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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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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 ...
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Do the balefired souls get reborn when the Age comes back?

In Wheel of Time a weapon commonly used is balefire, which is a type of fire that destroys your soul a period of time before it was cast, in essence ripping your soul out of the Pattern. (So if my ...
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What is Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration?

We all know that Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration has five exceptions, the first of which is food. But what exactly is the law? The wiki page says that: Gamp's Law of Elemental ...
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What happens to leaked energy in Sympathy?

I just started the Kingkiller Chronicle, and I have gotten to the general explanation of how Sympathy works. I'm wondering if there's an explanation for what happens to the extra energy when you ...
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How could a magician create a gem?

When explaining the nature of magic to Eragon, Brom uses the example of a master who, using the word for water, could create a gemstone, because the connection between water and the stone was clear in ...
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Is blacksmithing through Allomancy possible?

My real question can be broken down into these two parts: Is it possible for Lurchers and Coinshots to push/pull specific parts of one metal object? Or, to make it easier, two metal objects welded (...
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Can the Imperius Curse be used to force someone to perform actions the caster would not know how to perform?

Can the Imperius Curse be used to force someone to perform acts that the caster would not know how to perform, but that the victim does? Such as fly an aircraft, operate a weapons system, or program ...
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Is it discussed how saidin and saidar work together?

In the series Wheel of Time, is it discussed how the sides of the True Source, saidin and saidar, work together? On a similar note: what happens when they do? Would the male taint of saidin have any ...
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Can a soul-trapped body be reanimated without giving it a new soul?

In the game Skyrim, it’s possible to reanimate almost any dead body, including bodies that have been soul-trapped. From a lore perspective, this doesn’t make sense to me: if you trap a target’s soul, ...
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What happens if a group of witches/wizards swear an Unbreakable Vow and one defies it?

Supposing a large group of witches/wizards swear an Unbreakable Vow (an example for this question, to keep a secret) and one of them chooses to defy it later on and dies as a result- is the spell ...
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What was taught in the third year of Hogwart's curriculum?

A series of questions covering each year of Hogwarts curriculum, also see: First year Second year As stated in the previous questions, I'm writing a fanfiction based in the world created by JKR, and ...
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Do spells have recoil?

I was reading a question and they mentioned some line about a spells accuracy suffering from some sort of recoil akin to a one-handed pistol shot. Do spells have recoil that causes them to miss?
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In the Harry Dresdenverse do you have to say something to use evocation?

In the world of Harry Dresden we always see him use Fuego or Forzare to use his evocation magic, usually shouting it in the process. Can other Wizards say an evocation and only mouth a word?
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Does a dead Basilisk's eyes still kill?

If a Basilisk was killed without being blinded, would opening it's eyes (presuming they were closed on death) still cause instant death in the viewer? Edit: I'd do this myself, but I'm not sure how. ...