Was watching the 60s series Bewitched, and it brought up some questions.

In the first episode, Samantha herself says she can only do "little things", which seem to consist mostly of making things levitate, limited telekinesis, turning invisible/intangible, creating localized disturbances in the immediate environment, transmutation (changing people to animals) and conjuring things out of thin air, with the biggest example being her filling up her living room with items.

Over time, though, these "little things" seem to grow and scope, to the point where teleportation, various environmental manipulations, mind control (making people do and act on things without them knowing why), dimensional tapping (trans-versing the mortal realm and others), limited control over the Space/Time continuum (freezing time, going back and forward), and even Creating life out of nothing ... or rather, giving physical form to people and animals from her imagination.

The only real "limit" ever stated in the show was a "Keyed Curse" idea... in other words, if one witch put a specific curse or spell on someone, even a more powerful witch couldn't remove i; it had to be done by the same person, or a specific condition had to be met (the "True Love's Kiss" restoring them, being an example.)

So, Main Question: In canon, were there any other stated limits or conditions under which Witches and Warlocks couldn't use their magic, or were they capable of essentially doing anything they could imagine?

What about Samantha specifically; she implied she was only a "median level" witch, so are there things She can't do that others can?

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The witches in Bewitched are ridiculously over powered. Samantha would wipe the floor with any magic user from pretty much any serious system whether books, movies, manga or whatever. The only "limit" she has is being unable to control her magic when ill with a "witchy" disease and not being able to undo another witch's magic (standard for all the witches in the franchise).
She is canonically less powerful than her mother Endora and is unsuccessful when she tries to curse her or send her away by magic early in the series. However other witches frequently curse Samantha, send her into the past, etc. So if a stronger witch cannot be affected by a weaker one against her will then she's far from being the most powerful witch in the story.

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    There are some bold assertions being made here but can you back any of them up with evidence?
    – Valorum
    Jun 21, 2020 at 19:16
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    Agree with everything you say. But there's no clear delineation of "power caste" in the show, either. Maurice seems more powerful than Endora, but that varies. ?it's not age that grants power, because Aunt Clara is old, but her powers are declining. And the High Cancel of Witches, regarded as "Supremely powerful" wanted Sam with them, due to her experiences, not her strength. So magic power may be a result of knowledge and skill more so than time. Tabitha is implied to be limited only because her dad is a mortal, but she's done things on Sam's level. So it's pretty inconsistent.
    – Russhiro
    Jun 21, 2020 at 19:23
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    @Gwyn - Where and when does she do these things? In which episode? And why?
    – Valorum
    Jun 21, 2020 at 20:43
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    @Valorum - good grief, let's see, haven't watched this in ages, but in season one around episode 9 or 10 Samantha teleports to Paris for lunch with Endora because her husband is working all the time and she's bored at home. (Also both Tabitha and Adam later pop their parents to them when they're lonely or hungry while still toddlers). Maurice first meets Darrin an episode or two later he disintigrates him and Endora reverses it - either resurrecting him or creating a new identical person or reversing his personal timeline anyway he comes back from the dead. Samantha goes back in time a number
    – Gwyn
    Jun 21, 2020 at 21:33
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    Great, now add that evidence to your answer and this will go from being a fairly poor answer that relies on one person's assertions to being a good answer that offers specific evidence that others can check.
    – Valorum
    Jun 21, 2020 at 21:38

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