We've heard of Ilvermorny before. It is the American version of Hogwarts introduced by author and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling earlier in the year. We first discovered the secrets of this American wizarding school in the first installment of Magic in North America, published on the official Harry Potter website Pottermore. Now, we have more info that tells the origins of this school, along with a special video introduction.
Now you can delve deep into the depths of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with a new short story from Rowling herself. The story comes as the second installment of Magic in North America, and is now live on Pottermore for everyone's reading pleasure. This latest story tells how the school was founded. It also reveals that this particular school is quite different from Hogwarts in that it is less elitist and much more democratic, reflecting the very nature of America at the time of the school's founding.
The story behind Ilvermorny follows Irish orphan Isolt who is kidnapped by someone with a very familiar surname to hardcore Harry Potter enthusiasts. Yes, Gormlaith Gaunt is Isolt's Aunt, and she has some dark magic secrets of her own. Isolt helps with the American school's founding, and the stolen wand she has in her possession also plays a key role in this tale. Here is an excerpt from the story that explains just who this new character is.
"Isolt Sayre was born around 1603 and spent her earliest childhood in the valley of Coomloughra, County Kerry, in Ireland. She was the offspring of two pure-blood wizarding families. Her father, William Sayre, was a direct descendant of the famous Irish witch Morrigan, an Animagus whose creature form was a crow. William nicknamed his daughter 'Morrigan' for her affinity for all natural things when she was young. Her early childhood was idyllic, with parents who loved her and were quietly helpful to their Muggle neighbours, producing magical cures for humans and livestock alike. However, at five years old, an attack upon the family home resulted in the death of both of her parents. Isolt was 'rescued' from the fire by her mother's estranged sister, Gormlaith Gaunt, who took her to the neighboring valley of Coomcallee, or 'Hag's Glen,' and raised her there."
The new Harry Potter story goes onto tell how the school came to be, and explores all the history behind it. After reading the story, Pottermore visitors are invited to get sorted into one of Ilvermorny's four houses. The all-new questions were written by J.K. Rowling herself. Ilvermorny will be mentioned, if not seen, in the new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them this November. You can check out the new video here, which introduces this American wizarding school.