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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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 Iluvatar, 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?

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 ...