At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film). As such, spoilers will be present within the article.
The New Salem Philanthropic Society, abbreviated as NSPS and also known as the Second Salem Preservation Society or simply the Second Salemers, was a fanatical American No-Maj group which sought to expose and destroy wizards and witches.
They were active in the 1920s and were led by Mary Lou Barebone. In December of 1926, they picketed a rally held by supporters of Senator Henry Shaw Jr, presumably to try to get him to support their anti-witchcraft views.
The group may have come to an end following the destruction of their church and the deaths of Mary Lou and Chastity.
Behind the scenes
- Members of the New Salem Philanthropic Society may be of Scourer descent. The Scourers were a band of wizarding vigilantes who wrought terror in North America in the 17th century. Some of them managed to escape justice by marrying No-Majs and integrating into No-Maj society. In revenge for their exile from the wizarding world, they instilled in their non-magic descendants an abiding belief that magic exists, and that witches and wizards should be wiped out.
- Their banner depicts a wand being snapped over a large fire, possibly a reference to both the stopping of magical practises and the Salem Witch Trials.
- In the film inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Langdon Shaw refers to the group as the "New Salem Preservation Society" when introducing Mary Lou Barebone to his father. This is the only time the group is referenced by this name; it may have been a slip of the tongue of actor Ronan Raftery's, since that same line reads "New Salem Philanthropic Society" on the original script or an improvisation to show his character's insobriety or carelessness.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (First appearance)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 We have the full @EW #FantasticBeasts spread! (pages 4-8)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 'Fantastic Beasts' Character Descriptions Revealed
- ↑ "Video: Scene Being Filmed (UPDATED)" from FantasticBeastsMovies.com
- ↑ "Pottermore Set Report #3" from FantasticBeastsMovies.com
- ↑ "Will It Be JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts – Or Fascist Beasts?" from Bleeding Cool
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) - see this image
- ↑ Tweet by Fantastic Beasts Fan (@FBAWTFTmovie) on Twitter (see this image)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Pottermore - "History of Magic in North America"
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 38