Daniel Radcliffe officially weighed in on the American word for Muggle
The word heard ’round the world last week was “no-maj.” That’s what Muggles are known as stateside in the wizarding community — get it? No-maj equals no magic. It’s a huge departure from the word we’ve come to know and love over the last two decades, and as you can imagine, the word was not welcomed with open arms. Like, pretty sure a few vanishing spells have already been cast in its general direction. But calm down, everyone, Harry Potter himself is cool with the word.
Just like many other words in the English language, it makes sense for Americans to call Muggles something else. Writing wizard J.K. Rowling came up with the new word for the upcoming Fantastic Beats and Where To Find, Them which takes place here state side. Though the movie still won’t open for another YEAR, there are lots of opinions about this new word — some good, and some not so good — and recently Daniel Radcliffe was asked to officially weigh in.
Speaking to Mashable in promotion for his new movie, Victor Frankenstein, Radcliffe admitted that he’s has “no strong opinions about [it].” He continued with some pretty solid reasoning, “We have different words in England, so it makes perfect sense that there should be a different word for it in America.”
Radcliffe also reminded us that the movie hasn’t even come out yet, so the backlash might be too much right now. Rolling off of Newt Scamander’s tongue, “no-maj” might sound absolutely amazing.
That’s then when Radcliffe’s Victor Frankenstein co-star, James McAvoy, jumped in with his opinion, “You have no strong feelings about [the word]? It doesn’t keep you up at night? I’m outraged!”
Love the word, hate the word, or simply indifferent to it, we’ve got plenty of time to come around to it one way or another. You’re a no-maj, I’m a no-maj, and regardless we’re all going to see Fantastic Beasts when it opens November 2016.
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