Pottermores JavaScript code reveals Fantastic Beasts details to mere Mu

first_imgHere’s a sentence packed with meaning that would mean nothing to a time traveler from the past: “A Wizarding World fan has found the names of the Ilvermorney houses hidden in some JavaScript.”This fall, the Potter fandom that sprung up from J.K. Rowling’s seven novels and Warner Bros film adaptations of those novels, will have to give way to the larger franchise concept that Rowling and WB are planning. All was well and good when there were novels to adapt, but now there aren’t and Rowling isn’t interested in writing another Harry Potter book. What she is interested in is writing screenplays, specifically three screenplays for a series based on a short book she wrote for charity called Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. These new movies would be “period pieces” taking place earlier in the “Wizarding World” than the Harry Potter stories.Oh, and in America this time.Harry Potter’s story is getting archived and we’re on to the newly branded Wizarding World, where Warner Bros and Rowling can tell any wizard stories they want and still count on the earning power of the legions of Harry Potter fans.Since we’ve been in the year of new Wizarding World content, Rowling’s official site Pottermore and the network of Potter fans have been releasing and discovering new bits of information about the fictional story world that both the Potter films and Fantastic Beasts will take place. The Pottermore site has weathered a transformation into a more bloggish format, which makes the whole ordeal feel like a living story document where tiny tidbits of fake history get doled out to the masses. None of the information has been more sought after than facts related to the American wizarding school.Hogwarts, the school Harry Potter attended in his book series, was a magical European castle that functioned like a British boarding school. Many young Americans were as taken with the boarding school concept as attending classes in a castle. Up until Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published, no one knew the names of any other wizarding schools in the world and even then only two others were mentioned – neither in America.We’re finally getting information about the American school. Though it was revealed at a Harry Potter fan event that the American school was called Ilvermorney, the North American wizarding education center hasn’t had any details added. Pottermore put up features on the other wizarding schools throughout the world, but the Ilvermorney page was left blank.Here’s where geekiness comes to the rescue! Federico Ian Cervantez, Senior Software Engineer at CAKE Corporation, was on Pottermore.com taking the quiz that sorts you into your Hogwarts house (the Sorting Hat quiz). He got Ravenclaw (of course), but was curious as to how the website took his answers and spit out a house for each user. He dug into the website’s underlying JavaScript code that makes the quiz function……and found something hidden from the hardcore Harry Potter fans.Check that third entry.Cervantez uncovered an unpublished quiz that will tie into Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it’s released in November. It’s called the Illvermorny sorting quiz and has the introductory prompt: “Where do you belong? Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird or Pukwudgie…”WHAT?The Daily Mail has some background on the Fantastic Beasts (get it?). They explain that the Horned Serpent refers to “dragon-like serpents with horns and long teeth” with the ability to control the weather, shape-shift, become invisible, and perform hypnotism. The Wampus is a cougar-like cat, and the Thunderbird is (you guessed it) a giant bird that can generate “storms and thunder as it flies.” Finally, there’s the Pukwudgie, which is a no more than 3-foot tall human-shaped being with larger facial features and grey skin that can glow. It can disappear, create fire, and transform into animals including a porcupine and a cougar.Potter fans would be quick to point out that Slytherin isn’t called “Snake” and Hufflepuff isn’t called “Badger,” so it’s unlikely we’ve actually learned the house names, just the animal totems for each one.Then again, tell me “Pukwudgie” doesn’t sound like it’ll be the American version of the happy-go-lucky Hufflepuffs.You can read Federico Ian Cervantez’s blog on his discovery here.last_img read more