EW have released a teaser video of brand new writings by J.K Rowling on the history of magic in North America in the build up to the first Fantastic Beasts movie, which takes place in 1926:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will transport Harry Potter fans back to 1920s New York City, and in preparation for our trip back in time, Rowling will be filling in some major historical blanks.
As the video mentions, The History of Magic in North America will cover a number of topics in America’s magical history including:
—The U.S. Hogwarts, Ilvermorny
—Skin-walkers, a Native American legend
—The Salem witch trials, a formative event for the country’s national magical identity
—Our Ministry of Magic, the Magical Congress of the United States of America
All of which is leading to the arrival of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New York and the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Nov. 18.
There are four new pieces to be released – one each day from tomorrow, Tuesday, until Friday – all at 2pm GMT on Pottermore.
Thanks to the Telegraph, we also have a summary of what’s to come this week in each of the four pieces:
Fourteenth Century – Seventeenth Century: JK Rowling reveals the origins of the magical community of North America; divulging the truth behind the legend of the skin walkers, wizards within the Native American communities, and wandless magic.
Seventeenth Century and Beyond: Discover why it was far more dangerous being a wizard or witch in North America than in Europe, and the devastating impact of the Salem Witch Trials, and find out about the threatening Scourers: a rogue band of wizarding mercenaries and the lasting effect these vengeful people had on both wizards and No-Majs.
Rappaport’s Law: Witches and wizards live by the rules of the International Statute of Secrecy, but in 18TH-century America the magical community’s laws became even more severe. Discover how one of most serious breaches of the secrecy of the wizarding world led to humiliation for the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), and the total segregation of wizards and No-Majs.
1920s Wizarding America: Ollivanders in Diagon Alley may be the go-to wandmaker for witches and wizards in the UK, but in 1920s America four great wandmakers served the magical population. Jk Rowling introduces Wolfe, Jonker, Quintana and Beauvais and the wands they made. Read about the part the wizards of America played in the Great War of 1914-1918, and why if you’re a wizard in 1920s America you need a wand permit.
And finally, meet MACUSA’s Madam President Seraphina Picquery, and learn her surprising stance on prohibition…
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