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Posted: Sep 28 2014, 10:55 PM
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry
History Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is one of the oldest magical institutions in the world, having been established in 990 A.D by it's four founders - Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowen Ravenclaw and Salazaar Slytherin. These four prominent wizards and witches wanted to build a place of learning for their young protegee's to pursue their magical education, and each founder brought their own strengths - ability wise and personality wise - to the school, and thus the four school houses were created. Soon after the establishment of the school, Slytherin had a falling out with the other founders, as he wished to only accept wizards or pureblood backgrounds - something which the other founders refused on. Slytherin therefore left the school, but not after he had created the Chamber of Secrets, where he placed a dormant basilisk which could only be controlled by his heir. As the oldest wizarding school, there has been a great number of stories and events occur at Hogwarts, one of the most notable and most recent being the Battle fo Hogwarts which took place in May 1998, and marked the turning point in the fight against pureblood extremism
Rules: The school runs like a traditional British boarding school, and accepts witches and wizards from all backgrounds, primarily from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Boys and girls are required to sleep in separate dormitories, and no one is allowed out of their common room after 9.30 pm (with the exception of prefects on duty. Entrance into the Forbidden Forest is, as the name suggests, forbidden, and will result in detention, as will bullying, failure to complete homework on a regular basis, and magic in corridors.
Location: Hogwarts is situated in Scotland, a large stone castle hidden in the mountains. It's precise location is impossibly to pinpoint, as the castle has been made Unplottable, and is also protected from muggle with a variety of charms. The castle is particularly large, built primarily from stone, and resembles and old fashioned castle of the likes of English Kings. Within it's grounds are a variety of stone courtyards, greenhouses, vegetable patches, a large loch, or lake, and the Forbidden Forest, both of which are home to a multitude of creatures, both muggle and magical. The entrance to the Hogwarts grounds is through a set of large, iron gates, flanked by stone columns upon which sit statues of winged pigs. Outside of the gates, is the town of Hogsmede, where students may visit after they reach their third year. Inside the castle, classrooms are usually simple, with stone walls and wooden desks and chairs, though professors are permitted to decorate their classrooms however they see fit. The staircases between floors are subject to move, their are old fashioned painting, tapestries, and suits of armours surrounding the walls, and there are a plethora of secret passageways and hidden rooms just waiting to be explored.
Transport: Hogwarts is accessible to students only via train from platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station in London. The Hogwarts Express is the only available transport for students, and may also be used by members of staff who live away from the castle during school holidays, if they so wish. It travels only on the first and last days of the school terms, and if you miss the train, then your absence will be looked into by the head of school.
The Houses: Hogwarts has four houses, each categorised by the traits important to each of the school founders.
Gryffindor - The house of Godric Gryffindor represents students who are brave, chivalrous and daring, who stand up for what they believe and have the nerve to stand by them through thick and thin. Students here often have a tendency to break the rules, and can often appear arrogant or have a particularly short temper. They are determined and courageous in all their efforts. Their house mascot is the lion, with colours of red and gold. Their common room is situated in one of the top most towers of the castle, hidden behind a statue of the Fat lady, who requires a password to allow you access. The common room is particularly warm and cosy, with a roaring fire, plush red sofas and tapestries of former head of house lining the walls from floor to ceiling.
Hufflepuff - The house of Helga Hufflepuff represents students who are hard working, loyal and trustworthy, and they are reknowned for being the house at Hogwarts who turned out the fewest dark wizards, a testimony to their good nature. They are the least competitive house, and when they do accomplish great things are particularly modest about them. However, they are often overlooked and in the past, the other houses students have labelled them as weak, or pushovers, due to their accepting nature, but this is not the case, and many great witches and wizards have come from Hufflepuff House. Their house mascot is the badger, with colours of yellow and black. Their common room is located near the kitchens, behind a pile of barrels. To gain access, you must tap a particular barrel in the rhythm of 'Helga Hufflepuff', but if the wrong barrel/rhythm is used, one of the lids of the barrels pops off and drenches the person in vinegar, as a means to keep imposters out. Hufflepuff house is the only house to have such a deterrent in place, with other houses simply refusing entry. Inside the common room, there is a particularly earthy and homely feel, with lots of cosy couches and wooden tables, and painting in black and yellow dotting the earthy walls, whilst delectable smells waft through from the kitchen.
