Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About Ilvermorny - The Hogwarts Of America

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Vote up the most interesting lore about the magical school in America.

Ilvermorny - the American equivalent to Hogwarts - isn't as well known as its British sister school, but J.K. Rowling has been expanding the lore on what magical life is like in the US. These are some of the best bits of history about the school.

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    Ilvermorny Doesn't Suffer From Elitism

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] As might be expected of a school part-founded by a No-Maj, Ilvermorny has the reputation of being one of the most democratic, least elitist of all the great wizarding schools.

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    The School Colors Harken Back To The Founders

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] The robes of Ilvermorny are blue and cranberry. The colours honor Isolt and James: blue because it was Isolt’s favorite color and because she had wished to be in Ravenclaw house as a child; cranberry in honor of James’s love of cranberry pie. All Ilvermorny students’ robes are fastened by a gold Gordian Knot, in memory of the brooch Isolt found in the ruins of the original Ilvermorny cottage.

    31 votes
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    The Ilvermorny House Mascots Are Much Different Than Hogwarts'

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] Otherwise the space is empty except for four enormous wooden carvings representing the houses: the Horned Serpent, the panther Wampus, the Thunderbird and the Pukwudgie.

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    The Houses Represent Different Parts Of The Witch Or Wizard's Body

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] 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. Others say that Horned Serpent favours scholars, Wampus, warriors, Pukwudgie, healers and Thunderbird, adventurers.

    35 votes
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    The Sorting Experience For Students Is Different Because The School Values Different Things

    From a former Redditor:

    The sorting experience is very different between schools since it values the essence of human beings rather than personality attributions.

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    The School Was Founded By A Slytherin And A Muggle

    From Redditor u/ravenclaw1991:

    I love the story about the founding. I hope we get a super detailed version of Hogwarts' founding someday soon. The fact that Ilvermorny was founded by a descendant of Slytherin and a Muggle is amazing! And they managed to make wands, which is quite the accomplishment with no knowledge of wand lore.

    27 votes