J.K. Rowling to Reveal History of North American Magic – Beginning Tomorrow!

It’s been two months since J.K. Rowling set the fandom abuzz with news of the name of the North American wizarding school, Ilvermorny. Now, fans are about to get the information they’ve been dying for for years – information about the history of North American magic! Rowling plans to release this information via Pottermore in the months leading up to the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. What’s even better is that the first round of new information will be released tomorrow!

From Pottermore:

Pottermore always loves to be the bearer of amazing news, so here goes: prepare to learn much more about the wizarding world this year, as we publish the first in a series of new writing by J.K. Rowling called [‘]Magic in North America.[‘]

The first instalment of this exciting new series is called ‘History of Magic in North America’ and will be published on Pottermore in four pieces, starting tomorrow at 2pm GMT. Another piece will be revealed each day at 2pm until Friday, 11 March.

You’ve got four days of new writing by J.K. Rowling to look forward to – as always, remember to breathe…[‘]Magic in North America[‘] will bring to light the history of this previously unexplored corner of the wizarding world in the run[-]up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And you’ll want to get up to speed before the film comes around in November.

The Telegraph has an exclusive video about the upcoming announcements.

Pottermore: Magic in North AmericaThe wizarding world is much larger than you imagined. Learn more about J.K. Rowling’s #MagicInNorthAmerica now. #FantasticBeasts http://bit.ly/1X6ykVX

Posted by Entertainment Weekly on Monday, March 7, 2016

Here’s the text of the video:

The wizarding world you thought you knew is much larger than you imagined. History has many secrets. The official story is never the whole story.

Look beyond the surface, and you will find another world, running parallel to our own – a secret world where magic is real.

Ilvermorny. Skinwalkers. The Witch Trials. And the Magical Congress of the United States of America. These aren’t myths, for the history of America is more amazing than you could ever imagine. Everything you think you know is about to change.

‘Magic in North America.’ A series of original stories by writer J.K. Rowling.

This morning, the Telegraph was also reporting what each new piece of new writing would be about – information that has now been removed from their article. We assume they may not have been supposed to clue their readers in on those bits of information. Luckily for you, we were able to catch all the info before it was removed. Here is what’s going to be covered:

Fourteenth Century – Seventeenth Century – March 8

J.K. 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 – March 9

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 – March 10

Witches and wizards live by the rules of the International Statute of Secrecy, but in 18[th]-century America the magical community’s laws became even more severe.  Discover how one of [the] 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 – March 11

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. J[.K.] 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…

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information surfaces.

What’s it like to grow up as a witch or wizard in North America? Where is Ilvermorny? What’s it like to go there? Let the speculation begin!

Jessica J.

I've been making magic at MuggleNet since 2012, when I first joined the staff as a News intern. I've never wavered from the declaration in my childhood journal, circa October 2000: "I LOVE Harry Potter! If I clean my room, my mom says she'll make me a dinner a wizard would love!" Proud Gryffindor; don't hate.

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