As the video above makes excitingly clear, we can expect to learn much more about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in a new series of short stories set outside of Great Britain. As the short pieces become available, I’ll link them and share my immediate thoughts.
Part 1: Fourteenth Century – Seventeenth Century
- Wizards knew about North America before it was officially discovered. Cool!
- Native American mythology fits surprisingly well with the secret history oh JKR’s world.
- Way too short! 4 paragraphs? This is a lesson in brevity.
- Also, it proved more a historical account than anything.
- I’m impressed by how developed her world is… But not really, because she wrote Harry Potter.
- No-Maj, lol.
Part 2: Seventeenth Century and Beyond
- First off, thank you for making this one considerably longer.
- Second, wow, she really did put a ton of thought into this.
- The creation of the Magical Congress of the United States of America is said to predate the No-Maj version by over a century. Is this in reference to the naming of the Country or the actual Congress? Because if I’m not mistaken, the ‘USA’ was coined in 1776, which doesn’t quite match up.
- I can see how the wizarding community would have developed in such a way as to become lawless and cruel. Interesting how this all came to a head in 1692’s Salem Witch Trials.
- I like the notion that North American wizarding families don’t much care if they’re pure blooded or not.
Part 3: Rappaport’s Law
- Well done. I was very engaged. This was the first to stick to telling it like an actual story, breaking (slightly) from the mold of a pure historical retelling.
- MACUSA does not cooperate with any branch of the US government, an interesting turn of events.
- Scourers and their descendants. Don’t like ’em one bit.
- Very interesting how she weaves American notions and mentalities towards a wizarding tilt. And well done, coming from an American.
- Segragation. *Shake my head* No good will come of this.
Part 4: 1920s Wizarding America
- The last of four brief blog posts detailing an abridged history of wizardry in the United States of America, this one does a fine job at inserting itself into the history of America.
- It also allows Rowling to flex her creative muscles in bringing to life American myths and legends in a way that works all too well in her secret society.
- Would have been nice to learn more about Ilvermorny.
- The different wand makers, and what they used as their cores, was very clever.
- Big Foot. Excellent.
- And it’s good to hear that American wizards weren’t effected by Prohibition.
- Sadly this is it, but I feel this will greatly set the stage for what’s to come in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.