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 when asking in relation to an identification question: [story-identification], [episode-identification], [character-identification] and [object-identification].

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The rules of Transfiguration: examples of making the inedible edible?

Information from the official website of J.K.Rowling is generally considered canon. I remember at least one case when she 'changed her mind' after a particular rule has been published on her website (...
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Manga: magic user gets reincarnated as his descendant

Trying to find a name of a manga about a magic user. After taking a water magic test he discovers he has weak magic and after a few years he dies. He gets reincarnated as his descendant living in the ...
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What's the earliest story where magic precludes technology and vice versa?

Electricity doesn't work well around Hogwarts. In The Anubis Gates, written in 1983 by Tim Powers, there are some areas in space (and time) where magic is stronger and technologic equipment tends to ...
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Do ships in Pirates of Caribbean get a speed boost from magic?

In the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the ships have magical properties. Do these properties affect their speeds? That is, do they travel faster than equivalent real-world sailing ships?
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Can someone under an Imperius Curse know what is happening?

If someone is put under an Imperius Curse, are they unaware for the duration - essentially unconscious while their body is under another's control? Or can they possibly remain conscious, able to ...
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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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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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A nineties/possibly early 2000s Fantasy series

Cannot for the life of me think of the name of what I’m pretty sure was a three book series, here’s what I can remember: There’s a barbarian invasion of some more civilised nations, a few of the ...
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Book where a knight and lady swap bodies with dogs using magic collars

I can remember a book, possibly a short story, where the protagonist is a knight who is sent on a quest to help a noble lady deal with a tyrannical uncle. The key mechanic of the plot was that the ...
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Need source for the inverse of “Clarke's Third Law”

I'm looking for the source of a quote that is the inverse of the third of Clarke's Three Laws. It was in a book, article or short story from the late 1990's to early 2000's. I remember that the ...
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Isekai manga where the mc is reincarnated through his own magic

The MC reincarnated himself through his own magic after his party defeated the demon king. Before he used his magic to do so, he took the daughter from the demon king and traveled with her over the ...
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Was Loki really Sorcerer Supreme?

Loki won the wizard tournament and became Sorcerer Supreme (shown in Doctor Strange #383). However, in Doctor Strange #385 this is said to have been a ruse, claimed by Zelma who thought she could ...
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Book about people turning to stone from power use

I can't remember much about this book hence why I wanted to re-read it but its power cost is unique enough to set it apart. People had this magic, very powerful but it had a hefty cost, any spell no ...
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Was Harry Potter killed and then brought back to life?

In the last movie, Harry was struck by the Avada Kedavra spell cast by Voldemort. Really, he should be dead. But obviously he was not dead because when Narcissa Malfoy (Draco's mother) asked about the ...
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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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Fantasy show from the late 2000s about a young man gaining magical powers [duplicate]

This was most likely somewhere between 2005 and 2010, and I saw it on a local TV station that licensed it (as the channel was in my native language but the show was in English). I realise the title is ...
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Aside from the Force, is there magic in Star Wars?

Is there any sort of magic, besides the Force, existing in the Star Wars universe? What triggered me to ask this question were the Nightsisters. The Wookieepedia article refers to their powers as "...
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Can objects be transfigured into live animals?

I can definitely remember the series showing us animals being transfigured into objects, but what about the reverse? Do the books give us any examples?
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How was Voldemort able to continue flight without a wand

In Chapter 4 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (The Seven Potters) Voldemort was flying unaided, which meant it must have been done with the use of a spell. Fast forward to Chapter 30 (The ...
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What book has a farm girl harvesting the power of unicorns?

I read a book in seventh grade, that I think was released in 2005. The main character is a girl who lived on her family farm, and she could see this ghost boy. One day this tunic-wearing man comes in ...
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Book where a girl lives on a farm and plays with a ghost boy only she can see

It was a medieval fantasy setting; in the story, a girl lives with her family on a farm. She meets a boy and they play together every day. One day a stranger on a horse rides up to the girl and wants ...
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YA book series: 4 books each follow a child with a type of elemental magic, who are brought together in the 5th book

I am looking to identify a book series I read as a child. I read it between 1992 and 1996, and I would guess the complete series was published around 1990. It was a five book series. Each book ...
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Book about a boy with a power (his eyes turn gold when he uses it), a little imp thing that helps him, and a girl who also helps him

I need help finding this book. I don't remember the name or the author, but I have a vague memory of what is on the cover, and what the story is about. I know that it is a young adult fiction. It's a ...
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YA sci-fi book about a servant family living on the estate of a noble family with a magical bloodline

I hope one you lovely people might be able to help me remember a book title I’ve forgotten, as I really want to re-read it. I read it a few years ago and was sure I read it on Kindle Unlimited but can’...
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Manga where the protagonist saves his two friends, but in doing so, winds up trapped in a cave fighting monsters for ten years

I'm looking for a manga I read a long time ago, but can't seem to remember the name. I need some help. In this manga, the MC is in a cave with two other men. While they're resting, a monster attacks, ...
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Manga where the protagonist gets letters of recommendation from powerful figures, and changes his age, to go to a school

