The Harry Potter author is releasing four new stories that explore the wizarding world in the U.S.

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March 07, 2016 09:00 AM

The wizarding world you thought you knew is much larger than you imagined.

The History of Magic in North America, a new series of four original stories by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, will debut this week on Pottermore – and People.com, EW.com and Time.com have an exclusive video preview of the series.

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The author’s interactive web portal is the only place you’ll be able to read the new tales, which will finally shout “Lumos!” at a time and place in wizarding history previously unexplored in the Potter novels and films. The first story apparates on March 8 at 9 a.m. EST.

The History of Magic in North America

As the video mentions, The History of Magic in North America will cover a number of topics in America’s magical history, including:

• The U.S. Hogwarts, Ilvermorny

• Skin-walkers, a Native American legend

• The Salem witch trials, a formative event for the country’s national magical identity

• The U.S. version of the Ministry of Magic, the Magical Congress of the United States of America

All of which is leading to the arrival of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in 1920s New York City and the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in theaters on November 18.

Come back to Entertainment Weekly and PEOPLE tomorrow morning for much more about the first story and an in-depth analysis of the secrets hidden within.

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