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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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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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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 (chapter 7: The Boggart in the Wardrobe) we are told that the Riddikulus charm just changes the aspect of the Boggart and the consequent laughs is what make ...
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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 ...
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How was Voldemort able to continue flight without a wand [duplicate]

In Chapter 4 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (The Seven Potters) Voldemort was flying unaided, which meant it must have been done with the use of a spell. Fast forward to Chapter 30 (The ...
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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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Do magical words differ between languages in Harry Potter? [duplicate]

As we know Hogwarts and its surrounding environment are located in Great Britain and so wizards and witches speak British English. But we see students from various ethnicities at Hogwarts, which means ...
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Are spells in Harry Potter invented or discovered? [duplicate]

Are the spells in the magical world of Harry Potter invented or discovered? Maybe someone just said “Avada Kedavra” and the rest is history.
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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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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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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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Aladdin's wishes and a logical fallacy

In Aladdin, since the wish to be a Prince was not really granted, shouldn't he have had 2 wishes left, able to free the genie and have a wish for himself? Ie, is that a logical plot hole?
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Could the Imperius curse be used to control werewolves?

We know that the Imperius curse works against non-human animals as well as humans, so it should work on transfigured humans. A werewolf could probably be considered a transfigured human so it should ...
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Wouldn't Aunt Petunia know that Harry couldn't use magic outside school?

The answers to this question got me thinking. Aunt Petunia probably spent her childhood with Lily and though she was bitter, was probably in close contact with her at least until she finished ...
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How does the Ministry catch Illegal Magic around Muggles when performed by Adults?

Harry's CoS letter from the Improper Use of Magic Office states We would also ask you to remember that any magical activity that risks notice by members of the non-magical community (Muggles) is a ...
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Are dwarves emotionally constricted?

The basic premise of magic in Dragon Age is that it relies on a connection to "the Fade" -- an otherworldly realm where mortal logic doesn't hold sway. Humans and all the other sapient peoples have ...
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Do Animals Transfigured to Objects retain the ability to feel anything?

This question is based on the idea that Slughorn's impersonation of an armchair in HBP might be a transfiguration, as is listed in the HP wiki, and was also considered to be so in the highest rated ...
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Death Curses and Near Death Experiences in the Dresden Files

In the Dresden Files a Wizard can cast a Death Curse; a final, vengeful burst of magic that feeds off their life energy. This was established before the energy/soul distinction, so which one Harry was ...
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Did Voldemort ever stand a chance of killing Harry?

Up until recently I thought that the night Voldemort went to kill baby Harry, Lily had stepped in front of the killing curse aimed at Harry. I now realise that Voldemort cast separate curses on Lily ...
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Does the Taboo spell affect muggles?

I'm specifically thinking of the image caption where "vol de mort" is translated from French to English as "escape from death". (The specific translation is probably incorrect - Google Translate says ...
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Why was the memory of Tom Riddle not killed by the Basilisk's glare?

Why was the memory of Tom Riddle not killed by the basilisk's glare? Even as a memory/horcrux, he is able to perform magic, and hence shouldn't he be affected by magic, magical objects and beasts too? ...
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Could Basilisk be killed using Avada Kedavra?

Providing the release of the basilisk created a lot of terror in Hogwarts, I was wondering why it was a big thing for Dumbledore type wizards to hunt and kill the subject. Harry didn't know Avada ...
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Can a Muggle do anything with a wand?

From the answers to this question, we know that one doesn't have to be a wizard to own a wand. Also, in other works, the ability to do magic is often tied to a magical object, such as a wand. In the ...
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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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Fidelius Charm: can it be used to hide more than just a place?

According to Filius Flitwick the Fidelius charm is: "An immensely complex spell involving the magical concealment of a secret inside a single, living soul. The information is hidden inside ...
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A question about the room of requirement [duplicate]

The room of requirement is supposed to fulfill the seeker's needs. Voldemort needed to hide his Hocrux where none could reach. Now how come Harry Potter could find the Hocrux hidden in the room of ...
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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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How *did* Dumbledore detect the “traces of magic” in the Cave?

Albus Dumbledore was able to do things many other wizards/witches could not. He was after all a brilliant Wizard. The best ever? That's up to the individual to decide. He most certainly (in my ...
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How does removing memory into the pensieve work in Harry Potter?

There seem to be two ways of taking memory out of the mind in Harry Potter One is what Prof. Slughorn did, that is, give Harry a copy of his real memory of telling Tom Riddle about Horcruxes. It is ...
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Terry Brooks - is there a book which explains how Wishsong works

I have been reading "The Dark Legacy of Shannara" series by Terry Brooks and a couple of characters possess the power of the Wishsong. It seems a rather powerful power to possess, but I am only ...
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Ring-bearers - who can notice what about whom and when?

So, I want to get something straight with respect to the bearers of the 20 rings of power (3 Eldar, 7 Dwarves, 9 Men, 1 Boss). Before asking my question(s), here is some Motivation: Sometimes ...
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Is there a strip of “mana points” in Potterverse? [duplicate]

The idea came from a now-deleted answer to another question (dealing with why people would/wouldn't use household cleannig spell). In a typical fantasy RPG, spell casters are frequently limited in ...
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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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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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What kind of long term effects would Voldemort's soul have had on Harry? [closed]

Let's suppose Voldemort wasn't resurrected after his attack on the Potter family (Quirrel never happened to venture into the woods where he was hiding, Scabbers got eaten by Mrs. Norris in the first ...
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Was Voldemort intending to create a horcrux when he attacked Harry Potter?

Now I'm not talking about part of Voldemort's soul inside Harry which he never intended to put there. What I am asking is when he went to the Potter's house, was he only intending to destroy Harry ...
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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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Wasn’t Quirrelmort a bit too adept with an intentional wandless magic in PS?

In Philosopher’s Stone Professor Quirrel(mort) is shown doing the jinxing (of Harry’s broom) [Ch11], rope conjuration and animation (Incarcerous?) [Ch17], and is ready to use ‘a deadly curse’ [also ...
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What are the limits of “physical effects” in the Tel'aran'rhiod?

A lot is made of the dangers of Tel'aran'rhiod, that any wounds or effects suffered in the World of Dreams are real. What are the limits of such a principle? Some specific points come to mind: Could ...
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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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How are potions made?

Where does majority of the energy for the magical effect of a potion comes from? Does it all comes from the brewer? Or does most of it comes from the ingredients? I know JKR said that you have to ...
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Charms&Enchantments conundrum [duplicate]

Is there any difference between charming objects (i.e. "adding or changing certain properties of an object") and enchanting them? Is charming/enchantment used in creation of magical objects? Do ...
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Why did Lily's enchantments work for Voldemort?

Lily Potter chose to die instead of sacrifice her son Harry to Voldemort. In doing so, protective enchantments were created that protected Harry and made him less vulnerable to Voldemort and ...
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Why Does Harry Have a Scar When Avada Kedavra Leaves No Trace?

Why does Harry have a scar when Avada Kedavra leaves no trace? ‘The Muggle authorities were perplexed. As far as I am aware, they do not know to this day how the Riddles died, for the Avada ...
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Could a Muggle Access the Room of Requirement?

Could a Muggle access the Room of Requirement? ‘Because [the Room of Requirement] is a room that a person can only enter,’ said Dobby seriously, ‘when they have real need of it. Sometimes it is ...