American wizarding school house names possibly leaked

Classic Dungeons & Dragons back in print! - Available now @ Dungeon Masters Guild


Are you a Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird or Pukwudgie?

Rumor has it those may be the four houses of Ilvermorny, the North American wizarding school J.K. Rowling has released a few teensy bits of information about on Pottermore.

According to Hypable, a Reddit user looking through Pottermore’s source code found what appears to be a reference to an Ilvermorny sorting ceremony, including the question: “Where do you belong? Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird or Pukwudgie…”

There hasn’t been official confirmation those are Ilvermorny’s houses, though. Mugglenet asked Pottermore about the rumored names and was told Rowling’s site hasn’t released any new information about the North American wizard academy since January. “We will release and confirm new information about Ilvermorny in the near future,” the statement ended.

If they aren’t the house names, The Leaky Cauldron speculates the four magical creatures may be house mascots, and goes through how each animal figures in different pieces of Native American folklore or, in some cases, tidbits Rowling released on magical creatures in the 1920s section of History of Magic in North America.

What is known for sure about Ilvermorny? The name was revealed in January, at the same time Rowling unveiled new writing on the wizarding schools in Japan, Africa and Brazil. Ilvermorny also got a few short mentions in Rowling’s History of Magic in North America in March, which described the school as “no more than a rough shack containing two teachers and two students” in the seventeenth century, but said by the 1920s it “was widely considered to be one of the greatest magical education establishments in the world.”

Subscribe for free updates!


View previous campaigns.

Powered by MailChimp

Nerdvana Media will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Please let us know all the ways you would like to hear from us:

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

About the author

Amanda Keim-Morrison

Amanda Keim-Morrison brings updates about J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world to Nerdvana. She's a former East Valley Tribune reporter and State Press editor; she now lives in Minnesota, where she's been a writer, web producer and editor and currently works on the tech side of several news sites. Amanda is a Ravenclaw at Hogwarts, a Horned Serpent at Ilvermorny and has a white stallion for a Patronus.