While Hogwarts may be the U.K’s finest academy of magic, it isn’t the only place young wizards can go to get an education. If, like me, your brain remains overflowing with useless decades-old Harry Potter trivia, you will know that there is also Beauxbatons in France — home to the lovely Delacour sisters — and the vaguely Nordic Durmstrang Institute (sup, Viktor Krum) known for its specialization in the dark arts. (By the way, I do not know my own phone number). But throughout the Harry Potter books, American wizards were given short shrift. What of the Exeters and the Andovers -- the Hexeters and the Wandovers, if you will -- of these great United States?
Well good news: In the upcoming film adaptation of "Harry Potter" prequel/spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” about famed wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), it looks like we finally get a look at the "American Hogwarts," or something very much like it. Here are the hints that J.K. dropped in a Twitter Q&A:
It's all a bit cryptic, but as far we can tell, Newt will meet people educated at an American school (not in New York) with a name of immigrant origin, that will have some connection to indigenous magic.
I for one can't wait to see how Newt Scamander adjusts to a traditional U.S. high school experience, and which of the required cliques he'll end up eating lunch with. You know: freshmen, ROTC guys, preps, J.V. jocks, Asian nerds, Cool Asians, Varsity jocks, Unfriendly black hotties, Girls who eat their feelings, Girls who don't eat anything, Desperate wannabes, Burnouts, Sexually active band geeks, Magizoologist hippogriff breeders, or Plastics.