Mar. 13th, 2016

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We interrupt this exchange letter repository/otherwise dormant journal for actual content and fandom commentary. Because while I thought my interest in the Potterverse had largely given way to other passions, apparently I have feelings on the latest Pottermore updates on the history of magic in North America the United States. Oh, do I ever.

The sad part is, there's stuff here I want to like. The basic idea of getting to look at how magic is practiced outside the UK is something I've wanted for a long time, and I've done some playing around of my own with the notion of a Muggle group as fanatically devoted to wiping out wizards as the Death Eaters are to their cause. But the rest of it?

Oh boy. )

Ultimately, I think Rowling's been tripped up by two major issues: unfamiliarity with her subject matter, and sense of scale. You can't reduce America to a single mindset any more than you can reduce Native Americans to a single shared set set of beliefs. Not unless you're talking about a group so small as to be unsustainable, and I don't think that's what she was going for.

Before this, I was starting to get excited about the new movie, and having new canon again. Now? Well, I guess I'll just have to wait for it. But I'm predicting a lot of AUs and canon divergence. Heck, I might have to get started on some myself, before this saps my remaining enthusiasm for it.

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