We Doubt The American Word For “Muggle” Is Going To Be Added To The Oxford Dictionary Anytime Soon

Richard Griffiths, Harry Melling, Fiona Shaw, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Warner Bros, 110515
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Unless you’ve been slumming it in Knockturn Alley for the past couple of weeks, then you’re aware that shooting has begun for the Harry Potter prequel film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Eddie Redmayne is starring in the film which is set in New York City in 1926. Fantastic Beasts follows Redmayne’s character, English magizoologist Newt Scamander comes to NYC to embark on a series of adventures. Though we were super excited to see all of the photos from set, the most important revelation to come out of Fantastic Beasts thus far is the American word for “muggle”. J.K. Rowling has revealed that non-magic Americans are called “No-maj” (pronounced “no madge”).

While The Oxford English dictionary added “muggle” in 2003, it doesn’t look like “no-maj” will be added anytime soon. American Potter fans are not too thrilled about this shakeup in the Wizarding World. It’s muggle now, forever, and for always. We aren’t the only ones who feel this way. Check out these epic twitter reactions, while we patiently wait on the American word for squib.

This typical muggle response.

This person who just can’t deal.

This guy who understands the historical context.

When we all finally realized how the Brits feel about US slang.

This girl who could not bear the change.

When we realized this was J.K. Rowling telling us how she really feels.

But then we realized it was kind of accurate.

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