Ilvermorny and My Identity Crisis

June 29, 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve done a straight up “geek” post on the blog, but I felt compelled to write about Pottermore and my Hogwarts/Ilvermorny sorting.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Pottermore posted a new story about the origin of Ilvermorny, the North American wizarding school, from J.K. Rowling yesterday. As a Harry Potter fan for going on 13 years now, I gobbled the story up and started imagining myself getting my letter to Ilvermorny, ecstatic that us wizards and witches on this side of the pond now have a place to call home.

In addition to learning how the school was founded, its location (Massachusetts, of course) and the color of their robes (navy and cranberry), we also learned about the creation of the four houses and some of the values attributed to each one.

Ilvermorny Houses

(credit: Pottermore and A Geek Girl’s Guide)

Pukwudgie – Represents the heart. Favours healers.

Thunderbird – Represents the soul. Favours adventurers.

Horned Serpent – Represents the mind. Favours scholars.

Wampus – Represents the body. Favours warriors.

What I love about this (0ther than the marketing genius behind it for the release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in November) is that the houses don’t have any kind of connotation behind them yet. Other than the interactions with the creatures that we have in the story behind Ilvermorny, we don’t know much about the wizards and witches that belong to the houses. I also love that the sorting process is different. According to the story, young witches and wizards stand on a mark and the statues that represent the different houses come to life and indicate in a unique way that they want you in their house. And yes, it’s possible that more than one will want a student. In that case, it is the student’s choice where they go (imagine “The Voice,” but with animals… and magic… and no singing…)

Of course as soon as I read that you could be sorted into your Ilvermorny house, I hopped onto Pottermore to do just that.

Here’s where the identity crisis comes in.

I was one of the first to get a Pottermore account back in 2011. I waited and waited each night to get my email about joining and finally did on my 22nd birthday. Back then it was a lot different than it is now, and I really only played for two reasons: to get my “wand type” and to be sorted. Prior to my sorting on Pottermore, I had always gotten Hufflepuff. So it was no surprise when I saw black and yellow pop up on my screen once again after my sorting on Pottermore. A few months ago, I took a quiz that would tell you what “hybrid” house you were a part of (Ravenpuff, Gryffinclaw, etc.) and I got Slytherpuff. And I. was. shocked.

Fast forward to yesterday. I was so excited to get sorted for Ilvermorny. But apparently at some point all of the “old accounts” on Pottermore were deleted and you had to create a new account. Fine, whatever. I didn’t mind. In fact, it would be fun to take the sorting quiz for Hogwarts again.

I decided to jump into my sorting for Ilvermorny first, since I knew what I would be sorted into for Hogwarts. I take these quizzes very seriously. More seriously than a person should. I think over each question and select my answer carefully.

At the end of the quiz, the drawing of a small, two-legged creature appeared on my screen and announced that I would be in Pukwudgie house.


Pro: the house favors healers and represents the heart. I believe I fit that description well.

Con: How in the heck do you pronounce that? Because I keep seeing “puke wedgie,” and that’s just not pleasant.

Overall I was happy with my result and moved onto the Hogwarts test. Again, I took the test carefully and scrutinized each answer. I knew that the quiz would tell me once again that I was a Hufflepuff.

So you can imagine my shock and surprise when black and yellow did not pop up on my screen. Instead… silver and green. I could not believe that I had been sorted into Slytherin.

Deathly Hallows Opening Night

(Me at the midnight showing of Deathly Hallows Part 2. Do you see that Slytherin shirt? I should have known….)

But the more I read about the house, and thanks to Michelle (a fellow Slytherin whom I love and admire) for her encouragement, I came to realize that it’s not a bad thing. Slytherins are determined, ambitious and resourceful, three traits I have always prided myself on. Sure, Umbridge and the Malfoys were Slytherins, but so was Horace Slughorn and Severus Snape. And more importantly, Merlin himself. So I’ve decided to embrace my new house and focus on the finer aspects of it and not think about the rough history of its members.

I am a proud member of Pukwudgie and Slytherin houses.

If you’ve made it to this point, you probably think I’m a little insane. And if you’ve made it to this point, thank you for reading.

So now, I want to know: what houses are you a part of? If you haven’t been sorted, you can take the quizzes by signing up for a Pottermore account. Let me know your results in the comments!

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