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J.K. Rowling says there's an American Hogwarts

Americans who want to be witches and wizards won't need to study abroad at Hogwarts to get a full magical education. As part of an informal Q&A about her upcoming Harry Potter spin-off prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, creator J.K. Rowling just revealed that the United States has its own school of witchcraft and wizardry.

In a series of tweets, J.K Rowling revealed several facts about the "American Hogwarts":

  • It's not in New York.
  • Its name is of "immigrant origin."
  • Its origins are somehow tied to American Indian culture.
  • "Indigenous magic" was important to the school's founding.

Unfortunately, it sounds like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them protagonist Newt Scamander won't be visiting the school during his American wanderings; in another tweet, J.K. Rowling revealed that he'll merely meet a few alumni. Still, the existence of this "American Hogwarts" should be enough to get young, diehard American Harry Potter fans to watch their mail a little more closely.