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The '''United States of America''' (more commonly known as '''United States''', or simply '''U.S.''' or '''U.S.A.''') is a country located on the [[North America]]n continent in Earth's Western hemisphere. Its capital is [[Wikipedia:Washington, D.C.|Washington, D.C.]]
 
The '''United States of America''' (more commonly known as '''United States''', or simply '''U.S.''' or '''U.S.A.''') is a country located on the [[North America]]n continent in Earth's Western hemisphere. Its capital is [[Wikipedia:Washington, D.C.|Washington, D.C.]]
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==Muggle society==
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In [[July]] [[1996]], ''[[The Guardian]]'' reported that the then-current [[Dalai Lama]] was given the [[Congressional Gold Medal of Honour]] by the [[United States]], which [[China]] objected to strongly,<ref>''[[Harry Potter Limited Edition]]'' - ''A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department'' {{see image|File:TheGuardian.png}}</ref> presumably due to the [[wikipedia:Tibetan sovereignty debate|Tibetan sovereignty issue]].
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==Magical government==
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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]].
   
 
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[[File:AmericanFlag.jpg|right|thumb|150px|A [[1994 Quidditch World Cup|1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]] attendee waving an American flag.]]
 
[[File:AmericanFlag.jpg|right|thumb|150px|A [[1994 Quidditch World Cup|1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]] attendee waving an American flag.]]
 
*[[Quidditch]] is played, but the similar sport of [[Quodpot]] is more popular.
 
*[[Quidditch]] is played, but the similar sport of [[Quodpot]] is more popular.
*The U.S. has its own Quidditch League: [[United States League|the United States League]]
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*The U.S. has its own Quidditch League: [[United States League|the United States League]].
 
*The [[Sweetwater All-Stars]] is a Quidditch team based in Sweetwater, Texas.
 
*The [[Sweetwater All-Stars]] is a Quidditch team based in Sweetwater, Texas.
 
*Another team is the [[Fitchburg Finches]], a team in Massachusetts.
 
*Another team is the [[Fitchburg Finches]], a team in Massachusetts.
*The U.S.A. has its own National Quidditch Team: [[American National Quidditch team|the American National Quidditch team]]
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*The U.S.A. has its own National Quidditch Team: [[American National Quidditch team|the American National Quidditch team]]. In the [[2014 Quidditch World Cup]], the American team beat [[Liechtenstein]]'s team and shot [[Red Sparks|red]], [[Blue sparks|blue]] and white sparks into the air in jubilation.
   
 
==Magical history==
 
==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 Dumbledore|Albus]] and [[Aberforth Dumbledore|Aberforth]] and her daughter [[Ariana Dumbledore|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 Dumbledore|Percival]], may have visited the U.S/Canada. or that Kendra visited Britain, either being curious about the other's home country.
 
*[[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 Dumbledore|Albus]] and [[Aberforth Dumbledore|Aberforth]] and her daughter [[Ariana Dumbledore|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 Dumbledore|Percival]], may have visited the U.S/Canada. or that Kendra visited Britain, either being curious about the other's home country.
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*[[Amarillo Lestoat]], the [[vampire]] author of ''[[A Vampire's Monologue]]'', was born in the United States.
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*[[Newton Scamander]] visited [[New York]], the most populous city in this country, in the late [[1910s]] or early [[1920s]], presumably while conducting his research on magical creatures that led to his authorship of wizarding bestseller ''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]'', in [[1920s|1927]].<ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24067557 "JK Rowling to pen Harry Potter spin-off film"] at [http://www.bbc.co.uk/ BBC News]</ref>
   
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==Locations in the United States==
*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.<ref>http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-scholastic-chat.htm</ref>
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*[[Boston]]
*If the United States in the Harry Potter continuity reflects that of the real universe, then the Muggle government is headed by a President rather than a Prime Minister. While it is officially unclear whether or not the Wizarding United States government is headed by a President, Prime Minister, or even some other type of leader, it can be assumed that it follows the U.S government model of Departments (rather than Ministries) and there is a "Department of Magic" (like the Department of Homeland Security, or Department of Education) and its head is the Secretary of Magic (like the Secretary of State).
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*[[Fitchburg]]
*The city of [[Boston]], Massachusetts may contain a wizarding society of note, as the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' considered its weather of note for reporting in its international weather section.
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*[[New York]]
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*[[Salem]]
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*[[Sweetwater]]
   
==References in other works==
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*''Felicity Stockwell and the Widow's Son'' and the other books in the series by G. M. Kearney uses the magical world of J. K. Rowling as it might exist in America. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/134869
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*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.<ref>http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-scholastic-chat.htm</ref>
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*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.
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*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 [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaption]] and the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)|video game adaptions]], along with other American translated media the "Philosopher's Stone" is mentioned in.
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*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.
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*Another phrase adapted for the American market was the Muggle sport of [[football]]. Because {{wplink|association football}} is different from {{wplink|American football}}, the sport is called "soccer" in the American editions of the books.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]'' {{Comment|Seen on flag}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]'' {{Comment|Seen on flag}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]'' {{comment|mentioned on newspaper}}
 
*''[[Quidditch Through the Ages (real)|Quidditch Through the Ages]]''
 
*''[[Quidditch Through the Ages (real)|Quidditch Through the Ages]]''
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*''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)]]''
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*''[[Pottermore]]''
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
 
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[[es:Estados Unidos de América]]
 
[[fr:États-Unis]]
 
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United States of America
Location information
Location

Central North America

Affiliation

The United States of America (more commonly known as United States, or simply U.S. or U.S.A.) is a country located on the North American continent in Earth's Western hemisphere. Its capital is Washington, D.C.

Muggle societyEdit

In July 1996, The Guardian reported that the then-current Dalai Lama was given the Congressional Gold Medal of Honour by the United States, which China objected to strongly,[1] presumably due to the Tibetan sovereignty issue.

Magical governmentEdit

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.

Magical educationEdit

Magical games and sportsEdit

AmericanFlag

A 1994 Quidditch World Cup attendee waving an American flag.

Magical historyEdit

Locations in the United StatesEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

  • 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.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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