Ravenclaw - The house of Rowena Ravenclaw represents students who value wit, creativity, and wisdom. They are by far the most intellectual of the houses, and also the most eccentric, celebrating new and inventive methods over following old rules. It is also not unusual to find Ravenclaw students practising alternative branches of magic that others may shun. With their pride for intellect and high achievements, these students can sometimes appear to be superior, or know-it-alls, and with their high drive for success have been known to stab one another in the back to achieve their own ends. However, they have produced an astounding number of successful witches and wizards, including the great Albus Dumbledore himself, although they have been known to try and claim that any successful witch or wizard was once a member of Ravenclaw house. Their house mascot is the eagle, with colours of blue and bronze. Their common room is situated in one of the top most towers, and is accessibly via a narrow winding staircase which opens into a circular room, decorated in a much more graceful manner than the other common rooms with a domed ceiling covered in stars, arched windows, and the walls are covered in blue and bronze silk. There is also a large marble statue of Rowena Ravenclaw beside the door to the dormitories. Access to the common room is via a door with a large bronze knocker, which asks you a riddle. If you answer satisfactorily, you may enter, if not, you must wait and figure it out. Therefore, this means that any student could technically enter the common room if they were able to answer the riddle, but generally wizards do not have a great sense of logic, so this is likely why Rowena instilled this method.
Slytherin - The house of Salazaar Slytherin represents students who are shrewd, cunning and ambitious, and are often very results orientated. They have a habit of being self preserving, and so will usually weigh up all options to calculate all possible outcomes before acting, so as to limit the risk to themselves in whichever situation they find themselves. Salazaar Slytherin had a falling out with the other founders not too long after the school was established, as he wanted to permit only pureblood witches and wizards into the school - something which the others all disagreed upon - and therefore very few half bloods and even fewer muggle borns are accepted into this house. It is this prejudice which has given Slytherin it's dark reputation, along with the fact that it is the house which has produced the most dark wizards (though not all students are inherently dark). The greatest house rivalry is between Gryffindor and Slytherin, and whilst this is less so after the end of the Second Wizarding War, some of the next generation students still feel the prejudices of their parents. Slytherin house mascot is the snake, with colours of green and silver. Their common room is situated in the dungeons, beneath the Black Lake. It has a grand but very dark atmosphere, the lighting giving the room a greenish tinge, and the room is decorated with black leather sofa, dark wooden cabinets and tapestries on the walls. Access to the common room is behind a stone wall in a small corridor, and a password is required to enter which is changed every two weeks.
Sorting: Sorting into school houses is via the Sorting Hat, which once belonged to Godric Gyrffindor himself. Each student places the hat upon their head, and the hat uses it's own form of Legilimency to look into the students head and see what their personality is like, and which house would be best suited for them. Most people exhibit traits from a few houses, so the hat will choose either the strongest traits, or it will take into consideration the choices the student makes.
Posted: Sep 29 2014, 02:33 PM
Academy of Magic
History: To understand the history of Beauxbatons Academy, we must first look to the history of it's founder, the Princess Alais of France, countess of the Vexin, and daughter of King Louis VII. Muggle records of the princess are limited due to the mystery that surrounded her, on account of her being born magical. Alais was born in 1160, and that there was something peculiar about her was obvious from the outset. Nevertheless, she was given a proper royal upbringing, and so had impeccable manners and was very studious. The strange occurances which always happened around her eventually became too much for her father, and so at the age of 8, it was arranged for Alais to be betrothed to Richard the Lionheart, son of King Henry II of England, and Alais was sent across the Channel to await her wedding in the hands of her father's enemies. This betrothal was meant to secure peace between the two countries, and also a way to get rid of Alais.
