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Tri-Helix trajectory for a 4D magic system allowing time-travelling [migrated]

I am designing a magic system that allows for some degree of both time travelling and teleporting. Although it is a magic system, I want it to be as scientific as possible because it will be used in a ...
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Fantasy Book; Rapunzel-like Tower on Cover; Green in pallete; Mage; Short book; 70s-80s

I need help identifying a book. It centered around a magician. The book was fairly short (Under 200 pages or a little over if I remember). I remember the magic system was original. The cover has ...
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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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What happens if a group of witches/wizards swear an Unbreakable Vow and one defies it?

Supposing a large group of witches/wizards swear an Unbreakable Vow (an example for this question, to keep a secret) and one of them chooses to defy it later on and dies as a result- is the spell ...
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What was taught in the third year of Hogwart's curriculum?

A series of questions covering each year of Hogwarts curriculum, also see: First year Second year As stated in the previous questions, I'm writing a fanfiction based in the world created by JKR, ...
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Do spells have recoil?

I was reading a question and they mentioned some line about a spells accuracy suffering from some sort of recoil akin to a one-handed pistol shot. Do spells have recoil that causes them to miss?
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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 Basilisk eyes actually work?

I asked a question here, in which @Scanner (CREDIT TO THEM) pointed out that there was a fundamental part of the question that was missing. How does a Basilisk kill with its eyes? Does it sever the ...
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Does a dead Basilisk eyes still kill?

If a Basilisk was killed without being blinded, would opening it's eyes (presuming they were closed on death) still cause instant death in the viewer? Edit: I'd do this myself, but I'm not sure how. ...
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Would a Basilisk kill a freshly “killed” Voldemort?

A basilisk kills on contact with vision, but when Voldemort dies, he enters an apparition-like state (bodyless, but not completely detached from the world). Would staring at a basilisk in this state ...
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What's the deal with the Old Enochian language?

In the Laundry Series by Charles Stross, the Old Enochian language: Is used to command the feeders in the night which animate zombies Residual Human Resources. Is used to "invoke a macro" (set off a ...
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What spells, enchantments, charms and potions do we know were taught in the second year of Hogwart's curriculum?

A follow-up question to this one covering the first year. As stated in the previous question, I'm writing a strictly canonical fanfic, and I don't want to make up spells as a deus ex machina, as this ...
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Infinite food source via self-canibalism in Harry Potter [closed]

In the Harry Potter universe, one limitation of magic is the ability to generate food from nothing, being one of the five exceptions to Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration. There are notably ...
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Imperius curse on transfigured humans

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fake Moody transfigures Draco Malfoy into the amazing bouncing ferret, then Professor McGonagall arrives and says “Moody, we never use Transfiguration ...
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Would balefire obey gravity?

In addition to the other logistical balefire questions, I was wondering if balefire obeys the laws of gravity. It is described as a bar of liquid fire, but I always thought of it as more like a laser....
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Can a Secret Keeper break their Fidelius charm?

It’s now been definitively established that Peter Pettigrew was concealing the location of the Potter family’s house in Godric’s Hollow as their Secret Keeper. This means that the house was invisible ...
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What if two people balefire each other at the same time?

It is a dark and stormy night. A howling wind stirs up, gathering dust. Two channelers stand, seperated by ten yards of dust, and each one shoots balefire at the other one. The balefires hit the ...
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In the Harry Potter universe, is there a difference between magical objects and enchanted objects?

In other words, does the Harry Potter universe have both enchanted things (a normal object with a spell on it) and magical things (objects that are innately magical)? For example, a magic fire-sword ...
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Is a distinction between “food” and “drink” ever specified as per Gamp's Law?

Quoting from Wonderbook: Book of Spells: Water-Making Spell The Water-Making Spell conjures clean, drinkable water from the end of the wand. Thus, with the Water-Making Spell the trained ...
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Why do the lights on the Ford Anglia and Sirius' motorbike work?

Hermione tell Harry when they are discussing how Rita Skeeter is getting her information: All those substitutes for magic Muggles use – electricity, and computers and radar, and all those things ...
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If I wanted to animate, say, a mannequin and an origami bird, would I use a charm or transfiguration?

From what I understand, the fundamentals are: charms add properties to an object (like invisibility, buoyancy, etc.) and transfiguration changes what something is (like the substance and shape). So ...
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Could Accio Be Used to Un-Mix Things?

