Questions tagged [wizards]

A (usually male) practitioner of magic, one who studies or has a natural ability to harness magical forces derived from supernatural sources. For questions about the animated movie "Wizards", use [wizards-1977].

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Fantasy book series about a boy who is unaware of a different realm he travels to; a grand wizard there asks him to join a quest to slay a dragon

You will have to bear with me, I haven't read this these books since high-school. That being said I am looking for a fantasy book series about a boy who is unaware of a different realm that he travels ...
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OWLs and Career Change in Harry Potter

If someone received OWLs and NEWTs in a certain subject(s) at Hogwarts, then got a job, if they decided that they wanted a career change but needed OWLs and NEWTs to do so, would it be possible for ...
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Trying to find a short story where a dragon is impersonating a wizard

I just remembered a memory of a short story I read back in middle school. From what I remember, the story starts off with the 'wizard' blowing smoke into the sky as he looks down on the local village ...
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What is fashion in the wizarding world? [duplicate]

I am about to buy clothes to cosplay Pansy Parkinson- but... what were clothes like in the wizarding world? Parkinson is a blood supremacist so she wouldn't wear muggle clothes, and since so many ...
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Book series about two men training to be wizards, whose powers come from lost tech from a crashed spacecraft [duplicate]

Trying to remember a series I read years ago. I believe there were three books. It was about two men who were training to be wizards and fighting other races. Later in the story, we find that their ...
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90's dark knight cartoon

Help me identify a 90's gothic cartoon. All I can remember are three main characters. One of them was a dark knight summoned from his grave in order to kill a warrior in every episode. This warrior ...
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Book, possibly titled: “Of Tea Cups and Wizards, Dragons”…can’t remember

I cannot remember if the title of the book has tea cups in it, or the book series. The series was never finished due to the author passing away. It is fantasy and comedy and has a fire wizard who ...
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Older fantasy novel with bottle trap

I have vague recollection of a book (possibly a short series) that involved a bottle trap. When you interacted with the bottle, you were sucked into it and found yourself in a multi-level 'dungeon'. I ...
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Does casting a spell require a Wand? [duplicate]

In multiple Harry Potter books/movies, there are a number of scenarios where a spell is cast or some magical event happens but the instigator did not use a wand: In HP1, Harry removes the glass from ...
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Story revolving around a sarcophagus which eats its inhabitants slowly while keeping them alive

I am looking for a short horror/fantasy story about a wizard (?) who owns a sarcophagus which eats its inhabitants slowly but keeps them alive. First your skin would be eaten, than the muscles and so ...
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Sword and sorcery short story with a wizard carrying an infant in a backpack that actually is a parasite

I'm looking for a sword and sorcery short story I read a long time ago: it's from the pulp era, possibly the 30s. I used to think it had been written by Clark Ashton Smith as both the style and the ...
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Use of magic by underaged students. Harry Potter [duplicate]

I've been rereading the HP books and something keeps bugging me. In Chamber of Secrets the Ministry assumes Harry used magic, because he was the only magical being around, so basically that was their ...
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Where did Papa Smurf learn his magic?

Aside from being the Smurf's beloved and patriarchal leader, Papa Smurf has proven himself to be an accomplished Wizard; even Mother Nature and Father Time respect his magic game. Little is known ...
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Where did the term “hazard-class” to describe a wizard, sorceress, etc. originate?

I just enjoyed Scott Lynch's "The Fall and Rise of the House of the Wizard Malkuril" in Dozois' The Book of Magic. There seemed to be many more and less obscure references to fantastic fiction, and ...
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Magic in front of Muggles

Obviously I know that doing magic in front of Muggles is against the wizard laws. But let’s say you have a wizard who is married to a Muggle. The Muggle is aware that magic exists due to having a ...
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YA wizard novel about an orphan who becomes a witch and ultimately sacrifices herself to achieve something

I’m having trouble remembering what a certain book was called and I’d really love some help. It was the last of a trilogy (I read the last book first because they’re not related, really). It’s about ...
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In the “A Wizard in Rhyme” series how do wizards normally learn magic?

How do wizards normally learn their spells/rhymes in the "A Wizard in Rhyme" series? It’s not very clear to me how they go around doing it.
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How would schools that take in multiple nationalities address the language barrier issue?

Although Hogwarts has an attendance of mostly British, Scottish, and Irish students, Beauxbatons, Durmstrang, Castelobruxo, Uagadou, and possibly Ilvermorny and Mahoutokoro all accept kids from other ...
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Novel series with students at a magic university

I read two books in a series and have forgotten the author and the titles. The first book was about a young man who was a student in a magic university who became very powerful and was able to travel ...
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Where does power/electricity come from in “Off to be a Wizard”

Where does the electrical power come from? For Example, how does Phillip power his Commodore 64 computer?
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Fantasy book featuring magical wellsprings, warding by symbolic plowing, coercive astrology inquiries

I am looking for a fantasy book published sometime in the 90's (I remember it being on the shelf at the same time as Reign of the Brown Magician, which suggests about 1995). Alas, I do not recall even ...
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Identify Book: Boy Taken as Apprentice by Wizard in a City Taken Over After Queen is Assassinated [duplicate]

I remember there was a book series about a boy who came from a family of wizards, living in a small room/apartment in a city that was taken over by some "evil" people after they assassinated the queen,...
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Book about a boy who works with a magician and is given a saucepan as a helmet

I read a book back in the early 2000s, possibly, about a boy that goes through a portal and meets a magician. The boy works for the magician and ends up being gifted a saucepan as a helmet. Sadly, ...
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What does it mean that a Wizard is more powerful than another? [duplicate]

When wizards are dueling, if they both know how to cast the Killing Curse, then what is the meaning of one being more powerful than the other? Specifically, we are repeatedly told how powerful ...
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Looking for a YA story about a boy bothering a wizard

I'm trying to identify a story I read as a child in the late nineties or early 2000s. It was otherworld fantasy, set in a fairly standard medieval fantasy world. What I remember: the main character ...
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Are wizards immune to Keldon warlords’ calls?

