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JK Rowling is writing more magical Harry Potter stories… only they’ll be set in the US this time

March 8th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Ahead of the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them in November, Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling is crafting a four-part collection of original writing entitled “Magic in North America.”

The first instalment, “History of Magic in North America,” was introduced Monday, write Squareeyed, with the global launch of a 100-second specially produced video that serves as a prologue to the new original writing by Rowling, introducing audiences to previously untouched areas of Rowling’s creation.

As the video mentions, The History of Magic in North America will cover a number of topics in America’s magical history including:

—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

The writing will be posted on Pottermore.com over four consecutive days beginning Tuesday at 2pm GMT. The four stories will provide crucial context and backstory for Fantastic Beasts and Eddie Redmayne’s lead character Newt Scamander.

Below is the official article from Pottermore, the official website for all things Harry Potter and Rowling, where you will be able to exclusively access the articles:

Pottermore always loves to be the bearer of amazing news, so here goes: prepare to learn much more about the wizarding world this year, as we publish the first in a series of new writing by J.K. Rowling called Magic in North America.

The first instalment of this exciting new series is called ‘History of Magic in North America’ and will be published on Pottermore in four pieces, starting tomorrow at 2pm GMT. Another piece will be revealed each day at 2pm until Friday 11 March.

You’ve got four days of new writing by J.K. Rowling to look forward to – as always, remember to breathe.

We were able to share with you the name of the North American wizarding schoolearlier this year, but there’s just so much more to tell you about witches and wizards across the world.

Magic in North America will bring to light the history of this previously unexplored corner of the wizarding world in the run up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And you’ll want to get up to speed before the film comes around in November.

It’s going to be quite a week. Check back on Pottermore tomorrow at 2pm GMT to read the first piece.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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