ADAMS —Potterheads from the Berkshires have reason to rejoice! J.K. Rowling, author of the popular Harry Potter series, revealed Tuesday that the first North American wizarding school was started atop of the state's highest peak — Mount Greylock.
"I am excited," said John Dudek, who, with his brother Peter Dudek and business partner Brad Parsons, manages Bascom Lodge during the May to November season.
In March, Rowling revealed the name of the school, the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to fans via her website, Pottermore.com. The website has been rolling out an online series, "Magic in North America," which details the history of the wizarding world in North America in the run up to the release of the new Potterverse film, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," in November.
Adams Community Development Director Donna Cesan said the news could mean new ways of marketing the proposed $40 million Greylock Glen Resort.
"It's hard to fathom all the possibilities,' she said. "I have just heard about this. Our project doesn't need to be modified but this could give us a new way to market it."
The latest installment of the online series begins: "The great North American school of magic was founded in the seventeenth century. It stands at the highest peak of Mount Greylock, where it is concealed from non-magic gaze by a variety of powerful enchantments, which sometimes manifest in a wreath of misty cloud."
You can read about Ilvermorny's founding here: https://www.pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/ilvermorny
Ilvermorny isn't the first fictional school for "gifted" students to find a home in the Berkshires.
The region has also served as the location of one version of the fictional school for Marvel's "X-Men." The Massachusetts Academy, which was later renamed Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, was the training school for teenage mutants in the franchise's series "Generation X."
The academy, located in the fictional city of Snow Valley, served as the home of the team from 1994 to 2001, when it was closed in "Generation X" No. 75.
"There's a sense of elation," Cesan said. "People in Adams always knew that Greylock was a magical place."