A male practitioner of magic, one who studies or has a natural ability to harness magical forces derived from super-natural sources.

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Book about a guy that gets sent to a magical place because of an experiment, becomes a wizard

I'm trying to remember the name of a book series where a guy was broke and signed up to be the guinea pig in an experiment that sent him to a magical land where he ended up being a wizard, an "aa" ...
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How does a wizard become powerful in the Harry Potter universe?

I am watching some of the Harry Potter movies right now and was just wondering what makes one wizard more powerful than another, and what does powerful mean exactly? In life, we usually attribute two ...
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Was Harry a very powerful wizard when he casts the patronus charm at the dementors? [duplicate]

I was just watching Harry Potter "Prisoner of Azkaban". Just before the scene where Harry casts the patronus spell to get rid of the Dementors, Hermione says: Only a really powerful wizard could ...
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Did Sauron literally anticipate the arrival of the Istari?

In Eregion Sauron posed as an emissary of the Valar, sent by them to Middle-earth ("thus anticipating the Istari") or ordered by them to remain there to give aid to the Elves. (Unfinished Tales ...
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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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How to know if a wizard is powerful or not [duplicate]

In Harry Potter, it is said that Lord Voldemort is one of the most powerful wizards of all time. But I am not very convinced about why that is the case. I guess, a more general question is, how can ...
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Did Tolkien popularize the generic description of a wizard?

Nowadays when we think of a wizard, the most common image we conjure up is: A wise old man with a long white beard Dressed in a long cloak and pointy hat (usually same colour as even old men have ...
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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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Can non-British wizards attend Hogwarts?

Is there any evidence of non-British wizards attending Hogwarts?
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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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Are Spelter and the Senior Wrangler the same Wizard?

I think they are. I noticed a lot of similarities on these two characters from the Unseen University: Spelter (from Sourcery) and the Senior Wrangler. The most important (and noticeable) is the ...
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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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Why was Gandalf the Gray so underestimated? [closed]

The folks in Middle-Earth thought of Gandalf as a random wizard. OF course they seem to have a notion of Gandalf's wizardly powers, however, their notion underestimates him... Information about ...
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What happened to Radagast The Brown?

Radagast The Brown disappeared from Arda after the book The Fellowship of the Ring, I can't even answer myself... what happened to him?
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Multi-volume fantasy series with forbidden spell of undoing

As a child I read a book series. It was about wizards and magic and consisted of many, many volumes. I hardly remember anything of it, apart from there being one forbidden spell: the spell for someone ...
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Why does the Weasleys' clock have a dentist setting?

After recently re-watching the Harry Potter series, I noticed that the Weasleys' clock shown in The Chamber of Secrets has a location setting of "dentist" for the family members. However, during the ...
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Why do Tolkien's wizards look Human, and not Elven?

The two primary races of Middle-earth, those created by Ilúvatar, are Elves and Men. And until quite late in the history of Middle-earth, the Elves were BY FAR the more significant of the two. They ...
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Trying to find/remember Two scifi/fantasy books [closed]

I currently have two books I am trying to find The first is a young adult book series that starts off with a soldier being asked to deliver a magic ring to an old man/wizard. Along the way the ...
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Looking for a short story about two wizards competing in a spelling bee

Read this about five or so years ago. It was in a short story collection and unfortunately I don't remember the name or publisher. The story was titled something like, "the spelling bee" or some thing ...
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Looking for YA fantasy novel, early 2000s

Looking for a YA novel I read years ago- Ιt took place in a medieval, northern Europe like atmosphere with a reluctant heroine (princess or a queen) who had to gather an army against an invading ...
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Short story about a wizard and a child

I believe I read this story in a fantasy anthology in the early nineties. It was about a child who is the only other human being in a tiny world created by a wizard who is all-powerful within their ...
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Help Identifying A Medieval / Fantasy Animated Cartoon Quote: “Fireball, Fly!”

