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J.K. Rowling has revealed a previously unknown piece of information about the upcoming Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and, judging by the response on social media, fans are not amused.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news that Fantastic Beasts, which is set in 1920s New York, replaces a beloved piece of Potter lore, with American wizards choosing to call non-magical humans “No-Maj” (pronounced, “no madge,” and short for “no magic”) instead of the Potter books’ “muggle.” However, not all of the no-maj fanbase seems to be in favor of the change.
NOPE. I refuse. I will not call muggle No-Maj. Nope nope nope. https://t.co/36m797puYN
— Trinity Bramhall (@panicxgirl16) November 4, 2015
“No-Maj” sounds 100% more like a slur. WAY TO GO, AMERICA. https://t.co/UcVSqPweUN
— Melanie Johnson (@melogna) November 4, 2015
The new word, replacing ‘Muggle‘ is now ‘No-Maj‘, for the spinoff films. What kinda shit is that.
— Kyle Beard (@KBeard7) November 4, 2015
I’ve been accepting of the evolving nature of the Harry Potter franchise but “No-Maj” crosses an unspeakable line. https://t.co/iE8stuJ5x5
— Katie Coyle (@krcoyle) November 4, 2015
Apparently American wizards don’t say muggle, they say no-maj. I don’t like this I am a #muggle!
— Meg Mardian (@MegMardian) November 4, 2015
Of course, such concern should be expected from a change to a fan-favorite property — remember the many fans upset about the cross guards on Kylo Ren’s lightsaber in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser? By the time that Fantastic Beasts hits screens in November, 2016, expect the word to have been adopted by all but the most traditional of muggles — I mean, No-Majes. (That is the plural, right … ?)
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