A new J.K. Rowling story that delve into the history of wizarding in the colonies is set to be released. The Harry Potter author wrote four original stories, beginning with the first installment entitled, “History of Magic in North America: Fourteen Century - Seventeenth Century” on March 8, according to CNN.
Rowling learned all about the American slang term for Muggle — “No-Maj” for “no magic.” But more importantly, JK found out about Native American skin-walkers, or Animagi, that can transform their human form into animals.
Some people believed skin-walkers were evil Animagi who sacrificed their loved ones in order to harness the magical ability to transform. But the author suggests that they change into animals in order to escape persecution or to hunt for the tribe.
The new J.K. Rowling story will not only cover skin-walkers, but more American magical topics such as the Salem witch trials, the US wizarding school Ilvermorny and the Magical Congress of the United States of America.
“The famous Salem witch trials of 1692-93 were a tragedy for the wizarding community,” JK Rowling wrote. “Wizarding historians agree that among the so-called Puritan judges were at least two known Scourers, who were paying off feuds that had developed while in America. A number of the dead were indeed witches, though utterly innocent of the crimes for which they had been arrested. Others were merely No-Majs who had the misfortune to be caught up in the general hysteria and bloodlust.”
While the Salem witch trials were clearly a black spot on America’s history, Rowling writes that it at least led to the creation of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) in 1693. The organization created laws for the wizarding community to follow so the mistakes of the witch trials would never happen again, JK added.
“The Native American wizarding community was particularly gifted in animal and plant magic, its potions in particular being of a sophistication beyond much that was known in Europe,” Rowling wrote. “The most glaring difference between magic practiced by Native Americans and the wizards of Europe was the absence of a wand. The magic wand originated in Europe,” JK continued. “Wands channel magic so as to make its effects both more precise and more powerful, although it is generally held to be a mark of the very greatest witches and wizards that they have also been able to produce wandless magic of a very high quality.”
“As the Native American Animagi and potion-makers demonstrated, wandless magic can attain great complexity, but Charms and Transfiguration are very difficult without one,” the author added.
The second installment of the new J.K. Rowling story is entitled “History of Magic in North America: Seventeenth Century and Beyond.” This is where Rowling goes deeper into the Salem witch trials and offers an alternative history explaining that the New World was much more difficult environment for wizards to practice their craft.