American Harry Potter fans may not have received their Hogwarts letters, but that’s just because there might have been a U.S. equivalent of the witchcraft and wizardry school that dropped the ball instead! On Twitter, J.K. Rowling has confirmed the existence of an American version of Hogwarts, and it may play a role in the upcoming spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Apparently, principal character Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) will bring the “Harry Potter” universe to the U.S. for the very first time in the franchise’s history in order to collect research on the wizarding world’s most incredible creatures. Set in the 1920s, 70 years before the events in the original “Harry Potter” saga, Newt will make his way to America. Rowling revealed that he won’t actually visit the American school, as it’s not located in New York. Instead, he’ll just encounter people that were educated there. The fact that the school isn’t set in New York isn’t surprising, given what we know about Hogwarts. The U.K. school is set in some remote area in Scotland where Muggles aren’t likely to happen upon it. Assuming all eleven wizarding schools are built in areas tucked away from the general population, New York City would be about as good a place to put a magic school as London. With Hogwarts’ location in mind, we might speculate that an American school of witchcraft and wizardry would be in either a rural or mountainous area somewhere off the beaten path.
Beyond the location, we’re still left to wonder what the school is called. When was it founded and by whom? And what kind of building is it? These are all details yet to be revealed, and while this new story isn’t set in a school, it’s undoubtedly a topic of interest for Harry Potter fans and will hopefully be addressed with at least a few confirmed details about how American witches and wizards get their training.
It was previously reported that the movie will feature four American characters, two boys and two girls, leading many to believe that when Scamander makes his way to New York, they’ll be the American wizards educated at the mysterious school. As for the name of the school, Rowling wasn’t willing to say much. However, when pressed by a fan to know if the school had any origins in Native American culture, the author just couldn’t help herself. When fans asked her about the possibility of an American magic academy, Rowling cryptically tweeted: “That information will be revealed in due course.” She soon followed up with a few more details about the mysterious school.