Harry Potter may be familiar with how wizards run things across the pond, but a new piece of writing from J.K. Rowling reveals that the Magical Congress of the United States of America does things a bit differently in the states.
Rowling took to Pottermore to shed some light on the American wizarding government (dubbed MACUSA for short) in a detailed piece that serves as the third and final installment of her North American trilogy.
In the piece we learn that MACUSA was created in 1693 as a direct result of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy. Wizards in the states realized they could live happier lives if they kept their abilities secret and formed an underground community. The Salem Witch Trials also served as a motive for American wizards wanting to keep the magic secret.
Rowling also reveals that Josiah Jackson was the first person elected President of MACUSA because his warlike qualities lead people to believe he’d be tough enough to lead after the events of the Salem Witch Trials. Jackson didn’t disappoint, and his first course of action was to train a crew of 12 Aurors that, like America’s founding fathers, hold a special place in US wizarding history.
There’s an Abraham Potter amidst the list of 12 names, but there’s no word yet on whether or not he’s a distant relative of Harry’s. Either way, it’s a fun idea to think about!
Origins aside, Rowling also dives into some information that’ll help us understand what sort of role MACUSA will play when Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York City in 1926 during the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
As we’ve seen in the trailers, it’s not long after Newt arrives that a few of his carefully collected magical creatures manage to escape his trusty magical briefcase. As the creatures run amok in the Big Apple, it’s quickly apparent that their escape is threatening to violate the Statute of Secrecy. Keeping the magic secret is a huge foundation upon which MACUSA was built, so it’s safe to say Newt’s not going to be on the best terms with everyone involved in magical government.
Head on over to Pottermore to check out J.K. Rowling’s latest piece of North American writing in full!
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