Magic in North America
Thoughts on the new American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
- •I thought I just didn't like the term No-Maj.Biggest eye roll ever.
- •Or the fact that it's not the Harry Potter that I've loved for years. It's just not the same.Change is hard. It takes me a long time to adjust to anything new.
- •And when I read that some of the magical ideas in America are based on Native American culture, I didn't like it.Especially what I read of skinwalkers. An animagus? I've compared the two when explaining skin walkers to an HP fan while in the Pacific Northwest, but I even felt weird about that. That really doesn't actually seem okay to me.
- •"In my wizarding world, there were no skinwalkers..."Wait... What?
- •I knew when I first read about them that something irked me about these new houses.I thought maybe I just didn't like my results from Pottermore. I am proud Ravenclaw. You can't tell me otherwise, Pottermore. Even if I brought the quiz results upon myself, I'm bummed Thunderbird is forever on my profile now.
- •And I just haven't been feeling any of the houses' characteristics in comparison to my Hogwarts house.but also, those names...
- •And reading what I have, I was not a fan of the stories she's given.I truly haven't spent much time on Pottermore in the recent months, but what I have admittedly skimmed, I'm not a fan.
- •But then I stumbled upon this:
- •And others.
- •I won't pretend I am an expert on these new stories released by JKR, and I know next to nothing of Native American culture, though I've been trying to educate myself more.I haven't been eager to learn about the American magic world, and Native American culture is not something I've researched either, but maybe this is the problem I've been having:
- •I'm sure it wasn't her intention, but I wish that Rowling would be more sensitive to the cultures of North America.But the only response I've seen from her is "it's a my wizarding world". I hope there's something more.
- •And what an amazing and wonderful world it is! So loved by so many, including myself!But when you are pulling from a real, living and breathing people, you shouldn't just pick out what you want, and you definitely shouldn't twist/eliminate existing stories with deep and important roots to fit your story.
- •I hope this will evolve into something equally as perfect as the stories I already love. Something that can incorporate Native American culture in a more meaningful and tactful way.