Friday morning, J.K. Rowling released the fourth installment of her new writing about magic in America on Pottermore. You can read the first installment here, the second here, and the third here.
1.American wizards did fight in World War I. Their presence was helpful in "preventing additional loss of life."
2.And that law banning "unnecessary" communication and relations between wizards and non-magical people still kept the wizarding community highly segregated from No-Maj people.
3.By the 1920s, magical people were used to only marrying/reproducing with fellow magical people.
4.The slang term "Dorcus" comes directly from the events involving Dorcus Twelvetrees that triggered Rappaport's Law. It means to be an idiot and/or inept.
5.There are "severe" penalties around exposure re: The International Statute of Secrecy. So, Harry Potter himself would be out of luck in the states, because he flouted those rules every other book.
6.American wizarding society is even more intolerant than European wizards of things like ghosts, magical creatures, and poltergeists – because of the strict policy around the threat of exposure. (Sorry, Hagrid.)
7.The Magical Congress Of the United States Of America (MACUSA) moved to New York City from Washington after the events of the Great Sasquatch Rebellion of 1892.
8.President of the MACUSA throughout the twenties was Madam Seraphina Picquery, a "famously gifted witch."
9.Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was considered one of the greatest wizarding institutions in the world in the 1920s.
10.Ilvermorny also taught all of its students wand magic. Every witch and wizard was required to carry a wand permit.
11.North America had four highly celebrated wand makers providing wands for wizards of the continent, unlike Britain, which only really had Ollivander.
12.As a perk of their separation, American wizards in the 1920s didn't have to abide by the laws of Prohibition.
13."The Gigglewater," President Picquery once said, "is non-negotiable." So, uh, prepare for some drunk wizards in Fantastic Beasts.
You can read J.K. Rowling’s new piece on Pottermore here.