But let's be real as to why I made up this feature: I just want the opportunity to post something about Harry Potter.
This past week, J.K. Rowling revealed new information about the history of magic in North America in a series of writings on Pottermore. Here are 7 things we learned on the subject:
1. The legend of the Native American "skin walker" is based around Native American Animagi. The Native American wizarding community were particularly gifted in wandless magic as the wand is a European invention.
2. When No-Maj (short for "No Magic") Europeans began to settle in North America, their magical counterparts did too. A corrupt and brutal taskforce known as the Scourers rose up in the late seventeenth century.
4. The Salem Trials also led to the creation of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) in 1693. At this point, the Scourers - some of whom had acted as Puritan judges during the Salem Trials - were put on trial and executed.
6. MACUSA is also more intolerant of magical spirits and fantastic beasts as a result. Such magical creatures present a serious risk of alerting No-Majs to the existence of magic.
7. Whereas Ollivander is the one great wandmaker of Britain, North America has four great wandmakers. These wand makers are (along with their respective magical material): Shikoba Wolfe (Thunderbird tail feathers), Johannes Jonker (hair of the Wampus cat), Thiago Quintana (White River Monster spines), and Violetta Beauvais (hair of the dog-headed Rougarou).
Very intriguing, no?? These new pieces of information are obviously going to play a big part of the lore in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies. Head over to Pottermore to read more about each of these factoids in detail.
The haunting teaser trailer for this new Fantastic Beasts promo: