ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

This is the latest from J. K. Rowling on Magic In North America — and likely the last until Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them hits theaters in November.

Since it's the finale, here are 8 big highlights from the story:

1. There Were Wizards In WWI

Even though No-Majs had no idea, the wizarding community was doing its part in the war effort between 1914 and 1918.

2. You're Such A Dorcus!

Remember dumb Dorcus Twelvetrees from 'Rappaport's Law'? So does everybody else in the US wizarding world, and calling someone a 'Dorcus' is slang for idiot or moron.

3. Crackdown On Ghosts, Poltergeists, And Fantastic Creatures

After Rappaport's Law was enacted, MACUSA had a seriously low tolerance for these magical creatures, since they were liable to expose the magical world to the No-Maj one. (This explains the conflict in Fantastic Beasts even more...)

4. MACUSA Headquarters Were Moved To NYC In The 1920s

5. The President Of MACUSA During The '20s (When 'Fantastic Beasts' Is Set) Was President Seraphina Picquery From Savannah, GA

6. Mandatory Wand Permits

Ilvermorney, the Magical School for American Witches and Wizards turned 200 in this decade, which means by now most American witches and wizards are using wands, so new legislation came into place that required everyone to carry a wand permit.

7. There Are 4 Major Wandmakers In America

One made wands prized by Transfigurers:

Shikoba Wolfe, who was of Chocktaw descent, was primarily famous for intricately carved wands containing Thunderbird tail feathers.

Another used Wampus cat and mother of pearl:

Johannes Jonker, a Muggle-born wizard whose No-Maj father was an accomplished cabinet maker, turned himself into an accomplished wandmaker.

This one exclusively hunted a tricky animal:

Thiago Quintana caused ripples through the magical world when his sleek and usually lengthy wands began entering the market, each encasing a single translucent spine from the back of the White River Monsters of Arkansas and producing spells of force and elegance.

And this one made powerful wands that lent themselves to Dark Magic and heroes alike — including President Picquery:

Violetta Beauvais, the famous wandmaker of New Orleans, refused for many years to divulge the secret core of her wands, which were always made of swamp mayhaw wood.

8. ‘The Gigglewater Is Non-Negotiable.’

While the No-Maj world dried out during Prohibition, Seraphina Picquery allowed the magical community to keep on drinking.

On the off chance you haven't read the first three stories, 'Fourteenth Century – Seventeenth Century,' 'Seventeenth Century And Beyond,' and 'Rappaport's Law,' catch the recaps or read them all on Pottermore.

What was your favorite fact about magic from '1920s Wizarding America'?

Source: Pottermore


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