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What is the US equivalent of the Ministry of Magic?

daily_prophet_snipThere’s not much information in the canon about witches and wizards in the United States. Rowling mentions a couple of American Quidditch teams in Quidditch Through the Ages, including one in my home state of Texas, as well as the American broom game called Quodpot, and we all remember the cryptic mention of the Salem Witches’ Institute in Goblet of Fire. However, buried in a news report from the currently-ongoing Quidditch World Cup in Patagonia was a very interesting little nugget of new information: the name of the governmental organization in the US which is the equivalent of the British Ministry of Magic! Not only that, but the name of the President is also  included (and no, it’s not Barak Obama, although that does sound like a fantastic Wizarding name, if you ask me).

According to the Daily Prophet article, straight from the pen of J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym of Ginny Weasley, the governing body for magic in the USA is called the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America). The President of the Magical Congress is President Samuel G. Quahog.

So there you have it. One can’t help but wonder if the Magical Congress is as polarized and unable to get anything done as it’s Muggle counterpart.

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  • Todd Abbott

    Interesting. That does bring up an interesting point… How does the Wizarding World’s government get funding? Do they have taxes or is it somehow funded just through all the licenses and fees? They do control almost all the transportation in one way or another (Flue Network, Apparition Testing, Broomstick Regulation, Portkey Office…). They have a huge restriction on trade (poisons, magic carpets, cursed items…), and they control the sports (Quidditch and Tri Wizard Tournament). It sounds like the School supports itself and so does the Hospital (through donations it seems and medical treatment is free). Banking also seems completely separate too. They never talk about a sales tax. If they had property taxes than the Guants would have lost their property a long time ago.

    • hpboy13

      I’ve thought about that to, and I think the answer is “magic.” Because the Ministry controls so much of the wizarding economy (the sports, having much of the workforce on payroll, etc.) I think they just enchant enough money through Gringotts to keep the economy going, though not enough to induce inflation. This type of thing would be easier when so many people’s salary is determined by the government.

      Otherwise, I don’t see the economy working considering the goblins essentially give away money to anyone who walks in with Muggle currency (which Jo has said the goblins give away because it’s worthless int he wizarding world).

      Also brings up the question – are the galleon/sickle/knut the universal wizarding currency, or do different countries have different ones? And if my above assumption is correct, imagine the nightmare that is exchange rates!

  • Lisa H.

    Quahog. *sigh* Of course. (One wonders if the honored gentleman drinks the wizarding equivalent of Pawtucket Patriot.) I suppose she just found the sound of the word funny, as that seems to be a principle she applied to the creation of a good number of wizarding names.

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