We have a pretty straightforward view of notarization in the U.S. and Canada … you sign a document, and a notary stamps & signs the same document, pointing to your signature and saying “yep, that’s the person who signed this.”  It’s a handy tool for verification whenever the document needs to be used in court

[Author’s note:  I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter universe, and I fell in love with J.K. Rowling long ago; Peggy understands my affection, and would happily trade me for a sneak peak at Jo’s next manuscript.  The new “prequel” really is fantastic.  Go see the movie, buy the script… immerse yourself