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In The Dragon Prince, there are some people who are well-trained in magic, such as Claudia and Viren, and others who don't know how to do it.

Callum notes that he wasn't taught to use magic, and expressed surprise when he successfully cast the aspiro wind spell. Rayla was especially impressed with this, saying that she didn't know that he was a mage.

Is being a mage and being able to cast spells an innate talent that only some people have the gift to do (similar to element bending in Avatar: The Last Airbender)? Or can anybody do it with the proper training?

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I think they meant you need to have this inner talent to do magic.

You mentioned Callum's and Rayla's reactions. If anyone could do magic just memorizing some spells it would not be such a big deal and Callum would probably already have asked Claudia to show him some tricks.

We see that for Callum it actually feels like a turning point in his whole life - he can't get over the fact that he turned out to be a mage while for all his previous life he thought he was useless. And this one simple spell was enough for him to come to conclusion he was something special.

We also can see neither Rayla, nor his brother trying to do any magic - it looks like they consider Callum the only one responsible for it.

  • There's a lot of worldbuilding in TDP that has yet to be revealed. For instance, is magical talent a random thing or genetic? (Maybe Soren just didn't get the "magic gene".) We know Callum is the king's stepson, but we don't know his mother's background or who his biological father is. Maybe magical talent runs in the family? Ezran is shown to have a possibly magical talent, even if he's not a mage. – miltonaut Nov 28 '18 at 7:49

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