As we all know, the history of North America is long and complex. It’s full of wars and murders, complete with a somewhat peaceful ending…but now one person is turning all of that history on its head.
J.K. Rowling has revealed that North America has a secret magical history of its own. Yes, finally we can shake our fists at the folks across the pond and say, “we have magic too, suckers!”
The movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which chronicles the “adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York‘s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school” (thanks IMDB) will have its theatrical release later this year. And Rowling’s giving us a crash course in North American wizarding history spanning hundreds of years, by sharing four new pieces of writing over the course of a week on PotterMore.
A newly released video promoting this new adventure tells us we’re about to learn a lot about Skin-walkers (Native American wizards), animaguses (wizards that transform into animals), the Magical Congress of the United States of America, the true story about the Salem Witch Trials and a North American wizarding school called Ilvermorny that might possibly be located in Canada. Eeeep, how excited are we?!
Watch the whole teaser-of-sorts below ’cause there’s way too much going on. We can’t wait.