We all got very excited earlier today when JK Rowling released the first in a new series of articles on the history of magic in North America. It may have only been five paragraphs long, but when you’ve been starved of Harry Potter content, you’ll more than happily pore over anything that comes your way.
And so we did – but Rowling’s descriptions of skin walkers, No-Majs and wandless magic prompted as many questions as answers. So the author herself took to Twitter to answer a few. Like…
Why is it important that young wizards have wands?
.@ReadyFeddie As children, wizards often produce accidental magic when they feel strong emotion. Wands help control and channel this power.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 8, 2016
Is it harder to cast a spell without a wand?
.@bluesrgt Yes, nearly all wizards use wands, which makes magic easier to channel. Wandless magic is sophisticated and takes more talent.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 8, 2016
Are gifted wizards still better with wands than without?
.@o0MRG0o Yes, most wizards produce more precise magic by using the correct wand, which is why they've been widely adopted.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 8, 2016
Could a wizard without a wand beat one who has a wand?
.@AlbuszSevero Again, depends on the individual. A Goyle with a wand will lose to a Dumbledore without one. Most would choose wands to duel.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 8, 2016
Are American wizards more powerful than everyone else?
.@lbarbarak It depends entirely on the individual witch or wizard!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 8, 2016
Should other magical races be allowed to use wands?
.@egaand Interesting question. The wizards deny the right to bear wands to other categories of magical being. Some think that unfair.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 8, 2016
And just how wise is it to fly without one…?
.@DreamingOfMagic No, there’s a cultural tradition of using wands and broomless flight is (as you might imagine) very risky!
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 8, 2016
Don’t forget to check back on Pottermore tomorrow at 2pm for the next chapter in the history of North American magic.