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Questions tagged [magic]

For questions referring to powers obtained by supernatural or spiritual means outside of science or technology. Can also be used to signify that the question contains magical elements, especially in conjunction with [story-identification].

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Maybe this is why magic doesn't work with muggle things! [on hold]

I got thinking as to why muggle tools can't work with magic, In the books they just gave us a half-ass story of how there's "Too much Magic in the air", But what if that's not it at all, What if the ...
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Anime where powers are measured with crystals

I faintly remember an anime I loved but didn't finish. There are a boy and 2 girls in a cafe in one episode. They use crystals to see what magical powers the boy has. They are elemental crystals ...
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Fantasy story; one type of magic grows in power with use, but the more powerful they are, they more they are drawn to travel to their source

World is a non-Earth and mostly steriotypical sword and sorcery. I think there were only humans. I believe it was a stand alone novel, but it could have been in a series. I think it was written in ...
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What can the Arcana do to stop the Sharona military

If you read the latest Multiverse book ( Hell hath no fury) the union of Arcana is in a bad place they lost control of the Hell Gate their Invasion force is completely cut off from resupply. Most of ...
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How would I build a civilisation of multiple worlds around multiple suns work? [closed]

I’m building a group of magical civilisations, in which there are seven suns, orbiting a much larger sun, each with their own planets. There are forty planets in total. Some are moons orbiting gas ...
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Manga about a female worker who got dragged into another world together with this high school girl and she was just told she's not needed anymore

My phone broke and all the data is gone so I am looking for this manga. I can't remember the title but I remember the entire story. Its description was it's all about this female worker with glasses ...
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Would a completely good Muggle be able to use a wand?

I was reading through this question Can a Muggle do anything with a wand? and Valorum’s answer said this: JKR addressed this point in an interview in 2006; "I been asked what would happen if a ...
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Book about elves with tattoos associated with magic

The book I'm trying to find I read a few years ago. As far as I can remember, there's an elf who has tattoos somehow attached to his magic. I remember a piece of the book where the other main ...
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Anime with legendary swords made from talismans and a man who could change them with a shattered body

There was an anime that I forgot a long time ago, basically there were these legendary swords made from talismans and this dude could change them, and his body was shattered into bits so he almost ...
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How is Accio a safe spell? [closed]

Why couldn’t Newt use ‘Accio’ to retrieve all his beasts? ‘Accio’ only works on inanimate objects. While people or creatures may be indirectly moved by ‘Accio-ing’ objects that they are wearing ...
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Can this inconsistency in the ability of the Summoning Charm (Accio) to summon animals be explained?

J.K. Rowling has wrote on her website that the Summoning Charm only works on inanimate objects, explaining that creatures and humans can only be summoned by summoning objects they are holding or ...
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Book - Female Wizard in a more modern day setting

I'm looking to find the name of a book I read quite a while ago. It seemed to be part of a series because I seem to remember it ending on a cliffhanger. I really can't remember much about it other ...
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Would a Patronus animal change throughout your life due to emotionally changing? [duplicate]

Would a Patronus animal change throughout your life, if different things make you happy to what you used to like?
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Anime where a kid has a small humanoid magical companion who has a round shape and wings

Over 10 years ago, I saw this anime, so there are some things that I don’t remember anymore, only that there was this teenage kid that had a small magical companion in a green suit and small wings. ...
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What is the difference between Diffindo and Sectumsempra?

In the Harry Potter books, Diffindo is called the 'Severing Charm' and it’s most commonly used to cut ropes and the like. However, in the last book Hermione uses it on Ron but misses, creating a '...
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Is it possible for wands to be made of more that one type of wood without them being blended together?

