You won’t believe what Americans call Muggles in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Much like The Sorcerer's Stone, some magical terms have changed as the Potterverse expands its borders, but we're not quite sure we can get on board with this one...

JK Rowling’s Newt Scamander is set to encounter a very different magical world when he crosses the water to 1920s America – one in which Muggles simply do not exist.


Y’see American witches and wizards have their own slang term for the non-magical folk, as revealed in the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

Their Ministry of Magic is the Magical Congress of the United States of America and a Muggle is… wait for it… a No-Maj.

Yup, according to Stateside insiders Entertainment Weekly, that really is the actual term. No-Maj.

And in case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced no-madge. As in Madge from Neighbours.

And it’s short for ‘No Magic’. Y’know, just in case you hadn’t worked that one out already…

We’re sure Newt won’t be long figuring it out either, although he does look rather shaken by something in this exclusive snap of the film released in Entertainment Weekly’s Fantastic Beasts special.

Yes Newt, that REALLY is what they call non-magical folk across the water. ‘Merlin’s beard!’ is right…


Of course, another addition to the Harry Potter dictionary is always to be celebrated but we think we’ll stick to Muggles on this side of the pond, thanks.