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J.K. Rowling Just Dropped Some Intriguing New Info On American Wizards

Rowling is rolling out new information about North American wizards all throughout this week.

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.@ridd1kulus No, there was mutual respect and a sense of kinship between all wizards, no matter what their race.

6. The skin walker legend ("an evil witch or wizard that can transform into an animal at will") was actually based on Native American Animagi.

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.@Weasley_dad In my wizarding world, there were no skin-walkers. The legend was created by No-Majes to demonise wizards.

7. Many of the negative rumors surrounding Native American Animagi came from No-Maj medicine men, some of whom pretended to be magical and were afraid of being found out.

Pottermore / Via Twitter: @EW

Some people believed that the Native American Animagi had killed their family members as sacrifice in order to gain their powers.

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.@ReadyFeddie As children, wizards often produce accidental magic when they feel strong emotion. Wands help control and channel this power.

12. Because of this, high quality wandless magic is considered the mark of a great witch or wizard.

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.@bluesrgt Yes, nearly all wizards use wands, which makes magic easier to channel. Wandless magic is sophisticated and takes more talent.

.@dwmw24601 @bluesrgt Exactly. Wands and brooms (and flying cars) are tools that channel magic. The most gifted can dispense with them.