J.K. Rowling Explores Magic in America With Four New Stories

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling at the launch of her new project Pottermore in central London on June 23, 2011. She's penned four new short stories for the site. CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images

Harry Potter fans are bracing themselves for even more enchantment from J.K. Rowling's wizarding world with the release of four new short stories set in America.

The author will release the series, Magic in North America , over the next four days through online portal Pottermore, beginning with the first installment—titled History of Magic in North America —today (March 8).

While historically Rowling's Potter novels have been set in Britain, the new series will explore magic and wizardry in America in the lead-up to the November release of spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film, starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as explorer-and-writer Newt Scamander, is set in New York and marks Rowling's first effort as a screenwriter.

Rowling has even tailored the stories to incorporate the U.S.'s own wiccan history, including the Salem witch trials, Entertainment Weekly reports. Readers will be introduced to Ilvermorny, a U.S. equivalent to the famed Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the Magical Congress of the United States of America, a government department that oversees the nation's wizarding population.

Watch a preview teaser for the stories below:

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