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

September 24, 2021 193 votes 32 voters 1.3k views8 items

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

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

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    Ilvermorny Is Hidden At The Top Of A Mountain

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    [Rowling said] The great North American school of magic was founded in the seventeenth century. It stands at the highest peak of Mount Greylock, where it is concealed from non-magic gaze by a variety of powerful enchantments, which sometimes manifest in a wreath of misty cloud.

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

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    [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.

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    The School Colors Harken Back To The Founders

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    [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.

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