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It’s using a color-coded threat level system to determine how much danger the world is in. Please send help to America’s wizards because they are not well.

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As is now pretty much a daily occurrence, Pottermore has another article about life in in the Wizarding United States in the run-up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And, as is also an almost daily occurrence, we are learning that Wizarding America is a terrifying place.

There it is, hanging next to a portrait of President Seraphina Picquery, a name very close to the name of the witch in the His Dark Materials books, Serafina Pekkala (Image: Screenshot from the teaser trailer)

This time, Pottermore has shared a close look at the device that literally hangs at the entrance of Wizarding USA’s government building: a giant barometer that measures the amount of risk wizards are at for exposure to the non-magical populace. (Muggles in England, “No-Majs” in the USA). Because a giant threat index speaks to a government that is in no way paranoid or reactionary. Here’s a close-up of the design that was published on Pottermore:

Wondering if the similarity to the Homeland Security Advisory System that had become such a joke it was replaced in 2011 is a coincidence? It is not, as graphic designer Eduardo Lima explained, “[Production designer] Stuart Craig was very clear about what he wanted. He wanted it to look like a station clock. We looked at how they show terror alerts in the States, and National Security issues like that, and used their color scheme.”

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Yes, witches and wizards of the 1920s have something that resembles a design no-majs wouldn’t have for about 80 years. Also, a magical one is presumably more useful than the one we had for almost a decade. I don’t know if that gives the magical one more or less authority.

By the way, the level the movie takes place in is, J.K. Rowling’s script says, “severe unexplained activity.”

[Pottermore via Hitfix]