America, a seismic shift has occurred in our great nation this week, and like all of England's tyranny, it was done without our voting consent.
Author J.K. Rowling has decreed that American citizens who are not witches or wizards will no longer be known as "muggles." Instead, the American wizarding community will semi-derogatorily refer to the larger non-magic-using population as "No-Maj" — pronounced "no madge," like an abbreviated form of "no magic." The regional nomenclature will make its debut in the Rowling-written Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be the first Harry Potter film (or book, or play) to take place primarily in America.
Twitter was quick to raise objections.
I used to think being a muggle was the worst fate any of us could endure, and then I found out I've been a no-maj this whole time.— Cort Gatliff (@cortgatliff) November 4, 2015
As well as questions.
@jk_rowling Out of curiosity, would Canadian Wizards say Muggle or No-Maj? I personally hope for Muggle to hold to our British roots.— Jacob L Dagenais (@_Rogue136) November 4, 2015
And then to start generally riffing on the new idea in a punny way, which is, let's be real, one of the more positive things that Twitter is good for.
mo maj, mo problems, am i rite— Anna Menta (@annalikestweets) November 4, 2015
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne, will hit theaters in November 2016.