Horned Serpent was one of the four houses at Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in North America founded by Irish-born witch Isolt Sayre.[1][2]

Horned Serpent House was sometimes considered to represent the mind of a witch or wizard. It was also said that Horned Serpent favoured scholars.[3]


In 1926, Horned Serpent received 315 House points, the third highest of the four houses, but won the Charms Chalice award.[4]

Known Horned Serpents

Name Period Attending Ilvermorny Notes
Seraphina Picquery Unknown President of MACUSA.

Behind the scenes

  • Horned Serpent is a creature that appears in the folklore of many indigenous peoples of North America.[5][6] They are typically described as dragon-like serpents with horns and long teeth.[6] They are often associated with or said to control the weather, particularly rain, lightning, and thunder.[5][6] Magical abilities ascribed to them include shape-shifting, invisibility, and hypnotic powers.[6]
  • The house crest is in the shape of a Gordian Knot, alluding to Rionach Sayre's brooch that was saved from a fire by her daughter Isolt.
  • Horned Serpent could be considered the American counterpart to Ravenclaw House at Hogwarts, as both of them are favoured by and known to produce highly intelligent witches and wizards. This is further enhanced by the fact that Isolt felt she would have been a Ravenclaw had she been able to attend Hogwarts. However, J. K. Rowling has said that the Houses are not equivalents of each other.[7]

See also


Notes and references

Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Ilvermorny Houses
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Namesake Founders
Isolt Sayre · Webster Boot · Chadwick Boot · James Steward
Subjects offered
Arithmancy · Charms · Creature Care · Defence Against the Dark Arts · Potions · Study of Ancient Runes · Transfiguration · Xylomancy
Ilvermorny staff
Agilbert Fontaine · Eulalie Hicks · Rionach Steward · William
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