However, no wedding ever took place, at least not for Alias. Surprisingly, it did not take long for the English monarchy to realise that there was something strange about Alais, and whilst King Henry found it intriguing, his son Richard found it disturbing, and refused to marry her, actually going ahead with a marriage to another girl whilst still betrothed to Alais. It was during this time that Alais learnt of witchcraft, and shared her secret with the King, who helped her to find tuition in her skills with a retired Hogwarts professor, despite leading to rumours that they were having an affair. By the time Alais was finally allowed to return to her home in northern France, in 1195, after the death of King Henry, she had become rather skilled in the magical arts, and had no intentions of keeping them hidden any longer.
It was then, with her new found knowledge of magic and it’s well established educational system in Great Britain, that Alais took it upon herself to start her own school in France. She relocated to Southern France, far from her father’s prying eyes, and the first palace was built in 1201, though it had few enchantments to protect it from being located. Between the years of 1200 and 1205 she began recruiting students, and soon more witches and wizards flocked to the school to teach and to learn magic, but Alais ensured that her young protégées also learnt how to act properly, like a lady or a gentleman, and passed on her royal upbringing and manners to them all. She named the school 'Beauxbatons' meaning 'beautiful wands' as this encompassed her love of magic, and the importance of appearances which she had learnt throughout her life.
The school was a great success from day one, and continued to thrive after Alais' death in 1220. By then, there was a good structure of teachers and students, and this continued for hundreds of years under the rules of varying headmasters and headmistresses. It was always an important factor of the school to ensure the students learnt proper etiquette, and this was only encouraged further with each new Head, boys being taught skills appropriate to be the man of the house, and girls learning how to be a proper lady. International connections were made between Beauxbatons, Durmstrang and Hogwarts in 1294 with the first Triwizard Tournament, a feat greatly aided by the magical education Alais had once received in England.
The biggest problem with the school came with it's obvious and grandiose appearance, in the middle of the countryside outside of Cannes. This made it an easy target during the French Revolution during the years of 1789 and 1799. The school was a place of extravagance, funded by a fortune the princess had left after her death, and this did not go unnoticed by the lower classes, who proceeded place the castle under siege. Numbers were drastically in the favour of the muggle activists, and as the majority of the witches and wizards inside the castle were unskilled children, the castle was deserted and left to be ransacked. By the time it was safe to return to the school, the building had been half destroyed, and needed a major reconstruction effort to return it to its former glory.
This project was undertaken by the current headmistress, Elodie de Saint-Exupéry, who set about recreating the former castle to something more akin to a fairytale palace. Elegant and still very exuberant, she was the headmistress who made Beauxbatons unplottable and undiscoverable to muggles, whilst still in the midst of a revolution. Elodie also revamped the educational structure of the school, bringing in specific lessons on etiquette, reinforcing the morals by which Alais had stood for, and introducing the schools four houses, basing them around her own aristocratic talent and interests. Elodie ensured that the school remained connected to the two other largest European schools of Durmstrang and Hogwarts by continuing the participation in the Triwizard Tournament, though this eventually lead to her death in 1793 from ongoing injuries sustained the previous year, after a cockatrice trampled her and the other school heads in the Tournament in 1792, an incident which lead to the postponing of the Tournament for 200 years.
Rules: The schools central theme has always, and will always be tailored towards etiquette. In sorts, it is similar to a magical finishing school, and teaches students to be courteous, respectful, and appropriate in whichever social situation they find themselves in. Private drama's are meant to be dealt in private, and students should have some sort of skill with which to impress company. Girls are encouraged to learn skills necessary to the running of a household, whilst boys should try to pick up skills such as carpentry, though the school has become more modern in these teachings and some cross over is permitted. Students must meet exceptionally high standards of decorum when it comes to their appearance, their attitude, and their manners. No spoilt robes are allowed, and rudeness to professors results in detention. The school continues to exhibit a more elaborate set of celebrations, hosting multiple balls and awards ceremonies, and enjoys hosting famous and celebrated witches and wizards from around the world, to show off its splendour. The most prestigious celebration of the year is the summer Débutante Ball, where the final year students are presented and formally introduced to society upon their graduation. At all balls, boys are expected to invite girls as their partner, and the students from each house are required to show off their skills in some manner - Colibri to perform the opening dance, Abeille to accompany guests and introduce them to the right people, Hibou to provide intellectual stimulus, and creative works from Papillon will decorate the halls.
