Media & Communication
Owl Post & Scrying
Much like their British counterparts, Americans have continued the use of owls for standard mail delivery, though they usually choose to ship larger packages through the United States Postal Service for convenience.
Due to the vast size of the country and modern magical innovations, the most common method of communication is a form of scrying. Most magical homes have a scrying glass – a mirror-like glass inside a frame that hangs on the wall – but others might have globes, dishes, and other similar objects. The glass is activated by pointing the wand at it and announcing the name and/or address of the person you wish to contact, and the scrying device on the other person’s end will glow a bright blue color. A witch or wizard need only touch a glowing device to “answer” the request, and because of this many protective charms have been put on personal scrying devices to prevent unauthorized witches and wizards from accessing one another’s incoming “calls.”
Television and News Media
The Wizarding Wireless does exist in the United States, but it is not nearly as popular as the many wizarding television stations that exist on off-number networks using a decimal, such as the WNN, or Wizarding News Network, located across the nation at channel 42.1. Regular television shows including sitcoms and game shows can be viewed on the SPARK! Network located at 13.7, and all magical stations can only be picked up using a special television set. Some experimental television antennas have been tested to allow networks to be picked up on a regular television, but the sets usually fry after a short period of time due to the magical interference.
Magical television shows seem to have no special qualities to them aside from the fact that they are focused on topics that the magical community finds interesting. Such shows include:
“Mama Louisa’s Cauldron” – Cooking Show, Food Today Network
“Charmed and Dangerous” – Soap Opera, SPARK! Network
“That’s My Dragon” – Sitcom, SPARK! Network
“OrdinaryWatch” – News Show, Wizarding News Network
“Painting With Bob Ross” – Art Show, Magical Family. No one is quite sure why this is being shown on Magical TV.
“I’m Always Right” – Political Show, Wizarding News Network
“Amortentia” – Soap Opera, Magical Family
“Law and Order: Wizarding World” – Crime Show, SPARK! Network
“This Old Castle” – Home Improvement Show, Magical Homes & Gardens Network
“Magical Malady Madness” – Educational(?) Show, Discovering Magic
“123 Wizard St.” – Children’s Show, Wizarding Family
Newspapers and Magazines similar to the Daily Prophet and Witch Weekly are also in circulation – the USA Today newspaper has a branch secret from muggles that publishes a three times weekly issue under the name WWToday, (or, “Wizarding World Today”) for general news, and Witch Weekly America is also published once per week. In addition, there are also a number of tabloids including the Wizarding World News which seems to have as legitimate information as the Quibbler magazine.