Pottermore Presents: The Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Just in time for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Pottermore is gifting us with more information on The Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA).

Sound familiar? Well, it shouldn’t. But it will soon.

The information, written by J.K Rowling itself, as most things on Pottermore, and the third on a series meant to provide important backstory on Magic in North America, explores the roots of America’s secret wizarding governing body, the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA).

Previously, Pottermore had published two installments of Magic in North America, including ‘History of Magic in North America,’ which revealed the history of North American witches and wizards, and a profile on Ilvermorny, the North American school of magic founded in the 17th century.

The new writing reveals how MACUSA was formed and tracks the odyssey of its various headquarters as it moved from an enchanted edifice in the Appalachian Mountains to Williamsburg, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and, finally, to New York City, where it was magically modified to be hidden from No-Majs (the American term for Muggles).

 It also examines  MACUSA’s place in American history, including the infamous ‘Country or Kind’ debate during the Revolutionary War, when members of the U.S. magical community questioned to whom they owed their allegiance. Another facet of the story looks at how the Statute of Secrecy—the law preventing wizards and witches from revealing the magical world to No-Majs—evolved.

What are you waiting for? Go read it!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released worldwide on November 18th, 2016. The new information about Magic in North America is available exclusively on pottermore.com.

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