J.K. Rowling Introduces Ilvermorny, American Magical School

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling looks to expand her wizarding world even further with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play and scriptbook in July and David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them later this year. However, you can get a jump on the new world-building by exploring one of Rowling’s newly revealed schools of witchcraft and wizardry. The history of Ilvermorny, the North American school, is laid out in a beautifully animated video that teases the dramatic story of the institution’s founding, which is further explained in a new short story from Rowling herself.

Harry Potter fans can discover Ilvermorny and its storied history by heading over to Pottermore after watching the intro video. There, you’ll find the new story titled “Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” from Rowling, which includes a wealth of information on the school, tales from its founding, the original Houses it boasts, and a new sorting ceremony to help you find the one you might belong to. It’s a great bonus for fans of Harry Potter and a clever way to introduce some of the backstory to Fantastic Beasts. If you like Ilvermorny, it’s a safe bet you can expect a lot more similar content in the months to come.