Two years ago, fans learned the American word for “muggle” when ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ was released. As it turns out, non-wizards are called “no-maj” in the United States.
With the highly anticipated sequel, ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald,’ set in Paris, it only makes sense that we would get a different word for “muggle” to be used by our friends in Gay Paree! According to director David Yates, the French term for muggle in the film is simply: “non–magique.” It sounds so pretty when compared to the very American sounding “no-maj.”
Yates was asked in a recent interview about the wizard/muggle relationship in Paris. When asked if the relationship was strained, like the one in New York, or harmonious like in London, Yates replied:
“[The wizarding world in Paris is] quite glamorous, it’s quite beautiful. There’s a community that lives alongside the muggle community, it’s much freer than in New York, where there’s segregation. Paris is a bit like England, actually, not so hung up about the differences between the two. Magical people can freely move into non-magical communities as long as they’re discrete about their talents…”
Earlier this week it was revealed that each of the five planned ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films will be set in a different city around the world. So that means we could end up with five different ways to say “muggle” by the end of the franchise. If only J.K. Rowling would give us five different ways to say wingardium leviosa!
‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne)
teaming with famed professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Newt’s
American friends Tina (Katherine Waterston), Jacob (Dan Fogler) and
Queenie (Alison Sudol) to hunt the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ opens November 16 of this year.