Correlating with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the popular Harry Potter interactive site Pottermore is getting ready to introduce some new material, naturally. However sometimes information comes to the fore by our more investigative fellow Potterheads. One such person, Federico Ian Cervantez (Senior Software Engineer at CAKE Corporation), managed to stumble across some code on the site that has yet to published. Just what did this code contain? Oh nothing big. Just the names of the four houses of the wizardry school, Ilvermorny, which is essentially the American Hogwarts.

As any true Harry Potter fan knows, each house is symbolized by a particular animal. Gryffindors are lions, Slytherins are serpents, Ravenclaws are eagles and Hufflepuffs are badgers.

Since this newfound information ties in with Fantastic Beasts, the patron animals of each house are Fantastic Beasts themselves. As such, they are Horned Serpent, Thunderbird, Wampus and Pukwudgie. Now that you’re thoroughly confused, and possibly disappointed, here is a description of each as provided by The Daily Mail:

  • 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’.

No word yet on the characteristics of each house as it applies to witches and wizards à la Gryffindor to bravery, Slytherin to ambition, Ravenclaw to intelligence and Hufflepuff to spirit at Hogwarts. However we’re guessing the reaction to being sorted into Pukwudgie house will likely be the equivalent to finding out you’re a Hufflepuff.


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When this new information will go public on Pottermore has yet to be announced, but in the meantime you can catch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in theaters November 18.


Images via Warner Bros. courtesy of JK Rowling, BBC