Harry Potter vs. Fantastic Beasts: 7 Differences Between the British and America Wizarding Worlds

Posted 2016/11/20 11017 0

American wizards have a completely different word for “Muggle.”


1. People Without Magical Powers Are Called Muggle in Britain, No-Maj in America

In shifting the franchise away from the U.K., author J.K. Rowling, who also wrote the movie’s screenplay, is poised to introduce several new words into the Potterverse lexicon, and the most significant might be what Stateside wizards say instead of Muggle: “No-Maj” (pronounced “no madge,” as in “no magic”).


2. Ilvermorny is The American Hogwarts

The humble beginnings of magic in North America extend to the formation of Ilvermorny, the distant cousin of Hogwarts (and over 600 years younger). High atop the peak of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts lies the great North American school of magic. Like many other constructions in the wizarding world, the famed academy is hidden to the No-Maj eye thanks to ancient enchantments (that are known to appear in the form of a cloud layer).


3. A Child's House is Declared by a Hat in Britain, Gordian Knot in America

Unlike Hogwarts, there is no sorting hat, but a large Gordian Knot symbol upon which the students must stand. The “enchanted carvings” of this relic will then declare the child’s house, unless all four symbols compete for the student (this happens only once per decade).  


4. British Wizards Love Quidditch, American Ones Prefer Quodpot

In America, Quidditch is not popular, instead, the wizards prefer Quodpot that hadd rules much like basketball.


5. The Scourers Are Like American Death Eaters

The Scourers is filled by an unscrupulous band of wizarding mercenaries of many foreign nationalities, who formed a much-feared and brutal taskforce. Eventually, they become obsessed with capturing magical folk and trafficking them for gold, and indulged in "bloodshed and torture."


6. A Mudblood is Not Discriminated in America

According to J.K. Rowling, the magical world in North America is filled with far less prejudicial angst and discord than in Europe. As Hermione Granger and many others will declare, racial standards of being a “pureblood” are a major part of the British wizarding conversation. The Malfoys and Voldemort himself have needlessly sought to uphold bloodlines and ensure the perfection of wizard and witch reproduction.


7. The Dragot is the American Wizarding Currency

Every country has its own monetary currency. In Britain, there are Galleon, Knut and Sickle. Meanwhile, American wizards use the Dragot (presented in both octagonal and circular coins) and the Sprink (presumably a subunit of the larger currency).