1.If you didn't know, every so often J.K. Rowling, queen of wizards and also Twitter, gives fans little snippets of Harry Potter info from her glorious mind, like the fact that she didn't decide to kill Lupin (RIP) until Order of the Phoenix.
2.And 2016 has been a pretty magical year for Harry Potter fans, even if it maybe hasn't been for the rest of the world.
3.Back in March, she blessed us with a bunch of new information about American wizards. We didn't know about the word No-Maj before 2016!!
4.We learned that wands originated in Europe, and are used to refine and channel a magical power that would otherwise be uncontrollable.
5.That's why it's so impressive when a wizard (like Dumbledore or Voldemort) masters wandless magic.
6.AND why Voldemort, Snape, and Dumbledore were able to fly without broomsticks. Brooms are just tools to channel magic, like wands.
7.European wizards began immigrating to America in the 17th century, and helped establish the American wizarding school, Ilvermorny.
8.Like Hogwarts, Ilvermorny has four houses: Thunderbird, Wampus, Pukwudgie, and Horned Serpent.
9.We didn't get ~that~ much information about the characteristics of each house, but we ~did~ learn that Tina Goldstein was in Thunderbird, and Queenie was in Pukwudgie.
10.The Salem Witch Trials were a tragedy for the wizarding community in America, and led to many witches and wizards leaving the continent.
11.The Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA to you and me) was established in 1693.
12.A law was established in 1790 – after a breach of the International Statute of Secrecy – that said American wizards and No-Majs had to be completely segregated.
13.And all wizards in America have to carry wand permits. Basically, America is strict AF.
14.Fantastic Beasts came along in November, and taught us that it's possible for a child to suppress their magic, but it comes at a cost.
15.People have speculated that Dumbledore's sister, Ariana, was an Obscurial – which explains a lot about Grindelwald's fascination with them.
16.Speaking of which, we also learned Grindelwald is a super-creepy villain (and we're going to learn way more about him in the future!).
17.In 2016, we were gifted with the beautiful character of Newt Scamander, who taught us that Hufflepuffs are actually some of the most badass people out there.
18.But it wasn't just Fantastic Beasts! This year also brought us Cursed Child, which taught us that 19-years-later Harry became the head of Magical Law Enforcement.
19.After all that reassurance at King's Cross, Albus was sorted into Slytherin, and Harry wasn't all that happy about it.
20.And let's not forget that whole Voldemort-having-a-kid thing.
21.We finally all learned our Patronuses, after approximately a million years of waiting for an official Pottermore quiz.
22.AND we learned that JKR's Patronus is a heron.
23.But most importantly, we learned that Nifflers are the cutest animals in the world, and we all need one.
Here's to an even more magical 2017, Potterheads! ✨