Beauxbatons is by far the strictest of four canon schools, and expects the most out of its students. Students learn early on to stick by the rules, and by doing such, are often very successful in their chosen fields. Those that cannot abide by the rules will be asked to leave - Beauxbatons does not approve of the word expulsion - with reasons pertaining to the fact that some students are simply not of the right calibre for the prestigious school. The school’s reputation is of great importance, and students are expected to represent it at the highest of standards, and have a much bigger sense of school pride than other magical schools.
Beauxbatons is a predominantly female school, though male students are accepted there, and have done exceedingly well. There have been equal amounts of headmasters and headmistresses of the school, though the most influential people have often been female, as can be seen by the founder, Princess Alais, and the 'reconstructor', the aristocrat Elodie. Also, the school staff try to instill a sense of acceptance within their students when it comes to blood purity, and accept students of all heritage, and have the largest number of part creature students (though part creatures are still exceptionally rare across the wizarding world). However, this is not always reflected within the students, who can sometimes become elitist, though the school in general is only elitist in terms of skill.
Location: The school is located in the rural, southern region of Tanneron, just outside of Cannes, and as such the climate is a lot warmer, particularly in summer, and in winter there is very little snow, though rainfall does increase drastically. It is surrounded by large fields and gardens, though there is a small wood, and an open lake with crystal blue waters where students can be seen swimming and sailing during the summer months. The school robes are light blue and made of featherweight silk, which are sufficient for keeping warm in Southern France, but impractical for visiting colder climes. The Beauxbatons building was rebuilt during the Revolution, and now resembles more of a palace than the original castle which once stood in its place. It is large, light and airy, and is made from white stone with gold façades which glitter in the sun (think of the Catherine Palace in St Petersburg). It's halls and corridors are much larger than those of Hogwarts, and far brighter too, with elaborate gold and silver details trailing the walls and ceilings.
Transport: Beauxbatons students travel within the Beauxbatons famous horse drawn carriage, which collects student's from the village of Bruère-Allichamps, a rural village which acts as the geographical centre of France. This relatively remote and quiet area happily provides a large space for which plenty of magical families can apparate to send their children off, and provides excellent cover and space for the enormous carriage by which they are transported.
The Houses: Beauxbatons has four houses, which divide students according to their particular skill sets or talents.
Abeille –The house of the bee, which represents those with the strongest social skills at Beauxbatons. They always excel in their etiquette classes, knowing exactly how to present themselves in different situations, with different people, to make all the right impressions. They sometimes appear shallow or fickle, seemingly flitting from person to person like a bee flies from flower to flower, but only a true friend knows when a Bee is actually loyal beneath their charms. They say it's who you know, not what you know, and many previous Abeille students have proven this statement, finding themselves high careers or rich partners through their incredible ability to talk to everyone and anyone. Always the host and the life of a party, just because they know how to talk, doesn't mean they have to be nice. A Bee student is good with their words, and can sting you if you get on the wrong side. Their house colour is yellow, and their common room is situated on the top most floor, looking out over the impressive flower gardens.
Colibri – The house of the hummingbird represents the most active students in Beauxbatons, those who thrive under pressure of competition, and who love to get physical. Many of the girls in this house are excellent dancers, whilst the boys focus on team games such as football, cricket, or polo, and their quidditch team always has the best odds to win each year. These students are quite restless, and full of energy and enthusiasm, and will be the one's begging to stay out and practice another 5 minutes. Naturally good at sports, they are not necessarily good sportsman, and have been known to play dirty on occasion. Their house colour is light blue, whilst their common room is situated on the ground floor, down a hidden corridor near the school’s main entrance.
