The second installment in a collection called “Magic in North America” describes a secret wizarding school located at the peak of Mount Greylock, located in the northwest town of Adams in the Berkshires. The story was published Tuesday on Rowling’s Pottermore site.
The tale, “Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,” provides the backstory for the North American school of magic, founded in the 17th century, which mirrors Hogwarts. An orphaned Irish girl sails across the ocean on the Mayflower to Massachusetts, where the school is established.
The Pottermore website also allows users to be “sorted” into the different Ilvermorny houses–Thunderbird, Wampus, Pukwudgie and Horned Serpent.
The story is a tie-in to the upcoming film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” scheduled for release Nov. 18. The film is an adaptation of Rowling’s book by the same name, which was published as a school book that Harry Potter and other Hogwarts students used but is being expanded upon in story form, and is the author’s screenwriting debut.