Magic in North America

Thoughts on the new American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  1. I thought I just didn't like the term No-Maj.
    Biggest eye roll ever.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. "In my wizarding world, there were no skinwalkers..."
    Wait... What?
  5. 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.
  6. And I just haven't been feeling any of the houses' characteristics in comparison to my Hogwarts house.
    but also, those names...
  7. 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.
  8. But then I stumbled upon this:
  9. And others.
  10. 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:
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.