Harry Potter Fans Want to Stage a Revolt Over J.K. Rowling’s American Word for …

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: First plot details about Harry Potter prequel emerge.

The eagerly-awaited spinoff of the “Harry Potter” series that’s set 70 years before the Boy Who Lived lived, revolves around “Magizooligist” Newt Scamander, played by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne.Then Rowling came up with an even better one, and penned her first-ever screenplay for next year’s eagerly anticipated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the Harry Potter author had creative imput on all the previous eight movies, but the 1926-set prequel Fantastic Beasts is her first actual script). The movie starts off with the wizard arriving in New York City, where magic wielders live in fear of being discovered and persecuted by “No-Maj,” or non-magic folk. Now they’ve released the first details of the upcoming film’s plot. “This case is one of those way-way-way-bigger-on-the-inside magical devices, and within are expansive habitats for a collection of rare and endangered magical creatures from Newt’s travels around globe. “He discovers the American wizarding community is fearfully hiding from Muggles (who are called ‘No-Maj’ in the US) and the threat of public exposure is an even graver concern than in the UK. “Fantastic Beasts is the story of what happens when this uniquely skilled English wizard travels to wiz-phobic America and a variety of his creatures, some quite dangerous … get out of their case.” Shooting is already underway but fans can expect to wait a little while yet for the first trailer.

In a fetching blue wool coat and a tweed suit, with a briefcase in hand, Eddie’s character Newt stands inside the entrance of the majestic art deco-influenced Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), as featured on the front cover of Entertainment Weekly. OK, listen, I am excited that Fantastic Beasts will bring one of my favorite stories to the USA, and we are equally excited about Eddie Redmayne’s coat, but I am just not here for “No-Maj.” Just not at all. Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Ron Perlman and Jon Voight, along with Steve Jobs actress Katherine Waterston, also star in Fantastic Beasts. Eccentric magizoologist Newt Scamander (Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne) comes to New York (for a reason we won’t disclose) with his trusty weathered case. The first photos from the film, published by , feature Redmayne and co-stars Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski.

Rowling revealed in America, there’s another word for muggle (non-witches and non-wizards): “No-Maj” (pronounced “no madge,” as in “no magic”).

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