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Meet the New Houses of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in J.K. Rowling’s Latest Story for Pottermore

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Great news Harry Potter fans! Pottermore has unveiled more writing by J.K. Rowling – this time telling us all about the American wizarding school Ilvermorny. The story details the origins of the school and its founders, giving us insight into the history of magic in North America, in the lead up to the release of the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie.

In the following excerpt, Rowling describes one of the magical creatures native to North America (albeit a nasty one):

The Hidebehind is a nocturnal, forest-dwelling spectre that preys on humanoid creatures. As the name suggests, it can contort itself to hide behind almost any object, concealing itself perfectly from hunters and victims alike. Its existence has been suspected by No-Majs, but they are no match for its powers. Only a witch or wizard is likely to survive an attack by a Hidebehind.

Together with the new story you can also get sorted into one of the four Ilvermorny school houses, each named for a magical North American creature: Thunderbird, Wampus, Horned Serpent and Pukwudgie.

Watch the introductory video, which gives background to the story:

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