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Magic refers to powers obtained by supernatural or spiritual means outside of science or technology.

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Could humans in the LOTR Universe perform magic? [duplicate]

In the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Gandalf attempts to convince Saruman that the "Necromancer" i.e. Sauron, has returned, but Saruman dismisses Gandalf saying: Saruman: That's absurd. No such ...
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Different Magic Types [closed]

My favorite types of fantasy novels are those that involve different types of Magic and I am in search of similar novels or series. I have scoured the internet for these, and have read many that were ...
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Story where a monster asks if he has a soul

I'd like to know the name of a book written no more recent than the year 2000 (probably a bit older.) It includes only two themes that I can recall: The main character is exiled for not having a ...
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A fantasy/romance novel about a woman with a mysterious power and has a variant of “witch” in the title

This was another book I had seen at the nursing home I previously worked at. It was a hardcover book with a dust jacket that had an image of a woman near a tree with bare branches. That's the best I ...
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Story Identification: Fantasy series based on Bob Dylan's All Along the Watchtower

I remember reading this story ~15 years ago. What I remember: Back in the 90's, Martin Greenberg published a LOT of themed anthologies, and I think that this was in one of them. I think it was a new ...
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What does this occult symbol signify?

I remember seeing this symbol in other works, but I cannot for the life of me remember where I originally saw it or anywhere I've ever seen it specifically.... The circle, with a dot in the center, ...
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Fantasy TV Show from the 80s i saw on Public Television when a kid

I really vaguely remember this television program with this actor that had striking blue eyes kinda looked like Ramsey Snow from game of thrones. The show was about a boy whom was sent back in time ...
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Why did Dumbledore contemplate discontinuing Divination at Hogwarts?

In Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore tells Harry 'I did,' said Dumbledore. 'On a cold, wet night sixteen years ago, in a room above the bar at the Hog's Head inn. I had gone there to see an ...
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Occult, Magic, and UFO Book set from 70-80s (I think) [closed]

A few years back I bought an encyclopedia-type book set from a book sale. Most of the books were about topics frequently used in science fiction and fantasy. After moving a while back, they were ...
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A young adult novel about a girl in a medieval type time

A YA (Young Adult) novel from the 2000s, this book is set in a medieval type era. The main character is a girl whose parents are killed (I can't remember why) and she is living with her uncle. She ...
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Multi-volume fantasy series with forbidden spell of undoing

As a child I read a book series. It was about wizards and magic and consisted of many, many volumes. I hardly remember anything of it, apart from there being one forbidden spell: the spell for someone ...
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Cartoon with girl on a wheelchair and a genie as helper against an evil entity

I remember watching a cartoon as a child, in the 80s or early 90s and I can't remember the title (or a lot of details about it). The setting reminds me of "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water": we could ...
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Magical accident makes magician super powerful

The story starts with our character getting involved in a big magic accident, some kind of power plant or factory maybe? The result is he goes from being a low level magician to a super powerful ...
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Title of Fantasy Novel Series including Magic and Familiars

There is a fantasy novel series that I'm trying to remember the title and/or author of. The land included a circular plain surrounded by a sheer cliff wall that was created by a cataclysmic magical ...
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What did Arwen mean when she saved Frodo

In the Fellowship of the Ring, after Arwen outruns the Nazguls, she notices that Frodo is in a very bad state and seems to be very near death. At this point she says; "What Grace has given ...
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Series about a boy who collects crests that match symbols on his forearm

I believe this was a series. I read it in the late 90's, but I imagine that it was published earlier than that. It's about a boy who travels to another world/worlds. I remember him collecting ...
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Trying to remember a contemporary fantasy novel involving white and black magic lodges

I read it as a paperback somewhere around 1990, might be a bit older. It's set on Earth in approximately contemporary time (I don't remember the time frame, but there were cars and phones. I don't ...
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What is the extent and nature of Nix's power in (the film) Lord of Illusions?

I'm not asking for an exhaustive list, or even a list at all. The man certainly thinks himself capable of causing some sort of doomsday or apocalypse, but the movie's onscreen portrayal of magic is ...
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Are there any limitations to the absorption of the sword of Gryffindor?

What objects can be used as wand substitutes? This question got me thinking. Godric Gryffindor's sword can absorb properties, and only positive properties (said in DH). Then, couldn't it in theory ...
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Why didn't Harry's touch hurt Voldemort in “HP and the Deathly Hallows”? [duplicate]

I watched some of the Harry Potter movies today, and there is something I didn't understand. In the first movie, Harry's touch hurts Professor Quirrell, but when Voldemort and Harry "fall-fly" during ...
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Was the Muggle attack on Ariana Dumbledore sexual in nature?

Was the Muggle attack on Ariana Dumbledore sexual in nature? When I read this, I noticed a lot of "hand-waving language", typical in situations when the author wants to keep the book family suitable ...
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Fantasy series where each book takes place on a different world that overly expressed a certain element?

From what I remember their was a war between two different groups of people. The winners put the losers in a labyrinth that was constantly trying to kill them (although I think that was a mistake). ...
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Trying to find/remember Two scifi/fantasy books [closed]

I currently have two books I am trying to find The first is a young adult book series that starts off with a soldier being asked to deliver a magic ring to an old man/wizard. Along the way the ...
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Is it possible to lose or gain magic blood?

A thought struck me while reading these questions. Suppose there was a magical child in a pureblood family, who shows signs of being magical early and gets their Hogwarts letter on their eleventh ...
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How and when did Hermione find out she's a witch?

