And The American Word For Muggle Is …
November 4, 2015
Muggle [noun] - A non-magic person; one who does not possess magical skills or abilities.
Harry Potter fans are all too familiar with the term “muggle” — but did you know that stateside witches and wizards have an entirely different version of the term?
According to a recent exclusive from Entertainment Weekly, J.K. Rowling has coined a new term for American wizards to describe non-magical people. In the U.S., muggles are apparently called “no-maj.” That’s right, no-maj, as in non-magical.
(As in that letter from Hogwarts you’ve been waiting for is never going to come, no-maj.)
The hyphenated, abbreviated word does seem very American, but Americans on the Internet don’t seem to agree.
JK, stop trying to make "no-maj" happen, it's not gonna happen— Lara Parker (@laraeparker) November 4, 2015
I just found out the U.S. equivalent of "Muggle" is "No-Maj" and I want to die— Sam Winchester (@SamMaggs) November 4, 2015
nomaj is a clear sign that british people think that americans are idiots— Krutika Mallikarjuna (@andnowtothemoon) November 4, 2015
Although, not everyone hates the term.
y'all are hating on nomaj but its lowkey growing on me— tria (@tonycest) November 4, 2015
everyone's saying "no-maj" sounds silly but can u remember how silly "muggle" must have seemed the first time round.— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) November 4, 2015
It may take a little getting used to.
I think we'll all hate No-Maj a little less when we hear it said in a 1920s New York accent.— Lauren Puga (@kittentarantino) November 4, 2015
The good news is, you’ll have the chance to see the word in action when the latest Harry Potter-adjacent film, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," hits theaters next year.