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"In short, Rappaport’s Law drove the American wizarding community, already dealing with an unusually suspicious No-Maj population, still deeper underground."
—Overview of the law[src]
Rappaport's Law was an American wizarding law enacted by President Emily Rappaport in 1790 in response to the fallout of Dorcus Twelvetrees's breach of the International Statute of Secrecy.[1] It was eventually repealed in 1965.[2]

Principles

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 issued 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] 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.[3]

The 1920 book Spell Casting in the Age of Rappaport's Law by Yuri Von Blisch examined the impact of Rappaport's Law on the use of magic in the United States.[4][5]

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