Questions tagged [magical-theory]

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Were the Deathly Hallows ACTUALLY not gifts from an entity of “Death” itself, but created from uncommonly used magical sources? [duplicate]

I was never sure if the Deathly Hallows story of the Three Brothers was to be taken literally or figuratively. Honestly, I leaned more toward the "fable" explanation. That means the items themselves ...
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What are the differences in Leetha's powers, and Spawns personal powers?

Al Simmons, aka the most well regarded and arguably powerful Hell Spawn of modern/current Earth, was bonded to the symbiotic suit, K-7 Leetha, back in the very first issue. This entity/suit is a ...
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Would Tonks' metamosphic capabilities make her a “natural” animagus?

Is Tonks ability limited in that she can't transform into a full animal the way other animagi can? If not, what's the difference? Further more, considering both his parents' have transformative ...
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Peter Pan & the Pirate: How did Peter become symbiotically linked to Neverland?

In the Peter Pan & the Pirates episode The Neverscroll, it's established that Peter is magically linked to the fate of Neverland. To quote Tinkerbell: "Peter Pan is Never Land...and Neverland ...
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Would someone be able to use Felix Felicis to make MORE Felix Felicis?

I was thinking about the Harry Potter-verse and it occurred to me that the luck potion Felix Felicis would have been an OP game changer if used correctly! Other questions have highlighted how it might ...
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How apparent is it when someone is under the Imperius Curse?

How apparent is it when someone is under the Imperius Curse in Harry Potter? Is it supposed to be possible to tell when someone is affected? In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it is shown that a ...
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Is “burning” metals in the Mistborn series the same as digesting? [duplicate]

I wonder if Sanderson ever answered it on any panels. Do the metals simply magically disappear after they are burnt or are they in any way excreted from the body? Do they provide any nutritious value ...
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Can feruchemists store negative attributes?

It's been stated throughout the series that the feruchemy comes from the body of the feruchemist. For instance; In order to store better sight, you have to first spend some time with worse sight than ...
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How does the Quickening affect Mortals?

The Quickening in the Highlander series and movies is characterize as magical lightning which transfers the knowledge, skill and "power" of a defeated Immortal to the victor. Generally speaking, this ...
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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 ...