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Let’s face it. Tom Hiddleston‘s got more chance of being invited to Calvin Harris‘s next birthday party than we have of getting our hands on a ticket to new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And not only that, but there’s another five months to wait until spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theaters. So what’s a Potterhead to do?

Swot up on some background reading, that’s what. And, as luck would have it, J.K. Rowling has just the thing: she’s just unveiled a 5,000-word story on official site Pottermore yesterday (June 28).

It tells the story of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the stateside institute that will be formally introduced in Fantastic Beasts. Forget Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff; the four houses of this new school are “Horned Serpent,” “Wampus,” “Thunderbird,” and “Pukwudgie.” (Yes, Pukwudgie—a “short, grey-faced, large-eared creature,” apparently, that’s “native to America” and “distantly related to the European goblin.”)

The backstory behind the founding of the school is much more of its own story than earlier essays outlining the events that lead up to the arrival of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New York in the 1920s.

They’ve even animated an introductory video:

So, the founder of the school is an orphan with murdered parents, raised by a cruel aunt for 12 years, before escaping to go on a wild and magical adventure. Sound familiar?

You can read the whole story of Ilvermorny on Pottermore, not to mention be sorted into one of the school’s houses in preparation for the roll call when Fantastic Beasts opens November 18.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.