In Magic the Gathering: Final Sacrifice, Towser summons a Keldon warlord. We see the warlord can simply shout “Attend me” and “Fight” to the natives on the island, and they all start fighting each ...
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How does social syncretism work when a wizard or witch marries a Muggle? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter universe, we see huge differences between wizarding culture and Muggle culture. The differences are so huge that one culture is almost alien to the other. We also see marriages ...
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Does J.K. Rowling distinguish between a sorcerer and a wizard?

I'm not sure if "wizard" and "sorcerer" are just the same in the Harry Potter universe. I can remember Harry saying in a movie: "Dumbledore is the greatest sorcerer of all time". And I have read ...
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Short story where magic is powered by secrets

I'm looking for a short story I read 2-5 years back. I'm pretty sure it was in a anthology of short stories about magic, possibly about wizards specifically. I believe that the anthology was recent. ...
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Childrens/YA fantasy series with wizard siblings and homeless Angels

When I was younger I read this fantasy series involving two siblings who find out they are wizards. Their parents are involved to some extent but I think they are mostly learning from their uncle (...
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Book: main character is a half-blood working as a mage's servant, eventually becomes the leader of a werewolf pack

All I can remember is, the protagonist is a half-demon or devil who works as a servant for a mage. The mage is a sword master that graduated from an academy where everyone receives a scar on their ...
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Looking for Book About Druids in San Francisco

I'm looking for a book about a druid (I think) or a wizard who has to stop the apocalypse or some end-of-the-world getup. I believe it takes place in San Francisco (or LA). To save the world, he needs ...
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What is the source of wealth of the Potter family? [duplicate]

Harry Potter was born into a wealthy family. He inherited lots of gold from his father. What did his father do to get so rich? I have always been puzzled about how the wizards get rich. The Muggle ...
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Why did Harry Potter become a more powerful wizard than Hermione, given that she was a better student and learnt faster than Harry? [closed]

As a young student in Hogwarts, Hermione learnt much faster than Harry. She also was more hardworking. Any teacher would have placed a bet on Hermione on becoming a better wizard given her brilliance ...
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Should Wizards be capable of having Squib children in HPMOR?

In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Harry explains muggles, squibs and wizards with a genetic marker (a single gene on two chromosomes). So, muggles have none, squibs have one and wizards ...
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Fantasy novel I read awhile ago about magic like tendrils in the air

I read it a fairly long time ago, probably a good 15 to 20 years. I don't remember too many details but what I do remember is there was a kingdom in which the king had a magical sword that allowed him ...
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Can wizarding students skip classes/grades/years?

In America at least, if a grade school student (K - 12) is exceptionally gifted they are allowed to advance to a higher learning level without having to take the previous courses, up to and including ...
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Can a wizard run out of power?

Similar to the question about the "wand power", I'm curious if a wizard can run out of power by other means than death. This quote lead me to ask my question especially because Ariana had some issues ...
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Where do wizards give birth?

When reading about St.Mungos I didn't see delivery room mentioned there. Do they go to Muggle hospitals? Do they deliver at home?
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Can a squib or muggle produce a potion with wizard help? [duplicate]

Could a squib or muggle produce a potion if a wizard did the wandwork for them?
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Is the Necromancer capable of true resurrection?

Will those resurrected by the Necromancer be undead demonic creatures, or can necromancers can also bring people back who might live a normal life after the resurrection as before they died? Who is ...
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Did any witches/wizards (non-Squibs) ever choose to live as Muggles?

This excellent question ponders whether Muggle-borns who demonstrate magical ability can choose to opt out of the wizarding world and live as Muggles. It got me thinking: are there any instances of ...
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How do muggles and wizards differ physiologically?

In "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", the main character (Newton Scamander) meets a muggle (Jacob Kowalski) who is bitten by a Murtlap. Then Newt says: How do muggles and wizards differ? If ...
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Book about a pair of wizards in another world

I read this book back in the early 90s. It was about a pair of wizards - the older mentor and younger student. In their world wizards are generally looked down upon and even have fewer rights than ...
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If Dumbledore is the most powerful wizard (allegedly), why would he work at a glorified boarding school? Is there a role with more responsibility?

If Dumbledore is the most powerful wizard (allegedly), why would he work at a glorified boarding school? Is there a role with more responsibility?
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Book about a dragon mage and a dragon queen who stays in her egg

Okay so there is this book I am craving to read but I cannot remember the title, author, or any of the character names. All I remember is that it is a series and the first book is a about a boy who is ...
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Why aren't Muggles extinct?

One of the basic premises of the Potterverse is that Muggles are much, much more common than wizards. This is what in part necessitates the need for the Wizarding world to hide itself away because, ...
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Old 1960's Fantasy Film (Possibly Sword & Sandal type movie)

Movie from the 1960's where mad scientist or wizard/warlock keeps people in cage in his underground lair and blinds them with some type of laser or light beam. This could have been a foreign "sword ...
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Wizard's bad habit

In the first two books, the wizards were described as truly awesome, though most of their deeds were off screen. And then, they all had a bad habit of dying stupidly by physical damage. The first ...
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What exactly happened to Ariana when Dumbledore and Grindelwald fought?

I have seen few narrations and some fan made videos on the battle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. There was some magic that killed Ariana when both Dumbledore and Grindelwald were duelling. What ...