As a giant Potter fan (I'm a member of Pottermore, Ravenclaw for life yo, and my wand is a 10 inch willow, phoenix feather core, swishy), I've been DYING for more Harry Potter and stupid excited about the film version of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them ever since they announced the movie. Well, good news, fellow Potterheads, The Daily Mail has insider info on the four houses of Ilvermorny, the American Hogwarts. Apparently, software engineer Federico Ian Cervantez stumbled across the names hidden in code on the aforementioned Pottermore site, and the houses are Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird and Pukwidgie. Here are the descriptions of the houses, as per the article:
The Horned Serpent is described as 'dragon-like serpents with horns and long teeth. They are often associated with or said to control the weather, particularly rain, lightning, and thunder. Magical abilities ascribed to them include shape-shifting, invisibility, and hypnotic powers'.The Wampus is a cat-like creature 'described as some kind of fearsome variation of a cougar'.The Thunderbird is a legendary creature 'often described as a very large bird, capable of generating storms and thunder as it flies'.While the most curious of all is the Pukwudgie: 'two-to-three-feet tall and human-shaped, but with a larger nose, ears, and fingers and smooth, grey skin that sometimes glows. Its magical abilities include disappearing and reappearing, partial or complete transformation into a porcupine or cougar, and creating fire'.
Pretty easy to guess which American house corresponds to which British house, and while I think three out of the four names are cute, "TEN POINTS TO HORNED SERPENT!" kind of doesn't roll off the tongue so well.
Fantastic Beasts will be hitting theaters on November 18th.