New York is the most populous city in the United States of America and one of the most important world centres.

New York is also home to the Magical Congress of the United States or MACUSA, which presently meets in a hidden part of the famous Woolworth Building.


In 1926, Newton Scamander travelled to New York, while returning from a year long trip to research magical creatures that led to his authorship of wizarding bestseller Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in 1927.[1] He had originally intended to only stay for a few hours, but ended up staying in the city much longer.[2]

While in New York Scamander brought a case full of fantastic beasts with him. When they escaped, he rounded them up again with the help of the Goldstein sisters and a No-Maj named Jacob Kowalski.[3] Newt told Tina Goldstein that he came to New York to buy a rare Appaloosa Puffskein as a present for someone, but in reality he meant to travel on to the desert of Arizona to release his Thunderbird, which he rescued from captivity in Egypt.[4]

Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was also present in 1926, although as a wanted criminal he kept his identity concealed.[5] At the same time, an Obscurial caused havoc around New York, committing murder and tearing up buildings and streets. Scamander and ex-Auror Tina Goldstein helped MACUSA solve the mystery of who the Obscurial was and why the dark power was unleashed.[6]

An anti-magic group called the New Salem Philanthropic Society held rallies in 1920s New York City, led by charismatic leader Mary Lou Barebone and her three adopted children.[7]

Behind the scenes

The façade of the building pictured on the picture to the left of this paragraph seems to have been based on the that of the Appellate Division Courthouse of New York State, opposite Madison Square Park, in Manhattan, with minor differences (namely, the design of the doors, the length of the staircase, and the absence of the two statues flanking the stairs which are here replaced with elaborate streetlamps).


Notes and references

New York, NY, USA
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