Writing and Video Provide Important Backstory to the Upcoming Feature
Film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–‘The Magical Congress of the United States of America,’ the third and
final instalment in a collection of new original writing by J.K. Rowling
entitled Magic in North America, was published on pottermore.com
today. This latest writing explores the roots of America’s secret
wizarding governing body, the Magical Congress of the United States of
America (MACUSA). It is available exclusively on pottermore.com.
‘The Magical Congress of the United States of America,’ together with
the short video, offers insightful background details for the upcoming
Warner Bros. Pictures feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find
Them. The film, which marks J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut, is
set in New York in 1926, and will be released worldwide on 18 November
The new writing reveals how MACUSA was formed and tracks the odyssey of
its various headquarters as it moved from an enchanted edifice in the
Appalachian Mountains to Williamsburg, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland;
Washington, D.C.; and, finally, to New York City, where it was magically
modified to be hidden from No-Majs (the American term for Muggles).
‘The Magical Congress of the United States of America’ also examines
MACUSA’s place in American history, including the infamous ‘Country or
Kind’ debate during the Revolutionary War, when members of the U.S.
magical community questioned to whom they owed their allegiance. Another
facet of the story looks at how the Statute of Secrecy—the law
preventing wizards and witches from revealing the magical world to
Pottermore published two previous instalments of Magic in North
America earlier this year, including ‘History of Magic in North
America’ in March. This first piece of writing in the series revealed
the history of North American witches and wizards, and in June,
Pottermore unveiled the second instalment about Ilvermorny, the North
American school of magic founded in the 17th century.
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About J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of
seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450
million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories
and translated into 79 languages, and have been turned into eight
She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch
Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
in aid of Comic Relief; and The Tales of Beedle the Bard in aid
of her children’s charity Lumos.
In addition to making her screenwriting debut on the film Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling collaborated on a stage
play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, which
opened in London’s West End in the summer of 2016. Harry Potter and
the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, based on an original
new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital entertainment and e-commerce company
Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy her new writing and
immerse themselves deeper in the wizarding world.
Her first novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, was
published in September 2012 and adapted for TV by the BBC in 2015. Her
crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, were
published in 2013 (The Cuckoo’s Calling), 2014 (The Silkworm)
and 2015 (Career of Evil), and are to be adapted for a
major new television series for BBC One, produced by Brontë Film and
J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech was published in 2015 as
an illustrated book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure
and the Importance of Imagination, and sold in aid of her charity
Lumos and university–wide financial aid at Harvard.
About Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure
returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Oscar
winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the
central role of wizarding world Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the
direction of David Yates.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt
Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an
extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a
brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not
for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical
case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could
spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also stars Katherine
Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon
Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman, Jenn Murray, Faith Wood-Blagrove, and
The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose script was
inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find
Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.
The film reunites a number of people from the Harry Potter
features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves
and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair and Rick Senat served as
Opening November 18, 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros.
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