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Rappaport's Law was an American wizarding law enacted by President Emily Rappaport in 1790 in response to the fallout of Dorcus Twelvetree's breach of the International Statute of Secrecy.[1]

The law was intended to create absolute segregation between the No-Maj and wizarding communities.[1] It banned witches and wizards from marrying or befriending No-Majs, allowing only interactions "necessary to perform daily activities," and meted out "harsh" penalties for fraternisation with No-Majs.[1] To ensure complete conformity with the Law, only upon reaching the age of majority (seventeen) would a witch or wizard be legally allowed to carry a wand outside school: wands were first issed when students first arrived at Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and had to be left at school during vacations.[2]

Rappaport's Law had the long-term consequence of driving the American wizarding community even deeper underground and widening the cultural divide between the wizarding communities of the United States and Europe.[1] In Europe, wizarding governments clandestinely cooperated and communicated with their Muggle counterparts, and witches and wizards were free to marry and befriend Muggles.[1] However, in the United States, the Magical Congress of the United States of America exercised complete independence from the No-Maj government, and wizards and witches increasingly came to view the country's No-Maj population with hostility.[1]

Rappaport's Law was eventually repealed in 1965.[2]


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