J.K. Rowling Reveals an American Wizarding School, Ilvermorny, Fans Go Crazy

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling attends a Lumos fundraising event on Nov. 9, 2013. David M. Benett/Getty Images for Lumos


It’s the gift that keeps giving! J.K. Rowling introduced Harry Potter fans to a whole new realm of possibilities with the announcement of four major international wizarding schools — including a North American one called Ilvermorny — via Twitter on Friday, January 29.

“We’re excited to announce Ilvermorny is the name of the North #American wizarding school!” the Pottermore account tweeted Friday. More details about the institution, which appears to be located on the East Coast, are forthcoming.

Ilvermorny American wizard school
Ilvermorny appears to be located on the East Coast. Pottermore.com

Rowling, 50, also revealed the names and locations of three other major wizarding schools, including Brazil’s Castelobruxo (pronounced Cass-tell-o-broo-shoo), which is tucked away in a rainforest disguised as a ruined temple.

According to Rowling’s Pottermore website, the school specializes in herbology and magizoology, and runs a foreign-exchange program with European students that Ron Weasley’s older brother Bill was supposed to attend.

Another school is the African Uagadou (pronounced Wag-a-doo), which is the largest, and possibly oldest, of all the wizarding schools. There, Pottermore states, students often practice spells sans wands, using only their hands.

The fourth school Pottermore mentions is Japan’s Mahoutokoro (pronounced Mah-hoot-o-koh-ro), and accepts the fewest number of students each year of all 11 international schools. According to Pottermore, the school is known to be the training ground for some of the best Quidditch teams due to their practices held on the turbulent seas.

Fans of the popular fantasy series were quick to take to Twitter in response to Rowling’s announcement. See some of the best responses below.

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