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United States of America
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North America/Pacific region


The United States of America (more commonly known as United States, or simply U.S. or U.S.A.) is a country located in North America. It shares land borders with Canada and Mexico, and a maritime border with 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. Little is known about the American wizarding world, and it does not appear to have much influence over that of Britain.

Muggle 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

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

Magical games and sports


A 1994 Quidditch World Cup attendee waving an American flag.

Magical history

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 introuduction 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.


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