Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About The Magical Congress of the United States

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Vote up the most interesting details about the magical governing body of America.

The magical government established in America isn't as well defined as the Ministry of Magic, but through supplemental writing and the new Fantastic Beasts movies, fans are beginning to learn more about the group. These are some of the most interesting details about MACUSA that fans and the author have been pointing out.

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    MACUSA's First President Was A War President

    From Redditor u/BasilFronsac:

    [Rowling said] The first President of MACUSA was Josiah Jackson, a warlike wizard who was voted into [the] post by his fellow representatives because he was considered tough enough to deal with the difficulties of the post-Salem Witch Trials era.

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    The Magical Congress Was Created After The Salem Witch Trials

    From Redditor u/p0s7:

    Perhaps the most significant effect of Salem was the creation of the Magical Congress of the United States of America in 1693, pre-dating the No-Maj version by around a century. Known to all American witches and wizards by the abbreviation MACUSA (commonly pronounced as: Mah – cooz – ah), it was the first time that the North American wizarding community came together to create laws for themselves, effectively establishing a magical-world-within-a-No-Maj-world such as existed in most other countries. MACUSA’s first task was to put on trial the Scourers who had betrayed their own kind. Those convicted of murder, of wizard-trafficking, torture and all other manners of cruelty were executed for their crimes.

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    MACUSA Was Modeled After The Wizard Council Of Great Britain

    From Redditor u/BasilFronsac:

    [Rowling said] MACUSA was modeled on the Wizards’ Council of Great Britain, which predated the Ministry of Magic. Representatives from magical communities all over North America were elected to MACUSA to create laws that both policed and protected American wizardkind.

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    America's Worst Magical Criminals Were Executed

    From Redditor u/BasilFronsac:

    [Rowling said] A significant difference between the wizarding governments of the United States and the UK of this time was the penalty for serious crime. Whereas British witches and wizards were sent to Azkaban, the worst criminals in America were executed.

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    MACUSA's Original Goal Was To Rid America Of People Who Hunted The Magical Community Called Scourers

    From Redditor u/BasilFronsac:

    [Rowling said] MACUSA’s primary aim was to rid the continent of Scourers, corrupt wizards who had hunted their fellow magical beings for personal gain. MACUSA’s second great law enforcement challenge was the number of wizarding criminals who had fled to America from Europe and beyond, precisely because of the lack of organized law enforcement such as existed in their own countries.

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    MACUSA Passed A Law That Forbid The Magical Community From Interacting With The Non-Magical One

    From Redditor u/westie9398:

    American magical folk weren't allowed to interact with no-majs basically at all. I can't even imagine the effect this has had on their culture and I'm seriously stoked for tomorrow's writing.

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