Hibou – The house of the owl accepts students who usually achieve the best grades, those with the highest I.Q. Books lovers and know-it-all’s dwell here, be their interest based in literature, science, or ancient runes. You'll hardly ever see a Hibou student without a stack of books in their arms, and they're always the most thorough with their essays, though can have a tendency to twist the essay title to something which suits their personal interests more strongly. Their house colour is silver/grey, and their common room is located on the second floor, nearest the library.
Papillon – The house of the butterfly represents the students who have a creative mind. Be it a skill in music, art or woodwork, they are exceptionally good with their hands, and can create beautiful works of art wherever they go. Their stories have gone down in history, people often becoming so immersed in them they believe these works of fiction to be true. Many acclaimed musicians have graduated from Papillon, but it is the craftsmen who are often over looked, with their intricate wooden chairs and lace sewn into dream catcher webs, there is no doubt that these students have a fantastic skill. Watch them closely in class, and you'll see them turning the corner of their books into paper flowers, or creating patterns of silver and gold from the tips of their wands. Their house colour is purple, and their common room is situated on the third floor of the palace, where the best views of the surrounding countryside can be found.
Sorting: Students in Beauxbatons are sorted using the Charmed Quill, and undergo a sorting ceremony similar to that at Hogwarts. Each student is placed at a desk in front of the school and asked to write their full name on a piece of parchment using the Charmed Quill. Once complete, the ink turns from its original glittery black to the corresponding house colour the student has been sorted into.
Posted: Sep 29 2014, 02:36 PM
History: Durmstrang school was founded in 1292 by Björn Aegir Valachovic, an early wizard who dabbled in dark magic and wished to extend this knowledge to younger generations, and create himself a group of loyal folowers. What began as a rather small group, soon became a school. Durmstrang comes from the German phrase 'Sturm und Dang' meaning 'Storm and Stress', and Valachovic's middle name represents the Norse God of the Sea. His first name, meaning 'bear', gave him the first house mascot. Valachovic's passion for the dark arts remained the central theme within the school, and students were taught the dark arts, alongside other magical studies. This did not make the school inherently dark, as some may believe. Valachovic wanted the dark arts to be taught to students for awareness of all types of magic, though many dark wizards have graduated from Durmstrang's halls.
Rules: There are very few rules at Durmstrang - it's a dog eat dog world in there. Magic is permitted in corridors, and no area is out of bounds. If you can get in and survive, you have simply proved your worth. Very few people receive detention, or are expelled, unless for extreme violence towards other students, such as with Gellert Grindelwald. Whilst the dark arts are a strong focus, so is strength, and this was how Valachovic decided which students should be grouped together. The 3 houses are divided by their students main strengths, and which strengths they perceive to be of the greatest importance. Valachovic did not actively harm muggles or muggleborns, but he did not allow them into his school, preferring to keep the bloodlines at his school as elite as possible. Whilst the school admits both male and female students, there have only ever been headmasters (no headmistresses) of the school, a rule that has been written in since the school's founding. The headmaster must be someone who represents all 3 of the house strengths in equal amounts, and it was believed that a woman would not have the right combination of all 3 to be able to run the school effectively.
Location: The Durmstrang castle is set in the mountainous regions of Northern Scandinavia, on the Island of Arnøy. It is a cold and dark castle, with limited but fine furnishings, and is surrounded by a great many lakes and forests. It is smaller than Hogwarts in size, but has larger grounds. In the winter months, there is barely any sunlight during the day, at most an hours worth, and it is exceptionally cold, so the school's uniform comprises blood red robes, and cloaks and hats made of dark grey, brown or black fur. The 3 common rooms are situated in separate towers, and require wand recognition to be admitted. In this instance, if you were to leave your wand lying around, and someone from another house picked it up, they could likely get into your common room. This would be inadvisable though, as house rivalry here is far greater than at any other wizarding school.
