JK Rowling Tackles The Magical History Of America In New Harry Potter Stories

JK Rowling Tackles the Magical History of America in New Harry Potter Stories

"The History of Magic in North America" is a new series of four original stories about the Wizarding United States which will premiere tomorrow on Pottermore at 1:00am AEDT. This is presumably tied to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which has Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) accidentally releasing a bunch of magical creatures during his meeting with an official from the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA). This is a problem for New York City's wizards and witches, since the New Salem Philanthropic Society, an extremist organisation dedicated to the eradication of wizards, has already put it on the the defensive.

The stories are going to fill in the history of the United States prior to Scamander's arrival in 1926. Based on the video released by Entertainment Weekly, we'll learn about the American wizarding school Ilvermorny, skin-walkers and the magical history behind the Salem witch trials.

The idea that Salem cast a long shadow over American wizarding history is one that drives me crazy, by the way. First of all, there was a whole thing in the third Harry Potter book about witch burning being pointless because of the Flame-Freezing Charm. But thanks for showing people screaming in fire in the video anyway! Second of all, not to get all "'Merica!" on people, but please let's not have the a whole story about the amazing British man saving America from its provincial extremists. Third of all, skin-walkers are a Native American myth, so let's hope the white British lady approaches that with some delicacy.

On the other, less red, white and blue hand, J.K. Rowling's done very little colouring in of the wizarding world outside of Britain, so this is a fascinatingly mysterious aspect of the world she's created. I imagine controlling magic and dealing with wizard and non-wizard relations in a country the size of the US — plus the whole states issue — throws up some interesting challenges. Or now I'm just hoping these short stories have more depth to them than they probably will and dooming myself to disappointment.


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    ...and stories of amazing Americans saving other countries from their provincial extremists are so hard to come by.

    Oh mad,
    I will keep my eye out for this one, I like the writing style of JK

      Or you will keep a mad eye out for this one? :P

      Last edited 08/03/16 1:27 pm

    Second of all, not to get all “‘Merica!” on people, but please let’s not have the a whole story about the amazing British man saving America from its provincial extremists.Because America never does that right?
    Third of all, skin-walkers are a Native American myth, so let’s hope the white British lady approaches that with some delicacy.What makes it being Native American so special? Just about everything in fantasy novels are derived from native myths. Why are Native American myths so tiptoe worthy?

      Cultural appropriation and racist history, people should be delicate considering that.

      you raise two very good points.

      to answer your first question I refer you to movie The Patriot staring Mel Gibson.

      and to answer your second question have a read of the Twilight saga.

      But I am looking forward to this JK writes very well.

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