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

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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 ...
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What book has a man in a world on the brink of an ice age with a wizard mentor?

I'm trying to find the title of an old fantasy book I read at least 20 years ago, but I have very little to help identify it. Obviously I don't remember the author name, I think it was written in the ...
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How does one find the Room of Requirement for the first time?

Apparently many people have found this room by accident. The twins found it when they were looking for a place to hide from Filch; Dumbledore found it when he needed to go to the bathroom; hundreds ...
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What was the exact shape of Harry Potter's scar?

So on a lot of HP merchandise the exact details of Harry's scar are different. The scar is a lightning bolt in a 'N' shape and not the other way around, right? And does anyone know is Rowling made ...
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Looking for title on fantasy book most likely from the 90's

I will try to include as much as I can remember. I believe the book series was a trilogy. The main heroine was a female white-haired mage/sorceress whose birth was orchestrated by magical beings in ...
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Story ID: A girl with magical power in a different world

I read a book quite a while back (probably quite a few years ago) that I downloaded (probably for free, but maybe not) on iBooks. I do not have iTunes anymore so I can't find it from there. It was a ...
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Fantasy book series involving 3 magic stones

Fantasy book series from the 80's and maybe early 90's. Involved 3 magic stones, one in the forehead, 1 over the heart and one in the palm of the 3 main characters. I can't remember much more of the ...
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How common are magic rings?

In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Gandalf informs Bilbo that he knew he found a magic ring some time ago. Does Gandalf presume this is one of the 20 rings of power, or just some other ...
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Story-identification - 70s or 80s - Occult/Paranormal/Magic

in the early 90s I read through some of my dad's book collection. I'm pretty sure that the story in question was spread over multiple books and would love to reread it/them now I am older. They were ...
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Movie ident : Boy chased by trolls

This movie isn't too old, it's about a little boy that opens up a book and it cursed him, his brother and his sister. They went upstairs and a little troll was up there and the troll acts crackers. ...
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The magic in Once Upon a Time

In The Once Upon a Time universe is there a limit to what magic can do ? And what abilities have been displayed?
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Identifying a children's fantasy book series [duplicate]

There's this children's fantasy series I've been trying to find for years from one book I've read in my youth. From what I recall it was a long-ish series (7-8 books?) and I believe that the powers in ...
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Is Rumplestiltskin immortal?

Is Rumplestiltskin immortal except for his dagger? Or is he killable but if you kill him with the dagger you gain the Dark One's powers?
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What types of magic has been displayed in A song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones Universe?

What types of magic has been displayed in the the A song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones Universe?
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Is there an anti-magical material similar to DC Comics “Nth Metal” in the Marvel Universe?

Is there any Marvel Universe material or substance that has similar 'anti-magical' properties similar to those found in the Thanagarian Nth Metal in the DC Animated Universe?
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Magic in Star Wars

Is there any sort of magic, besides the Force, existing in the Star Wars universe? What triggered me to ask this question were the Nightsisters. Wookieepedia article refers to their powers as ...
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OUAT - If Emma is that powerful, why does she still need to drive her yellow VW bug?

Mr Gold, the formerly evil queen, the ambiguously evil snow queen, and the green-coloured-witch of Oz simply needed the wave of an arm to be teleported to wherever vicinity they so wish. And now that ...
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Looking for a book featuring a soldier/marine travelling to a different time/universe

I picked up a book a year ago and read the summary at the back(part of a series maybe?) at a airport bookshop but had to stop because of my flight was about to depart. I can't remember the author or ...
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Can underage magic be controlled more easily with a wand?

In Chapter 7 of GoF this happens: Their fellow campers were starting to wake up. First to stir were the families with small children; Harry had never seen witches and wizards this young before. A ...
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Why isn't Harry in trouble when Tonks does magic around him?

The Trace is supposed to report any magical activity from a young wizard. But as is it said here, it actually reports the magic done around the young wizard, without knowing who really did the spell. ...
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What are the rules for magical duelling?

In the Harry Potter universe, I'm sure the rules for a magical duel would be decided on a case by case basis. However, for an institutionalised duelling organisation, what rules would apply to the ...
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A story with a straw mannequin animated by magic?

I am looking a fantasy novel, possibly part of a series. I don’t remember much but the hero travels to a city where he is imprisoned into a cell, then he then fashions and animates a straw mannequin ...
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What would happen if someone used an Engorgement charm on a human?

The engorgement charm in used on spiders multiple times in the series, proving it can be used on living things. At one point, Ron states that he beileived Hagrid had been hit with an Engorgement ...
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What is the source of magical energies in the DC Universe?

In the Marvel Universe, magicians like Doctor Strange draw their magic from three main sources: Internal physical/psychic/spiritual energy giving them abilities such as astral projection, telepathy, ...
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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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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 ...