of the British one, and that took place during  the Triwizard Tournament that featured the other participating schools from around the world.  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that there is a  American version of the Hogwarts house names (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin) but the reveal doesn’t come from Warner Bros., but instead from a hacker roaming the internet.

Federico Ian Cervantez,  was perusing through the javascript of a currently unfinished quiz being worked on (that was menat to sort Wizards into their ‘American’ houses) on the official Harry Potter website. Here he stumbled upon the four houses of Ilvermorny, the American Wizarding school, along with the descriptions for the four ‘animal’ houses.

They read as follows:

    • Horned Serpents: “dragon-like serpents with horns and long teeth. They are often associated with or said to control the weather, particularly rain, lightning, and thunder. Magical abilities ascribed to them include shape-shifting, invisibility, and hypnotic powers.
    • Wampus: cat-like creatures “described as some kind of fearsome variation of a cougar.”
    • Thunderbird: a “legendary creature, often described as a very large bird, capable of generating storms and thunder as it flies.”
    • Pukwudgies: “two-to-three feet tall and human-shaped, but with a larger nose, ears, and fingers and smooth, grey sking that sometimes glows. Its magical abilities include disappearing and reappearing, partial or complete transformation into a porcupine or cougar, and creating fire.”

These names aren’t anything that’ll cause everyone to run through the street screaming it for all the world to hear and causing an accident or anything….

The real take away is what these ‘new’ animals personality traits are (ex. Gryffindor: courage and bravery/ Ravenclaw: wit and intellect) and what it role that will play in the overall plot ;along with seeing what characters will represent what house in the film.  The names are certainly different than they are in Hogwarts, but it seems like a common occurence throughout the entire Wizarding community, and it’ll be fun to learn about the res of the Harry Potter universe, outside of the places Harry, Ron, and Hermione saw in the original novels.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theatres on November 18th.


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