New J.K. Rowling Story Offers Information on ‘The Magical Congress of the U.S.A.’

By Maryann Yin Comment

History of Magic in North America (GalleyCat)J.K. Rowling has written a new story called “Rappaport’s Law” which focuses on the “Magical Congress of the United States of America” (MACUSA). The piece has been made available online at Pottermore. Here’s an excerpt:

“In 1790, the fifteenth President of MACUSA, Emily Rappaport, instituted a law designed to create total segregation of the wizarding and No-Maj communities. This followed one of the most serious breaches of the International Statute of Secrecy, leading to a humiliating censure of MACUSA by the International Confederation of Wizards. The matter was that much more serious because the breach came from within MACUSA itself.”

This piece represents the third of four installments from Rowling’s History of Magic in North America series. In the last two days, the Pottermore team unleashed stories on the magical abilities of “skin walkers” and the “Salem Witch Trials.” In the past, Rowling has written essays and shared new information on Tom Riddle’s mother Merope Gauntthe origins of the Potter family, and wizarding schools around the world.