The magical world of Harry Potter is still surprising fans years after its series’ end thanks to J.K. Rowling’s recent short stories and her revelations about the magical realm, like the fact that there’s a U.S. equivalent of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry—a school that will be appearing in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the big screen adaptation of Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff book. 

Fantastic Beasts, which takes place 70 years before Harry Potter—but isn’t a prequel—follows a magizoologist, Newt Scamander (to be played by Eddie Redmayne), a Hogwarts alumnus who travels to the Big Apple.

When asked about a U.S. version of Hogwarts, Rowling teased: 

But she was quick to say Scamander wasn’t going to be visiting the school and that the school wasn’t located in New York. 

Rowling gave up a whole lots more about the school, saying its name is of immigrant origin and that the school has Native American-Indian roots because of “indigenous” magic that went into founding the school by some soon-to-be-named tribes. 

Rowling is writing the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts. It hits theaters November 18, 2016.


[via Time]