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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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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Do most vampires have powers?

In the Twilight universe, some vampires gain no powers when they turn (you know, except for diamond-hard skin, strength enough to lift a car, regeneration, and being able to run at 100 miles per hour)....
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Can Everte Statum be used on a non-stationary opponent?

From the wikia: From Latin everte, meaning "to throw out" and statum, meaning "stand". This implies that it would cause the victim to be thrown from their standing position, which most notably ...
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A cynical demon writing annotations into the book for puny human readers

One of the first series I've ever read was about a young boy who was learning to become a mage. In this world it was possible to summon demons of different categories, ranging from small and not very ...
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Are wizards able to tell magical people from non-magical?

Like, if they met someone for the first time, would they be able to tell whether the person is a wizard/witch or a Muggle?
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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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Spell casting in the Harry Potter series

In the Harry Potter universe, magically inclined children are sent to school where they start learning how to cast spells and other magic related activities. It's clearly shown that the children have ...
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What is the difference between Alchemy, Sorcery and Witchcraft? [closed]

From a science fiction/fantasy point of view (I don't want to start a religious debate). From what I understand from the stories I've read, Alchemy combines magic and science. But then what is ...
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In Harry Potter, is it only children who can do 'instinctive magic'?

Before coming to Hogwarts, many child witches and wizards display some sort of latent magical ability, by performing magic instinctively: e.g. Harry making his hair grow incredibly fast or making a ...
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Using Taboo with Unforgivable Curses

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Voldemort and his Death Eaters used the Taboo curse with Voldemort's name, making the word "Voldemort" taboo. Whenever someone speaks a word that is taboo, the ...
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How does the magic in “Liar Liar” work?

In Liar Liar, Jim Carrey gains the superpower of not being able to lie for 24 hours. Wikipedia defines lying as ... a statement used intentionally for the purpose of deception. The practice of ...
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Is There Any Science Behind the Magic in Harry Potter?

Hearing a friend recently mention Clarke's Third Law (Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.) and me thinking about how Portkeys seem to act like opening possible ...
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Why isn't Harry in trouble when Tonks does magic around him?

The Trace is supposed to report any magical activity from a young wizard. But as is it said here, it actually reports the magic done around the young wizard, without knowing who really did the spell. ...
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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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Book where a pickpocket steals a sorcerer's stone and becomes his apprentice

I am looking for a book where the sorcerers bond with special stones to use their magic, and the main character unknowingly steals a sorcerer's stone, almost dies from the stones power, and is saved ...
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Where does “anything that can be made by magic can be unmade by magic” come from?

I am trying to find the source of this quote which I remember reading somewhere, but am running into a brick wall. (Note that the phrasing might not be exact, any quote with the general gist of the ...
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A young adult novel that has a boy who goes to a school for wizards… and is NOT Harry Potter

When I was in the second grade, there was a story in my English book about a boy who went to a school for wizardry. I was in the second grade in 1993-1994, so it could be around there, but most likely ...
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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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Did Hermione invent the Four-Point Spell herself?

Leading on from the question Did Harry Potter ever invent any spells? specifically Himarm's answer and the comment thread underneath it, I would like to ask: Did Hermione invent the Four-Point Spell ...
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Looking for the name of a Fantasy book where magic ability determines royalty

The first book begins with a boy who demonstrates no magic ability and is being raised by a woman and a mute servant. As the story develops, he ages and with age gains his magic talent late. His lack ...
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What are the limitations of healing magic?

While reading Sorcerer's Stone, I just finished the chapter where Harry walks in on Snape and Filch bandaging Snape's leg. In a previous chapter Neville falls off of his broom and we see that magic ...
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Magic In Dresden Files Universe

In The Dresden Files universe is there a limit to what magic can do ? And how does it compare to other magic in different series like harry potter for example?
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Book or Series name/author-the original book cover has a wizard standing before a door with runes on it

This was a series of books, thy would have been around in mid 1985, and the artwork on the covers was much like Terry Patchett's book art... The male character was transported from the "modern" world ...
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In The Battle of Hogwarts, why didn't the Mandrakes do more damage?

In the Battle of Hogwarts, Neville tells Harry about a plan: 'Mandrakes!' Neville bellowed at Harry over his shoulder as he ran. 'Going to lob them over the walls - they won't like this!' Harry ...
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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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Did Harry Potter ever invent any spells?

Many of the greatest wizards in the Harry Potter universe invented their own spells. Dumbledore, acknowledged as one of the greatest wizards of the age: "Examined him myself in Transfiguration and ...
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Why has so much magical knowledge been lost since ancient times?

In the Harry Potter universe, the most powerful magical artifacts or spells all seem to be very old, while there seems to be no more powerful works of magic being created in modern times. For example:...
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In Harry Potter, What would the Muggle autopsy of a Killing Curse victim reveal?

