2016 has dealt out its share of disasters, but for all its drawbacks, it’s been a year full of new Harry Potter material. The script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released in bookstores on Harry’s birthday; we found out that the play is coming to Broadway in 2018; and J.K. Rowling released background information on the American wizarding school, Ilvermorny, earlier this year. This huge development gave Harry Potter fans a new opportunity to sort themselves into one of four new Houses: Wampus, Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, or Thunderbird.
And with the release of the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film last month, people have naturally been wondering which Houses the new American characters belong to. (We all know, of course, that Newt Scamander, the lone Hogwarts alumnus of the group, was a Hufflepuff before he was expelled.)
Rowling has now fed our appetites by revealing the new information on Twitter on Thursday. As it turns out, Tina belongs to Thunderbird and her sister, Queenie, to Pukwudgie. Seraphina Piquery is Horned Serpent, and had No-Maj Jacob Kowalski ever been sorted, he would have been in Wampus House.
Rowling finished off the miniature Q&A by confirming that her Ilvermorny House is Thunderbird.
When all the new Ilvermorny information made its debut on Pottermore, many Potterheads were naturally eager to attribute each new American House to the Hogwarts House it was most similar to. (Thunderbird’s got to be Gryffindor, right? And Horned Serpent is just a thinly veiled Slytherin?). But Rowling has said that each Ilvermorny house represents a specific part of a whole witch or wizard: Thunderbird represents the soul, and adventurous people often end up there; Wampus represents the body and favors warriors; Horned Serpent represents the mind and favors scholars; and Pukwudgie represents the heart, meaning healers tend to be sorted into that House.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is still in theaters, and there are two more films on the way, giving American Harry Potter junkies plenty of time to keep sorting unsuspecting friends and family into the new Ilvermorny Houses… even if we insist on continuing to say “Muggle” instead of “No-Maj”.
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