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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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2. "Muggle" in America is called "No-Maj," which stands for "No Magic."

Pottermore / Via Twitter: @EW

This was revealed back in November, but it bears repeating, as we'll be hearing the term a lot around Fantastic Beasts.

3. From the Middle Ages on, the Native American magic community was in contact with the magic communities in Europe and Africa through magical transportation and "visions and premonitions."

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

5. Some Native American witches and wizards built reputations as healers or hunters in their tribes, but others were stigmatized or believed to be possessed by evil spirits.

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.

.@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.

.@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.

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

13. However, wandless magic can also be very complex, as shown by the Native American wizards — but Charms and Transfiguration can be extremely difficult without using a wand.

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

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

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