American wizarding school house names possibly leaked

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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.”

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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.