How THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD Sets Up Ilvermorny to Play a Major Role in FANTASTIC BEASTS
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald...We fully expected to visit the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Massachusetts-based institute was close to the film’s New York City setting, and, as the only history on American magic from J.K. Rowling to also get an accompanying video, it had been positioned to play an important part in the plot. Then the first movie came and went with only a passing reference from alums Tina and Queenie. But while The Crimes of Grindelwald also failed to bring us to the “American Hogwarts,” it did indicate big things are still to come for Ilvermorny, in a scene that points to just how important American magic will be in defeating the Dark Wizard. But one of the first wands ever found in America wasn’t made there. It came across the Atlantic with Ilvermorny founder Isolt Sayre. A descendant of the Gaunt family (yes, those Gaunts), she escaped her evil aunt to come to America and took her aunt’s wand with her. It was the very wand that belonged to none other than Salazar Slytherin. Years later it was rendered dormant, so Isolt buried it near Ilvermorny. Was it ever seen again? Did anyone ever wake it up? Who better to ask these questions than an Ilvermorny professor…American magic goes back to Native Americans, who were incredibly powerful and skilled. America also produced some of the greatest wandmakers in the world, and one of the leading institutes of magical learning in Ilvermorny. There is undoubtedly great knowledge, powerful secrets, and important lessons to be learned from those centuries of knowledge, with Ilvermorny and its educators the leading experts on them. No wonder 600-year-old Nicolas Flamel turned to a great professor from there during a dangerous time. With three more movies and Grindelwald’s power growing, the danger is only getting worse. Wizards will need help from every corner of the wizarding world. Especially if they need to find some unknown way to break a blood pact.It might have only been a brief appearance from a professor in a book, but when The Crimes of Grindelwald turned to Ilvermorny it read as a major sign the school will still play a huge role in the Fantastic Beasts films.And that means we’re eventually making a visit there.What do you think the future of Ilvermorny and American magic will be in the films? Tell us in the comments below.
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