J.K. Rowling Details the History of Native American Magic in the Wizarding World

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In anticipation of the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them later this November, Harry Potter creator and author J.K. Rowling will be releasing brief pieces of information about the history of the Wizarding World in North America, since basically all of the Potter franchise took place in the U.K., without revealing much about the culture in the rest of the world.

Since Fantastic Beasts takes place in a 1920s New York though, Rowling has decided to give some much-needed backstory to the new region being explored in the film, after revealing some small pieces of info about the differences between the British and American Wizarding cultures.

Today, the first piece of written history has been unveiled (via Pottermore) and provides info about the 14-17th centuries in North America, revealing that Chris Columbus and his crew were not actually the first to discover America:

“Though European explorers called it ‘the New World’ when they first reached the continent, wizards had known about America long before Muggles (Note: while every nationality has its own term for ‘Muggle,’ the American community uses the slang term No-Maj, short for ‘No Magic’). Various modes of magical travel – brooms and Apparition among them – not to mention visions and premonitions, meant that even far-flung wizarding communities were in contact with each other from the Middle Ages onwards.”

Some other interesting pieces of information come when Rowling mentions that since the magical wand was invented in Europe, a number of the Native American wizards were skilled in wandless magic which can “attain great complexity,” but isn’t useful when trying to use charms or transfiguration.

The rest of the post itself is highly-interesting for all of you Potter fans out there, and helps to give history to a region of the Wizarding World that hadn’t been previously explored. Leave it to J.K.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will hit theatres on November 18th.

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