J.K. Rowling has just revealed the American alternative to the word Muggle, which will be used in her upcoming film Fantastic Beasts.
The Harry Potter prequel has been all over the news today, with our first look at Eddie Redmayne as Newt being revealed, where he’s “inside the entrance of the majestic art deco-influenced Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA), which is the American version of the Ministry of Magic.”
We know there will be some changes from the Wizarding World we’ve known for ages, but this is an interesting tidbit that J.K. Rowling has revealed via Entertainment Weekly. The American Muggle will be called a No-Maj.
It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it that Muggle does, but apparently it’s pronounced “no madge,” and simply means “no magic.” The name will reportedly be used quite a bit in the upcoming films, while Eddie Redmayne plays the English magizoologist Newt Scamander.
It’s interesting that Rowling would jump to using a different word for Muggle, as it’s so well known, but it’s fun to find out that there will be some changes to the world we’ve loved for so long. It would be odd if there weren’t different names for things, though, as this film will take place in America.
Just to prove how well known the word had become during Harry Potter’s long standing popularity, the Oxford English dictionary added the word ‘Muggle’ in 2003 to mean “a person who is not conversant with a particular activity or skill.”
We’re curious now to find out just how different the Wizarding World will be in America compared to the one we already know. We love Redmayne’s look as Newt and can’t wait to see more from the film.
EW says more Fantastic Beasts info will be shared in their cover story when it hits newsstands this Friday, so be ready for some more exciting reveals.
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