According to J.K. Rowling, The American Word for ‘Muggle’ Is…

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With the screenplay for J.K. Rowling’s next magical movie adaptation, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, beginning to circulate and production underway, we now know the American equivalent to the word “muggle.”

The Harry Potter prequel set in 1920’s New York follows magizoologist and writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he deciphers the rules of the wizard world to pen his textbook. With the film being set in the U.S. of course, there’s a whole new set of slang to consider. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rowling, who wrote the script for the film adaptation, reveals that the American term for people without magical powers is “No-Maj,” short for “no magic.” Makes sense, right?

“Muggle” is a popular term in Rowling’s imaginary lexicon. Even some people who have never read the Harry Potter books know the meaning of the word and the Oxford English dictionary included the term in its 2003 edition. So could the new term “No-Maj” become as popular as “muggle?” Only time will tell. The blunt nickname for those less whimsically-inclined doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as “muggle,” but it certainly gets to the point.

Get more inside scoop on Fantastic Beasts by checking out Entertainment Weekly‘s cover story now and get ready for on-screen antics, “No-Maj” and otherwise, when the film hit theaters this time next year, November 2016.

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