Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About Magic In America

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Vote up the most interesting lore details about witches and wizards in the US.

Despite the Harry Potter novels taking place exclusively in Europe, the whole world is full of witches and wizards. JK Rowling has gone into extensive detail about the history of the magical community in America and these fans are pointing out the most interesting details.


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    The Prohibition Didn't Apply To American Witches And Wizards

    From Redditor u/BasilFronsac:

    [Rowling said] Unlike the No-Maj community of the 1920s, MACUSA allowed witches and wizards to drink alcohol. Many critics of this policy pointed out that it made witches and wizards rather conspicuous in cities full of sober No-Majs. However, in one of her rare light-hearted moments, President Picquery was heard to say that being a wizard in America was already hard enough. ‘The Gigglewater,’ as she famously told her Chief of Staff, ‘is non-negotiable.’

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    Scourers Were Magical Mercenaries In America Hunting Anyone With A Bounty

    From Redditor u/dangerouslycheesey94:

    [Rowling said] The last, and probably the most dangerous problem encountered by wizards newly arrived in North America were the Scourers. As the wizarding community in America was small, scattered and secretive, it had as yet no law enforcement mechanism of its own. This left a vacuum that was filled by an unscrupulous band of wizarding mercenaries of many foreign nationalities, who formed a much-feared and brutal taskforce committed to hunting down not only known criminals, but anyone who might be worth some gold.

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    America Had Four Great Wandmakers While Britain Just Had Ollivanders

    From Redditor u/BasilFronsac:

    [Rowling said] Legislation introduced at the end of the nineteenth century meant that every member of the magical community in America was required to carry a ‘wand permit,’ a measure that was intended to keep tabs on all magical activity and identify the perpetrators by their wands. Unlike Britain, where Ollivanders was considered unbeatable, the continent of North America was served by four great wandmakers.

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    Wizards Knew About The 'New World' Long Before Muggles Discovered It

    From Redditor u/dangerouslycheesey94:

    [Rowling said] Though European explorers called it ‘the New World’ when they first reached the continent, wizards had known about America long before Muggles.

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    The Salem Witch Trials Led To The Creation Of The Magical Congress

    From Redditor u/dangerouslycheesey94:

    [Rowling said] 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.

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    American Wizards Participated In World War I

    From Redditor u/BasilFronsac:

    [Rowling said] The wizards of America had played their part in the Great War of 1914-1918, even if the overwhelming majority of their No-Maj compatriots were ignorant of their contribution. As there were magical factions on both sides, their efforts were not decisive, but they won many victories in preventing additional loss of life, and in defeating their magical enemies.