Transport: The only accessibly way to the school is via the Durmstrang ship, which passes by various harbour points in Sweden and Norway to collect students, before reaching it's destination at the school.
The Houses: Durmstrang has three houses, placing students according to their strengths
Hamramr - This house represents those of physical strength. Whether they are a hulking great mass of a man, or a tiny yet ferocious young girl, physical strength if of the greatest importance to this house. They can be found mostly outdoors, working out, or duelling in one of the side rooms. If they can gain the upper hand in a fight, not by outwitting you but by overpowering you, then they have done their job well. Their house mascot is the dragon, representing strength and ferocity, and their colour is dark red.
Hugr - These students represent those with a strong sense of mind, and are righteous believers that the pen is mightier than the sword. They think that knowledge is all powerful, and if you study hard enough, you can achieve anything. The most ambitious of the school, these students spend the most time in the library, but are not confined to it. Practice is just as important as theory, but when it comes to knowledge versus strength, they will be able to outwit any opponent who comes along. Any duel they have is a battle of the mind, and they can be rather creative in their ways of avoiding defeat. Their house mascot is the wolf, which represents their intelligence and their cunning, and their house colour is grey.
Munr - This house represents those with a strong sense of character, the students most confident within their own skin. They know their personality, their strengths and weaknesses, and are able to work with them to their advantage. They will never pretend to be something they aren't, and will not change to suit anyone but themselves. Many are quite self assured and perhaps overly confident, but some are quietly content. Often underestimated by the other houses, it is worth noting that Munr students are not to be trifled with - knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and accepting them, often allows them to outwit their counterparts, as they will not try to accomplish something they know is far beyond their limits...though they will definitely push their opponent into trying it instead. Their house mascot is the bear which represents their sense of awareness and self belief. Their house colour is indigo.
Sorting: Sorting at Durmstrang is decided by the art of Legilimency, performed at the hand of the Headmaster. this method was introduced by the second headmaster of the school as a means to keep the final decision of sorting firmly within the control of the headmaster. Some notable families would then be able to pay off the headmaster to sort their child into a particular house, perhaps to ensure an entire family resided within one house, or to make sure they were kept separate from friends they did not deem suitable. The headmaster will perform legilimency on each student in front of the school at the sorting ceremony, and is then able to manipulate (if needed) where the student is to be placed.
Posted: Sep 29 2014, 02:42 PM
Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
History: Ilvermorny School was founded in the seventeenth century by Isolt Sayre, her no-maj husband James Steward and their two adopted sons, Webster and Chadwick Boot. It began life as their own home, a small cottage hidden in the mountains and woods, and a place where Isolt could teach her sons how to use magic away from prying eyes. The two children had desperately wanted to attend Hogwarts, but Isolt was fearful of a threat back in Britain and so suggested that they turn the boys home schooling into their own little Hogwarts. Despite their attempts to keep their home schooling a secret, word soon spread to nearby Native American tribes who sent their children to Isolt to be taught alongside her own sons. As more and more children joined, Isolt had to reach out carefully to recruit other accomplished witches and wizards to assist her in her teaching, and with her husbands help began to expand their little cottage into a large space suitable not only for teaching, but for students and staff to reside in as well, the once small cottage growing eventually into an impressive castle. A friendship with a Pukwudgie Isolt had saved in the woods once, whom she had named William, lead the school to be protected by these usually tricky creatures, who still serve as the schools security and maintenance staff in return for a wage to this day. Thus, Ilvermorny School was born, the true sister school to Hogwarts.
