At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film). As such, spoilers will be present within the article.
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The United States of America (more commonly known as America, United States, the States, or simply U.S. or U.S.A.) is a large and very diverse country located in North America. It shares land borders with Canada and Mexico, and a maritime border with Cuba along the Florida Strait, and Russia in the Bering Strait. 48 states are located between Canada and Mexico, while Alaska occupies the northwestern-most region of the continent. Hawaii is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The capital of the United States is Washington, D.C. The American wizarding community does not appear to have much influence over that of Britain, of which some eastern states were former colonies.
In 1996, The Guardian reported that the then-current Dalai Lama was given the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States, to which China strongly objected, presumably due to the Tibetan sovereignty issue.
The wizarding population of the United States of America is governed by the Magical Congress of the United States of America; by 2014, the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America was Samuel G. Quahog.
- The Thunderbird is native to the United States.
- The Horned Serpent is native to the United States.
- The Wampus cat is native to the United States.
- The Pukwudgie is native to the United States.
- The Hodag is native to the United States.
- The Hidebehind is native to the United States.
- The Rougarou is native to the swampy areas of Louisiana.
- The Sasquatch is native to the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
- The Jackalope is native to the United States.
- The Snallygaster is native to the United States.
- The White River Monster is native to Arkansas.
- Vampires can be found in the United States.
The ashwinder, bundimun, chizpurfle, clabbert, doxy, dugbog, fairy, flobberworm, ghoul, gnome, hippogriff, jarvey, jobberknoll, knarl, kneazle, merpeople, mooncalf, nogtail, plimpy, puffskein, re'em, salamander, streeler, werewolf and winged horse are all found throughout Canada and the United States of America, existing worldwide.
Magical games and sports
Quidditch is played, but the similar sport of Quodpot is more popular. The U.S. has its own Quidditch League: the United States League. The Sweetwater All-Stars is a Quidditch team based in Sweetwater, Texas. Another team is the Fitchburg Finches, a team in Massachusetts.
The U.S.A. has its own National Quidditch Team: the American National Quidditch team. In the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, the American team beat Liechtenstein's team and shot red, blue and white sparks into the air in jubilation.
Kendra Dumbledore was possibly born in the United States or Canada, as she was thought to have been of Native American descent, meaning that her sons Albus and Aberforth and her daughter Ariana may have had Native American blood as well. This suggests that Kendra's husband, Percival, may have visited the U.S. or Canada. or that Kendra visited Britain, either being curious about the other's home country.
Newton Scamander visited New York, the most populous city in this country, in the late 1920s presumably after conducting his research on magical creatures that led to his authorship of wizarding bestseller Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in 1927.
Locations in the United States
Locations known to have some sort of wizarding presence in America are, but not limited to:
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Fitchburg, Massachusetts
- Mount Greylock, Massachusetts
- Salem, Massachusetts
- New York, New York
- Sweetwater, Texas
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Washington D.C
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Williamsburg, Virginia
- Orlando, Florida
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Los Angeles, California
Behind the scenes
- J.K. Rowling said in an interview that Voldemort affected American wizards as well, possibly hinting at his eventual plan to take over there as well.
- The state of Massachusetts seemingly plays a large part in the American wizarding community; the city of Boston was featured in the Daily Prophet, considering its weather of note for reporting in its international weather section, Fitchburg is home to the Fitchburg Finches Quidditch team, and Salem is home to both the Salem Witches' Institute and the infamous witch trials.
- Both the book and motion picture of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone were released in the United States under the name Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, because the publishers were concerned that most Americans were not familiar enough with the term "Philosopher's Stone" to gain the correct impression from the title. The renaming of books for international distribution is a common practise, even for highly known and internationally recognised authors. The decision was made to choose a title that was "more suggestive of magic"; the naming of "Sorcerer's Stone" was used with J.K. Rowling's endorsement after the contemplation of several possibilities. The change had no effect on the sales figures, and the Harry Potter series rapidly became one of the most in-demand among young readers, who seemed to be undaunted by the ever-increasing length and complexity of the novels. The same changes were made for the film adaption and the video game adaptions, along with other American-translated media the "Philosopher's Stone" is mentioned in.
- The "Harry Potter effect" in education was not as strong in the US as it was in the UK, but it did have noted effects after the debut of the books. This was a study in economics that throughout much of the 1990s, attendance at boarding schools had been lacklustre and generally considered unpopular, being seen as antiquated compared to a more mainstream government-run school. Following Harry Potter's introduction and the telling of Hogwarts, attendance at boarding schools spiked as it seemed to give an impression to children that boarding can be a positive experience on a child's development.
- Another phrase adapted for the American market was the Muggle sport of football. Because association football is different from American football, the sport is called "soccer" in the American editions of the books.
- Due to the Salem Witch Trials, many Pure-blood families chose not to emigrate to the New World. This lead to many No-Maj-borns starting their own wizarding families.
- It is currently unknown how race affects one's social status & standing in the American wizarding community (as is prominent in the No-Majs' society either past or present), but information releases (from Pottermore & the upcoming film) implies that, as in the Old World, race is a negligent factor as opposed to being "magical".
- Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) (Seen on flag)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) (mentioned on newspaper)
- Quidditch Through the Ages
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)