Move over Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin because there are some new Wizarding School houses on the block!
A Redditor sifting through the source code of a sorting hat quiz on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s official Harry Potter website, has discovered what appear to be the names of the four houses of Ilvermorny, the North American Wizarding School that is rumored to appear in the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The four houses are Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird, and Pukwudgie. All four are based upon First Nations folklore and Hypable has helpfully listed the Wikipedia descriptions of these mythological animals.
The Wampus is “a creature in American folklore, variously described as some kind of fearsome variation of a cougar.”
The Thunderbird is a “legendary creature in certain North American indigenous peoples’ history and culture. It is considered a supernatural bird of power and strength. It is especially important, and frequently depicted, in the art, songs and oral histories of many Pacific Northwest Coast cultures, and is found in various forms among the peoples of the American Southwest, Great Lakes, and Great Plains.”
The Pukwudgie is “a two-to-three-foot-tall (61 to 91 cm) being from the Wampanoag folklore. Pukwudgies’ features resemble those of a human, but with enlarged noses, fingers and ears. Their skin is described as being a smooth grey, and at times has been known to glow.”
The Horned Serpent “appears in the mythologies of many Native Americans. Details vary among tribes, with many of the stories associating the mystical figure with water, rain, lightning and/or thunder. Horned Serpents were major components of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex of North American prehistory.”
Based on the animal types, it seems that the North American Wizarding School’s houses fall closely in line with those of Hogwarts, as Wampus, Thunderbird, Pukwudgie, and Horned Serpent seem to mirror Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin, respectively (although Wampus and Thunderbird could easily correlate to either Gryffindor or Ravenclaw). One thing’s for sure though: the Pukwudgies are Hufflepuffs, through and through.
We’ll find out for sure whether these are the correct names of the Ilvermorny houses whenever Pottermore releases their “Ilvermorny Sorting Ceremony,” but right now, these seem pretty accurate.