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

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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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The limit 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, he ...
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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 him, ...
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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?
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Novel or series about mages/magi and colored auras?

I read a book, or series, when I was a kid following a guy as he rose through the ranks of Magi. What I can remember is that the level of a mage's power was indicated by the color of their aura. For ...
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3 races at different levels of technology

In 8th grade I read a sci-fi/fantasy story about a technologically advanced race that is trying to colonize a world already populated by a "primitive" race that believes that the technology of the ...
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What effect did Voldemort's presence have on Quirrell?

It seems to me that having the Dark Lord inhabiting the back of your head would have some practical effect (other than requiring a turban). Was Quirrell impeded in any way? Was his ability to do ...
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Why did Mr Weasley ask Mr And Mrs Granger how bus stops work?

Why did Mr Weasley ask Mr And Mrs Granger how bus stops Work in Chamber of Secrets. Well i am having trouble understanding why he would do this, because he had already traveled on the Knight bus. ...
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Name of Young Adult novel from 1960s/ 70s with Harry Houdini?

I'm looking for the title of a book I read as a kid in the 60s/70s. It's about a teenage boy who's fascinated with magic and Harry Houdini, and develops his magical powers with Houdini's help. I just ...
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Does animagus transformation alter the level of intelligence?

I found this quote: No spell yet devised enables wizards to fly unaided in human form. Those few Animagi who transform into winged creatures may enjoy flight, but they are a rarity. The ...
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Looking for a short story where there are murders taking place with magic

I remember that the story had to do with murders happening with magic. One was a puzzle maker another was a doll maker. Investigator is a woman and gets a lead where she needs to find a specific toy ...
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story or series of humans who can control elements due to exposure or ingestion of crystals

Saw this book or series on a shelf of a mall store probably in the 80's. Prologue described a war between groups of humans. By exposure or ingestion of some sort of crytal they could control an ...
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Within the Bartimaeus Trilogy are the magicians capable of doing supernatural feats without the help of the spirits they summon?

In a preface I guess you could call it. It was in Ring of Solomon and it was stated that magicians had no powers of their own except to call and restrain spirits. But numerous examples are given ...
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Help Identifying Fantasy Novel About Rune Magic

I read a book a long time ago that felt like it was the start of a series. I forget most of the details but it has a very unique magic system based on runes. What I remember is that: The main ...
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What are the Istaris' staff made of?

Are the staff the Istari wield made of anything unique or are they made from normal wood and given magical properties by their user?
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Need Help Identifying SF Book About Magic

I am trying to find a book I read many, many years ago. The book starts with a princess, from a world with magic, coming through a rift into our world, without magic. She discovers, however, that one ...
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Fantasy about three magical descendants/ children with different powers fighting with each other

Looking to find which book/ series of books centers around three descendants of some powerful person who take on human bodies and each have their special respective powers. The characters are part ...
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I'm looking for a book series about a Queen that time travels to save her people

I'm looking for a book series about a Queen that time travels to save her people. What I remember from the books was a girl that lived in the "highlands" came down to a festival where she was taking a ...
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1980's book about a man who glows green and can use magic based upon how long his mom was in labor?

I used to be part of a sci/fantasy book club and I remember getting a compilation of the years best sci/fi-fantasy. One of the stories revolved around a young man who worked in a toy shop? and he ...
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How did Charlie's friend get past Hogwarts' protections?

It been said by Hermione that there are all kinds of enchantments around Hogwarts to stop outside people and forces from getting in. If this is true, then how in PS were Charlie's friends able to fly ...
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What were the W.O.M.B.A.T questions on Rowling's old site?

Does anyone have the entire list of questions and answers from the W.O.M.B.A.T tests that were posted on J.K. Rowling's website a few years back?. A link or an entire list of the answers would be ...
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Where did the griffins go in Phaze?

In the Apprentice Adept series, book 1, Split Infinity, chapter 14, when Stile is attempting to escape from the Yellow Adept we read this. There were cages all around. It resembled an archaic zoo. ...
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Neville Longbottom's teeth [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Hermione talks about her parents being dentists in the Muggle world at Professor Slughorn's party. She has to explain what a dentist is to everyone at the ...
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Book where children trained in magic, fashioned aerial vehicles

Pretty sure I read this when I was a kid. Perhaps 7 years ago. Newish then. This kid is struggling to carve his magic "flying insect" vehicle. He suddenly finds inspiration and models it on a ...
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A novel with a talent magic system

I'm looking for a fantasy novel, pre 2000. It's young adult fantasy. Magical abilities involved talents similar to psychic abilities. One character could hide the group, preventing others from ...
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Rules & Regulations Of Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft & Wizardary

What do you think would be the requirements in getting admission in Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft & Wizardry? Would a child of 10 years old gain admission if he were to turn 11 in the months to ...
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What happens if the seeker can't catch the snitch? How does the game end?

In Quidditch the game only ends when the Snitch is caught, but what happens if the Seeker can't catch it? The house in the lead would win, wouldn't they? Where do the teachers draw the line to the end ...
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Graphic short stories series about a boy falling through a hole which sends him to a fantasy world of monsters and magic?

Some details I remember: Was around in early-mid 90's, the series came out in weekly installments (something you could get from your newsagent). The story begins when a schoolboy falls into a hole ...
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Name of trilogy about two children who find broken magic stone shards and are rescued by winged red horses

Set in almost prehistoric times in another world, two children are kidnapped. They're seers but keep it a secret. At some point, they find missing legendary shards of a broken magic stone. They're ...
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Why doesn't Harry get in trouble for casting 'Lumos' in the third Harry Potter book? [duplicate]

Why doesn't Harry get in trouble for casting Lumos (and thereby breaking The Decree for the Restriction of Underage Wizardry) AFTER he flees the Dursley's house when he first sees Sirius in his ...
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Boy wants to go to magic school

In the early 90's, I read a book about a boy who wanted to go to a magic school, but everyone said that he was not good enough. Finally he got in. There was a test where he had to repeatedly light ...
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Fantasy series ca. 2000

I'm looking for a fantasy book series I read ca 2000 (IIRC, it was unfinished then). The story centered around political events in a kingdom and capital, and the rise of a magical/clerical sect. ...
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A book about an exiled princess, possibly 80's or early 90's

I'm looking for a book I read in the early 90's about a princess who is exiled after her family is murdered. I remember her family shared the throne with another family (her cousin I think). I believe ...
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Were there any other 'wizards' in middle earth apart from the Istari?

We know Gandalf, Radagast, Saruman, Pallando and Alatar, who are all Istari, Maiar in physical form. The elves can also do 'magic', and Sauron, being a Maiar himself. Were there any other people with ...
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What kind of magic is this?

A fantasy book by Dianna Wynne Jones called Charmed Life has a character named Julia, she uses magic by knotting and untying a handkerchief. In the kid's book series called The Magic Treehouse, the ...
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Is it possible to suffer from frostbite and sunburn simultaneously?

In the most recent episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Rarity makes the amusing claim that she has given the townsfolk both frostbite and sunburn both in rapid succession, due to her poor ...
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What is this novel about a man who could enter the minds of animals?

I read a book a few years back, and would love to read it again. The overall plot I don't remember much of, but the main character could enter the minds of animals. It was a huge taboo to do so, and ...
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Young adult novel with dragons, magic, and ends weirdly

In elementary school, between '92 and '96, I read a young adult fantasy novel that has eluded my internet searches to this day. I don't remember the plot, but I think it had the word 'Rainbow' in the ...