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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 MACUSA employee.

Behind the scenes

  • The Pukwudgie is a creature that appears in the folklore of various indigenous peoples of North America, notably the Wampanoag.[5][6] 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[5] Its magical abilities include disappearing and reappearing, partial or complete transformation into a porcupine or cougar, and creating fire.[5]
    • 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.

See also


Notes and references

Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Ilvermorny Houses
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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