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

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A fantasy novel about protagonist who absorbs gems to fight demons

I'm looking for a fantasy novel that has the back story of having two great elemental magic users (not sure what they are called in the novel). One can use fire and earth, the other water and air. ...
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Why didn't Harry have to wait for the right time to use the portkey?

In GoF, Harry touches the port key and is immediately transported back to Hogwarts. But why did the port key function immediately? During the world cup they had to wait for a specific time that the ...
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Fantasy Book Series; Boy trained by wizard in a tower

I am looking for a fantasy book: What I vaguely recall is: A boy is sick with the root cause being magic within himself. He is semi-cured by someone and is told he needs to train with the wizards in ...
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Fantasy series about twin boys from the 80's. One is stolen at birth by evil forces

I am looking for a book/series written in the 1980's about twin boys. One is stolen at birth by evil monster demons and is raised by them to be evil. I believe I remember that the land in this book ...
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Can a soul-trapped body be reanimated without giving it a new soul?

In the game Skyrim, it’s possible to reanimate almost any dead body, including bodies that have been soul-trapped. From a lore perspective, this doesn’t make sense to me: if you trap a target’s soul, ...
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Fantasy novel. Boy's father is killed by bear, taken in by father-figure in charge of King's army

The book(s) I'm looking for is a young adult book and part of a series about a boy/young man who leaves his grandparents house to go off to school. The book was set in a different world (similar to ...
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Fantasy novel about an acolyte who leaves his sect, and learns about the city surronding it

I read the series when I was younger. It's about a young man who is forced to leave his sect behind and journey out into the city. He is described as with a pale complexion due to his whole life ...
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How can Hades rip out this character's heart?

On Once Upon a Time, hearts are central to many kinds of magic. Rip out someone's heart and you can control them. Put someone's heart in stasis and you can preserve them. The heart of the thing one ...
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Book about 2 Brothers, 1 Master of Magic, the other Master of Machines

I read it in 1979 or thereabouts. Possibly as late as 1983. In it, the two brothers eventually wind up battling each other. My sister and I both read it but neither of us can find it in print or ...
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Fantasy book about mages, factions and a fighting house

I am looking for a novel in which there are several factions of different mages such as the 'red faction' that has to do with fire and truth. The main story is about a boy who joins the fighting ...
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How far can the devil's trap reach? (spoilers for season 1)

In season 1 episode 22, the devils trap is introduced: a magical ward that traps demons withing its circle. It is used in the same episode to trap Meg (possessed): What confuses me is that she was ...
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Do most vampires have powers?

In the Twilight universe, some vampires gain no powers when they turn (you know, except for diamond-hard skin, strength enough to lift a car, regeneration, and being able to run at 100 miles per ...
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Can normal wands be won through non-magical fights?

In the Harry Potter series, if a wizard is defeated in a magical duel, their opponent my claim their wand. Additionally, for the Elder Wand at least, whoever kills the previous owner may claim the ...
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What was the first example of a character who could steal someone else's powers?

Many stories feature powers or abilities that are inherent to an individual, whether fantastic, pseudo-scientific, or perhaps even actually scientific. But sometimes they are not so inherent. ...
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Fantasy novel series with male protagonist, alternate world, winning hand in marriage, starting a magic school

I probably read this series through Kindle Unlimited. A young man wakes up and discovers that he is in an alternative world with magic. He also has magic powers himself. Fairly soon, he arrives at a ...
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In the Harry Dresdenverse do you have to say something to use evocation?

In the world of Harry Dresden we always see him use Fuego or Forzare to use his evocation magic, usually shouting it in the process. Can other Wizards say an evocation and only mouth a word?
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How do the Hogwarts staircases move in the books?

When I read the Harry Potter books, I imagined the whole "the staircases change" thing to be more like the weeping angels from Doctor Who in that they change when you're not looking or without you ...
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Why has so much magical knowledge been lost since ancient times?

In the Harry Potter universe, the most powerful magical artifacts or spells all seem to be very old, while there seems to be no more powerful works of magic being created in modern times. For ...
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Is the Magic School Bus actually magic?

Is The Magic School Bus, of the The Magic School Bus franchise, actually magic? On one hand, it's called magic and does many things that science probably can't achieve. On the other hand, it is only ...
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How do wizards distinguish between magical creatures and “mundane” animals?

The simple answer to this question would be that magical creatures are capable of using magic as an evolutionary advantage. Magical abilities are often considered to be "wondrous" and "special", but ...
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Fantasy series with black, white, red magic and magic mirrors

I am looking for the name of a series of fantasy books that, I read in the early 2000s (not sure on their release date) about a male protagonist who goes to a special temple to learn red magic. Within ...
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What's the earliest story where magic precludes technology and vice versa?

Electricity doesn't work well around Hogwarts. In The Anubis Gates, written in 1983 by Tim Powers, there are some areas in space (and time) where magic is stronger and technologic equipment tends to ...
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Why do magic and technology not mix?