Rules: Ilvermorny school has rules that are similar to those at Hogwarts. Prejudice of any kind is completely forbidden - and as one of the schools founders was a no-maj, there is very little pureblood elitism present at the school. There is a large focus on defence against the dark arts and charms, and the school is seen as one of the most democratic of the modern wizarding world. Students are required to wear school robes to all classes and meal times mid week - these are in the school colours of blue and cranberry (representing Isolt's childhood wish to be part of Ravenclaw house, and james' love of cranberry pie) and they are fastened by a gold Gordian Knott broach, similar to the one which had once belonged to Isolt's mother. children are not permitted a wand prior to attending Ilvermorny - once the Sorting Ceremony is complete, first years are led into a second chamber where they select their wands. This follows on from Rapports Law which, although abolished in 1965, prevented students from carrying a wand outside of school until after graduation. Strict adherence to the Statute of Secrecy has always been a top priority of Ilvermorny, hence even now students are not permitted to purchase a wand prior to acceptance into the school. Straying outside of the school grounds it completely forbidden during term times, except for escorted weekend trips for third years and above to the Post Office Mall.
Location: Ilvermorny castle is located at the top of the highest peak of Mount Greylock, the tallest mountain in Berkshire, Western Massachusetts. The castle began as a small granite cottage built from a pile of ruins by Isolt herself, where she and her family first resided, but as more students came to the cottage of Ilvermorny to learn the cottage was expanded and expanded until it became a castle. Whilst it's structure is sound, this does mean that various wings and towers take inspiration from different era's depending on when they were added to the building. By far the most impressive aspect of the castle is it's entrance, large oak doors flanked by marble statues of the founders Isolt and James, which open onto the hall where sorting takes place. The grounds of Ilvermorny are not as large as those of other schools, as discretion is of the utmost importance, but there are large grassy spaces, flower gardens and enormous tree's shrouding the grounds, as well as a nearby forest. The area is hilly, but due to the good weather in the area - warm, bright summers, crisp wet fall and snowy winters - there is plenty of plant and animal life around. The school has many protection spells placed upon it, the most prevalent being the ability to shroud it;self in a wreath of dark cloud should any no-maj or intruder wander too closely.
Transport: Due to it's remote location and the strict rules concerning secrecy from no-maj's that surrounds the school, transport to and from Ilvermorny is arranged on a student by student basis, with preferable options being by floo powder, apparition in by parents or teachers, and port keys. Being high up in the mountains limits options, and as Ilvermorny accepts students from all across the America's and Canada, this seemed like the most reasonable solution. It requires a large organisational process, but after many years of planning the arrival day now runs relatively smoothly most years.
The Houses: Ilvermonry has four houses, which where chosen by it's four original members - Isolt, James, Chadwick and Webster, in the family's attempts to make home schooling seem more like Hogwarts. Each chose their favourite magical creature which set the basis for the house and it's respective qualities, though none of the founders really recognised at the time how much their choices reflected their own individual personalities.
Horned Serpent - Chosen by Isolt Sayre herself, the Horned Serpent is said to represent the mind of a witch or wizard, and tends to prefer scholars. Isolt had a great affinity with this magical creature due to her abilities as a Parselmouth, and it had lead her way in many decisions in her life, hence her appointment of the creature for her house. Horned serpent students tend to be intelligent, logical, and emotional, and are difficult to phase or trick. Their house colour is teal, and their house is situated on the ground floor, overlooking the source of the Green River. To enter, one must touch their wand to the crystal on the carving of the Horned Serpent situated outside the entrance - trespassers will receive a mild shock, and be refused entry.
Wampus - Chosen by Webster Boot, the Wampus is a magical, panther like creature that is fast, strong and almost impossible to kill, and thus reflected Webster's own argumentative but loyal personality. The Wampus is said to favour warriors, and represents the body of a witch or wizard. Wampus students are quick thinking and quick to act, and are quite flexible to change. They are also the most competitive house. Their house colour is navy, and their common room is situated on the third floor, closest to the living quarters of the original cottage. Outside the entrance a statue of a fearsome Wampus crouches, growling, ready to pounce at any passers by, and Wampus students must face their fears and reach to stroke the creature - who will purr before stepping aside. The Wampus recognises the touch of it's students, and if a student from a different house tries to enter it will continue to roar, rearing up on his hind legs, blocking entrance to the common room.