I am trying to find the manga where the main character gets a letter of introduction from the Spirit King, Demon King, and the Dragon King. He also uses his power to change his age so that he can get ...
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Children's fantasy book that involved magic based in belief, and scarecrow style protectors [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify this series I read around 15 years ago. It was a fantasy trilogy, the first book had hints of Narnia to it, it started with a girl and her brother being sucked into another ...
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Looking for fantasy book about girl with hidden powers

I think I read the book on Wattpad once, but can't remember the title. It is about a magical world with a strong social hierarchy: the ones with magic at the top, the ones without at the bottom. The ...
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Who is the father of our modernday perception and use of magic in literature and pop-culture? [closed]

Tolkien is usually cited as the father of fantasy, but when you read his books the magic used in both the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, isn't really what most of us today think of when we say ...
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Story about a young mage attending a school who is probably an arch mage

This was the first book in a series but I only read the one book. At the start of the story the main character is living in a village or small town. He travels to a city for training and gets tested (...
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Novel with a scene where a mother is compelled to pile blankets on her newborn

I have a newborn son who's having a harder time with thermoregulation, and it made me flash back to a book, a fantasy novel I think, where a character finds his wife sleepwalking and piling more and ...
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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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Book series about a boy who becomes a wizard's apprentice and can see magical auras

Take everything I say below with a grain of salt, it's been roughly 5 years (2013-2016?) since I read the series, so I've probably got some of the details wrong. I don't know how old the book series ...
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Book where artistic people are thrown into a lake of acid; kids get teleported to a world where magic is real [duplicate]

In this world, anyone artistic is tossed into a lake of acid. But this wizard shows up and takes these kids to another world where magic exists, and they live in a mansion and use tubes to get around. ...
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Novel where a young man uses folding magic, and releases an ancient prisoner

Full length novel, post-2010, less than 2018. Coming of age tale about a young man who was raised in a backwater or rural province and taught sorcery. Since he was in a remote location, the person ...
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Why DID the the Potters use Peter as a secret-keeper?

It was said in Prisoner of Azkaban that the Potters used Peter instead of Sirius as a Secret Keeper for the Fidelius Charm on their house because everyone would have expected them to use Sirius and so ...
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Manga where a magician buys a house, and it has a talking house spirit (girl)

I'm very sorry, all I can remember is that he stores his house spirit in this magic crystal, and moves his house using a storage dimension.
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Manga where the main character is summoned by a king of a kingdom, then kicked out to live in a forest infested by an army of the demon [duplicate]

I forgot the description, but it's about the mc being summoned by a king of a kingdom, then kicked out to live in a forest infested by an army of the demon. He later purifies the whole Forest. I read ...
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Manga where the MC is a saint and transported to another world with another girl but is cast aside and almost killed

The protagonist of the story is transported to another world, but another girl, (who I'll name B) who always causes trouble for the MC ends up following her to wreak more havoc in her life. When ...
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Book series: guy becomes a vampire, creates portals to travel between different worlds to avenge the girl who turned him

I think it was 2 years ago that I listened to an audio book or read this book. What I remember is a guy gets turned into a vampire after hooking with a girl. He doesn't realize he is a vampire and ...
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60s-70s movie. Man makes a wish he was a rock star. But it does not work out

I remember a scene from an old movie... Maybe from the 60s in English, probably filmed in USA or UK. (The music club/bar scene had a 1960s era British music scene vibe, which is why I think it was ...
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Science fantasy novel from the 80s/early 90s where an imprisoned woman is sent through time to a different kingdom

The basic plot is that a young woman — possibly a queen — is imprisoned when an invading army kills her husband. She is awaiting her fate — possibly death or being forced to marry this invader — when ...
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Manga about a male student of magic who was killed by a noble, and reborn as a noble child

This manga is about a male student who loved magic and studied it a lot. He was killed by a high ranking noble and then reborn as a noble child prodigy. I think he has a goat pet.
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Does all childhood magic duplicate actual spells?

On the other hand, he'd gotten into terrible trouble for being found on the roof of the school kitchens. Dudley's gang had been chasing him as usual when, as much to Harry's surprise as anyone else's, ...
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Looking for a fantasy book with young male protagonist protecting magic seed

Years ago I read a book that featured a pretty typical "young boy is plucked from obscurity to be chosen one destined to protect the world from magical evil" (that might have included some found ...
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Book which has different races and could use magic

I'm trying to find the title of a teenager/young adult novel I read 10-15 years ago, I've tried every keyword I could think of and searched on google but I still couldn't find it. I only could ...
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Manga where the main character is trained by martial master that he thinks is a wizard

I'm looking for a manga where the main character is trained by a martial arts master that he thinks is a wizard. He is looking to find the answers about how to gain the ability to use mana. The main ...
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Fantasy novel series about a Russian prince

I'm trying to identify a novel that I read some time ago. I think the book is actually the second or third book in a series; it's set in a fantasy style Russia/Prussia and follows a Russian minor ...
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Female protagonist is a mage, has a prophecy about her and dies, but is brought back by her soulmate

I remember it starts with the characters being in highschool, and the aunt owns a library — her name's Claire, I believe. They're called mages, and they can do magic. There's a character named Conner. ...
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Manga about a boy who sacrifices himself to protect his parents from bandits, but is saved by a dragon

It's an isekai manga about a boy who is headed to another town with his family and their friends when they are attacked by bandits. While being attacked he has to help his dad protect his mom, who can'...

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