J.K. Rowling Concludes Series of Short Essays With "Wizarding" in Roaring '20s

The fourth and final part of the author's new writings chronicling North American magic brought the history lesson up to the same setting as the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff film, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.'
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J.K. Rowling's four-part series of essays introducing audiences to the pre-Potter world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came to end on Friday, when the final chapter "History of Magic in North America" was published on the Pottermore website.

Entitled "1920s Wizarding America," the concluding entry brought the historical setting right up to that of the film, which is due out in November.

Having pointed out that the wizards of America had "played their part in the Great War of 1914-1918," Rowling said that their contributions were mostly overlooked by their No-Maj compatriots and that they still remained highly secretive and underground following the "catastrophe" described in her previous essay.

Introduced in the new piece of writing was an incident known as the "Great Sasquatch Rebellion of 1892," which apparently forced the Magical Congress of the United States of America to relocate from Washington to New York, also where Fantastic Beasts is mostly set (although many of the New York scenes were shot in the British city of Liverpool). 

Although North American magic had originally existed without the use of wands, Rowling wrote that, by the turn of the 20th century, four major wandmakers had emerged (unlike in Europe, where "Ollivanders was considered unbeatable").

But perhaps the most interesting historical note was that, even in the height of prohibition, magical types in the U.S. were still allowed to drink alcohol.

According to a famous quote by the then president of the congress: "The Gigglewater is non-negotiable."

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