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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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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.

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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.


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.



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.