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J.K. Rowling just gave America its own word for 'muggle' and it's awkward

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

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.

As well as questions.

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.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne, will hit theaters in November 2016.