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Pukwudgie was one of the four houses at Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in North America.[2] It was named so by No-Maj James Steward, after the Pukwudgie. The Pukwudgie was a fiercely independent magical creature,[3] based on stories he heard from his wife Isolt Sayre about William the Pukwudgie.[1]

Pukwudgie House was sometimes considered to represent the heart of a witch or wizard. It was also said that Pukwudgie favoured healers.[3]


In 1926, Pukwudgie received 378 House points, the second highest of the four houses, and won the Quidditch Cup and The Gobstone Goblet.[4]

Known Pukwudgies[]

Name Period Attending Ilvermorny Notes
Queenie Goldstein 1914 - 1921 Legilimens and former MACUSA employee.
Ruby Honeysuckle Unknown Agent of the Rare, Obscure, and Confounding Case Division in the British Ministry of Magic.[5]

Behind the scenes[]

  • The Pukwudgie is a creature that appears in the folklore of various indigenous peoples of North America, notably the Wampanoag.[6][7] It is typically described as two-to-three-feet tall and human-shaped, but with a larger nose, ears, and fingers and smooth, grey skin that sometimes glows, and a thick coat of hair over its head and back similar in appearance to a porcupine[6] Its magical abilities include disappearing and reappearing, partial or complete transformation into a porcupine or cougar, and creating fire.[6]
    • While in the Harry Potter universe the Pukwudgie is said to be distantly related to the European goblin,[1] in the real-world, the Pukwudgie is a creature of Indigenous folklore unconnected to European goblin folklore.
  • Pukwudgie is the only Ilvermorny house whose namesake creature is not known to produce a wand core.


Notes and references[]

Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Ilvermorny Houses
Horned Serpent ClearBG 2
Wampus ClearBG 2
Thundebird ClearBG 2
Pukwudgie ClearBG 2
Namesake Founders
Isolt Sayre · Chadwick Boot · Webster Boot · James Steward
Subjects offered
Arithmancy · Charms · Creature Care · Defence Against the Dark Arts · Potions · Study of Ancient Runes · Transfiguration · Xylomancy
Ilvermorny staff
William · Rionach Steward · Eulalie Hicks · Agilbert Fontaine
Ilvermorny locations
Ilvermorny Castle · Ilvermorny's snakewood tree

See also[]