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J.K. Rowling delves into Native American magic in her first wizarding history lesson
European and African wizards visited North America long before Muggles ‘discovered’ it.
The first new piece of writing from Rowling landed on Pottermore this morning, which focuses on the 14th to the 17th century. Here, she reveals the relationship between European, African, and Native American wizards and witches that began at least as early as the Middle Ages—centuries before anyone “discovered” America on a ship.
They could apparate to one another, fly across the Atlantic by broom, or speak with premonitions and visions, so communicating between countries was never a huge issue. It was through those means that the magical communities discovered that they were very similar in regards to how magical blood spread (or appeared) and the attitudes they took towards Muggles and No-Majs, and it suggests that there was a tolerance between magical cultures, falling in line with the state of 1920s New York.
Native American witches and wizards shared a gift for wandless magic like their African counterparts. Wands were a European invention.
Depending on the tribe, some members of the Native American magical community were shunned for their abilities while others were applauded, and according to Rowling, some of them were gifted hunters and healers.
But as often happens, the skills associated with Animagi—a rare skill in the modern-day magical world—were twisted into a dark legend by No-Majs afraid of being exposed as frauds.
You can read Rowling’s latest writing on Pottermore.
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Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.