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J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' Prequel Includes Native American Magic

In the Harry Potter prequel 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' an American wizard school will have an Indigenous history, says J.K. Rowling.
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a film set in the Harry Potter universe that will chronicle the exploits of Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) in 1920s New York City.

The film features a screenplay by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, and was inspired by Rowling's book of the same name, which was ppublished under the pseudonym Newt Scamander in 2001. 

Scamander, a wizard born in England who is an expert on magical creatures (or "magizoology"), will encounter wizards who've been trained at a school in North America. This institution will be presumably something like an "American Hogwarts," and it won't be located in New York City. 

On Twitter, a fan recently asked Rowling whether the wizarding school "will ... have any relevance to the Native American-Indian culture". Rowling replied that "indigenous magic was important in the founding of the school. If I say which tribes, location is revealed." In a follow-up tweet she added that the school will have a name "of immigrant origin," not a Native one.

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It will be interesting to see how Rowling's conception of "Indigenous magic" stacks up against that of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, whose shape-shifting Quileute "Wolfpack" provoked mixed reactions in Indian country.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is currently in pre-production, with a tentative release date of November 18, 2016.