1. In the 17th century and beyond, European witches and wizards emigrated to America along with their No-Maj counterparts.
Sometimes it was out of adventure, but mostly it was to escape persecution or the wizarding authorities. (Again, No-Maj is the American version of Muggle.)
3. America was a harsher environment for the newcomers compared to Europe because there were unfamiliar magical plants, no established wandmakers, and only one wizarding school — Ilvermorny — but in its roughest early stages.
5. Because the American wizarding community lacked its own law enforcement agency at the time, a brutal group of wizarding mercernaries formed called the Scourers.
Consisting of wizards of many foreign nationalities, the Scourers hunted down criminals and anyone worth gold.
6. The Scourers grew increasingly feared and corrupt, used cruelty and torture, enjoyed bloodshed, trafficked their fellow witches and wizards, and sometimes passed off No-Majs as wizards to get rewards from other gullible No-Majs.
Sound familiar? Hmm.
8. The Salem Witch Trials led to many witches and wizards leaving America, or convinced others not to settle there.
As a result, there were fewer magical folk in North America compared to other continents.
9. Pure-bloods, who read the newspapers and knew what the Puritans and Scourers were up to, rarely came to America — so there was a much higher percentage of No-Maj-born witches and wizards there.
Accordingly, the pure-blood ideology wasn’t as popular in America as in Europe.
11. MACUSA’s first act was to put the Scourers to trial, convicting and executing them for their crimes.
12. Some Scourers, however, vanished into the No-Maj community, marrying No-Majs and passing onto their children the belief that magic was real and witches and wizards should be exterminated.
13. North American No-Majs seem harder to fool about magic possibly because of the anti-magic beliefs of these Scourer families and their descendants, which has had repercussions for the government of the American wizarding community.
You can read J.K. Rowling’s new piece on Pottermore here.
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