Is the Wizard POTUS elected to a 4 year term like the No-Maj one? If so, can he/she be reelected?

  • Also, is there a wizard VP?
    – user35971
    Oct 2, 2017 at 20:52
  • There's no indication of term limits, nor a VP as far as I can tell
    – Valorum
    Oct 2, 2017 at 21:20

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Seraphina Picquery was certainly elected to the position, at least according to the film's accompanying factbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Movie Handbook.

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Seraphina's charisma and leadership skills made her a natural to climb the political ladder of MACUSA. She reached its highest rung when her fellow wizards elected her as President of the organization.

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    This only confirms that the last president of the MACUSA was elected, hundreds of years after Jackson’s term of office.
    – Adamant
    Oct 2, 2017 at 21:11
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    @Adamant - True, but I suspect the historical basis for the MACUSA government is liable to be of less interest than the characters we see in the film.
    – Valorum
    Oct 2, 2017 at 21:15
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    Yes, I would suspect that if the first and last president were elected that one's in middle bit were as well.
    – Skooba
    Oct 2, 2017 at 23:23
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    @Skooba - Go tell the Romans.
    – Valorum
    Oct 2, 2017 at 23:30
  • @Valorum Good point... doesn't change either of our answers though!
    – Skooba
    Oct 3, 2017 at 19:08

Yes, Presidents (and all representatives) were elected.

MACUSA was modeled on the Wizards’ Council of Great Britain, which predated the Ministry of Magic. Representatives from magical communities all over North America were elected to MACUSA to create laws that both policed and protected American wizardkind.


The first President of MACUSA was Josiah Jackson, a warlike wizard who was voted into post by his fellow representatives because he was considered tough enough to deal with the difficulties of the post-Salem Witch Trials era.

The Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) By J.K. Rowling

No word on term limits or vice presidents though...

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    This only confirms that the first president of the MACUSA was elected, hundreds of years before Picquery's term of office.
    – Valorum
    Oct 2, 2017 at 21:02
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    It would've been hilarious had this answer been given by @Adamant Oct 2, 2017 at 23:15
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    Surely JK Rowling wouldn't use the term USA when describing an epoch almost a hundred years before the declaration of independence, right?
    – E.P.
    Oct 3, 2017 at 13:42
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    @Dancrumb I thought the same exact thing
    – Skooba
    Oct 3, 2017 at 19:07
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    @Yakk While the America name floated around for a while... there were no states, only colonies and territories until the Revolution.
    – Skooba
    Oct 3, 2017 at 19:10

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