Questions tagged [magical-theory]

Used for questions about the rules of how magic is treated within a specific work or works. Use alongside the relevant work tags. For questions about what a spell does, or magic being a plot element of a work, use [magic] instead.

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How is it determined what Allomantic power is taken?

In The Hero of Ages, it is said that How is it determined which of these is stolen?
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Can burning tin physically damage the senses of Allomancers?

In The Final Empire, burning tin is frequently described as making one’s senses strong enough to make them squint, cover their ears, etc. Can it physically hurt their ears and eyes?
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Would a completely good Muggle be able to use a wand?

I was reading through this question Can a Muggle do anything with a wand? and Valorum’s answer said this: JKR addressed this point in an interview in 2006; "I been asked what would happen if a ...
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How is Accio a safe spell? [closed]

Why couldn’t Newt use ‘Accio’ to retrieve all his beasts? ‘Accio’ only works on inanimate objects. While people or creatures may be indirectly moved by ‘Accio-ing’ objects that they are wearing ...
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How can Newt cast Accio on a Niffler when it is only supposed to work on inanimate objects? [duplicate]

Accio is not supposed to work on people or creatures as per this source: Why couldn’t Newt use ‘Accio’ to retrieve all his beasts? ‘Accio’ only works on inanimate objects. While people or ...
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How quickly do objects summoned by Accio fly?

Is there a specific speed that Summoned objects fly at, and if so, what is it? If not, how is speed determined?
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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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Would a Patronus animal change throughout your life due to emotionally changing? [duplicate]

Would a Patronus animal change throughout your life, if different things make you happy to what you used to like?
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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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Can Allomancers Soothe or Riot themselves?

In Mistborn, can Allomancers burn zinc and brass to Riot or Soothe their own emotions, such as to calm down if scared or cause a fight-or-flight reaction to trigger adrenaline?
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Can Allomancers see metal behind themselves?

The blue lines that iron and steel Mistings see point towards nearby metal objects whenever an Allomancer is burning one of the two metals. They can see these lines even when they close their eyes. ...
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Can Dumbledore speak parseltongue? [duplicate]

Since Dumbledore can understand parseltongue without being a parselmouth, and Ron can mimic enough parseltongue to open the Chamber door without being a parselmouth, it seems logical that someone ...
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Can Muggles learn Parseltongue?

While discussing this question, the conclusion was that apart from using Parseltongue to open the gate to the Chamber of Secrets, Harry didn't really use any magic and he might as well have been a ...
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Can Wingardium Leviosa be used as a weapon?

Can Wingardium Leviosa be used as a weapon, like throwing chairs or something at people?
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Harry Dresden - what impact breaking his word had on his power?

It was mentioned first in "Grave Peril": "Poor little poppet. All of your efforts to learn and you still know so little. Harry made a bargain with me long ago - and broke it, once then, and ...
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What’s the difference between magical and Muggle ancestry in Harry Potter?

Is there an in-canon explanation of the true difference between people of magical ancestry vs Muggles? I found this question: Where did the "Magic Blood" of the Harry Potter Universe ...
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Doesn’t the Dementor’s kiss cause any harm before sucking the entire soul?

I didn’t read the books so my image comes from the movies. We see that sucking out the souls take some time, so if Dementors can’t do it completely, it’s like nothing happened? No permanent effect? (...
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Why didn’t Harry’s power from his mother affect others who wanted to hurt him?

If Quirrell got burnt when he wanted to hurt Harry, why didn’t others? I mean, was this power Harry had from his mother mentioned in any other situation? Or did Lily's sacrifice just work for ...
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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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The core of Voldemort's wand came from Fawkes, so how could he successfully use a Killing Curse against Fawkes?

We know that Voldemort's wand was made from one of Fawkes' feathers, like Harry's. We know that this fact caused the weird behavior of the wands when Harry and Voldemort battled in Little Hangleton ...
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Can one person have multiple souls?

When Voldemort tried to kill Harry in the first book, a fragment of his soul split off and continued to live in Harry. Harry had his own whole soul and the part of Voldemort's soul in him from then on....
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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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Feasibility of using Dark Magic to do a Horcrux-ectomy

Based on this answer about what it takes to destroy a Horcrux, it seems that the key requirement is being damaged beyond magical repair (at least according to Hermione). “Exactly,” said Hermione. “...
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Why are birds and snakes easier to conjure than other creatures?

In the Wonderbook: Book of Spells entry for the Bird-Conjuring Charm, they say However, for reasons that are still not fully understood (research continues in the Dept. of Mysteries in the Ministry ...
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What counts as an “emotion” that can be Soothed or Rioted?

There are many examples in all of the Mistborn novels of Allomancers using brass and zinc to Soothe and Riot emotions. Most of the time, these emotions are clearly definable as emotions: hope, anger, ...
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What is the counter-curse to Sectumsempra?

