Harry Potter fans into the wizarding world "on the other side of the pond", J.K. Rowling has a collection of original stories entitled "Magic in North America", which are available on Pottermore.com starting from 8 March.
The writings will help fans get familiar with what's coming up in "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them", the next movie from the Harry Potter universe that is set in New York, and several decades before what took place in the first Harry Potter book series.
“History of Magic in North America”, a 100-second video released on the J.K. Rowling's website served as an introduction to the first instalment of her new works. Each story - a total of four - will be released exclusively on the website everyday on 10 PM Singapore time (6 AM PST; 2 PM GMT), from 8 March to 11 March.
Naturally, North American themes will feature heavily as the lives of the wizards there become entwined with the Salem witch trials and the skinwalkers from Native American lore. Fans are also introduced to the Magical Congress of the United States.
Go read the first piece called "Fourteenth Century – Seventeenth Century", which is already available on Pottermore.com. Red Dot Diva says there are a few interesting secrets revealed about the kinds of magic originating in North America.
The next stories proceed chronologically through time as follows:
Seventeenth Century and Beyond (9 March)
Rappaport's Law (10 March)
1920s Wizarding America (11 March)
Harry Potter fans just can't get enough of more new stuff, so this is a really smart way of gearing up the franchise back into the limelight. Even more interesting is how a wizarding school textbook and its author has ended up being the source material of the upcoming movie.
If you have missed it, here's the intriguing trailer of "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" again.
The movie, which is set in 1926, is about the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) who is a hunter-collector of magic creatures. Unfortunately, a series of events involving a lost briefcase and the release of some dangerous magical beasts, Newt is put in the middle of an already precarious situation between wizards and No-Maj - the American term for non-magical people.
"Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" is directed by David Yates and also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Jenn Murray, Faith Wood-Blagrove, and Colin Farrell. The international release date is 18 November 2016.
It's interesting to see the J.K. Rowling's wizarding world expanding to the other continents. Will Harry Potter fans in South-East Asia get to see if there are wizarding schools in our part of the world too? After all, there are numerous, equally fascinating stories about weird creatures that originate from this region.
It seems like a rare possibility that this will ever happen, but Red Dot Diva will continue to hope.