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Read J.K. Rowling’s first piece in her new History of Magic in North America series

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Lovers of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the wizarding world at large, rejoice - the author has finally unleashed new writing which further explores the mysteries of magic.

As part of her new short story series, History of Magic in North America, Rowling is slow-releasing four original stories based on native American legends, the Salem witch trials and more.

The first of which, titled Fourteenth Century - Seventeenth Century, has been released today and is now available to read on dedicated website Pottermore.com.

Rowling’s new four-part series will serve as a prelude to upcoming Harry Potter film spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, for which she has written the screenplay.

Starring Eddie Redmayne and due to hit cinemas in November, the film is based on Rowling’s 2001 book of the same name, and centres around magizoologist Newt Scamander, who pens a Hogwarts textbook about magical beasts some 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter books.

Concerned that some may not fully appreciate the fuller context of Scamander’s tale however, Rowling decided to provide us all with plenty of background information via the new stories.

“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,” explains the Pottermore site.

The first piece uncovers the magical world of Native American witches and wizards, along with legendary shape-shifters known in Navajo mythology as skin-walkers.

Rowling’s following three instalments will be each be released at 2pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

“Wednesday’s piece will divulge more about the dangers faced by witches and wizards in the New World,” explains Pottermore. “And on Thursday you’ll discover why the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) took steps to move the magical community deeper underground.

“The last piece will take us right up to the Roaring Twenties, when the magical community in North America was under the watchful eye of MACUSA President, Madam Seraphina Picquery – played by Carmen Ejogo in Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them.”

 

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