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. It was eventually repealed in 1965.
The law was intended to create absolute segregation between the No-Maj and wizarding communities. 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. 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 issued when students first arrived at Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and had to be left at school during vacations.
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. In Europe, wizarding governments clandestinely cooperated and communicated with their Muggle counterparts, and witches and wizards were free to marry and befriend Muggles. 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. The law also required all wizards in America to apply for and carry a wand permit, so as to keep track of magical activity and keep track of wizards who use magic against the limits set by the law.
Behind the scenes
- The 1965 repeal date of Rappaport's Law may be intended to mirror the abolishment of racial segregation laws in the United States, which included the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, and the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
- The status of and polices surrounding No-Maj-borns in the age of Rappaport's law are unknown. Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry would need to inform the parents of said children. It is unknown (what) if any provisions are in place pertaining to this. Rappaport's law however does allow necessary interaction and this could be deemed necessary.
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "History of Magic in North America: Rappaport's Law" on Pottermore
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry"
- ↑ Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "History of Magic in North America"
- ↑ The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, page 28
- ↑ "NEW FANTASTIC BEASTS EXHIBIT OPENS AT WARNER BROS" from Nerdist (see this image)