A Redditor poking around on Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website has found the source code for a sorting hat quiz that hasn’t been unveiled on the site yet, and it reveals the names of the four houses in Ilvermorny, the North American Wizarding School which will likely be seen in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The four houses are Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird, and Pukwudgie, which are all based in First Nations folklore. Hypable listed some Wikipedia descriptions of these mythological animals:
The Wampus is “a creature in American folklore, variously described as some kind of fearsome variation of a cougar.”
The Thunderbird is a “legendary creature in certain North American indigenous peoples’ history and culture. It is considered a supernatural bird of power and strength. It is especially important, and frequently depicted, in the art, songs and oral histories of many Pacific Northwest Coast cultures, and is found in various forms among the peoples of the American Southwest, Great Lakes, and Great Plains.”
The Pukwudgie is “a two-to-three-foot-tall (61 to 91 cm) being from the Wampanoag folklore. Pukwudgies’ features resemble those of a human, but with enlarged noses, fingers and ears. Their skin is described as being a smooth grey, and at times has been known to glow.”
The Horned Serpent “appears in the mythologies of many Native Americans. Details vary among tribes, with many of the stories associating the mystical figure with water, rain, lightning and/or thunder. Horned Serpents were major components of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex of North American prehistory.”
Wampus, Thunderbird, Pukwudgie, and Horned Serpent seem like they probably line up with Hogwarts houses Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin, respectively, although Wampus and Thunderbird could be Gryffindor and Ravenclaw instead. But we can be reasonably certain a Pukwudgie is a Hufflepuff, because come on. The Pukwudgie is definitely the *sad trombone* of this list.
Expect Pottermore to release their “Ilvermorny Sorting Ceremony” quiz sometime closer to this November when Eddie Redmayne makes the face in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.