I was wondering if anyone knew the counter-curse to Sectumsempra. Just in case after I teach my enemy a lesson, I might want to not kill them.
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Why did all of the magic disappear immediately when X(A/N)th left Xanth?

X(A/N)th is described as letting off magic like body heat: "I did indeed. The Demon X(A/N)th has been confined here over a thousand years. From his body has leaked a trace amount of magic, infusing ...
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How did Harry learn Sectumsempra?

All through the Harry Potter series we see that spells require specific techniques that need to be practiced; Wingardium Leviosa has to be pronounced exactly right (Hermione: "It's 'levioSAH'") and ...
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Why didn't Merope Gaunt turn into an Obscurus?

In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we discovered that any witch or wizard with their magical powers repressed eventually turns into an "Obscurial". In the Half Blood Prince, we learned about ...
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Is Voldemort a lich?

Going off the definition of a Lich given from Wikipedia: A lich is a type of undead creature. Often such a creature is the result of a transformation, as a powerful magician or king striving for ...
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Can wizards throw around raw magical energy without any spell?

According to Toby's comment on this thread: There was some mention (in Order of the Phoenix, I believe) about them being able to throw around raw magical energy without it actually being "focused"...
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If the size of a Patronus doesn't influence its power, why was Umbridge's Patronus less effective?

I guess the title makes it clear: if the effectiveness of a Patronus doesn't depend on size or shape, as per this question and the answers to it why is Umbridge's Patronus less effective in HP7 (The ...
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Butters's circle in Dead Beat

In Dead Beat, Dresden was telling Butters what could take down a necromancer's zombie. He said, "You'd have to ground them out. Running water is the best way, but there needs to be a lot of it. A ...
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Do spells have mass or acceleration?

I saw an answer on an old question, and was curious as to spells and how they work. It brought me to an old comment (Oh to be young again) suggesting that wet paper could block a spell. If spells have ...
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Can a wizard or witch lose his magic? [duplicate]

With my understanding and from an absolute knowledge of the subject, that according to JK Rowling, wizards and witches are born with their magic and it's a part of their DNA. Magical people are ...
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Does Colloportus only work on doors?

For example, could a witch or wizard cast it on a trunk, or something else you could plausibly lock? To the best of my knowledge, the books and movies never show anyone cast Colloportus (or Alohomora ...
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Magical tradition in Harry Potter appears to be much older than the Latin language, so why do most spells that we see appear to be based on Latin?

One might expect that as each spell was created, it would be created in the language of the person who created it (or in some older language, perhaps), and that the wording of spells would therefore ...
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If an adult wizard didn't use their magic at all, would it harm them somehow?

Like, if they decided to live a Muggle life and never use their magical abilities, would it affect their lives in a negative way? Would all their magic somehow accumulate and eventually cause some ...
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Could a wizard and witch have a Muggle child? [duplicate]

We know Muggle parents can have a magical child, but could magical parents have a Muggle child?
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Why didn't Dumbledore make a sound when he appeared at Privet Drive?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Dumbledore appears at Privet Drive: A man appeared on the corner the cat had been watching, appeared so suddenly and silently you'd have thought he'd just ...
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What are the properties and effects of Black Luxin in the Lightbringer series?

So Obsidian/Hellstone is assumed to be "dead" black luxin (not entirely sure how it can be dead), it's properties are: Absorbs luxin when touched to the blood of the drafter Shimmers as it absorbs ...
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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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Why is no more magic done in England?

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel starts out with the question. The way it is phrased seems to be setting up the rest of the book to answer this question: It was the most commonplace question in the ...
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Can cosmere magic powers be used on other planets?

In Mistborn: Secret History I was wondering why he wanted to do that, as I had previously assumed that the magic had to be done on its home world. Now I am not sure. Does Hoid have to be on Scadrial ...
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Uses of Brackium Emendo

First of all I must apologize for having limited general knowledge of Harry Potter - only that which I've gathered from the movies and the first three books. If memory serves me right, Brackium ...
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Was Elena ignorant or forgetful of “The Law of Death” when she performed her summoning?

In Stephen R. Donaldson's series The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Book 2, The Illearth War, chapter 25 "The Seventh Ward," High Lord Elena But she soon learns of the mistake: So the ...
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How does someone modify someone's memory?

How does someone modify someone's memory? I have read a lot of parts in the books of Harry Potter where someone modifies someone's memory. Obliviate - spell to wipe out someone's memory I already ...
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What cannot be done with a wand, that must be achieved using other means, such as potions? [closed]

I've been reading Harry Potter and every time I see something done via the use of potions or external objects (such as curing someone of petrification, or making someone fall in love, or becoming ...
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How does Vasher stay alive on Roshar?

One of Vasher's more useful abilities as a Returned is his immortality. However, there is no Breath on Roshar, so how does he survive?. From what I can figure there are two possibilities: either he ...
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Is the use of magic physically limited in some way in Harry Potter? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter, wizards can use any magic they know at any time, regardless of how many wizards there are, how tired they are, how long they've been casting spells or how much magic is used around ...