So ... should we stop saying "Muggle" completely here in the United States? J.K. Rowling wrote the script for the Harry Potter prequel "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which is set in 1926 New York City. In a new cover story with Entertainment Weekly (featuring a bunch of new photos) it's revealed that we'll be getting some new words in the Potter universe, including the U.S. version of Muggle: "No-Maj." EW said it's pronounced "no madge," as shorthand for "no magic."


We'll be hearing "No-Maj" quite often in the 2016 movie, which sends Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander to NYC. Considering we live in a world were everything is shortened -- Jennifer Lawrence to JLaw, Ben and Jen to Bennifer, ScarJo, Soho, YOLO, I can't, I can't even, etc. -- it's kind of fitting that the U.S. got its own We Never Quite Complete The Thought abbreviation. Besides, "Muggle" does sound kind of insulting, especially when U.K. wizards spit it out so dismissively. No-Maj sounds like it could double as the hip new neighborhood north of Hogsmeade.

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is scheduled for release November 18th, 2016.

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