What would the Muggle autopsy of a Killing Curse victim reveal? Wouldn't it sound unusual to Muggles that a person died because of absolutely nothing?
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Where Did Dolores Umbridge Get Her Evil Quill?

Where did Dolores Umbridge get her evil quill? I would doubt she bought her evil quill at Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop in Hogsmeade (If Scrivenshaft's were in Knockturn Alley I'd have a different ...
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1980s book about a man who glows green, and can use magic based upon how long his mom was in labor?

I used to be part of a sci/fantasy book club and I remember getting a compilation of the years best sci/fi-fantasy. One of the stories revolved around a young man who worked in a toy shop? and he ...
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Why didn't Dobby heal himself?

When Dobby was injured by Bellatrix Lestrange's knife. Why didn't Dobby or Harry use Healing Magic to treat Dobby. “The door banged open behind Harry and he looked up, terrified: Snape had burst ...
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An old book series about stones, teenagers, and parallel worlds

There was this book series I used to read at Waldenbooks back when I was a kid. I have been looking for this series FOREVER and I am yet to find it. The only thing I remember about the book cover ...
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Is love magical for Muggles as well?

In the Harry Potter universe, love is a very potent, mysterious force and the power source of some "old magic". The most prominent use in the series is the protection that made Harry himself survive ...
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Looking for a book (or series) in which people who had a magic word became magical

in this book one word would make people magical and if you had more than one word you became more powerful. There was a limitation in that if more than one person knew the word it was rendered less ...
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Help: Fantasy magic book series male genius similar to Name of the Wind

Cant recall book names or author or character names. Looking for this series (7-9 books). The first part of title was always the same as if it was a chronicle or Quest and vaguely remember something ...
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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: modern post apocalyptic magical dystopia with Unicorns and Gryphons

The protagonist is a male high school kid that gets caught up in an apocalypse where magic becomes real and technology no longer works. People discover magical abilities; creatures of myth and legend ...
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Fantasy book series involving 3 magic stones

Fantasy book series from the 80's and maybe early 90's. Involved 3 magic stones, one in the forehead, 1 over the heart and one in the palm of the 3 main characters. I can't remember much more of the ...
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Is the basilisk's stare the same type of magic as Avada kedavra?

Is the same type of magic being invoked when a basilisk kills its victim by its stare and a wizard kills his victim with avada kedavra? We know that avada kedavra does not leave any mark and the ...
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Healing magic in harry potter universe?

I've seen students get injured, breaking their bones, and not a single instant healing spell... not even faster regain of health. In the wiki they say that there is one, but the question remains; ...
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How could Ron possibly believe that “Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow…” is a real spell?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, George convinces Ron that the following nonsensical poem is a spell: "Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, Turn this stupid, fat rat yellow." But Ron ...
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How common are magic rings?

In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Gandalf informs Bilbo that he knew he found a magic ring some time ago. Does Gandalf presume this is one of the 20 rings of power, or just some other ...
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What fantasy book features a feline race and a female lead character in a world with ghost-powered magic?

I am trying to remember the name and/or author of a fantasy book I read back in the mid 1980s. I have tried searching, but the Googles have not been helpful. This is what I remember of the book: ...
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Can the Marauder's Map detect a person under Harry's Invisibility Cloak?

The Marauder's Map was able to detect & display everyone in Hogwarts. I am just curious if it could detect inside Harry's Invisibility Cloak, which was used successfully against even death. As ...
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When did wizards and witches first learn that a love-sacrifice protects against the Killing Curse?

When Harry Potter was growing up, people did not know why he was the only person to survive the Killing Curse. “The nature of that prophecy is unknown, although speculation is rife that it concerns ...
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What book features dragons, song-driven magic, and talking otters?

Read these books when I was a youth and loved them. I haven't been able to remember what they were at all for years. The details I do remember are this: They had talking Otters who raised the main ...
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Planet with hexagons with either magic or technology

I read a good book a while ago and can't remember the title. It is the story of people stuck on a planet made of hexagons, where the level of technology is set depending on the type of hexagon. Some ...
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How does Batman fight magic?

Batman is well-known for having an answer to everything, even Superman. Has he ever faced magic in the DC universe and if so how did he fight it?
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When did Harry's Power Levels begin being acknowledged?

I've just re-read Summer Knight, and in it, there's a lot of mentions of how outmatched Harry always is. Now I'm listening to Dead Beat, which is the seventh book in the series, and it's talking about ...
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What was Filch doing during the battle of Hogwarts?

I can't remember whether Filch was even mentioned during the last book. Given the Ministry's strong rules against Muggle-borns, it could be assumed they might have somehow tried to dispose of squibs ...