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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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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

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 ...
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What is known about the Homorphus Charm and does it cure lycanthropy? [duplicate]

Question inspired by reading this -> Why was an entire minor scene omitted from the French translation of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"? Please read Prof. Lockhart's quote in ...
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Book about a magic wizard who can see the color of emotions

It is about a boy who gets abandoned by his father and then then bought by a wizard wandering around in the forest. He learns magic from the wizard and can see the color of people’s emotions. There is ...
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Book series about shape shifters with an old lady and an orphan boy

This is a book series that I read in middle school. I remember the very beginning of the story started with a dragon shape shifting into a little old lady in order to walk through a town. She used a ...
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Book series about a girl who has talismans

I read this book series about a girl who has talismans and the main antagonist represents a black onyx. She has a mentor who helps her learn about controlling stones and their powers, the peridot was ...
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Why do the pictures in Harry Potter move [closed]

I understand there is a dramatic effect of having them move, but is there any evidence or reasoning from the books for why the pictures are magic? It provides a nice plot device, but leads me to ...
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What is the title of this fantasy book about kingdoms, thieves, wyverns, orbs, and prophecy?

The opening scene was a pub, I believe, where an apprentice was introduced. The book took place in a world with kings and magicians, possibly mages, pretty sure elves or dwarves, and possibly wyverns,...
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Book about girl who has magic powers to beat demons

When I was a teenager I read a book about a girl who lived in a world where there was magic, but magic was not all powerful. People could do limited tricks on their own, but for great feats a circle ...
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I’m looking for a big book of magic related stories

I had it as a kid and lost it in 1978. I don’t remember the title but I think it was like the biggest book of magic... One story was about a guy who invented or found a tube and when he held it up, ...
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Identify Book: Boy Taken as Apprentice by Wizard in a City Taken Over After Queen is Assassinated [duplicate]

I remember there was a book series about a boy who came from a family of wizards, living in a small room/apartment in a city that was taken over by some "evil" people after they assassinated the queen,...
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Fantasy novel about an artist who can bring paintings to life

I am looking for a novel about a painter who does fantasy cover art for book. It is set in modern day. NOT a high fantasy style. He discovers that he can bring his paintings to life, enter the worlds ...
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Where did Dumbledore and Grindelwald's fight happen? [closed]

I visited the wiki page for the battle between Gellert Grindlewald and Albus Dumbledore and I noticed that it just says "Continental Europe" This is almost the first most unspecific thing (Outranked ...
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Would an underground wizarding school be practical? [closed]

It seems like there would be many advantages to having a magical school underground. First, it might decrease on some security measures that are necessary for Hogwarts such as the extensive Muggle-...
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Book series with people transported through time by magic

I read some of the series, not all of it, around ten years ago, though they were likely to be older. I think the series had at least four books. The story follows two time lines, one "current" and the ...
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Are there strict boundaries for what you can do in the magical world? [closed]

For this not to be a primary-opinion based question I want to get a canon-based answer to this question. Does magic have rules or laws? For instance: Are there any boundaries beyond which magic ...
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Whats the name of this anime?!? Swords/action/fantasy/magic

I saw an anime quite a long time ago and for the life of me I can't remember what the name of it is. It's a magic/fighting/fantasy based anime and the main character is fighting, and then there is ...
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Fiction book identification

This story I read last year was about a town that was filled with sorrows and someone who ate those sorrows. They sacrificed a child who ate the moonlight and became magical. It all falls into a part ...
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Fantasy story with severly disjointed time-line but not using time travel

I read the book in the mid-90's and it seemed physically older (10 years at least), though that could have been poor care as well. Paperback with no recall of the cover, but thick-ish in the range of ~...
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What Is The Name Of This Book? Lead: Only female magician

Ok, the lead character is a female who is a strong magician/sorceress/mage and power wise, she is the strongest of all the magic wielders in her country. Her country has a bias against female magic ...
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Need help finding the name of a trilogy [duplicate]

This series is mostly fantasy fiction, till the end bit. I think I read this story in the mid to late 90's possibly early 2000's There is a man who uses a staff as a focus. He has power of both Water ...
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How does the wireless Wizarding Network work?

We know that electrical devices don't work in magical environments like Hogwarts or Hogsmeade, so how are wizards using such Muggle technology in areas usually saturated with magic? Do we know ...
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Book about an engineer who travels into a medieval time/world with magic and gods, becomes part of a magic priesthood

It's a book, probably written in the late 90's early 2000's. And, it's about a time traveling engineer (not Conrad Stargard) who travels back in time to a medieval world divided into different ...
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What can the Age Line stop in Goblet of Fire?

What can the Age Line do in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Consider the following scenarios, assuming I'm a 16-year-old wizard at Hogwarts: I crumple up a piece of paper with my name on it and ...
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The rich playboy is dead, and he's a ghost, but his wife still loves him

I remember this one comic book way back, in the 1990s, where a man in a blue ski outfit and his wife are out shopping to get the latest ski outfits. She gets this very sexy thing, in various colors of ...
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Fantasy Book I read in middle school (2009) about brother and sister using magic in space [duplicate]

The piece that I remember from this book or maybe even a series is that it's about a brother and sister - who were in their teens I feel - with either magical abilities or find a book with magical ...
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Searching For Fantasy love Cartoon

I am looking for a cartoon about a secret world behind a waterfall guarded by a dragon and it has 12 doors leading to different worlds and the hero is a descendant of the Scottish royal family and is ...
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Are psychic abilities more akin to fantasy or science fiction? why is this? [closed]

Psychic abilities like telekinesis, telepathy, mind-control, clairvoyance. Basically powers involving the mind. Abilities that let you levitate objects with your thoughts or speak to another person ...