With the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the entire Harry Potter series (book and movies), it seems fair to take a glance into the Wizarding World society. We didn’t all catch the Hogwarts Express and are in need of a flying Ford Angela to the fandom.
It would be ridiculous to believe that either country (the U.S.A. or U.K.) didn’t have any form of wizarding government.
Britain has the Ministry of Magic, which is currently headed by Minister Hermione Granger, a Gryffindor, who has saved her best friend, Harry Potter’s life countless times. A law which came up quite a bit throughout the Harry Potter series was the restriction of underage magic. Any witch or wizard under the age of 17 found using magic outside of school, can be punished and if deemed fit expelled.
The United States, are headed by the formidable Madam Seraphina Picquery, a Thunderbird, who broke down many barriers on her way to become the president of MACUSA. The most major law in MACUSA is extremely limited in contact with No-Majs. After several breaches of security, and the discovery of magic by No-Majs, this led to stricter laws.
The leaders of these governments are not to be taken lightly, both are forces to be reckoned with and extremely dangerous. However, if you are lucky enough to call them a friend you have earned a great honor.
Now where would the Wizarding World be without an education system? Britain has the highly acclaimed, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The United States of America has the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Hogwarts equivalent in the New World. Each has four houses and their own way for first-years students for them to be sorted.
Hogwarts has Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff. Each named after the four founders of the school (Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Helga Hufflepuff). They are sorted by a Sorting Hat, the brave and chivalrous to Gryffindor, the ambitious and cunning to Slytherin, the wise and creative to Ravenclaw, and finally the just and loyal to Hufflepuff. Some subjects include Transfiguration, Charms, Potions, Herbology and Care for Magical Creatures.
Ilvermorny has Thunderbird, Wampus, Pukwudgie, and the Horned Serpent. The houses were named after the founders’ favorite magical beast. One by one, students go forward to the middle of the hall to be chosen by the four carvings of the magical beasts, if they want the student to join their house, they make a physical show of approval. The main founder of this school couldn’t attend Hogwarts so the subjects are the same as those of Hogwarts.
While both countries wished they did not have them, their own brand of evil witches and wizards still lurk around. While Britain had to contend with Deatheaters, witches and wizards with goals of a Pureblood Society, led by the most feared wizard of his time, Lord Voldemort (his name translating to He Who Flies From Death). The United States had Scourers, descendants of witches and wizards raised to believe in, and hate, magic. Both groups have caused the death of a number of great witches and wizards.
The witches and wizards of Britain were known for their general knowledge of magic, the Native Americans, and later the immigrants were known for Potions, Herbology, and wandless magic. Surrounded by a wide variety of different plants, Native American witches and wizards grew very knowledgeable of their uses in Potions. Across the Atlantic however, witches and wizards were able to do very complex magic with the aid of wands.
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