Harry Potter’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Accused of Being Anti-American

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By Tom Teodorczuk | 3:18 pm, December 1, 2016
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Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has grossed over $500 million worldwide after less than a fortnight on release.

Hogwarts creator J.K.Rowling, who wrote the screenplay for the movie, transplanted her world of magic from England to 1926 New York – and is once again laughing all the way to the bank.

But many are asking on social media: is the film anti-American, given its incredibly dark depiction of the USA?

In Fantastic Beasts… Brit Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York and discovers an intolerant city controlled by the Magical Congress of the United States of America that enforces the death penalty.

The magical community has been forced underground to avoid “No-Majs” (the US equivalent of Muggles). No-Majs hunt witches and “racial” segregation is enforced, at least between magic and non-magical humans (wizards caught marrying, or fraternizing with, No-Majs are punished). This means no “Half-Bloods”, like, say, Professor Snape (the child of a muggle and a witch). To some, this appeared to be a metaphor for America’s early laws against interracial marriage.

At one point Newt critically remarks: “You have rather backwards laws about relations with non-magic people. That you’re not meant to befriend them, that you can’t marry them, which seems mildly absurd to me.”

The America of Rowling’s imagination is too much for some on Twitter who have called her out for misrepresenting the USA:

And, of course, Donald Trump gets thrown into the mix: