New Harry Potter Movie Includes Houses Named For Native American Creatures

Posted By Paul G May 11th, 2016 Last Updated on: May 11th, 2016

The  new movie set in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastical Beasts, will take place in the US.  Earlier it was revealed that the wizarding school would have Native American ties.

Thanks to the source code of Pottermore, the names of the 4 houses in the North American school have been leaked.  Two of these houses are tied to Native American symbols.

The four houses are:

  • Wampus
  • Thunderbird
  • Puckwudgie
  • Horned Serpent

According to Paranormal Encounters a Puckwudgie is:

A Pukwudgie is a 2-or-3-foot-tall (0.61 or 0.91 m) troll-like being from the Wampanoag folklore. Pukwudgies’ features resemble those of a human, but with enlarged noses, fingers and ears. Their skin is described as being a smooth grey, and at times has been known to glow.

In Native American lore, Pukwudgies have the following traits and abilities;

they can appear and disappear at will
they can transform into a walking porcupine (it looks like a porcupine from the back, and the front is half-troll, half-human and walks upright)
they can attack people and lure them to their deaths
they are able to use magic
they have poison arrows
they can create fire at will
Pukwudgies control Tei-Pai-Wankas which are believed to be the souls of Native Americans they have killed.

– See more at: http://www.paranormal-encounters.com/wp/what-exactly-is-a-puckwudgie/#sthash.FamsZO3o.dpuf

According to Wikipedia a Thunderbird is:

The thunderbird is a legendary creature in certain North American indigenous peoples' history and culture. It is considered a supernatural bird of power and strength. It is especially important, and frequently depicted, in the art, songs and oral histories of manyPacific Northwest Coast cultures, and is found in various forms among the peoples of the American Southwest, Great Lakes, and Great Plains.

Thunderbird mythology parallels tales of the Roc from around the Indian Ocean; like the roc, the thunderbird is generally assumed to be based on real (though mythically exaggerated) species of birds, namely the bald eagle, which is very common on the Northwest Coast.

What are your feelings about these Native American creatures being used in JK Rowling story?

Images from Wikipedia and Paranormal Encounters.

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I don’t see a problem with this, provided they steer clear of any biased stereotypical portrail of Natives, and steer clear of wanna-be native spiritualists.


The horned serpent also features prominently in may Native American beliefs, from Meso-America (see the feathered serpent of the Mexica/Aztecs) to the Algonquin.

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