J.K. Rowling Releases New Stories On North American Magic


By Shannon Fox, @shannonfox


If you’re a Harry Potter fan (and really, who isn’t nowadays?), you’re in for a few special treats from author J.K. Rowling this week.


Yesterday, Rowling announced on Pottermore, her official Harry Potter website, that she will be publishing a new series of writing on the site devoted entirely to North America and its magical background.  The first installment, called “History of Magic in North America”, contains four stories that will be released every day this week, starting today.  This comes just about a month after she finally revealed the name of the North American school of magic: Ilvermorny.


Each of the new installments will cover a different period in history. The first story, which you can find HERE, explores the period between the 14th to 17th centuries, particularly the Native American magical tribes.  Wednesday’s story will cover the 17th century and the Salem Witch Trials.  Thursday’s story covers the American Ministry of Magic in the 18th century.  And finally, Friday’s story covers the 1920s– particularly the wandmakers on this side of the pond.


This all leads up to the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in theaters this November, which explores the journey of Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) to New York City in 1926.  J.K. promises that fans will be completely caught up with America’s magical background by the time the film releases, so it looks like we have even more material to look forward to in the coming months.


Take a look at Pottermore’s trailer for the new series, below:



You can read each of the stories when they’re released on Pottermore at 9 AM EST/12 PM PST each day this week, and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the new series in the comments!

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