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Harry Potter Lexicon says, Merlin was: A Charms specialist sometimes known as "The Prince of Enchanters;" Merlin is unquestionably the most famous wizard of all time. Merlin was part of the Court of King Arthur (King Arthur once ruled the land that is now part of England). He believed that wizards should help Muggles and therefore created the Order of ...


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Pottermore offers the following snippet of information; I'll put it below under spoiler tags: Hogwarts dates back to around the year 900. Merlin seems to have been around in the 15th century (so the 1400s or so) which is compatible with the existence of Hogwarts.


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The Lost Years of Merlin The Lost Years (originally called The Lost Years of Merlin) is a work of literature by T. A. Barron, published by Penguin Group USA. It tells the tale of the legendary wizard Merlin's youth. Though the character Merlin is world famous as an ancient wizard, this story of his lost youth is original to the author. The title applies ...


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This view of Merlin is canonical with the original written translation of the Arthurian cycle, "Le Morte d'Arthur" In it, Merlin is said to "remember what is in our future", and to "have no knowledge of what is in our past". He physically does not age, and this is never explained, only mentioned. There is never any reference to his perception of speech and ...


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This is addressed in the story "The Creation of Camelot." According to the TARDIS wikia, it was first published in the 1984 Doctor Who Annual (so predating "Battlefield"), although I read it in a slightly later collection (which included short stories and/or comic series for all the First through Sixth Doctors). This image, from the book I had, shows King ...


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Agree with Nathan C. Tresch's answer, but in xkcd format:


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Morgana learns of Merlin being the mage only in the 3rd to last episode (Season 5, Episode 11, The Drawing of the Dark). Mordred tells her at the end of that episode who Emrys is (aka Merlin). Morgana and Arthur never meet up again after that (or rather, when they meet, Arthur has learned already that Merlin uses magic) edit: finally got rid of my typo


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It is very likely he actually went back or at least had contact with someone in Camelot, as by the next scene the following is stated (Gwen's coronation, transcript from wikia): LEON: The King is dead. [Gaius and Gwen share a glance. Gwen looks back at Leon.] LEON: Long live the Queen! While enough people knew Arthur was in a bad shape after the ...


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You might be mixing up Emrys and Merlin? Morganna knew that Emrys was a powerful Warlock and wanted him dead, although she was afraid to tangle with him directly. She did not know that Merlin was Emrys until it was too late for the information to have any effect.


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Most of the information on Merlin/Arthuriana in Harry Potter comes from Famous Wizard Cards, and some info from Pottermore. Harry Potter Lexicon is a good source of info on the cards, and the have the following (sourced from both the books and other Potter related merchandise: Merlin A Charms specialist sometimes known as "The Prince of Enchanters;" ...


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The kids/teenager thing makes me think it might be one of the versions of "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court". There's been more than one movie made of it. Was Merlin played by Michael York? That would be this version, which fits the time frame, but I haven't actually seen it, so I don't know if your quote is in there.


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It is never spelled out in much detail what it is like for Merlyn to experience living backwards in time. The story begins with a few vague allusions to Merlyn knowing and understanding things that he would not be expected to, by virtue of having seen them before; but initially, it is not clear to the reader by what mechanism he has seen the future already. ...


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This previously answered question addresses what is really meant by the idea that the Arthurian Merlin "lived backwards". The description does not really fit anything we know about time travel and timelines from DW mythology. Quoting from the accepted answer, Merlin is said to "remember what is in our future", but to "have no knowledge of what is in our ...


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Mordred has known all along, going back to his very first appearance in season 1; in that episode: He comes to Camelot and meets Merlin He realizes that Merlin is "Emrys", a figure in the lore of his people (the druids): Mordred* [telepathically] Thank you, Emrys. Merlin: [telepathically] Emrys? Why do you call me that? Mordred [telepathically] ...


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Got it! In Demon Knights issue 15 Merlin has been killed and is restored to life on the island of Avalon then he brows much younger and reveals his name to be "Adam" so that basically confirms it!


