One of the only downfalls to being an American fan of Harry Potter is that as a child, you were never able grasp the idea that castles appear in the woods or in countrysides like they do in the U.K. (though, those are mostly in ruins these days). It just seemed so far fetched as a child reading those books to fully relate to the idea that a magical castle was just a little train ride away.
Not anymore, says J.K. Rowling.
With the production of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them underway, it has been revealed that the new film adaptation of Rowling’s 2001 book will be set in New York City (and star Eddie Redmayne).
In addition, Rowling revealed this week that the film will also feature some sort of American version of Hogwarts: a wizarding school right here in the good ole U. S. of A.
She hasn’t revealed much about it, but we do know that while the main character Newt Scamander won’t visit the school, he will meet people who went there. She stated that the institution’s name will be “immigrant” in origin but won’t be in New York. We also know that its history is rooted in Native American tradition, although Rowling won’t say any more than that, as naming the tribe would clarify where the it exists.
See the tweets below for context.
.@tannerfbowen No, but he’s going to meet people who were educated at [name] in [not New York].
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2015
.@loonyloolaluna Oh wait – did you mean the NAME is of American Indian origin? It isn’t. The name is of immigrant origin.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 7, 2015