I'm pretty sure that wands can be made of a blend of more that one type of wood but do any wand makers make a wand with different parts made out of different types of wood? (e.g. The wand base being ...
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Why doesn't accidental magic seem to happen around Hogwarts? [duplicate]

I was re-reading the books and came across these passages: Once, Aunt Petunia, tired of Harry coming back from the barber’s looking as though he hadn’t been at all, had taken a pair of kitchen ...
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Book where spells have to be grounded so they don't go wild

Terrible, I know. I didn't get the title, or the author. I just heard about the magic system. The story contains at least two schools of magic. Spell workings have various rules of grounding ...
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YA book- young girl discovers talking mythical creature, maybe a griffin

From what I remember, the protagonist is pretty young, maybe 13 or 14 years old. She discovers a mythical creature on a walk outside; I think it was a griffin, but I'm not entirely sure. It's tied to ...
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Anime where a girl with no powers goes to a magic school

I’m pretty sure the girl just stumbles upon the school randomly. I also remember a character that has the power to make stuffed animals come to life. I think I also remember a scene where the ...
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Did Merlin's father Balinor use magic to save Prince Arthur?

In the last episode of Merlin (fandom), Balinor, The Last Dragonlord, saves Arthur with a medication, then chants something. He later tells Merlin that it is of 'The Old Religion'. Why did Balinor's ...
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Origin of genies (from lamps) having a three wish limit?

In the original 1001 Nights (a.k.a. Arabian Nights) story "Aladdin" the titular character gets a lamp that contains a magical being called a "genie" that grants wishes. This is fairly common knowledge ...
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Why do wizards use such ineffective spells during serious situations in Harry Potter?

In Harry Potter, we can see many wizards in many really important situations/fights using very ineffective spells, and so later on they pay the price for that (e.g. somebody uses expelliarmus, but ...
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Manga about a girl who fights in dreams?

I have this manga I read once a long time ago. It seemed to be about a girl and her friends who had different lives in their dreams, and fought evil or something in them, I think. They had magic ...
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Fantasy book with dance magic, had an Arabic/Oriental culture feel

I read this book a few years ago and want to again, but I can't remember the name or author. What I remember was that one of the characters could dance and magic would happen, except one of his older ...
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Fantasy book with red haired female lead who gets summoned along with her party while they are role-playing

I read this book on an old kindle but sadly it broke down and I never got it fixed and haven't been able to find it since. The female lead becomes either a priestess or a wizard after the summoning/...
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Can only humans be witches or wizards?

Obviously Hagrid was half-giant and half-human so it isn't limited only to full humans but what about a full giant, for example? Does a creature have to have some human blood to be a witch or wizard?
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Fantasy book prince runs away to find his mother, encounters maid with cobwebs under her eyelids

I'm looking for a book I read years ago. A boy or prince is in search for his mother. He is neither strong nor brave, so runs away. His older male cousin joins him. They encounter a young maiden who ...
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Book series with humans vs. Demons and dragon bone ships [duplicate]

I'm looking for a series of books about a war between humans and demons who traveled to floating chunks of shattered worlds via boats made of dragon skin and bones? I remember a couple of wizards, a ...
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If a Muggle is to turn into a werewolf, would they be able to learn magic?

I'm pretty sure that werewolves are magical creatures and, by extension, have magic in them. So, if a Muggle was to get bitten by a werewolf and survive to become a werewolf, would they be able to ...
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Novel about a sorceress called Rumour who has spells woven into her hair

Novel about a sorceress called Rumour who has spells woven into her hair. Her hair is long and black. Her hair is cut off for some reason and her friends are tortured by being roasted in a cage over a ...
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What is the first instance of a Seeing Stone or Magic Mirror with multiple simultaneous connections?

What is the first science fiction/fantasy world that used a seeing stone or magic mirror in a way where a message/connection is duplicated across multiple endpoints at the same time? I know the Lord ...
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How come Harry didn't see Thestrals after “killing” Quirrel? [duplicate]

I looked through all questions regarding seeing thestrals but couldn't find an answer, as they all debate Harry's ability to see thestrals at the age of 1. Please mark as duplicate if question is ...
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Do the Kwikspell courses work?