For example, if a wizard were to dissolve some sugar in a bowl of water, or absorb some water into a sponge, or make some cake batter, could that wizard then Summon ONLY the sugar from the solution, ...
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What spells, enchantments and charms do we know were taught in the first year of Hogwart's curriculum?

I'm about to write a fanfiction based in the Harry Potter universe, but I want it to be strictly canonical. A lot of fanfics invent spells of their own similar to Eliezer Yudowsky's satirical Fixus ...
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When did magic originate in humans? [duplicate]

I have no idea how the magic gene in Harry Potter is supposed to work, or how it first came about. It could have been some kind of genetic mutation, or maybe we--I mean, wizards--are a totally ...
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Do wizards need to know the destination, before creating a portkey?

I know the following Based on the Portkey writing on Pottermore: Almost any object can be made into a Portkey. Portkeys can be used to travel almost any distance. Almost any inanimate object ...
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Do muggles react the same way to potions in Harry Potter?

For example, if a muggle drank Felix Felicis and went to Las Vegas, would be win every game he played? How about the other potions such as the engorgement charm seen in Book 2, or the skelegrow? Would ...
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What would happen in a battle of Felix Felicises (?)

If two equally skilled and similar (in terms of physique and metabolic processes) wizards played against each other in a game of chance (dice, card games, whatever) after drinking the same amount of ...
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Does the quality of their wand generally indicate the caliber of the witch or wizard that uses it?

Is the quality (not the condition) of a witch or wizard's wand a strong indicator of its owners magical abilities, or is the quality of their wand strictly cosmetic once a magic user has mastered ...
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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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Why is the strongest magic frequently ancient? [closed]

It seems a common trope in universes with magic that the most powerful spells are ancient and no longer in practice either because they were forgotten or forbidden. New wizards learn the basics but ...
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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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What are the laws of magic?

What are the different laws of magic (e.g. Golpalott's Third Law) mentioned in the Harry Potter universe? No movie answers, but Pottermore is fine.
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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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Why did the Death Eaters not try to destroy places protected by the Fidelius Charm?

In Harry Potter, a Fidelius Charm conceals a place by hiding knowledge of its location in the souls of one or more individuals. The location is "invisible, intangible, unplottable, and soundproof," ...
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What is the relationship between a spell's incantation and effect?

This requires a little bit of context, so please bear with me. Ron Weasley: "Wingardium Leviosa!" Hermione: "You're saying it wrong. It's Wing-gar-dium Levi-o-sa, make the 'gar' nice and long....
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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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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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Suicide by balefire

In the Wheel of Time series, is it possible to commit suicide by balefire, or would the time-erasing properties of balefire undo your suicide, leaving you alive?
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Do Goblins and Elves use different spells and charms other than witches and wizards?

Filius Flitwick a part-goblin, part-wizard taught charms at Hogwarts so we can assume that goblins and elves may cast same charms and spells which witches and wizards do. But it is mentioned several ...
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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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Rules behind the magic in the Dragonlance world?

If I remember correctly (it has been quite some years since I've read these, unfortunately), wizards had to memorize the words of a spell to use the spell, and once those words had been uttered, the ...
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Harry's claim: How hard is it to deliberately cause a Priori Incantatem?

In Deathly hallows, Harry fears that by using Priori Incantatem, the Death Eaters could work out that his wand was broken: “Priori Incantatem,” said Harry. “We left your wand and the blackthorn ...
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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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Can living things be transported directly into the Room of Requirement?

I know people can get into the Room of Requirement through the passageway leading from the Hog's Head. But can living, sentient beings like animals or people be transported into the RoR if you wish ...
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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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Why do the Effects of Some Magic Wear Off After the Caster Dies, While Other Magic Continues On? [duplicate]

Straight forward question, really. Why is it that some magic wears off after the caster dies, whereas other forms of magic stick around long after the casters death? In the Half-Blood Prince, we ...
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Does the Riddikulus charm require laughs to repel a Boggart?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban we are told that the Riddikulus charm just changes the aspect of the Boggart and the consequent laughs are what make a Boggart disappear: ‘Riddikulus!’ ...
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Why did nobody ever use the Room Of Requirement to it's full potential? [duplicate]

In all the time The Golden Trio spent fighting Lord Voldemort, why did nobody ever go to the Room of Requirement (once they had discovered it), and say "I need a way to defeat Lord Voldemort ...