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United States Magic Congress

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Also appears in Movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald David Yates (2018) Movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them David Yates (2016)
The American equivalent of the Ministry of Magic, the Magical Congress of the United States of America, or MACUSA, is the magical government responsible for wizards in America.
Woolworth Building New York
Woolworth Building New York - Photo credit: Kevin on Flickr

“I was very nervous before I read it. I just thought, ‘God, what if I don’t like it?’ I couldn’t really go back to Hogwarts because we’d already done it. I open the first page: ‘Newt Scamander gets off a boat, New York, 1926.’ It was delightful. It wasn’t anything like Potter, except it had the sensibility of a Potter.”

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Founded in 1963, following the famous Salem Witch Trials, the United States Magical Congress was initially dedicated to the eradication of Ratisseurs.

In his early years, he moved around a lot, from Williamsburg to Baltimore, before settling in New York, inside the Woolworth Building in New York.

The MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) has long been distinguished from its British counterpart by its propensity to decide on the execution of criminals, whereas the English Ministry of Magic has always favoured imprisonment in Azkaban.

In Fantastic Beasts, Norbert Dragonneau goes there several times, with Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) or Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), especially after Grindelwald’s escape.

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the action begins when Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), who has been locked up for seven months in the U.S. Magical Congress, manages to escape during his transfer to Britain.

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For the two female leads, seven actresses were considered. In the end, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol were chosen.

Scene at the magical convention of the United States in Fantastic Beasts
Scene at the United States Magic Convention in Fantastic Beasts. Photo credit: Heyday Films; Warner Bros., Wigram Productions and The Blair Partnership
Scene at the magical convention of the United States in Fantastic Beasts
Scene at the United States Magic Convention in Fantastic Beasts. Photo credit: Heyday Films; Warner Bros., Wigram Productions and The Blair Partnership
Scene at the magic congress of the United States in Fantastic Beasts the crimes of grindelwald
Scene at the United States Magic Congress in Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald. Photo credit: Heyday Films; Warner Bros.
Scene at the magic congress of the United States in Fantastic Beasts the crimes of grindelwald
Scene at the United States Magic Congress in Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald. Photo credit: Heyday Films; Warner Bros.
Scene at the magic congress of the United States in Fantastic Beasts the crimes of grindelwald
Scene at the United States Magic Congress in Fantastic Beasts. Photo credit: Heyday Films; Warner Bros.

Woolworth Building

The Woolworth’s has always enjoyed a certain prestige, being the object of a special attachment. It stands out in the New York skyline, with its gargoyles, finials and other pinnacles. And while it would not be out of place on the old continent, in London or Paris, here in Manhattan, it stands out.

Often cited among the most beautiful buildings in Manhattan, the Woolworth Building was built in 1913.

With its 57 floors and a height of 241 meters, it is the tallest skyscraper in the world. This title was retained until 1930 and the inauguration of 40 Wall Street and the Chrysler Building.

The neo-Gothic style Woolworth was initially intended to house the offices of the Five-and-Ten-Cent-Stores chain, of which Frank Woolworth was the director. The millionaire paid the $13.5 million construction bill in cash!

A treasure unfortunately closed to the public. Its three-story hall, covered with elaborate ornaments, is only open to hand-picked visitors on special occasions.

It is as if the Woolworth Building had something to hide…

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By Gilles Rolland

Friday, October 8, 2021

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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