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Prohibition was a period during the early 20th century when the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcoholic beverages was illegal in the United States.[1] The Muggle government of the United States enforced prohibition from 1920 to 1933 on a federal level (although some states enforced their own prohibition laws for longer).[1] However, even though it was illegal, the manufacture, trade, and consumption of alcohol did not stop, with scores of clandestine bars called speakeasies springing up throughout the country.[1][2]

The wizarding government of the United States did not enforce prohibition at the same time (President Seraphina Picquery being of the opinion that "Gigglewater is non-negotiable"),[3] even though wizarding speakeasies were operated,[4] presumably to avoid the suspicions of No-Majs. In 1926, there was at least one magical speakeasy in New York, The Blind Pig, which was located in Harlem and run by the goblin gangster Gnarlack.[2][4][5][6]

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