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'The Magicians', 'The Magician King', and 'The Magician's Land' are fantasy books written by Lev Grossman, published by Viking Press. "The Magicians" is a TV series based on the books, airing on the SyFy channel in the US.

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Interview where Lev Grossman stated that he wrote the Magicians sequels in response to people thinking the magic of the first book was a hallucination

In my answer to the question here, I quote a piece from the TV Tropes entry for The Magicians, which stated Lev Grossman has said that part of the reason he wrote the sequels was to refute all the ...
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How did the magicians obtain the buttons that they possessed at the climax of "The Magician's Land"

The Magicians trilogy features magical buttons that was used to travel between Earth/Fillory and the Neitherlands (presumably inspired by the similar magic rings featured in the Magician's Nephew). ...
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Why was Alice certain her Niffin form would kill the beast

In Season 2 Episode 3, Alice deliberately transformed herself into a Niffin so that it/her would kill The Beast. From what I understand the Niffin's have their own personality and desires. Why was ...
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Is Julia's discipline related to her escape in S5E10?

According to the books, in alternate timelines, Julia's discipline is Meta-Composition, which means she kinda has a foot in all disciplines. She has talent in all things magic, which presumably is ...
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if the purpose of the Library is to gather knowledge why did they want to control magic?

At the end of season 3 in the Magicians the Library takes control of the source of magic. During season 4 we see that the Library is rationing magic throughout the world and controlling how much ...
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Who created the Library?

Has it ever been explained in the books, TV or any other canon material as to who created the Library and who the first Librarian was?
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What happened to the two missing graduates?

In "The Magicians", it has been established that there are 100 students, 20 per year, in 5 classes. We know that Fogg would rather skip a full year than having more or less than 20 students per class: ...
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Did someone help Quentin pass the exam?

I am currently re-reading The Magicians, and I wonder if Quentin really passed the exam on his own. He sure is the unappreciated genius in the narration, but that doesn't mean he really is. He did ...
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Do Brakebills students participate in the muggle economy?

The series seems especially silent on the topic of money and purchasing. Does magic simply allow Brakebills students produce products that otherwise they'd have to purchase in the muggle economy? Or ...
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Who is this woman in The Magicians, and what was she referring to?

In The Magicians by Lev Grossmman, My question is, what bull is she referring to? And who is she?
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Who all is the Great Cock sending on this Epic Quest?

In The Magicians (the TV show, not the book) season 3 opener, "The Tales of the Seven Keys", Eliot meets the Great Cock (yes, yes, we know), who instead of granting him a wish — because, as the cock ...
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Why does it seem to take less to enchant the weapon which kills the god who is more powerful?

In S2E12, Kady kills John Gaines in order to harness his demi-god powers, binding them in a piece of metal "powerful enough to kill a god" (in this case a single bullet), intended to kill ...
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The Magicians Series - a passage about how hard and frustrating studying magic is

There is a passage in The Magicians Series about how hard and frustrating is studying magic. It describes the hard work Quentin puts in the learning magic and staying a lot in the library. I ...
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Is there a particular reason for the lack of computers in Brakebills?

(Note that I haven't read the books - this question was triggered by the Syfy TV series.) Watching season 2 episode 2, I found myself wondering why they don't use computers in Brakebills. I mean, I ...
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In The Magician's Land, how does Poppy know what Umber did?

In The Magician's Land, Poppy asks Umber But how does Poppy (and Janet and Josh) know that Umber did that? Quentin, Plum, and Eliot know because they read however Eliot's telegram only had the ...
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How did Quentin and the 3 others return to Fillory between The Magicians and The Magician King

Maybe I missed something, but how did Quentin and the 3 others travel to Fillory between The Magicians and The Magician King books. I'm now reading The Magician King and Quentin and Julia don't know ...
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What is the best real-life parallel of the Muntjac?

In Lev Grossman's The Magician King (The Magicians, Book 2) a central feature is the "Muntjac". I'm trying to visualize a real-life parallel, and I'm thinking a large schooner maybe? But that doesn't ...
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What are the Disciplines?

The Disciplines I know of are physical, psychic, and knowledge, but I don't know what the others are, or what they mean (knowledge magic?). I also don't know if 'summoning' is a discipline or not, but ...
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What did Kady's note to Penny say?

In SyFy's The Magicians season 1 episode 7 ("The Mayakovsky Circumstance" - the one where they're in a cold place with a guy with a very fake Russian accent), towards the end of the episode, Kady ...
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In the magicians, how does Julia meet the Brakebills guys and/or Filory?

I am not sure if I have skipped some chapter, because between Julia ascension (described at the end of 'The Magician King') and Julia teaming with the Brakebills (at the end of 'The Magicians') she ...
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What is the purpose of Quentin's father dying in The Magician's Land

In The Magician's Land, Quentin finds out that his father has died suddenly. After raiding his study, he finds no indication that his father was anything other than a completely ordinary man. ...
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Is magic in The Magicians Turing complete? [closed]

The spells in The Magicans are fairly tricky with large amounts of seemingly arbitrary effort required for the simplest pre-determined effects. However, there are a few instances where more advanced ...
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What is the purpose of the branch in front of the beast?

"The beast" has a branch obscuring its face. At the end of the book, it removes the branch, and it's revealed that it's But the thing is, it has to tell them that, since no one knows what it looks ...
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In The Magician King, why did Quentin need Julia to cast a spell he already knew?

In "The Magicians", Quentin is back on Earth after having caught The Questing Beast. We learn (on page 377) that he feels that ... ... The spells involved in retrieving cash from an ATM were child'...
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Did Fogg know the true identity of the paramedic?

When Quentin described meeting the paramedic to Fogg, he seems to indicate that he knows who Quentin is talking about. Of course, we know at the end of the first book that she But is it known if ...
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What makes the Circumstances matter?

In the book it describes the Lesser and Greater Circumstances as things that will affect a spell at any given time and they must be adjusted or compensated for. However I still don't understand why ...
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In The Magicians why was Q considered for advancement with Alice and Penny?

Alice showed exceptional natural talent as well as she was top of the class. Penny took his exam test in record time and also seemed to be a natural. Other than Quentin's final Intro test he didn't ...
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Was Quentin ever officially placed with the Physical Kids?

At the end of Quentin's second year he took a test to see what Discipline he would be in for the rest of his career at Brakebills. The test came out inconclusive, and he was put with the Physical ...
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In The Magicians, was magic forbidden outside Brakebills?

In The Magicians, every summer between years, Quentin goes home to his parents but doesn't do any magic. Is magic forbidden until graduation like it is in Harry Potter?
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How did Julia and Quentin return in the middle of The Magician King?

I've been trying to figure this out, but I must have missed some little key detail. Here's what I know for sure. Thanks for the help!
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What happened to Alice at the end of the Magicians?

I stood confused through the end of the book "The Magicians", especially in trying to figure out what happened to Alice. What I understood that occurred is as follows: The rest of the book, however, ...
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What is the relationship between Fillory and Narnia?

I've recently started reading the book The Magicians by Lev Grossman. There is considerable mention of a land known as Fillory, which seems to be related to Narnia, from C.S. Lewis's series.. Is there ...
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In The Magicians by Lev Grossman, who are the people seen in the fountains?

In The Magicians by Lev Grossman, Emily Greenstreet would often stare into a magical fountain on the Brakebills campus where she would sometimes see other people in the reflection. Do we ever find ...
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