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According to canon, Merlin studied at Hogwarts. He eventually joined the court of King Arthur and used his tremendous magical skills to help build the kingdom of Camelot where muggles and wizards could work and live together helping each other. That being said, I think Rowling's version of Merlin must be based on Geoffrey of Monmouth's work, which is why ...


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I don't have any proof to back it up, but I always believed it was like your option 3-B: he goes to sleep every night and wakes up on the previous day with knowledge of all the following days. I just assumed it, from the statement you listed about knowing what will happen to people, but not what has already happened to them. I also assumed that he must be ...


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Answer: Merlin is a real time traveler from the distant future. A temporal anthropologist, he traveled back in time to study early (relative to himself) human civilization. However, upon arrival he was greeted by someone who knew him quite well, calling him by the name Merlin. This breaches a fundamental tenant of time travel - to be anonymous so as to ...


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And if not, is there any book (possibly science fiction) that expands this idea of Merlyn’s experience of time? Living backwards in time is a concept used in a number of sci-fi books. While I haven't seen any that closely resembles whatever we are told of Merlyn's experience in White's books, there is an interesting exposition of the idea in a book by ...


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Doesn't quite match your description, but the "blue eyes" reference makes me think of Jon-Erik Hexum from Voyagers!. Factors that match to some degree: Aired in the early 1980's Plot centered on time travel One of the two leads was a younger man with blue eyes, other was a younger boy Used a device to travel in time


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I believe not, and would like to think that being a Warlock/Wizard is different from being a Dragon Lord. When Merlins father is first mentioned, he is referred to as a Dragon Lord. Not a Sorcerer or Wizard or Warlock, but specifically a Dragon Lord. This leads me to believe that just like Gaius, Dragon Lords cannot natively use magic, but instead must ...


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I'm not an expert, so I might be wrong. I think that The Old Religion is more than just spels and magic. It's also about balance, connecting with nature and belief in the old gods. Balinor said, that it's an old prayer - I think he was telling the truth. Merlin got his magic from Balinor, and in all the episodes that i saw, his healing magic doesn't work. ...


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I am adding another answer, because I have found another source that explains the Doctor's role as Merlin, but one which is inconsistent with the previous answer (in spite of some similarities). Another version of the Doctor's stint as Merlin is described in the short story "One Fateful Knight," by Peter David. This version was published in a Big Finish ...


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In the third episode of season 1, when Nimueh poisons the water, Merlin uses magic and she sees. She says that she won't tell, and asks if she can talk about it with him sometimes. He agrees, delighted.


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It is because Morgana underestimate two things: Merlin himself and his relationship with Arthur. She is born and raised a noble woman. Morgana as shown previously on the serie that she does not really consider the servants on the long term. With Gwen for example: one day she wants to save her, the next kill her, and then she doesn't care anymore. Uther shows ...


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Adding onto what DVK has written, J.K. Rowling wrote in the Slytherin welcome letter that Merlin was Sorted to Slytherin as a first-year at Hogwarts: Please do not convert image to text. Thanks! As well, Sir Cadogan, the short, pugnacious knight who guards Gryffindor Tower in the absence of the Fat Lady, originates in Arthurian legend. ‘Aha!’ he yelled, ...


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Almost certainly Excalibur, with the very strange Nicol Williamson as Merlin.


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Try Deepak Chopra's 'The Return of Arthur'. The question of wizards living backwards in time is fully explained. My Brittany Spaniel, Merlin, is about to be joined by another Brittany, Nimue. Living backwards in time might well warn him and enable him to survive her enchantment... I hope.


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I think it’s a simple case of Merlin being a forward thinker. Kind of similar to savants who understand things better than those around them. It would, especially during that time, be something that separates him from those around him. He understands technologies as well as how to make them better and more efficient. Also his understanding of the magical ...


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I dint think Merlyn is exactly "living backwards" otherwise he'd see people like the Wart and not remember them. Rather, like I believed someone else has mentioned, he is someone who experiences/ sees the future but lives in the past. What grants him his poses, for this reason, I think that Merlyn has a kind of omnipotence, or meaning that he lives both in ...


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