I need help identifying a Medieval / Fantasy Animated Cartoon featuring a Wizard and (partner[s]?) He is able to cast spells; but not infinitely and his most famous ability I can remember is that he ...
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Fantasy book title wherein a short man seeks huge crystal for a wizard

I'm thinking of a story wherein a short rogue-like man (probably not a dwarf, but perhaps some kind of halfling or a human little person) is contracted or coerced by a powerful wizard to track down a ...
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Do Squibs have a prolonged lifespan, like other wizards?

We know that Wizards and Witches have a prolonged lifespan, but we also know that a Squib is someone born into a wizarding family who doesn't have any magical abilities. But does this mean that they ...
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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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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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Why don't Radagast and Gandalf use their old names when talking to eachother?

Radagast and Gandalf came from Valinor, where they lived in their "free form" known under their old Quenya names of Aiwendil and Olórin. When they came to Middle Earth, they assumed a mortal form and ...
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Who in Middle-earth knows the Istari's origin?

In the Middle-earth universe, there are a handful of wizards who work in various ways to fight evil. Out of universe, we know these wizards to be Istari, Maia who are in Middle-earth working to defeat ...
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A fantasy series with an ancient wizard and a chess-like game

The main character was a wizard from an ancient empire that had some kind of soul stone placed in his tomb and took over the body of a female tomb robber. I remember some kind of chess analog that ...
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Why do fantasy writers depict pointy hats as the headgear of choice for Witches and Wizards?

They don't always wear a hat, but when they do, it's pointy. Why do fantasy writers depict pointy hats as the headgear of choice for Witches and Wizards?
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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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Do “wizard-born” individuals exist (legally speaking) in the Muggle world?

If a Witch or a Wizard is Muggle-born they most certainly exist in a legal sense as Muggle citizens (i.e. they have birth records, school records, national insurance number, IDs and so on). It is ...
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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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Book where a boy replies to a job ad for a wizard's apprentice and passes through a portal at the interview

I read a series of books a few years back. It was about a boy who, upon finishing school, decides to apply to an ad about a job. The ad states: Wizard's apprentice, no illusions. Real magic. When he ...
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Book where wizards learn magic by bonding with crystals that imbue them with powers

First off, I read this book a long time ago, but I'm guessing it was written sometime in either the 80's or early 90's. Plot summary: Set in a fantasy land of wizards and magic, some kids(maybe) are ...
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Why Do Purebloods Call Muggle-Borns 'Mudbloods'?

‘No one asked your opinion, you filthy little Mudblood,’ [Draco] spat. Chamber of Secrets - page 86 - Bloomsbury - chapter 7, Mudbloods and Murmurs ‘It’s about the most insulting thing he could ...
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How does a Wizard change his colour?

During the LOTR we see Gandalf change from 'Gandalf the Grey' to 'Gandalf the White' and we see 'Saruman the White' change to 'Saruman the Many-coloured'. What does this mean and how and why does it ...
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Why are wizards typically depicted living in towers?

Why are wizards in fantasy literature depicted as living in towers?
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A question about two children and an apprentice wizard?

I remember back when I was a child (late nineties), I listened to some audiotapes. One of them was story about two children, and a wizard who accidentally teleports into them when he is trying to pass ...
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Why was he glad, his brother changed his last name?

In the 1977 film Wizards Avatar says: But neither Blackwolf, nor Avatar ever had a last name. What was he on about?
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In the TV series, why is Merlin referred to as a warlock, not a wizard?

In the BBC TV series Merlin, the dragon terms Merlin a Warlock. The evidence is that this is generally considered a negative or evil term, so why is he called it? Surely it would be better to call him ...
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Who/how started the trope of having a Major League Wizard posess a long white beard?

We have: Gandalf the White: Albus Dumbledore: Merlin (beard mentioned in many descriptions - see Wiki) So, is there some info of how did this trope actually get started (especially in ...