J.K. Rowling Says There’s An American Word For Muggle

12 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Daniel Radcliffe says the American word for muggle ‘makes perfect sense’.

The boy wizard’s creator told the BBC that she has not abandoned children’s fiction, even though she is now busy writing detective novels under the pen name Robert Galbraith and working on a screenplay for the film adaptation of her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. JK Rowling’s revelation that ‘no-maj’ is the American word for ‘muggle’ sparked outcry last month but now, Harry Potter himself has told everyone to put their wands down and chill out.Fans of the franchise, particularly US fans, were pretty surprised at the revelation, but Radcliffe has a good explanation for why we should embrace the word change. Fantastic Beasts is set in 1926 New York City, where Scamander will meet with students educated at an American version of Hogwarts, according to Entertainment Weekly.

I’m outraged!” he joked. “I’d be more excited to see what wizards from America and wizards from the UK [argue about], like coriander versus cilantro.” “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 three characters who will join him are Tina (Katherine Waterston), a determined employee at the Magical Congress of USA, Queenie (Alison Sudol), the one who possesses an ability to telepathically peel back the layers of the mind, and Jacob (Dan Fogler), the first Muggle main character in the franchise. 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. It is set 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in Hogwarts and will also chronicle Newt’s adventures in New York, where he travels to discover and document more magical creatures.

Rowling has revealed that the school won’t be the Salem Witches’ Institute mentioned in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, though EW speculates that it might still be somewhere in New England. He discovers the American wizarding community is fearfully hiding from Muggles (who are called “No-Maj” in the States … ) and the threat of public exposure is an even graver concern than in the UK (remember the Salem witch trials?). Production designer Stuart Craig told the magazine that throughout the film, “the magical world is grounded in the context of the Muggle world, born out of things familiar and real.” In another EW article about “surprising things” the magazine learned on the set of Fantastic Beasts, EW reports that the wizarding world in the U.S. is more underground because of wizards’ fear of persecution by Muggles.

There’s even a new group in Fantastic Beasts called New Salem Philanthropic Society—aka the Second Salemers—that aims to expose the wizarding community. Our eyes are peeled for more updates about Fantastic Beasts before its 2016 release, which clearly promises to be a much different film series than the Harry Potter movies.

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