If You've Ever Wondered About America's Role In 'Harry Potter,' J.K. Rowling Is About To Show You

'The History of Magic in North America.'

When J.K. Rowling drew her famous Harry Potter series to a close in 2007 with The Deathly Hallows, many predicted it wouldn't be the last we'd see of the wizarding world she so vividly created. Nearly a decade later, though, no one expected her to be as active as she's been in expanding Harry's world beyond the initial seven books and eight film adaptations. Rowling has provided a steady stream of additional information about the series' key players on Pottermore.com, published new short-form writing, scripted the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and been closely involved with a play that takes place after the books.

That's only part of it, though. The author has also begun to reveal how the wizarding world is mapped on top of the non-magic world, recently revealing the names of four previously unknown schools similar to Hogwarts. The American academy, Ilvermorny, figures to play into the Fantastic Beasts story somehow, given that it takes place in 1920s New York. Rowling wants to start filling in the blanks before that film hits theaters this fall, though, with four stories making up a series she calls The History of Magic in North America.

The first one will land on Pottermore on Tuesday, and altogether they will cover topics like Ilvermorny, "Skin-walkers," the Salem witch trials, and the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Courtesy of Time, here's a video previewing the new material:


One thing's for sure: Rowling and her team definitely still know their audience.

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