Hermione Granger is muggle born. Her parents are dentists. While Harry wasn't muggle born, he was raised by muggles, which amounts to the same thing when it comes to being exposed to magic. Harry ...
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In Game of Thrones, did magic ever really go away?

In the Game of Thrones universe, it is implied that magic existed thousands of years ago and was quite powerful. Over time magic eventually died out and eventually forgotten by the people as common ...
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Looking for a YA book about a magical nanny that heavily featured lady bugs

I remember a YA book that involved a family who's babysitter/nanny was implied to be magical, and as I recall she was heavily associated with lady bugs. But I can't remember what the name of the books ...
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Why can't you just duplicate money in the Harry Potter series

In harry Potter and the deathly hallows Hermione duplicated a Locket using the Geminio charm. Why couldn't someone use the Geminio charm to duplicate money. Or do they have copyrights on them like ...
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Where did the Flipendo and Skurge spells come from?

In the Harry Potter games, there are several spells like Flipendo and Skurge which I don’t remember seeing in the books or movies. Were they actually used in the books and movies and I didn’t notice, ...
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Is there a limit to what magic in the HP world can do?

We know that powerful wizards can create spells. Snape has created Sectumsempra, and all. Is there any limit on what kind of spell they can create? Would it be possible to: Say, if a wizard wants ...
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Forgot the name of the novel/ series, regarding magic

So, This has been bothering me for a while. I remember reading a book or series where the protagonist was discriminated against for not having a visible magic. It's revealed later that his/her magic ...
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Are there any magical objects from any fantasy world which work similarly to the Hold Person spell from D&D? [closed]

I'm looking for any magical weapons or artifacts which have the power to bind the wielder's enemies. It can be literally binding them with conjured chains, or just something like paralyzing them ...
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Book about a young girl who travels in time

This book is about a young girl who lives in a magical town near a sea or body of water where people have to go through a maze to travel to the outside world. She has an older male companion (an ...
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Is love magical for muggles as well?

In the Harry Potter universe, love is a very potent, mysterious force and the power source of some "old magic". The most prominent use in the series is the protection that made Harry himself survive ...
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Can non-humans master a wand in Harry Potter?

Inspired by Would Nagini have become the master of the Elder Wand? Somehow it seems odd to me that wand ownership may pass to just any animal (even magical one's, such as Nagini), but Harry Potter ...
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Are there exceptions in the International Statute of Secrecy?

I was wondering what a wizard should do when a Muggle is about to be killed (let's say in a car accident) and a present wizard notices this in time to prevent this (for example by levitating the ...
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What are the limits of the Room of Requirement?

Can the Room of Requirement provide anything if needed? For example: James Potter wanted to hide from Voldemort, it would have served as a perfect hiding place. Harry Potter wanted all the Hocruxes, ...
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What was Filch doing during the battle of Hogwarts?

I can't remember whether Filch was even mentioned during the last book. Given the Ministry's strong rules against Muggle-borns, it could be assumed they might have somehow tried to dispose of squibs ...
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Why isn't entry through the floo network protected like entry through apparition?

In Half Blood Prince Dumbledore said that apparating inside a house is rude, and usually wizards will have protection in place to prevent unwanted guests entering this way: "Professor, why ...
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fantasy book scientist arrives in dwarves field and teaches him to make aluminum so he can be considered a wizard in this world

Cannot remember the title or author of this fantasy book. Scientist invented a machine that landed them in an alternate world in the field of a dwarf who had been trying to find the recipe for ...
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YA fantasy book - boy in boarding school?

I can't remember much, but I can recall a YA novel I read probably in the early 2000s (and most likely was new at the time) about a boy who went to boarding school. I remember there being detailed ...
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Harry Potter - Why do acts of “accidental” magic only seem to happen around Muggles?

There are several times in the books (and movies) where it is either mentioned or depicted that magical people, in moments of stress, are capable of accidentally causing magic to happen. The biggest ...
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How does a lich work in the Cthulhu Mythos?

I noticed that the liches from H. P. Lovecraft's works are different from D&D. For example, the Lovecraft version seems to lack a phylactery, and they keep their immortality by taking new bodies, ...
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Story Identification: Ability transfer magic system

I read a fantasy novel years back. I honestly don't remember much of the plot (it was SEVERAL years back) but I remember the magic system that was used. It was possible for an individual to grant ...
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How do Sorcerers, Enchanters, Warlocks, Mages, Magicians, and Witches Differ? [closed]

I'm new to fantasy. The authors whose work I're read do not use the terms I mentioned in the title interchangeably, but they often don't explicitly distinguish them. I suspect that those terms ...
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Are magic (and religion) just higher-level science in the DC universe?

Summing my question into one LONG sentence: Does magic actually exist in the DC universe or is it — and are spiritual realms such as heaven, hell and purgatory — essentially pocket dimensions that ...
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A book about brothers with magical powers, set in southern United States

This is about a book series I read in the 80's or 90's. The books were about brothers in either Georgia or North Carolina. There was some sort of metal-sculpting theme thrown in. One brother was ...
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Book or Series name/author-the original book cover has a wizard standing before a door with runes on it

This was a series of books, the would have been around in mid 1985, and the artwork on the covers was much like Terry Patchetts book art... The male character was transported from the "modern" world ...
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Is a spell forever?

Looking at the questions and answer to these two questions. Why is the Burrow so cramped on the inside? & Why are there "dilapidated" buildings in Harry Potter? and neither mentions the ...
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Would what Voldemort did at the end of Goblet of Fire have worked without his Horcruxes?

Would the ancient dark spell that Wormtail carried out for Voldemort have still worked if Voldemort had not created Horcuxes?