JK Rowling reveals Irish origins of America's Hogwarts in new short story
JK Rowling has revealed the Irish origins to a wizarding school that will feature in the eagerly-anticipated Harry Potter spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The second instalment of the author’s Magic in North America collection was published today on pottermore.com, and explains the backstory of Ilvermorny (pronounced ill-ver-morn-ee), the American counterpart to Hogwarts.
The story begins in Ireland in the 17th century, where Isolt Sayre, a young orphan born in the valley of Coomloughra, Co Kerry, and a descendent of Hogwarts co-founder Salazar Slytherin, sets sail to America to flee from her evil aunt, Gormlaith Gaunt.
Isolt arrives in Massachusetts with only a stolen wand and, as she wanders through the wilderness, she encounters other magical creatures and discovers that she is not the only magical person in the New World.
She eventually goes on to found the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the peak of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts.
The story of Ivermorny features in the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Colin Farrell and Eddie Redmayne.
The film, which marks Rowling’s screenwriting debut, is set for release on November 18.