Things You Didn't Know About IIvermorny

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The Fantastic Beasts movies have been vital in expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was introduced through Tina and Queenie Goldstein, who attended the North American school. There is a lot of history that went into the formation of Ilvermorny, beginning with the witch Isolt Sayre, who fled from the UK after swiping Salazar Slytherin's wand from her evil aunt, Gormlaith Gaunt.

Isolt's escape into the North American mountains kickstarted a beautiful story of her finding love and family, which evolved into the founding of the Ilvermorny school. In addition to its history, Ilvermorny also has several fun facts ranging from its sorting ceremony to the students' appearances.


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    Representations Of The Four Houses Sort The Students

    Representations Of The Four Houses Sort The Students
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Hogwarts' sorting ceremony is very simple compared to Ilvermorny's, where a long process takes place to decide where a student goes. New arrivals enter the entrance hall while the rest of the school watches from the balcony overhead. The fresh students are called one by one to stand on a symbol of the Gordian Knot, and the enchanted carvings of each house react.

    The carvings are representations of the four houses, which decide where the child is best placed to be sorted. The Horned Serpent's crystal forehead lights up if it chooses the student; the Wampus roars if it decides in its favor; the Thunderbird beats its wings; the Pukwudgie raises its arrow in the air.

    Multiple houses can choose the same student and it's the decision of the child where they want to go. On even rarer occasions, all four houses can offer the student a place with them and even here it's the child's choice which house they like best.

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    The School Grounds Have A Tree Sprouted From Salazar Slytherin's Wand

    The School Grounds Have A Tree Sprouted From Salazar Slytherin's Wand
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Isolt's conflict with Gormlaith Gaunt taught her the dangers of the association she had with Salazar Slytherin. She grew to fear Slytherin's wand in her possession and decided to bury it in the Ilvermorny school grounds so no one else could claim it.

    The wand's sentient nature truly kicked in after it was buried because a Snakewood tree sprouted not long after. This tree is the only one in existence in the world and contains medicinal properties. It can't be removed from the ground or be chopped down and it took many years before the tree allowed its leaves to be cut and pruned.

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    The School Is Located On Mount Greylock In Massachusetts

    The School Is Located On Mount Greylock In Massachusetts
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Ilvermorny is unlike schools that choose to hide away in far places and is hidden in plain sight. It is located in the state of Massachusetts, specifically on Mount Greylock. Those who wish to find the school have to travel all the way to the peak of Mount Greylock to do so.

    Ilvermorny can't be found simply by following coordinates because the castle is protected by a number of spells and enchantments. The main form of concealment comes from a misty cloud that shrouds the path for whoever is an uninvited guest at the school.

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    There Were Originally Just Two Students

    There Were Originally Just Two Students
    Photo: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Isolt Sayre took in two orphans she found in the North American mountains after their parents were killed. Chadwick and Webster Boot became part of a true family after Isolt married James, but the boys were unable to attend any magical school. Isolt couldn't send them to Hogwarts out of fear that Gormlaith Gaunt may catch them and decided to open Ilvermorny to teach her children.

    Although the school was officially opened, its only students were the Boot brothers who were taught by their mother. It was the Boot brothers who came up with the idea of having a house system after hearing the stories about Hogwarts from Isolt.

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    Ilvermorny Provides Wands For Its Students

    Ilvermorny Provides Wands For Its Students
    Photo: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald / Warner Bros. Pictures

    North American witches and wizards don't have wandmakers like Ollivander's to purchase wands from and acquire them from Ilvermorny. Children claim their wands after they are sorted into their houses, where they are taken into a large hall containing many of the artifacts.

    Students either get to choose their wand or are chosen by a wand that prefers them. It's usually the wand that chooses a witch or wizard, much like it is in the UK, although the occasion plays out more in a ceremonial way as the wand-choosing moment is witnessed by the rest of the school.

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    Gormlaith Gaunt Attempted To Destroy The School

    Gormlaith Gaunt Attempted To Destroy The School
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Gormlaith became aware of Ilvermorny when the school gained its positive reputation and she learned of her niece's role as its headmistress. Gormlaith was incensed upon learning that Isolt had married a Muggle and sought to put an end to the school that accepted Muggle-borns and whose headmaster was a non-magical person.

    Gormlaith entered Ilvermorny's grounds and managed to put James and Isolt into an entrancing sleep but was met with resistance from their sons, Webster and Chadwick. Gormlaith forced Salazar Slytherin's wand in Isolt's possession to become inactive and cornered the entire family in their room even after Isolt and James had regained consciousness.

    Isolt's Pukwedgie friend ultimately saved the family by hitting Gormlaith with a poisonous arrow.

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