Ilvermorny | School Information Jun 28, 2016 21:16:04 GMT -5
Post by Billie on Jun 28, 2016 21:16:04 GMT -5
ILVERMORNYHISTORY OF ILVERMORNYFounded in the seventeenth century by an Irish-born witch, Isolt Sayre and her No-Maj husband James Steward. The school sits atop the peak of Mount Greylock, hidden from No-Majs by magic and mist. Ilvermorny accepts students of any blood status or heritage and is considered to be one of the most democratic and least elitist of all the major magical schools.SORTING AND HOUSESIlvermorny has four houses, similar to all the other wizarding schools. Sorting takes place when a student turns eleven and first enters into Ilvermorny. There is a large hall, the Sorting Hall, where the four statues of the four mythical beasts of each house reside. A student steps into the middle of the hall and the statues light up when they wish the student to join them. It isn't uncommon for students to light up more than one statue, in which they may decide where they go. Rarely, one in one thousand students, do all four house statues light up. Once a student is sorted, they enter into the dining hall, where they take their seat at the table. The four houses of Ilvermorny are Pukwudgie, Wampus, Horned Serpent and Thunderbird.LAYOUT OF THE SCHOOLIlvermorny is a small castle, not like that to the sister school in the United Kingdom. Built on three floors, this school is built partially on the mountain side, and partially in the mountain itself. This partially-hidden design helps keep the number of concealing spells to minimum and allow for some expansion within the body of the mountain itself.CLASSES AND ACTIVITIESMost of Ilvermorny's classes are based around the study of Native American magicks, although a good amount of them aren't. Between old magicks and new magics, the school is the powerhouse of the future, taking great strides towards a balance of learning that envelopes a student's strengths and weaknesses. Classes are mostly hands on, both with wand work and with non-wand work things, while the theoretical is left for questions. Ilvermorny prides itself on acceptance and outwards thinking, and students who show promise in the more obscure thought processes are definitely those who go the most in the school. The core classes at Ilvermorny are Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbs and Trees, History of American Magic, Potions and Ailments and Transfiguration. Flying is an optional class that is open to third years and offered up until the end of their fifth year.HOUSE POINTS AND THE HOUSE CUPPoints at Ilvermorny are calculated through hard work and dedication throughout the school and the town of Rockwell. Extra points are handed out to students who show exemplary pride in their teachings around the school, the town, and double the points to students who are successfully behaved on extracurricular field trips. Ilvermorny house points are calculated through the movement of their house animal along the ceiling of the dining hall, and the winner of the year is the one who reaches the other side first. The house cup is then proudly colored the shade of the house and presented to the table for the rest of the year, before being in the glass trophy case in the dining hall for the next term, until the next house cup is revealed.THE TOWN OF ROCKWELLTo anyone in Ilvermorny, it's no surprise that their wizarding village is named Rockwell. In muggle terms, the road leading up to the hidden peak of Ilvermorny is named Rockwell Path, and just off this road is the unspoken trails that lead to Ilvermorny. Before students arrive at Ilvermorny, most of them stop in the quiet little town or Rockwell, a predominant wizarding village. Students third year and up can visit this bustling little town.
Since Rockwell is built in the side of a mountain, the city is notoriously leveled, with several different sort of shops and businesses on each level. Passageways were carved out of the mountain and contain anywhere from twenty to two hundred steps students and adults alike have to climb to reach the next level, or to descend to a previous one. The pathway back to Ilvermorny (or from Ilvermorny to Rockwell) is a steady rise of platforms and stairs that wrap around the side of the mountain, charmed to stay warm and un-slippery even in the worst of wintry weather.