In Harry Potter we are introduced to Kwikspell course in The Chamber of Secrets (and never hear about it again). We see Filch taking courses, presumably by mail. The descriptions of Kwikspell ...
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How did Harry get the Sword of Gryffindor back after he had given it to Griphook to get Hufflepuff's Cup? [duplicate]

How was Harry Potter able to get the Sword back after giving it to Griphook in exchange for him getting Harry into the Vault to get Hufflepuff's Cup?
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Fantasy series about powerful mages outside of space/time and King stranded on a water world

I read a series of books which I don't believe is the Castle Perilous series as those came out at the end of the 80's and I think I read this other series in the mid 80's. It involved a castle and it ...
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Which pure-blood supremacists were actually half-bloods?

Tom Riddle favored pure-blood wizards over other wizards and wanted wizards to have power over muggles, but he was the half-blood child of a witch and a Muggle father. Dolores Jane Umbridge was a ...
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In the “A Wizard in Rhyme” series how do wizards normally learn magic?

How do wizards normally learn their spells/rhymes in the "A Wizard in Rhyme" series? It’s not very clear to me how they go around doing it.
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Movie where a key can open any door by imagining where you want to go to [duplicate]

A movie where there’s a key which fits any door. It works by, you think of a place and open a door, the door opens for the place you imagined. For example, you think of a bar and open a door, the door ...
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Are there non-magical people born into magical families? [duplicate]

Is there any case in the Harry Potter-verse of someone magic born but having no magic skills? I haven't read enough to know why muggleborns can have magic powers but if it works one way then maybe the ...
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Fantasy book about a boy on a quest with the ability to create magic using stones and feathers

The boy was on a quest, he had the ability to create magic using stones and feathers that he had found. I think in the story that the boy was unaware that he created the magic to start with and in ...
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Terry Pratchett's Discworld: is there an inconsistency in the treatment of magic?

In The Colour of Magic, we learn that: "Can't tell you. Don't really want to talk about it. But frankly," he sighed , "no spells are much good. It takes three months to commit even a simple one ...
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Book about magic less world a boy who still has magic in him

Looking for a book about a boy who finds out he has magic in him. I must have read it some time between 2007-2010. Starts off with his home being destroyed by not so nice people, he escapes and meets ...
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Online novel: Magic as a branch of engineering

I read a few chapters of an "amateur's" novel that they had posted on their web site. I put quotes around that because while they're not a "proper" published author, the story is really, really good. ...
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Is magic inherited in the Alex Verus world?

In the Alex Verus (TVTropes page) series of books, there are people with the talent to wield magic, ranging from full mages who can use many spells within their given domains to Adepts who can handle ...
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Fantasy novel where magic is granted by knowledge of words of power [duplicate]

Several years back, I was on a backpacking trip with a guy whose whole family were huge fans of classic SF/Fantasy. One of the fantasy books he brought for the long car rides piqued my interest, but ...
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Book about a tribal village that falls under the influence of a malevolent priest

The book I'm searching for is about a young woman who lives in a village that is part of a larger tribe. She is part of a tribal police/army type-force, which I believe is made up of the village's ...
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Book series where magic system involves building metal things (animals)-one of them can fly and drop orb like bombs

I'm trying to remember a series I read and I can't for the life of me. What I remember the most is the magic system, it's about a young man and he builds metal animals with lots of glyphs and stuff ...
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Novel about rich industrialist who is recruited by a woman who uses magic, takes him to her world were he crash lands

Looking for a book I read in the 90's (not sure if it was published in the 90's or not). The story as far as I can remember goes like this. Human-looking aliens evolve on a very hostile planet. They ...
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Book involving knives that choose the user

I can't remember that much of it. The main character rummages around in a bin of knives until one nicks her and that's the knife that "chose her". A partial quote is "I watched him drag the blade ...