On this day in 1913, the Woolworth building officially opened as the tallest building in the world at the time.
"MACUSA needed a new refuge, and over the course of several years, wizards infiltrated the construction team of a new building in New York. By the time the Woolworth Building was completed it could both house No-Majs and – if activated by the correct spells – transform into a space for wizards. The only outer mark of the MACUSA’s new secret location was the owl carved over the entrance." -pottermore.com
Last April, we dipped down to NYC to take a tour of MACUSA— known to no-majs as the Woolworth Building. No trespassing was allowed. Signs were posted to warn tourists they “could not cross this line”, so we whipped out our wand permits and stayed just out of reach of the menacing line on the ground.
Have you ever met Shelby Isaac? If you haven’t, then you’ve never witnessed her perform the “Imperius Curse”. She wanted a closer look inside, so she glided in, and bat her lashes at the security guard, who graciously told her she could take photos anywhere she liked in the main lobby and ground floor.
It’s worth noting that they sell tickets for the tour Shelby took on her own, while I patiently waited outside hoping she wouldn’t come out in handcuffs. Instead, she came out with a grin, a phone full of photos, and a few fun facts the staff shared with her.
"Legislation introduced at the end of the nineteenth century meant that every member of the magical community in America was required to carry a ‘wand permit’, a measure that was intended to keep tabs on all magical activity and identify the perpetrators by their wands." -pottermore.com
Official wand permits from MinaLima!