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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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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Fantasy manga where female MC is looking for savior and mistakes man for him

I’ve been looking all over but can’t find the name I’m looking for the name of a manga, it’s about a powerful female lead magician/wizard looking for her savior that saved her when she was young( she ...
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90's dark knight cartoon

Help me identify a 90s 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 was ...
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What are the names of the two blue wizards?

What are the names of two blue wizards? Gandalf said (in The Hobbit movie) that there were five wizards and that he forgot the name of the blue wizards.
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Book where a boy replies to a job ad for a wizard's apprentice and passes through a portal at the interview

I read a series of books a few years back. It was about a boy who, upon finishing school, decides to apply to an ad about a job. The ad states: Wizard's apprentice, no illusions. Real magic. When he ...
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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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Can non-British wizards attend Hogwarts?

Is there any evidence of non-British wizards attending Hogwarts?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Book or Series name/author-the original book cover has a wizard standing before a door with runes on it

This was a series of books, thy would have been around in mid 1985, and the artwork on the covers was much like Terry Patchett's book art... The male character was transported from the "modern" world ...
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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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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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Why Do Purebloods Call Muggle-Borns 'Mudbloods'?

‘No one asked your opinion, you filthy little Mudblood,’ [Draco] spat. Chamber of Secrets - page 86 - Bloomsbury - chapter 7, Mudbloods and Murmurs ‘It’s about the most insulting thing he could ...
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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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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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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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Book where wizards learn magic by bonding with crystals that imbue them with powers

I read this book a long time ago, but I'm guessing it was written sometime in either the 80's or early 90's. It was a rather long/large book. Plot summary: Set in a fantasy land of wizards and magic, ...
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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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In the TV series, why is Merlin referred to as a warlock, not a wizard?

In the BBC TV series Merlin, the dragon terms Merlin a Warlock. The evidence is that this is generally considered a negative or evil term, so why is he called it? Surely it would be better to call him ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trying to find/remember scifi/fantasy book [closed]

I currently have two books I am trying to find The first is a young adult book series that starts off with a soldier being asked to deliver a magic ring to an old man/wizard. Along the way the ...
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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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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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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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Why are wizards typically depicted living in towers?

Why are wizards in fantasy literature depicted as living in towers?
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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 ...