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J.K. Rowling Just Revealed A Major Moment In American Wizarding History

Here's why wizards in North America were driven deeper underground in the late 18th century.

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Thursday morning, J.K. Rowling released the third installment of her new writing about magic in America on Pottermore. You can read the first installment here, and the second here.

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We learned something that may reverberate through every other story involving the American wizarding world.

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After a catastrophic breach in the International Statute of Secrecy, a law was instituted in 1790 to completely segregate American wizards from the No-Maj community.

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Dorcus Twelvetress, the daughter of a high-ranking MACUSA official, fell for a No-Maj named Bartholomew Barebone, who happened to believe that the magical community was wrought with evil.

As we learned in Wednesday's installment, Scourers were a cruel group of wizarding mercenaries who trafficked their fellow witches and wizards and passed on a deep-seated hatred of the magical community to their descendants. Barty here was one of those decsendants.
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As we learned in Wednesday's installment, Scourers were a cruel group of wizarding mercenaries who trafficked their fellow witches and wizards and passed on a deep-seated hatred of the magical community to their descendants. Barty here was one of those decsendants.

Working off information gleaned from Dorcus, Barty exposed the wizarding world to the No-Maj press and did his best to kill any witches and wizards he could.

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This event directly led to Rappaport's Law. Wizards were no longer allowed to even be friends with No-Maj people, let alone marry them. Communication was decreased to only the necessities.

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Penalties for unnecessary communication and fraternization were rough.

Basically, we just learned of a major wizarding historical moment. One that drove American wizards even deeper underground...

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And one that will SURELY reverberate through to the 1920s and Newt Scamander's adventures in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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Oh, and we also learned that American wizarding currency is called "Dragot."

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You can read J.K. Rowling’s new piece on Pottermore here.

CORRECTION

Bartholomew almost killed a group of No-Maj people in his attempts to attack MACUSA officials. An earlier version of this post said he killed them, but they survived, and hopefully lived very happy fictional lives for decades to come.

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