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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What are the rules for magical duelling?

In the Harry Potter universe, I'm sure the rules for a magical duel would be decided on a case by case basis. However, for an institutionalised duelling organisation, what rules would apply to 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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Name of a fantasy book where male character finds a magic absorbing artifact

The basic beginning premise is that a young man, who I think was trained in swordsmanship, finds a magical artifact capable of absorbing energy/magic at the cost of his life/vitality. He's able to ...
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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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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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Fantasy book with shape shifting dragon warriors

Set in a fantasy world with shape shifting Dragon kings and their warriors. They terrorize the humans, and kill those with magic. The protagonist is the great-grandson of a powerful warlock. He ...
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Invisibility Cloak - overrated much?

Why was a simple magical object like an Invisibility Cloak put with two other great magical objects like the Elder Wand, and the Resurrection Stone?
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What Are the Specific Elements that Distinguish Dark Magic?

In the question, "What Constitutes a Dark Wizard?" there is an excellent answer about how the difference is not specifically in the magic they use, but in the intent and the desires and personality of ...
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Was Salazar Slytherin's whole “Don't teach muggle-born” idea less-than-brilliant?

Leaving aside ethical and moral considerations, the whole policy of Salazar Slytherin's "we should not teach muggle-born magic-capable children" seems to be completely counter-productive to the whole "...
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Where does “magic” come from in LOTR?

In The Lord of the Rings, is there an explanation for where magic comes from? How is it possible in a world of otherwise predictable physical consequences? For example, is it energy or something ...
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Story about a utopian city that periodically destroys itself

I'm looking for a short story or novella about an idyllic, utopian society with a hidden dark side: periodically (every week or month) its inhabitants would descend into madness, violently destroying ...
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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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Book with a main character who uses bells to dispel the dead

I'm trying to remember a book set in an alternate England with a walled-off section that contains undead and other magical phenomenons, which can be controlled and dispelled by playing special musical ...
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Does Animagus transformation alter the level of intelligence?

I found this quote: No spell yet devised enables wizards to fly unaided in human form. Those few Animagi who transform into winged creatures may enjoy flight, but they are a rarity. The witch ...
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Can any body part be regenerated with magic?

There are many instances of advanced/accelerated healing in the Harry Potter books. For example, in book 2 Harry regrows bones, in book 6 Tonks fixes Harry's broken nose in an instant, and in book 7 ...
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What was the first school of magic mentioned in modern Fantasy literature?

What was the earliest school of magic mentioned in modern Fantasy literature, determined by publishing date? "Modern Fantasy" would be defined as 1880 and later, though I'm tempted to set the era as ...
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How do wizards distinguish between magical creatures and “mundane” animals?

The simple answer to this question would be that magical creatures are capable of using magic as an evolutionary advantage. Magical abilities are often considered to be "wondrous" and "special", but ...
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Fantasy novel: magic school, talking rabbit, character bites off another character's fingers

The plotline as a whole is completely lost to me, but it was a big inspiration to my preteen self at the time and has shaped my creative development up to now. I'll list some of the big points that I ...
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Is Mental Illness Treatable By Magic?

I was answering the question on why Harry Potter wears glasses and I got to thinking about how the healing of physical injuries is discussed and debated fairly regularly, but mental illness is never ...
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Is magic invented or discovered? Is it inventive like Muggle technology?

Dumbledore explained that it was "ancient magic" which Lily used to sacrifice herself to save Harry and about which Voldemort knew but underestimated it. But I knew, too, where Voldemort ...
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Why do magic and technology not mix in Harry Potter?

I've read that, in the world of Harry Potter, magic and technology literally don't mix. If there is a strong enough concentration of magical stuff around (people, beasts etc.), it can literally cause ...
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Magical control of weather

I want to find the name of a book I read many years ago. The story is set in Britain. The weather is controlled by magic. I read it in the 60's or early 70's
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Harry Potter: How did not resisting Voldemort help Harry?

In Deathly Hallow, when Voldemort Harry does not resist the spell. When Harry was in King's Cross, Dumbledore says that it was important that Harry did not resist the spell. Why did Dumbledore ...
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Book (online?) where one common (and powerful) form of magic consists of making vows

I was reading Sew You Want to be a Hero, second book of the Threadbare series, and there's a scene where a character is commenting on how the Knight class (it's LitRPG where people are aware of their ...
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Cartoon with girl on a wheelchair and a genie as helper against an evil entity

I remember watching a cartoon as a child, in the 80s or early 90s and I can't remember the title (or a lot of details about it). The setting reminds me of "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water": we could ...
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Practical value of the Resurrection Stone

After seeing this question it occurred to me to ask a similar question of the Resurrection Stone. What exactly is the practical use of an object that Or did I miss something important here? EDIT: As ...
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Cartoon - boy traps monsters into balls on a magical bracelet

