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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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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]

(In Harry Potter) 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 ...
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Looking for a YA story about a boy bugging a wizard

I'm trying to identify a story I read as a child in the late ninties 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?

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 ...
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Why do Wizards look like this? [duplicate]

If I hear the word "magician" I think most immediately of an old man in a dark robe. He wears a pointy hat. Sometimes with stars and moons. Also this is what you get when you type "wizard" into your ...
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Fantasy Book Series; Boy trained by wizard in a tower

I am looking for a fantasy book: What I vaguely recall is: A boy is sick with the root cause being magic within himself. He is semi-cured by someone and is told he needs to train with the wizards in ...
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Why is the wizard world so clueless about Muggles if so many of them are related to Muggles?

It seems that the vast majority of wizards were either half-bloods or Muggle-borns. Ron says that Most wizards these days are half-blood anyway. If we hadn’t married Muggles we'd've died out. ...
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SciFI/Fantasy novel with a “wizard” who can use magic to interface with technology

There was a novel in which a planet had "wizards" (I can't recall if it was real magic, or ESP). They sent one of the stronger ones to "spy" on other human planets that didn't have any magic. He was ...
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Do the other wizarding schools have a Book of Admittance?

The title says it all. How do the other Wizarding schools find their witches and wizards? Do they have a different version of the Book of Admittance (and Quill of Acceptance), and is there a ...
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How does the Ministry use forensics for crimes lacking evidence? [duplicate]

I noticed that in the books, there's a canon example of a Death Eater attempting to use Accio on the Invisibility Cloak, but to no avail. There's also one where Harry says "Accio Firebolt" and his ...
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How were Muggles able to kill Wizards in old times?

In the Harry Potter series we see multiple times that Muggles have killed Wizards in around the 1400s. They say that the Witch Burning was real and that actual Witches died. Harry had to finish ...
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Why do the Wizards have staffs over wands?

It just seems to me that something like a wand would be easier to carry, and thus be more portable. I would think that the staffs they carry all the time must be heavy and hard to travel distances ...
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Who was on the White Council?

Does Tolkien ever list the various members of the White Council? How many people were even on it? Who was on the White Council?
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Which countries have significant magical populations? [duplicate]

While the Harry Potter books are primarily set in Great Britain, there are various references to wizards from other countries. Which countries do we know to have significant magical populations? Any ...
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Book where boy doesn't have magic but everyone else does

I remembered reading a book about a boy who doesn't have magic while everyone does. His uncle is a famous wizard and helps him get into a wizard school. Later on, it Is revealed that the boy doesn't ...
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Looking for older YA fantasy book with young boy magician + familiars + orbs

I'm not sure I have enough information to truly make finding this book possible, but I thought I'd try! I read this fantasy novel when I was probably 12 years old or so - so 1995 ish. So I'm sure it ...
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Where do young wizards learn to read, write, do maths and do other basic things? [duplicate]

Harry, Hermione and other wizards with one or more muggle parents learned to read, write, do maths and more at elementary school. Do children from wizard families just learn this at home? And are ...
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Story ID: A children's book about a school for Witches and Warlocks

This is back from the mid 1980's in the UK. The story of a boy who is sent away to a school which turns out to be for witches and warlocks. This was pre-Harry Potter so it wasn't a parody. The book ...