For those of you unaware, today some massively exciting information has been dropped about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Specifically in regards to the houses of America’s wizarding school, Ilvermorny. And let me tell you, I’m excited.You Brits can have your muggles, your Gryffindors, your Ravenclaws, your Hufflepuffs, and your Slytherins. Us Americans will stick with no-maj’s, Horned Serpents, Wampuses (Wampi?), Thunderbirds, and Pukwudgies…. Because somehow those are cooler? I guess.Okay, let’s be real, Hogwarts is definitely where it’s at with the wizarding names. Except for maybe the Thunderbirds, because how is that not awesome? Sure, Britain’s got Gryffindors who are brave and have a lion sigil, but Thunderbirds are giant birds that create all the storms around the world. Giant. Storm. Birds. Yeah, I think we can all agree that Ilvermorny has one thing better than Hogwarts.
Yeah, Hogwarts, marvel at Ilvermorny’s awesomeness
Now that we Americans have effectively proven to be far less imaginative with our names than England, let’s get to the real good stuff. And by that I mean how Fantastic Beasts and Where They Came From can improve upon Harry Potter’s house system.Okay, before you get all sorts of angry, let me make one thing evidently clear: I love Harry Potter and I love its houses. But there is one particular fault that has been pointed out about the houses. And that is the division that it inspires.You see, the houses at Hogwarts are comprised of like minded people. If you’re a Gryffindor, you’re surrounded by other Gryffindors who all place value in the same characteristics that you do. If you’re a Slytherin, all of the people you live with and grow up with are just as cunning and determined as you are. Ravenclaws go to classes only with those who value intelligence above all else. Hufflepuffs are loyal to a fault and they all hang out together outside of class. This results in four groups of people who grow up without ever having their ideas challenged by anyone they call a friend or whom respect. This is due to the intense rivalry developed in the school due to the House Cup and the Quidditch Tournament. As a result, these young people grow up without actually growing. They just get bigger and know a few more things.It’s kind of like when immigrants settle in one area of the country (ie: Little Italy and Chinatown in NYC). It isn’t until they leave home and venture out into the world when they realize that their beliefs are not the norm. And that’s if they ever leave and go on to meet other people. Much like Hogwarts graduates, these immigrants will marry people of the same race, or in Hogwarts’s case same house. Thought that’s not always the case, it occurs often enough.So what about Ilvermorny?
I’m glad you asked, intrepid reader. You see, America is made up of a bunch of people who rebelled against their home country, most notably England. We can assume that Ilvermorny will attempt to distance itself from Hogwarts because of this. I mean, they already are with their house names, but that’s besides the point. The point is that Ilvermorny will find different ways to set up their houses, ways that would be similar yet different from Hogwarts’s.And here’s what they’ll do: First, much like Hogwarts, there will be a sorting ceremony. Maybe they’ll use a baseball cap instead of the sorting hat we know and love, because ‘Merica. Each student will be put in their respective houses, much like Hogwarts. But here’s where the divide occurs. Instead of separating the houses from each other (this house lives here, this one goes there, this other one hides in the corner, and this last one gets to be right next to the kitchens), Ilvermorny will force the Houses to interact.‘Blasphemy!’ you say. ‘That defeats the purpose of the houses!’ But it really doesn’t. You see, Ilvermorny will actually create different groups of people within each graduating class. These groups will be comprised of equal parts Thunderbird, Wampus, Pukwudgie, and Horned Serpent. The teams would then compete amongst themselves within each grade. This will force people’s views, values and ideologies to be challenged by those who don’t think like them. It will also force people you wouldn’t expect to develop into develop into leaders.Imagine if Hogwarts had done something like this. Like let’s say Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Cedric Diggory, and Luna Lovegood were all on a Quidditch team together. A lot of the problems developed over the years between Harry and Malfoy would be non-existent if they were forced together. Malfoy would realize that muggleborns aren’t so awful much sooner. He would also realize his dad was a dilweed just as quickly. Harry would understand Malfoy’s intentions and might have possibly realized that Snape wasn’t the evil professor he thought he was.Look, I’m not saying that Hogwarts was bad in no means, but this one thing was a little questionable. I blame Dumbledore for this, because we all know he’s not the best at making rules that are logical.
So if Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wants to do something better than Harry Potter did, this is what they have to do. Just improve upon the house system. Force the houses to work together cooperatively to solve their issues. And sit back and watch as these young human beings turn into accepting and all around awesome witches and wizards. If Hogwarts had done that, maybe, just maybe, Voldemort would’ve stayed Tom Riddle.Okay, maybe that last part was a stretch, but you get the point. A lot of issues in the Harry Potter series could’ve been avoided if Hogwarts allowed cooperation between houses a little more. And this is what Ilvermorny should do.So what do you think?