What up, my American wizards and witches?
Did you guys know there's an American version of Hogwarts right here in the US of A?
Basically, someone on Reddit was digging through the source code on Pottermore's website and noticed a line that appeared to be from a sorting quiz for Ilvermorny. The code seemingly contained the names of the four new Ilvermorny houses.
So, if this code is correct -- it seems pretty legit -- the four American houses are Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird and Pukwudgie!
I don't have Pottermore-official definitions, but all of the words are real-life Native American terms, each referring to a different creature from Native folklore:
- Horned Serpent: A Native American mythical snake that varied from tribe to tribe, but was often associated with water and thunderstorms. It was not usually considered evil, but very powerful. So, Slytherin, basically.
- Wampus: A dangerous, predatory cat from American folklore, probably based on a kind of cougar or mountain lion. Sounds a lot like a certain Gryffindor lion to me.
- Thunderbird: A very strong and powerful bird of Native American legend. You might recognize the bird from its common depiction at the tops of totem poles. *Cough* looking at you, Ravenclaw.
- Pukwudgie: A magical creature from Wampanoag folklore that looks sort of like a human, but with a bigger nose as well as bigger fingers and ears. As friendly as that sounds, Pukwudgies are actually very hostile toward humans. So, kinda like Hufflepuff, but not really.
These all tie into JK Rowling's recent Pottermore writings, which connect Native American mythology to the history of American wizards.
So, which house are you? Personally, I'm feeling that strong and powerful Thunderbird.
I guess we'll have to wait for the Sorting Levi's — which I assume is the American equivalent of a Sorting Hat — to let us all know where we belong!