US potterheads can now figure out which house they belong to, thanks to a software engineer who claims to have accidentally stumbled onto the names for the four houses of US wizarding school Ilvermorny on Pottermore, the Harry Potter website.
Federico Ian Cervantez ruined it for us all by leaking the names of the four Ilvermorny houses, which, believe it or not, are named Thunderbird, Wampus, Horned Serpent and Pukwudgie. Yes, you read that right. Ilvermorny in all its glory and the now revealed house names is slated to feature in the upcoming spin-off movies Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Daily Mail reported.
Cervantez reached out to IBTimes UK to confirm that he had prior access to the Pottermore website and did not hack into it. "I just wanted to be clear that I didn't hack the website. I was building a robot to take the quiz when I happened to spot the code for a still-in-development new quiz. They give every person this bit of code in order to take the quiz, it is publicly accessible," he said.
"This code downloads to every person's web browser when they take the sorting quiz on the Pottermore website. Really, all I did was read the code instead of just blindly run it like most people," he stressed.
When asked about the leak, a spokesperson for J.K. Rowling told us: "In January, the name and general location of the wizarding school Ilvermorny was revealed in new writing by J.K. Rowling that was posted on pottermore.com. Pottermore has not confirmed details about the school since then. We will release and confirm new information about Ilvermorny in the near future."
Cervantez reportedly found the house names in a still under development sorting ceremony quiz on the Pottermore website, which supposedly names the four Ilvermorny houses. Coincidentally, the house names for Ilvermorny appear to take their inspiration directly from the names of magical creatures, creating an indelible link to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie.
Similar to Hogwarts, Ilvermorny also appears to have four houses. However, unlike Hogwarts, the US wizarding school takes inspiration for house names from Native American folklore.
The Thunderbird is described as a "very large bird, capable of generating storms and thunder as it flies", while the Horned Serpent is described as a "dragon-like serpent with horns and long teeth". Like Thunderbirds, they are also associated with the weather and are believed to be able to control rain, lightning and thunder. However, unlike Thunderbirds, Horned Serpents have additional magical abilities like "shape-shifting, invisibility and hypnotic powers".
The Wampus is described as a cat-like creature, likened to "some kind of fearsome variation of a cougar", while Pukwudgie (perhaps the most difficult to pronounce name of them all) is described as a 2-3 feet tall, human-shaped creature "with a larger nose, ears and fingers and smooth, grey skin that sometimes glows". The Wampus also have magical abilities that allow them to partially or completely transform themselves into either a porcupine or a cougar. They are also believed to be able to create fire.
Cervantes posted his discovery on Reddit, which sparked off a frenzy of debates among Harry Potter fans, bringing the four magical creatures to the spotlight. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is slated to hit the theatres on 18 November and will star Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Ezra Miller.