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

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In Harry Potter, is it only children who can do 'instinctive magic'?

Before coming to Hogwarts, many child witches and wizards display some sort of latent magical ability, by performing magic instinctively: e.g. Harry making his hair grow incredibly fast or making a ...
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What is the first Fantasy work to feature a wand?

Wands are a huge part of the magic system in Harry Potter. A wand is required to perform most magic (from what I've seen so far). This definitely isn't the first instance of wands being used to assist ...
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Why would Robert Angier use the machine every time?

In the movie The Prestige, two magicians rival over who can perform the best Transported Man illusion. In the end, Alfred Borden's secret is Robert Angier on the other hand After watching the ...
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What kind of magic is happening in these screenshots?

In HP and the Order of the Phoenix, we see this magic occurring; What's this called?
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Book about a guy that gets sent to a magical place because of an experiment, becomes a wizard

I'm trying to remember the name of a book series where a guy was broke and signed up to be the guinea pig in an experiment that sent him to a magical land where he ended up being a wizard, an "aa" ...
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In what way were the chess pieces transfigured?

Inspired by Childcat15's comment on this question In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone McGonagall transfigures the chess pieces that the trio battle to gain access to the Philosopher's Stone. ...
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Why didn't Dobby heal himself?

When Dobby was injured by Bellatrix Lestrange's knife. Why didn't Dobby or Harry use Healing Magic to treat Dobby. “The door banged open behind Harry and he looked up, terrified: Snape had burst ...
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Is the basilisk's stare the same type of magic as Avada kedavra?

Is the same type of magic being invoked when a basilisk kills its victim by its stare and a wizard kills his victim with avada kedavra? We know that avada kedavra does not leave any mark and the ...
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What are the limitations of healing magic?

While reading Sorcerer's Stone, I just finished the chapter where Harry walks in on Snape and Filch bandaging Snape's leg. In a previous chapter Neville falls off of his broom and we see that magic ...
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What book is Seren Koenig from?

I remember reading a book about Dragons who are babysitters of children. And one of them was forbidden to speak because the girl was mean to him. And they became bracelets
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Looking for an ongoing (2015) sci-fi webcomic with colonies and non-western cultures

I'm trying to track down a webcomic that was ongoing as late as this year, but can't seem to reconstruct it from anything. Highlights: Indian transgender astrophysicist protagonist with ...
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Short Story: Man has a Letter he can't read and nobody will translate it for him

I read a short story years ago in an anthology of mystery stories, including some stories with a supernatural element. It was about a man who received a letter written in a foreign language. The man ...
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Do Asgardians use magical energies?

In the first Thor movie, Thor described their society as having technology so advanced it's like magic. Does that mean that Asgardians actually do access the same energies that Marvel magic-users, ...
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Where does “Anything that can be made by magic can be unmade by magic” come from?

I am trying to find the source of this quote which I remember reading somewhere, but am running into a brick wall. (Note that the phrasing might not be exact, any quote with the general gist of the ...
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Can the magic which resides in objects be put into spells?

Can a person create a spell which has the same effect as a magical object? For instance, could a wizard create a spell that, like the Mirror of Erised, shows the caster (or his target) that which they ...
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What was the name of the tv show about a guy who lives in a town with aliens disguised as humans?

I watched it a while ago and I can't remember the name of this show. A guy -- who is a detective I think -- lives in a smallish town where aliens have disguised themselves as humans and he is the only ...
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Fantasy book where character can see visible magic elemental threads of different colors and lengths

I read this book between 1989 and 1998, I can't remember its title, book cover, or author. The only thing I can remember is a loose idea on how the magic system worked. In this book the main ...
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A fantasy book about a woman who can speak with animals and is taken by the prince?

I think I read this around 2009 and my dad got it for me from a used book store so it could be much older. What I remember from the story is that it follows a girl who lives in isolation in a ...
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Name of book- Girl fights Evil Sorceror Uncle who killed her father the king?

Read a book review over 10 years ago. Maybe 2003 -2004. Found it interesting. Wanted to read book but could not remember name. Story was about a princess whose Uncle killed her father to usurp the ...
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What was Bolas trying to do with the mana absorbed from the Conflux?

In the Magic: The Gathering book "Alara Unbroken attempts absorb the Conflux--a massive amount of mama created from a planar catastrophe--in an attempt to regain his former power levels. He succeeds ...
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Magic leaves “smudges” and a sorceress becomes a book

I could use some help identifying a book I read some time in the last year or so. The book goes between two different stories: 1) A student of magic finds a book in a cave that turns out to be a ...
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Using Taboo with Unforgivable Curses

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Voldemort and his Death Eaters used the Taboo curse with Voldemort's name, making the word "Voldemort" taboo. Whenever someone speaks a word that is taboo, the ...
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Identify: Book/series where people had to choose a “side” or faction and choose powers?

Like people went through this portal and had to declare their profession and powers. Also I feel like the protagonist killed two vampires in the beginning, and there was like a "good" faction and a ...
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Can Sources become Witchers?

Theoretically, could a Source go through the process that creates Witchers, survive, and retain their full magical potential? If so, could it actually increase their magical potential? Are their any ...
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Book about a boy who travels to a parallel universe to get a book

I can't remember the gender of the main character. I remember bits and pieces from different books, but I think they're all part of the same series. The pieces may not be in order or from multiple ...
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How could Ron possibly believe that “Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow…” is a real spell?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, George convinces Ron that the following nonsensical poem is a spell: "Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, Turn this stupid, fat rat yellow." But Ron ...
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Horn of Winter = Dragonbinder?

