Platform Nine and Three-Quarters may very well exist at Boston's South Station or Chicago's Union Station. J.K. Rowling sent fans into a tizzy this past weekend when she hinted at her ideas for an American Hogwarts.
The beloved author, 49, teased the concept of a stateside school of magic when discussing the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In addition to Potter's famed academy of Hogwarts, Rowling previously broached schools in France and Germany, called Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Durmstrang Institute for Magical Learning, respectively.
The chatter began when Rowling responded to a tweet from a fan reading, "So what's the name of the US school?" Rowling tacitly confirmed the school's existence, writing, "That information will be revealed in due course."
She expanded on the subject when a Twitter user wrote, "IS NEWT GOING TO VISIT A SCHOOL IN NEW YORK OMG YES," referencing Fantastic Beasts' main character of magizoologist Newt Scamander, who will be played in the upcoming big-screen adaptation by Eddie Redmayne.
"No, but he's going to meet people who were educated at [name] in [not New York]," Rowling responded to the enthusiastic reader. She went on to confirm that the school will have some relationship to Native American culture, writing, "Indigenous magic was important in the founding of the school. If I say which tribes, location is revealed."
Rowling chose not to reveal the name or location of the school, explaining that the name is "of immigrant origin."
Due out on Nov. 18, 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will reunite Rowling with director David Yates, who previously helmed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2.
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