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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Manhwa where the MC has a PC to create Dungeons and gets to choose the difficulty of the Dungeons

I remember that he first talks about his 40 yo uncle, that he is adventurous and used to talk with him about that stuff. Later he lost touch with him, but suddenly gets a package containing a PC ...
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80's fantasy story about two people and a gigantic ant

Looking for an 80's fantasy story about two people and their human-sized ant companion/friend. The people eventually become a couple and are returned to their own world to forget about one another, ...
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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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TV series about a group of friends collecting magical stones, which were then placed in a circle. They fight a big frog at one point

A TV show where there was a group of friends who were collecting special magical stones (each with different color, as I remember) and they had to defeat different monsters to get those stones. It was ...
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Why does the Wizarding World have a binary perspective on Muggle interactions?

As I get older, the more I struggle to understand the Wizarding World's relationship to muggles. The Wizarding World seems to have two chief perspectives on how to interact with muggles. Go to ...
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Why did 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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I'm looking for a manga that has a strong magician that lives in the woods

So the magician is either avoiding the capital or is being hunted by them. He is all alone, lives by himself in a log cabin. It might be an isekai or he is a very talented magician, huge magic circles....
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Novel told from the point of view of an Orc warrior in a magic world

I did not read the book, only read the first few pages or maybe a chapter. I think it came out in the last 5-10 years I believe it was about Orcs, but might have been goblins or trolls. A minor Orc ...
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YA fantasy book about two siblings involved with magic. The older sister's name begins with an 'A' and the younger brother's name begins with a 'Z'

I read it as a child and have spent years trying to find it again. It was a reasonably large book, the first chapter (the introduction of the siblings) talks about the older sister's name beginning ...
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Is there any fantasy or fiction layout with magic and a Modern Age, Contemporanean Age or further developed society? [closed]

Exactly as the title says. We are very used to fiction or fantasy with a magic system where the plot develops within a Medieval Age society. However it's very difficult (I haven't found any yet, other ...
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How did Salazar Slytherin build the Chamber of Secrets without the other founders knowing?

Hogwarts was founded and built about 1,000 years ago by Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin. Slytherin additionally built the Chamber of Secrets beneath the ...
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Fantasy book series with a male human protagonist and elves with magic tattoos

I am looking for a fantasy book series about Elves that I read years ago. The main character is human and he falls in love with an Elven girl. The details that I can remember: There is a war in the ...
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Story identification: a boy goes to a boarding school which is secretly a wizarding school [duplicate]

I remember reading a book from the library, probably between 2005 to 2015. I read the book in Hebrew but I think it was probably translated from some other language (I guess from English but this is a ...
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YA fantasy book - boy in boarding school?

I can't remember much, but I can recall a YA novel I read probably in the early 2000s (and most likely was new at the time) about a boy who went to boarding school. I remember there being detailed ...
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Book about a Magic School set in a castle

Looking for a book that takes place at some kind of magic castle in England. I remember there being something about a magic rock inside of a mirror. I read this sometime in the early nineties, which ...
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Do magical investigations ever use any muggle techniques?

For example, in Goblet of Fire, when Winky the house elf is found holding Harry's wand after the World Cup attacks, the Ministry of Magic at first wants to take this as proof that Winky conjured the ...
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Is magic in the Harry Potter universe sentient?

I believe in canon it is said that Hogwarts is sentient because of the large concentration of magic that has been there for hundreds of years. But is that because magic itself is sentient or just ...
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Looking for a book featuring a soldier/marine travelling to a different time/universe

I picked up a book a year ago and read the summary at the back(part of a series maybe?) at a airport bookshop but had to stop because of my flight was about to depart. I can't remember the author or ...
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Story where one person cursed another in her dream, and the victim tried to undo the curse by "turning" her blood

I heard this on the radio in the UK in the '90s, probably BBC R4. It was partly dramatised, aired on Hallowe'en, and is likely to have been adapted from a written short story. It was set in the past,...
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Could a gene transplant make somebody magical in the Harry Potter world? [closed]

Some magical abilities are determined by genes rather than by practice and knowledge. For example, Parseltongue is granted simply by having the right genes, not by learning it. (Harry Potter knew ...
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Book about leprechauns, a war between two warlocks, and candles

There's a really good book I read back in 2007 that I can't remember the name of and have no idea how to find. I only remember bits and pieces, so I'll list what I remember. The book focused on a war ...
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Why didn't Cinderella's shoe vanish?

