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The Death Cell was a pure white room on a lower floor of Magical Congress of the United States of America which held a chair magically suspended over a square pool filled with Death potion. It was used by executioners to carry out execution of those the sentenced to death.

When this sentence was carried out, executioners would use a memory extraction spell to draw out fond memories from the condemned and cast them into the potion, which would replay them like a Pensieve, causing them to become gleefully mesmerised and susceptible to suggestion. The condemned was then sat in the chair, which would hover over the potion, allowing them to view their happiest memories one last time. When a wand was added to the potion, either the condemned's or executioner's, the potion would start rising up and the chair would begin to lower into it. The potion was highly corrosive and would burn the chair and the condemned on it.

History

In 1926, Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein were led here by Bernadette and her fellow executioners in order to carry out the sentence imposed by Percival Graves, but were saved with the help of Queenie Goldstein, Jacob Kowalski, and a Swooping Evil.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • This method of execution pays homage to a number of capital punishments used throughout the history of the United States
    • The lowering of a chair into water references the cucking stool, a form of usually non-lethal punishment for disorderly women in the 17th century in both Europe and the United States. It was also used to help identify witches based on the notion that witches could float with the Devil's help.
    • Additionally, the use of a special chair in executions is based on the various methods employed throughout American history, including the electric chair, lethal injection, gas chamber, and firing squad.

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Magical Congress of the United States of America
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Presidents

Josiah Jackson (1693-?) · Charity Wilkinson · Thornton Harkaway (c. 1760) · Able Fleming · Elizabeth McGilliguddy (c. 1777) · Emily Rappaport (c. 1790) · Seraphina Picquery (1920-1928) · Samuel G. Quahog (c. 2014)

Aurors

Abraham Potter · Berthilde Roche · Carlos Lopez · Cormac O'Brien · E. A. Limus · Gondulphus Graves · Helmut Weiss · M. L. Minus · M. P. Carneirus · Mary Jauncey · Mungo MacDuff · Percival Graves · Porpentina Goldstein · Robert Grimsditch · Theodard Fontaine · Unidentified Auror (I) · Unidentified Auror (II) · Unidentified Auror (III) · Unidentified Auror (IV) · Unidentified Auror (VI) · Unidentified Auror (IX) · Unidentified Auror (X) · Wilhelm Fischer

Other positions

Apparition Examiner · Auror Commissioner · Captain of Aurors · Chief Auror · Chief of Staff · Director of Magical Security · Executioner · Federal Identity Commissioner · Federal Wand Permit Officer · Keeper of Treasure and Dragots · Obliviator ·Surveillor of Activity

Other employees

Abernathy · Albert Perschky · Aristotle Twelvetrees · Bernadette · Beryl · Cecily · E. A. Limus · F. Wakefield · Irene Kneedander · J. Ward · L. O'Sullivan · Magali Crowe · Paloma Proudfoot · Queenie Goldstein · Red · Ruby · Sam · Unidentified executioner (I) · Unidentified executioner (II) · Unidentified guide · Y. Blishen

Departments

Body for Protection of Magical Species · Department of Aurors · Department of Magical Law Enforcement · Department of No-Maj Misinformation · Department of Unidentifiable Magical Objects · Federal Bureau of Covert Vigilance and No-Maj Obliviation · MACUSA Surveillance Wizarding Resources Department · Magical Cleaning Department · Major Investigation Department · Office for Magic Relations and Education · US Auror Divisions · Wizarding Resources Department

Locations

Death Cell · Great Meeting Chamber · Lobby · No-Maj Fraternisation sub-division · Pentagram Office · Percival Graves' office · Register Office · Typing Pool · Wand Permit Office · Young Wizards Daycare Center