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The Attack on Ilvermorny

The Irish witch Gormlaith Gaunt attacks Ilvermorny School to take revenge on her niece, Isolt Sayre, who had stolen the family heirloom wand once belonging to Salazar Slytherin from Gormlaith and fled to America. The witch was also furious that Isolt married James Steward, a No-Maj, and was running a school which allowed anyone magical to enter, even those who were not pure-bloods (Pm).

Creeping up to the large granite building on Mount Greylock while the family slept, Gormlaith casts a Curse of Enchanted Slumber on Isolt and her husband, then uses Parseltongue to put Slytherin’s Basilisk horn wand core to sleep. What she doesn’t know was that Isolt has adopted the Boot brothers, now teenagers, and their wands had twin cores of River Serpent horn, which responded to Gormlaith’s Parseltongue by sounding a “low musical note” of warning.  Unable to waken their parents, both Boot brothers duel Gormlaith outside the school while she questions them on their pure-blood credentials and curses them (Pm).

Eventually the fight between Gormlaith and the boys enters the walls of the school, shattering walls and windows. James and Isolt continue to sleep, but as their twin baby daughters hear the commotion and start to cry, love for their children breaks Gormlaith’s Slumber Curse, awakening the parents. James rush to the children, while Isolt grabs Slytherin’s wand before realizing it was in a state of wand sleep and therefore useless. Gormlaith chases the entire family to the door of the nursery intending to corner and kill them, and all might have been lost except that Isolt cries out the name of her dead father William, which alerts her nearby Pukwudgie friend William who thinks he was being summoned. The creature jumps on the windowsill and shoots Gormlaith through the heart with a poison arrow to defend Isolt. The wicked witch shrieks and turns into a pile of smoking dust (Pm).

For saving the family, William and his family of Pukwudgies move into the school and help the family rebuild. Slytherin’s wand is buried, from which grows a large Snakewood Tree (Pm).


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