Everything Cinderella got by magic would last until 12 midnight. After she noticed that it was almost 12, she dropped the dance with prince and ran away (and lost one of her shoes at the palace). At ...
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Manga where the main character is sent to be a lord of a poor area as punishment but turns it around with plant magic

I can remember he gains allies and citizens of all races like cat people and dryads to help with the harvest. He makes houses out of giant trees using his magic and I believe he finds an elf hero in ...
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Main character has to go to a school for magicless people

I read this book 5 years ago and I feel like reading it again. In this world whenever kids reach a certain age they must take a test to see how powerful their magical abilities are. They use numbers ...
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Isekai Manga where a bullied high school protagonist commits suicide, is transferred to a world where he finds a potion of god

The story goes as: The protagonist is in high school and is thoroughly bullied. He decide to commit suicide and then the whole school or classroom gets transferred to a new world. Later something ...
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What objects can be used as wand substitutes?

We know that wizards need a wand to focus their magic (wizards can cast spells without a wand, but they are unfocused and weaker). But some wizards aren't known to carry wands. Instead they carry ...
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TV show with a kid called Max(?) who has a magic hat that opens portals

I used to watch a show about a kid (Named Max maybe?) that was given this magic hat that opened portals at specific spots. He has a fowl friend (a human who evolved into a bird or something) and a ...
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Book about a fantasy world where the more runes you have, the stronger you are, and the nobility have loads [duplicate]

When I was a kid, I remember reading a book about this fantasy world where you can be imbued with runes. I apologize if this is vague but I will jot down some memories I have of it: The more runes ...
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Can Colloportus be broken by Alohomora?

I wanted to know- Colloportus seems to be a spell that locks a door/something. Alohomora seems to be a spell that unlocks a door/something. So can Alohomora break Colloportus?
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Book where a boy replies to a job ad for a wizard's apprentice and passes through a portal at the interview

I read a series of books a few years back. It was about a boy who, upon finishing school, decides to apply to an ad about a job. The ad states: Wizard's apprentice, no illusions. Real magic. When he ...
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High fantasy book series about a boy who's attacked by a werecat, and is discovered to have a magical talent

The boy leaves his village with a female wizard. On their way to the magic academy, he is attacked by a cat were-creature, and is infected and turns into a werecat himself, which gives him more ...
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1990s or so fantasy book where a common girl falls in love with a prince and discovers she has magical gifts

I vaguely remember it being written by a female Australian author and I believe it was published in the later 1990s or so. It was a trade paperback. It starts with a young woman working in her family’...
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Is magic leaving Middle-earth?

Ever since I was a child reading LOTR, I was under the impression that magic was slowly leaving Middle-earth, and this notion was quite common among fellow fans. I was wondering what Sauron's plan was ...
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Anime kids movie about three kids with magical animals only believers could see

There was a kids anime movie I watched 5-10 years ago and it was about these three kids with magical animals only kids could see. There was one girl with a pink based animal. I think one of the boys ...
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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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Why did Dumbledore contemplate discontinuing Divination at Hogwarts?

In Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore tells Harry 'I did,' said Dumbledore. 'On a cold, wet night sixteen years ago, in a room above the bar at the Hog's Head inn. I had gone there to see an applicant ...
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Fantasy book about a girl who performs in a circus and gives magic tattoos

Set in a place that idolizes some woman who symbolizes good that makes tattoos appear on other's bodies (thought to be messages from her). Protagonist is a teen girl who was forced to draw the tattoos ...
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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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