As a kid, I used to watch this cartoon show about a boy who captured monsters like giant spiders and put them in these tiny balls, and then summoned them using some kind of magical bracelet. He'd ...
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Looking for a short story about a woman who is the keeper for a “witch” man

This was in the alternate universe/fantasy/horror genre. It was set in somewhere like Appalachia. The premise was that there were men with supernatural powers who were essentially sociopathic and ...
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A girl with magical power in a different world

I read a book quite a while back (probably quite a few years ago) that I downloaded (probably for free, but maybe not) on iBooks. I do not have iTunes anymore so I can't find it from there. It was a ...
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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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Musical Instrument from HP:Goblet of Fire, were they magical?

Post the Yule Ball's dance, Fred and George Weasley climb on the stage and starts playing Rock music (don't exactly know what type of music it was, so Rock). The instruments they use, looked like ...
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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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Why do acts of “accidental” magic only seem to happen around Muggles?

There are several times in the books (and movies) where it is either mentioned or depicted that magical people, in moments of stress, are capable of accidentally causing magic to happen. The biggest ...
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Is Superman vulnerable to magic?

I remember reading or hearing somewhere that Superman's only weakness is Kyrptonite.... and Magic. Is this an actual weakness for Superman? Or is he just susceptible to the effects of magic like most ...
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Could a Muggle Access the Room of Requirement?

Could a Muggle access the Room of Requirement? ‘Because [the Room of Requirement] is a room that a person can only enter,’ said Dobby seriously, ‘when they have real need of it. Sometimes it is ...
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Can Polyjuice potion remove magic?

It's clear throughout the Potter books that someone who takes Polyjuice potion assumes another person's physical characteristics, while keeping their own mental characteristics. Suppose a wizard took ...
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Does the Dark Mark Act In the Same Way As Dumbledore's Deluminator?

When Voldemort initially summons his Death Eaters to the graveyard following his resurrection in Goblet of Fire, he uses his wand and presses it into Wormtail's Dark Mark, which calls his Death Eaters ...
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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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How Did Merope Gaunt Procure a Love Potion?

In Half-Blood Prince, in chapter 10, The House of Gaunt, Dumbledore shares a memory with Harry in the Pensieve that introduces Merope Gaunt, Voldemort's mother. Merope's father, Marvolo, is cruel to ...
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Young Adult Fantasy about children living with an elderly woman and learning magic related to their skills

I'm trying to track down a book I borrowed form a library in the UK around 2000/2001. Here are the details I remember: The story is set in a fantasy world; no connections to our world The main ...
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Why was there only one Sorcerer's Stone?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone, Hermione reads from a book that states "Nicholas Flamel is the only known creator of the Sorcerer's Stone." Why did only Flamel make one? Why ...
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What was the exact shape of Harry Potter's scar?

So on a lot of HP merchandise the exact details of Harry's scar are different. The scar is a lightning bolt in a 'N' shape and not the other way around, right? And does anyone know is Rowling made ...
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Why did Lockhart's spell stop at the arm?

When Lockhart tried healing Harry's arm and ended up removing his bones, why did the spell only affect his arm? As bad as Lockhart is with magic, it's not impossible to imagine him turning Harry into ...
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Does the shape or size of a Patronus determine or indicate its strength?

It's quite clear to me that a stag Patronus is more physically imposing than an otter would be. Is this still the case for its ability to ward off Dementors, and general strength? I realise the ...
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Is it possible to lose or gain magic blood?

A thought struck me while reading these questions. Suppose there was a magical child in a pureblood family, who shows signs of being magical early and gets their Hogwarts letter on their eleventh ...
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Besides the Basilisk, What Kind of Magic Can Cause Someone to Be Petrified?

Besides the Basilisk, what kind of Dark Magic can cause someone to be Petrified? ‘She has been Petrified,’ said Dumbledore (‘Ah! I thought so!’ said Lockhart). ‘But how, I cannot say ...’ ‘Ask ...
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Manga in which a strong magician kept reincarnating so that he could finally be born with symbol suitable for magician?

From what I remember, the manga was set in a world where the people's magic power was determined by the symbol they were born with. There were four symbols. I think that the weakest symbol was suited ...
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Why were the Nimbus series Broomsticks the fastest?

In Harry Potter canon, it was clearly stated at one point that Harry's Nimbus 2000 was the fastest racing broom on the market. Later, it was surpassed by the Nimbus 2001, which the Slytherin team used ...
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Are there exceptions in the International Statute of Secrecy?

I was wondering what a wizard should do when a Muggle is about to be killed (let's say in a car accident) and a present wizard notices this in time to prevent this (for example by levitating the ...
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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 ...