J.K. Rowling Surprises Fans With New 'Potter' Material and North American School of Wizardry
By Lynda Brendish
J.K. Rowling fans have reason to break open a celebratory butterbeer. The British author has fleshed out the Harry Potter universe, naming a newly announced North American wizarding school, Ilvermorny.
Rowling has also released more details on three previously announced wizarding schools located on different continents.
The news was shared yesterday at the Celebration of Harry Potter event in Orlando, then subsequently through the official Pottermore fan-site and Twitter.
"We're excited to announce Ilvermorny is the name of the North #American wizarding school!" the site announced, following up with more details about three other new schools -- Castelobruxo in Brazil, Mahoutokoro in Japan and Uagadou in Africa.
The new pieces of writing confirm a few more details about the other schools. Mahoutokoro (Mah - hoot - o - koh – ro) is located by turbulent seas and has an "outstanding" Quidditch reputation, while students at Uagadou (wag-a-doo) learn to cast spells without wands. Brazil's Castelobruxo (cass-tell-o-broo-shoo), is protected by small, furry, forest-dwelling tricksters called Caipora.
Unsurprisingly, Potter fandom has been very excited about the new additions to the universe, but for those waiting for schools in their country or new houses to be sorted into, Rowling has only one piece of advice: "Keep watching @Pottermore"