Thunderbird - Chosen by Chadwick Boot, an intelligent but temperamental boy, the Thunderbird is said to represent the soul, and favours adventurers. The Thunderbird is a large eagle like creature with exceptionally powerful wings - so powerful in fact, that it can create storms as it flies. Thunderbird students are the most creative and outgoing, and the most likely to react to situations without thinking. They throw themselves head first into everything that they do, and give it their all. They tend to be spontaneous, and unpredictable, whether their intentions be for good or bad. Their house colour is gold, and its common room is located in the tallest tower, near the owlery. Outside the door there is large, maze like map which constantly changes throughout the day, and Thunderbird students must find their way by tracing their wand through the maze. If a student from another house places their wand tip to the map, they will be blown backwards by a large gust of wind from the beating of the thunderbirds wings.
Pukwudgie - Chosen by the muggle James Steward, Pukwudgie house represents the heart of a witch or wizard, and is said to favour healers. It is named after the indigenous North American creature, of whom James had heard many stories due to his wife Isolt's strange friendship with William the Pukwudgie. Fiercely independent, they are also quite dangerous and tend to enjoy playing tricks on humans, however due to Isolt's friendship with William Ilvermorny school is actually protected by these fascinating creatures, who act as it's security and maintenance staff. Students of this house are generally loyal, and helpful, though they will never help someone quietly or without seemingly making a fuss. Whilst independent, they are actually quite social and prefer to work in teams, though the tend to argue and complain a lot amongst one another causing numerous fall outs. These are always quickly recitifed though, as Pukwudgie students tend not to bare grudges amongst their peers. Their loyalty is either won or lost on first impression. Their house colour is lavender, and their dorms can be found on the second floor closest to the hospital wing. One of the real life Pukwudgies stands guard at this entrance, and will only permit access to students he knows are in his house. A master at trickery, he cannot be fooled by potions such as polyjuice, or illusion charms, and will threaten those who try to cross his barrier with the poisoned arrows on his back. Being close enough to the hospital wing that treatment would be simple, it is rare that anyone tries to bypass this rather grumpy and irritable creature.
Sorting: Ilvermorny sorts it's students during a ceremony, whereby the new student must stand in the centre of a large Gordian Knot etched into the floor of the large entrance hall. In each of the four outer circles of the knot stands a large wooden carving of each of the four house creatures, and when the student stands in the centre the statues will react when they wish to select a student for their house. The Horned Serpent's jewel will glow, the Wampus will roar, the Thunderbird beats it's wings, and the Pukwudgie raises its poisoned arrow into the air. Sometimes more than one house will select a student, in which case the student may then choose which house they would like to join. Very rarely - once in all of history - will all four houses choose one student. Older students watch from a balcony above the hall, to see who will join their house.
Posted: Sep 29 2014, 02:51 PM
Information comes from Harry Potter wiki, the Lexicon and Pottermore where possible, from Wikipedia in general for the Royal history and French Revolution, various translators for giving me French, German, Swedish and I don't even know what else...and the rest came from the depths of my own brain. So pretty please, no stealing!
Special thanks to Zay, for her endless hours brainstorming these ideas with me, listening to me ramble and generally being there to throw ideas at. Also, for her work on the colours for individual houses, so that none of them were the same, and for the pips which came out fabulously. You're such a hero.
Thanks also to Lizzie, for her work on the amazing Salem crest, which came out a million times better than any attempt I could have done. Hopefully we will have scope to use this again in the future!
These school histories (with the exception of Hogwarts and Ilvermorny, obviously) were made exclusively for Treehouse, by me, and they took a particularly long time to create. Therefore, I kindly ask that you ask permission before using them anywhere else. This also goes for the now archived Salem history, in case we wish to use this again for Treehouse in the future. If I find them being used without permission, particularly as the basis for another site, then I won't be so nice, and I will bite!