By: Dani

So excited to share with you the latest update on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! A newly released video announced that J.K. Rowling will be debuting four new original stories in a series titled “The History of Magic in North America.” They offer a glimpse into what we will learn more of in the upcoming movie trilogy. The stories premiered on Pottermore on Tuesday, March 8th. They are only available on Pottermore!

I loved this video! It is so well-done and is just a taste of how the movie will turn out! The series features the following topics:

  • The U.S. Hogwarts, Ilvermorny
  • Skin-walkers, a Native American legend
  • The Salem witch trials, a formative event for the country’s national magical identity
  • Our Ministry of Magic, the Magical Congress of the United States of America

I am pretty psyched to say that I have read the first three and really want to share my thoughts.

These new pieces are definitely just teases of what it is to come. Just enough to ramp up our excitement level (as if that’s really possible??), and it’s working. I absolutely love reading about the history of magic in North America. And I really love that Rowling tied factual events into the story. And honestly, she does it so well that I really want to believe that her version of what went down is actually the accurate version. She gives a good bit of information about the relationship of wizards and witches and “No-Majs,” which has always been a curiosity of mine. She even mentions that Americans don’t fall for things as easily as our counterparts in other areas of the world. Another take away from the stories is the emphasis she put on the relationship between No-Majs and the wizarding community.

As far as what these stories mean in relation to the movies, I think she is setting up the conflict of the movies by mentioning the Scourers that were banished from society. Their banishment led to passing down that anger towards the wizarding community for generations to come. I believe we may meet one or two of these families in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Maybe a descendant of the one who caused so much of the animosity between the wizards and No-Majs??  Jo always has a reason for the stories she writes and the choices she makes. These stories are definitely leading up to something that will become clearer once the first movie is released. I am hoping to see some interaction between the No-Majs and the wizards and witches because that has drama written all over it. The great thing about the way Rowling writes is that you never really know what you are going to get…and I am pretty sure she loves to give us little hints and then watch us all run wild with our theories!

For now, I will just keep rereading the stories and trying to decipher all of the hidden meanings! The final story will be released tomorrow, March 11th.

Have you read any of the new stories? What do you think? What are your theories?

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