J.K. Rowling releasing new series, Magic in North America


Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written a new, original series about the magical world, entitled Magic in North America. The first instalment called "History of Magic in North America" will be released exclusively on Pottermore on Tuesday at 6 a.m. PST. 

Magic in North America marks the first time readers will have insight into the magical world on that continent. The new series is meant to provide context and back story for the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a Potter offshoot starring Eddie Redmayne.

A 100-second trailer released on Monday teases that readers will learn about the U.S. magical school Ilvermorny, the Salem witch trials and the Magical Congress of the United States of America. The Potter series focused primarily on the magical world in Britain, where the Ministry of Magic governed and Hogwarts was the school attended by Potter and his friends.

Slated for a November release, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a historical action-adventure film about Newt Scamander, a researcher who collects and documents magical creatures. Scamander doesn't appear himself in the Potter books, but is the author of the school text book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. (Watch the film trailer below).

But, that's not all Potter fans have to look forward to. This summer, the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II will debut in London, and a script book will be published by Scholastic Canada. Playwright Jack Thorne is penning the script, based on consultation with Rowling and director John Tiffany.

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