I've read that magic and technology literally don't mix. If there is a strong enough concentration of magical stuff around (people, beasts etc.), it can literally cause modern tech to malfunction or ...
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multi part graphic magazine story, sorcerors combatting to choose the next leader, RC priest as one sorceror

I'm remembering a comic book/graphic novel/magazine such as Eerie or Creepy from the mid 70s to mid 80s. The drawings for at least one issue are all black and white, the story is told in several ...
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Is the Force magic? [closed]

I think that the Jedi refuse to call it such, but they can be considered biased opinion. There certainly exist Sith magic, but it seems to be considered separate from the usual Sith powers, although ...
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Magic school and chalk magic

The book is about a boy who attends a magic school. There are contests between the groups of students similar to a chess game using magic. The good teacher is beaten by the evil teacher in a magic ...
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Fantasy book about high elf lord, human woman, magic

I read last year a book about a high lord elf whose job is performing magic; he loves books and is looking for old books containing old magic, so called sexual magic. He finds an intelligent, ...
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Trilogy about a girl who walks on water

I'm trying to identify a trilogy of (I think YA) novels. The main character was able to walk on water. A different boy also was. I think that the series might have been named after it's word for these ...
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Fantasy novel with female protagonist and mages who can be drained of power by a cut?

I believe it was a standalone, but possibly 2 books. The main character was a female. The mages in the story exploded when they died unless they were completely drained of power first. They could be ...
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Can polyjuice grow back body parts cursed off by dark magic?

If George had stocked on some of his hairs before his ear got cut off by Snape, could he have used polyjuice potion to turn into a version of himself with both the ears? From Goblet of Fire we know ...
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Children's fantasy novel involving rune magic

I'm looking for the title of a book, its details are: Children's book series. All people live on an island surrounded by fog. Boy is chosen to be trained as a magician and is picked to be trained by ...
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Why do only wizards have magic?

Why do wizards have magic, but Muggles don't? Why don't all people have magic, or no people have magic?
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Are there similar conceptions of magic like in the Inheritence Cycle? [closed]

By reading the cycle, I very much liked Paolini's conception of magic, illustrated in the scene where Eragon was told to get the power for lifting the stone out of his surrounding and has been shocked ...
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In *Wizard's First Rule*, why can't the court artist James target Kahlan?

I was listening to the Wizard's First Rule on audiobook the other day, and it got to the part where they were dealing with Queen Milena. Zedd said (paraphrasing, referring to James, the court artist) ...
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Movie about an amulet and book of magic?

A girl gets an amulet/necklace then whole town become like zombies and try to kill her. She's chased to a chapel where they break through the walls and doors. She finds a hatch and goes underground ...
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Can Occlumency be used upon Dementors?

Dementors suck feelings of happiness out of the person. And well all the memories are stored inside the brain. So what would have happened if we tried Occlumency whenever a dementor approached (only ...
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Why didn't James potter make himself the secret keeper? [duplicate]

I don't get why he had to choose one of his friends
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Book where boy who doesn't have magic but everyone else does

I remembered reading a book about this boy. He doesn't have magic, while everyone does. His uncle is a famous wizard, and helps him get into a wizard school. Later on, it was revealed that the boy ...
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Book with magic tree ash that makes you blind

So there's this book I read maybe 5 or 6 years ago that I absolutely loved but never finished the series and I can't remember the name and can't find it. From what I remember there are these hidden ...
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Did Hermione invent the Four-Point Spell herself?

Leading on from the question Did Harry Potter ever invent any spells? specifically Himarm's answer and the comment thread underneath it, I would like to ask: Did Hermione invent the Four-Point Spell ...
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Did Harry Potter ever invent any spells?

Many of the greatest wizards in the Harry Potter universe invented their own spells. Dumbledore, acknowledged as one of the greatest wizards of the age: "Examined him myself in Transfiguration ...
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Were there any verbal spells in Transfiguration? If yes, were there only few?

I have never heard of any verbal spells during Transfiguration (in the book), this class was the least mentioned ever. So were there any verbal spells in Transfiguration? If there were, were there ...
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Why not hide the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone with a Fidelius Charm?

The Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone was guarded first in Gringotts (which had never been robbed until the events of the book) and then later was moved to Hogwarts (where it was pretty well protected). ...
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Where did wishes come from?

When you look into the wish trope, you tend to get pointed back to Aladdin from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights as the originator. But wishes in Aladdin really didn't work the way modern ...
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Looking for fantasy book with a magic tree that picks one person to talk to while it is dying and letting evil back into the world

I know it's not much to go on, as I read this book probably close to 7-9 years ago. Here's my best synopsis of what I remember. It is also part of a series, if that helps. There is a magical tree ...
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Are there different schools of magic in Middle Earth?

Having read these questions, I've some further questions as the title says. From those preceding questions, we can see that magic is innate to Arda, and that all sentient beings can use it given ...
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Looking for a YA sci-fi book with a girl magically rescuing a boy trapped in a computer. 80s, I think

I can't recall either title or author, and think I read it in the 80s or VERY early 90s. The plot had a young girl discovering magical ability, and contacting a boy with similar talents. He ends up ...
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Can a charmed tent in the Harry Potter universe be placed inside another charmed tent?

In the Harry Potter universe, it's possible to have a tent that appears larger on the inside than on the outside. Is there any reason it wouldn't be possible to place one charmed tent inside another ...
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I'm looking for the title of a book about a magical bookstore and its owner

The book is fairly new, at most 4 years and it's the start of a series. I know vampires were involved and that the bookstore was open at night but that's about it.
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Looking for older YA fantasy book with young boy magician + familiars + orbs

I'm not sure I have enough information to truly make finding this book possible, but I thought I'd try! I read this fantasy novel when I was probably 12 years old or so - so 1995 ish. So I'm sure it ...