Magneto points his hand towards an object in most cases to use his power but in few cases he does without that.

Here are few examples:

X-Men Apocalypse (Youtube Clip)

In factory when he goes back to take revenge he shuts the doors and moves objects without pointing his hand towards them.

X-Men (Youtube Clip)

After Magneto kidnaps Rogue and gets confronted by the Professor, he points and fires guns without pointing his hands.

If he can use his powers without pointing his hands then why does he point his hands most of the time?

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    Because it looks cool? Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 16:46
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    Rule of cool? Aids concentration? Jazz hands? You name it. Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 16:46
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    maybe holding his hands in front of him changes the local magnetic field and that concentrate his power? (like Obiwan did when fighting jango fett?)
    – Max
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 17:29
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    Magneto likes to showboat his powers - part of the coming "war on humanity" involves identifying himself and his compatriots as mutants, loud and proud, so to speak. But Magneto's powers are all mental, so normal people witnessing his power may not associate what's happening with him - unless he waves his hands around to make it clear he's the one who's doing this.
    – Steve-O
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 17:55
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    It's also possible, and most likely, that it could be a kind of crutch that helps him focus his intentions. If you're doing something that requires calculating something complex, like odds of XYZ happening after several related events have taken place, plenty of people can do so in their own heads without so much as twitching an eyebrow if necessary. But, those people may also resort to physical movements of some kind, as a crutch like ticking their fingers or talking out loud, to help them keep track of their calculations if the situation allows for it.
    – Ellesedil
    Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 7:48

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I think it reminds him of how he reached out to his family during the Holocaust (thus bending the gates, etc) when they were separated.

Now, he does it so as to never forget what the base, powerless humans had done to him and his family.

Of course, when a battle is most heated, he doesn't always feel the need to do it, he just strives to get the job done to further his cause, especially against Professor X and the X-Men.

  • This comes across as opinion rather than an answer. Suggest you find something to back up your idea, rather than just speculating.
    – Tim
    Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 21:03
  • I like the idea of this answer, do you have any sources which might suggest your point?
    – Möoz
    Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 21:18
  • So does he need to do it?
    – SQB
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 10:33
  • Tim, you're probably right, it is more opinion than canon; but, many a-time has the weight of opinion affected canon. So, being an avid RPG-er, and always thinking about character backstories, it just felt like a plausible idea and one that added a classic dose of prevailing angst that only the expression of "pushing out" (extending forth his hand) versus his childhood "grasping for" his family he was had been separated from, gave Magneto more character...more humanity, even in his despotism. Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 13:59
  • Mooz, I'm going by the X-men movies on this point, the intro to X-Men 2. Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 14:00

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