Before the New York-set Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters this November, author J.K. Rowling is giving Harry Potter fans a chance to read up on America's magical history. While the Magical Congress may never sound as ~ cool ~ as the Ministry of Magic, Rowling promises that the United States's magical history is more amazing than you could ever imagine in a new series of four original stories titled, The History of Magic in North America.
America's magical lore has been a bit of an enigma since the release of Rowling's Harry Potter series. After all, Harry Potter was set in the U.K., and we never caught a glimpse of Harry's magical brethren across the pond. Now, Rowling plans to fill in the blanks with The History of Magic in North America, which will debut this week on Pottermore.
The stories will shed light on a time and a place previously unexplored in Rowling's previous novels and will fill in the blanks for fans ahead of the release of Fantastic Beasts, which is set in 1926 New York, a time when wizards lived in hiding among the No-Maj (a.k.a. American Muggles) for fear of persecution.
Fantastic Beasts follows Newt, a magizoologist who searches for the world’s most magical creatures and keeps them in his magical suitcase. Upon a visit to New York City, Newt accidentally lets some of these rare and endangered magical creatures escape for all No-Majs to see, which is very, very bad, especially because the No-Maj are already trying to persecute wizards and witches. Needless to say, America's Magical Congress isn't happy when they find out what Newt has been up to in the Big Apple.
The long, complicated history between wizards and No-Maj is just one of the elements Rowling will explore in her new stories. According to EW, which broke the news of Rowling's new series of stories, The History of Magic in North America will cover a number of topics in America's magical history, from the United States equivalent of Hogwarts, Ilvermorny, to the Salem witch trials, "a formative event for the country's national magical identity," and the Skin-walkers, a Native American legend.
Our inner Hermione Granger is quivering in anticipation for all of this American magical history knowledge Rowling is about to drop.