J.K. Rowling has revealed that the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is featured in the second installment of her Magic in North America series on pottermore.com, has Irish origins.
The North American wizarding school also plays a part in the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell.
RTE reports that Ilvermorny’s story begins in Ireland where orphan Isolt Sayre, born in the valley of Coomloughra, Co. Kerry, and a descendant of Hogwarts co-founder Salazar Slytherin, sets sail to America to run away from her evil aunt, Gormlaith Gaunt.
Isolt arrives in Massachusetts with a stolen wand and comes to find there are other magical persons living in the New World. She overcomes obstacles, meets many mysterious creatures, and eventually opens Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the peak of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which centers on magizoologist Newt Scamander's adventures in New York, opens in theaters on November 18.