|"Is this all real? Or has this been happening inside my head?"
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Behind the scenes
- In the legends of certain Native American people, most notably the Navajo of the Southwestern United States, skin-walkers are a type of human shapeshifter with the power to transform into any animal. Some traditions hold that skin-walkers must wear the skin of an animal in order to be able to transform into it. Rowling's depiction of the skin-walker drew unfavourable responses from the people of Navajo, who were uncomfortable with her drawing sympathy for an evil figure in their mythology.
- In folklore, one becomes a skin-walker by killing a family member.
- Pottermore (First appearance)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "History of Magic in North America: Fourteenth Century – Seventeenth Century" from Pottermore
- ↑ J.K. Rowling on Twitter: "In my wizarding world, there were no skin-walkers. The legend was created by No-Majes to demonise wizards."
- ↑ "Witch (Navajo)" at Wikipedia
- ↑ "Skin-walker" on Wikipedia
- ↑ "J.K. Rowling's History of Magic in North America draws criticism for cultural appropriation" from CBC News