J.K. Rowling published a new story on Pottermore Tuesday, detailing the origins of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry — the American version of Hogwarts. Just as fans of the Harry Potter series have been able to sort themselves into a Hogwarts house, now they can sort themselves into an Ilvermorny house.
Like Hogwarts, the school has four houses: Horned Serpent, Wampus, Pukwudgie and Thunderbird. Instead of placing a hat on students’ heads, teachers at Ilvermorny bring the students to a hall with four carvings representing the houses. Whichever one reacts is the one the student is sorted into.
As Rowling pointed out on Twitter, there are no equivalents between Ilvermorny and Hogwarts houses.
“It is sometimes said of the Ilvermorny houses that they represent the whole witch or wizard: the mind is represented by Horned Serpent; the body, Wampus; the heart, Pukwudgie and the soul, Thunderbird,” Rowling explained on Pottermore. “Others say that Horned Serpent favours scholars, Wampus, warriors, Pukwudgie, healers and Thunderbird, adventurers.”
The Ilvermorny story is part of a series ramping up for the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which features Newt Scamander, the author of a textbook which Harry Potter later studies, in New York City in the 1920s.
With a Pottermore account, fans can sort themselves into the new houses here.