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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.

No-Maj society

In 2006, The Guardian reported that the then-current Dalai Lama was given the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States, which China objected to strongly,[1] presumably due to the Tibetan sovereignty issue.

Magical government

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Magical Congress of the United States of America

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 seat of the American magical government is Woolworth Building in New York.

Magical education

Many young American wizards and witches attend Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry the American wizarding school.

The Salem Witches Institute is in Salem, Massachusetts for adult witches. The Salem Witch Trials were also held here during the 17th century.

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.

Magical history

Kendra Dumbledore was possibly born in the United States or Canada, as she was thought to have been of Native American descent, so her sons Albus and Aberforth and her daughter Ariana may have had Native American blood in them even though the Dumbledore family lived mainly in Britain. This suggests that Kendra's husband, Percival, may have visited the U.S/Canada. or that Kendra visited Britain, either being curious about the other's home country.

Amarillo Lestoat, the vampire author of A Vampire's Monologue, was born in the United States.

Newton Scamander visited New York, the most populous city in this country, in the late 1920's 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.[2]

Locations in the United States

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.[3]
  • The city of Boston, Massachusetts may contain a significant wizarding population, as the Daily Prophet considered its weather of note for reporting in its international weather section.
  • 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" used with J. K. Rowling's endorsement after contemplative 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 lackluster 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 to start 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".

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