Is there any definitive evidence that the Horn of Winter sought by Mance Rayder is not actually a Dragon horn or indeed Dragonbinder itself? At first we are led to believe that Mance found the Horn ...
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Fantasy book with shape shifting dragon warriors

Set in a fantasy world with shape shifting Dragon kings and their warriors. They terrorize the humans, and kill those with magic. The protagonist is the great-grandson of a powerful warlock. He ...
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How does magic work in The Elder Scrolls?

Often, it seems as though magic is cast by force of will, but in past games there was a spell called "Silence" that temporarily prevented the casting of magic. However, also in past games, it was ...
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Are words necessary to perform Sorcery in the Belgariad?

In the Belgariad (and other works by Eddings within the same universe), is it always necessary to use spoken words to cast magic through the Will and the Word? Or is it possible to utilize it purely ...
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What made old Planeswalkers so powerful?

In Magic: The Gathering, Planeswalkers used to be incredibly powerful immortal beings before the Mending. They were naturally extremely powerful after awakening, without needing to form numerous mana ...
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Could casting multiple “Star Swirl's unfinished spells” solve the Magical Mystery cure

In Magical Mystery Cure (S03E13) an unfinished Star Swirl's spell causes the Elements of Harmony to swap color. In the remainder of the episode Twilight Sparkle aims to restore the damage by ...
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Story about a magic phone that did not work

Can someone help me ID a novel series I read a while back? What I remember for certain is that a wizard was hired by a small kingdom to be their court wizard. His first task was to create a phone ...
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Story Identification: Fantasy, magic system involves holding contradictory thoughts

I have vague recollections of a fantasy novel (or series) where the training for the magic system requires holding as many contradictory thoughts as possible at once. If I remember correctly, this ...
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A group of kids get magical powers, including time-freezing

I remember reading a book back in 3rd or 4th grade ('96/'97) from the school library. It involved a group of young kids (3 or 4 different kids, pre-teen I think?) who had somehow gotten magical ...
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1990s Fantasy fiction involving magic runes?

This is killing me. When I was young I remember reading this book: female heroine young adult fantasy fiction need to draw? runes in the air or tattoo them to do certain spells opening scene young ...
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YA book about a young powerful female caster attending a school that trains in magical arts and duels

I read a young adult novel around the turn of the century. This story features a young female protagonist that is very naturally gifted in magic. She is attending a wizarding school to learn mastery ...
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Book identification - towns separated by energy storm [duplicate]

Towns/cities are surrounded by a kind of swirling & confusing energy storm or field. In my mind's eye it was blue/purple in color. The towns/inhabited regions are in bubbles of normal ...
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Book about a Magic School set in a castle

Looking for a book that takes place at some kind of magic castle in England. I remember there being something about a magic rock inside of a mirror. I read this sometime in the early nineties, which ...
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A book about a girl who helps a couple of wizards write a book about words that possess magic

This is a trilogy and there was two stories intertwining. One that is in the past and one that is in the present. In the present there are a group of boys learning about magic words that will bring ...
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An old book series about stones, teenagers, and parallel worlds

There was this book series I used to read at Waldenbooks back when I was a kid. I have been looking for this series FOREVER and I am yet to find it. The only thing I remember about the book cover ...
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Immortality in Throne of Glass series - How does it work?

In throne of glass, the Fae are said to be immortal(can't age, but can still die), but then is Celaena immortal? Even if she stayed forever in her human/animal body? Or do they age when they turn to ...
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Musical Instrument from HP:Goblet of Fire, were they magical?

Post the Yule Ball's dance, Fred and George Weasley climb on the stage and starts playing Rock music (don't exactly know what type of music it was, so Rock). The instruments they use, looked like ...
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Is there a group in Dresden Files that keeps the supernatural world secret?

In the Dresden files universe is there a group or organization that keeps the supernatural world secret and cleans up the mess? Like, for instance, the cleaners in Underworld and Charmed, or ...
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Magic In Dresden Files Universe

In The Dresden Files universe is there a limit to what magic can do ? And how does it compare to other magic in different series like harry potter for example?
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Fantasy trilogy with dragons

Back in 2008 I read a trilogy of fantasy books. The series was about a man who had slain the last dragon that had been seen in the land and his wife, who was a low powered witch. The first book starts ...
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Why are there Grolims that are sorcerors, but not non-Angaraks?

In the Belgariad, we see numerous Grolims that have the Will and the Word, but very few other individuals. Why are there so few non-Angarak Sorcerers, none of any significance except for the followers ...
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Why DID the the Potters use Peter as a secret-keeper?

It was said in Prisoner of Azkaban that the Potters used Peter instead of Sirius as a Secret Keeper for the Fidelius Charm on their house because everyone would have expected them to use Sirius and so ...
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Harry Potter: How did not resisting Voldemort help Harry?

In Deathly Hallow, when Voldemort Harry does not resist the spell. When Harry was in King's Cross, Dumbledore says that it was important that Harry did not resist the spell. Why did Dumbledore ...
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Trying to find a book series from 80s. Fantasy world, young man going magic school

Found the series at a one of those elementary school book fairs. It was a series and i remember reading the first 2-3 books, set in a fantasy world. This kid makes a trip to a magic school mostly ...