Pictoratus

This is a pretty helpful spell whenever you want to remember things. It takes a picture of whatever the wizard looks at when he casts the spell (it only requires a small piece of paper to cast). Then the picture can be transferred to whatever else by simply tapping the wand on what you want to transfer the picture to and saying the spell backwards. I know that some wizards can take multiple pictures but I haven’t figured that out yet.

And it’s this spell that got me in all my trouble. If it wasn’t for that person in the crowd outside the Dragon’s Nest, there wouldn’t have been a wanted poster all over the Wizard Quarter in Boston.

Published in: on April 13, 2010 at 2:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Magic and Reagents

My author told me the other day that there’s lots of books written about magic and wizards just waving their wands to cast powerful spells. That makes me laugh. Magic is tough stuff. It requires a dedication, mental focus. It’s not like a fairy just going “poof” and having things happen.

More important, though, is the use of reagents. Like I’ve said before, magic runs through the entire universe. You can’t see it, but it’s weaved into everything: from people to sticks and rocks to the sky above. And each physical object in the world has different magical properties. Some things, like diamonds, really channel magic well (one of the reagents for the invisibility spell which is why not many people can cast it). Others, like an ordinary rock, don’t channel magic well although certain rocks, like limestone, can be used for certain spells. Wizards have, throughout history, experimented with millions of ordinary (and unique) objects to determine what combination of thing and word can create a spell.

Sometimes you just have to touch your wand to the object. Other times you have to crush or burn it. Whatever, magic is more than just words and wand waving. It’s about the wizards connection to the universe and harnessing the magic that’s there.

Boy, my teachers would be so proud. Feel like I actually listened in class!

Published in: on April 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Avernore

Being invisible is over-rated. Dad says there’s a spell for it although it’s difficult. Need to have some hard-to-find reagents. But Avernore works just as well. I mean the whole point of being invisible is for people to ignore you, right? Avernore does just that. It’s like you don’t exist. People not only ignore you but they walk out of their way to avoid you as well. I’ve only known this spell for a short time and haven’t had much practice but I did use it a couple of times with some disastrous results (you’ll have to read the stories to find out).

Published in: on April 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Magical Relationships

I remember my dad telling me stories about some of the great wizards in history like Merlin. The stories they always told were about these wizards casting spells or waving their wands and unleashing powerful magic. But that’s not how it works.

There is a relationship between the real world and the magical one. Many spells require the wizard to connect his wand to some aspect of his world. For example, in the Shacael spell, the wizard must first tap a shadow as that is an element of the magic. There are others too.

My dad always taught me that magic was a part of the universe. Like a soul. In order shape it and control it, the wizard must first connect with it. That’s most often through his wand.

Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 5:23 am  Leave a Comment  

Shaceal

Learned this one way before my time. I think my dad said it was a fourth or fifth level spell. But he wanted me to learn some spells to keep me safe, especially with the Wizard Thief on the loose. This one is cast by a quick tap of the wand on a shadow. That starts it. Then it’s just a matter of uttering the spell. What happens can only be described as a giant smoke cloud but doesn’t make you cough and its darker. A lot darker. Maybe if you fell into a shadow and couldn’t get out. That might be the best way to describe it.

Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 5:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Lanternous

Boring. Boring. Boring. Lights up the tip of your wand like a lantern. No wrist flick needed, just have to use your other hand to pull along the length of your wand, like your wiping something off it. As your fingers leave the tip, you just need to utter the spell. As you get better, you can make a brighter or dimmer light depending upon how hard you pull your wand through your other hand. Helps when trying to stay up later than you should and you need a little extra but don’t want to wake your brothers!

Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 5:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Flarest

This is one of my favorite spells and probably the one that gets me in the most trouble. It’s pretty easy to cast. Just a flick of the wrist and an utterance of the spell and a huge light comes from the tip of the wand. But it doesn’t stay there, not like the Lanternous spell. No, it shoots off like a baseball in slow motion. Most of the time, it launches in the air and arcs slowly away, eventually fading. But if you flick a little more forward than up, it comes straight out like an arrow. I remember a couple of times when the hallways of the Academy crisscrossed with balls of light making it so bright that there was no way you could even focus in class.

Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 5:06 am  Leave a Comment  

Temporalis

This is a spell that most wizards know even before they begin formal training. It’s great to be able tell the time. It’s like having a picture of a giant clock appear in your head as if you are looking at it. Hard to describe but that’s the way with a lot of spells.

Published in: on April 5, 2010 at 6:03 am  Leave a Comment  

The Immutable Laws of Magic

Every wizard, in their first year of school, learns that there are a number of immutable laws of magic. I mean immutable because they can’t be changed, can’t be ignored, and can’t be avoided. Every wizard, ever person who practices magic, is subject to them. There are three of these laws:

1. The power of a spell is directly proportional to the power of the wizard. This law is pretty simple. It means that a spell has a different power depending upon the wizard casting it.

2. A wizard is most powerful in his home. Not sure what this one really means, although I saw it in action when I happened back to my apartment the day I accidentally killed that senior wizard, the Lady’s bodyguard. I guess it has to do with magic being most powerful at home, where a wizard means to protect his family or his property. My dad used it to seal the door to the apartment to keep the Lady and her entourage from getting to me. I guess I’ll understand this law more when I have my own home ;)

3. A wizard’s energy and the magic he uses are bound together. What this means is that when a wizard casts a spell, it draws not only upon the magic that is part of the universe but also from the energy of the wizard itself. None of my teachers, or my dad, could explain why some wizards have more energy than others but everyone agreed that if a wizard without enough energy tried to cast a powerful spell it could kill him. Regardless, it weakens him. Dad told me he’d seen some wizards actually faint.

Published in: on April 5, 2010 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Brisance

This is a very powerful spell. My first experience casting it was when I accidentally killed a senior wizard with it during a duel. I’m not even sure where I learned it. Maybe one of my older brothers? But it’s not like other spells. It doesn’t really require any wand motion or anything. It’s more like just a force of will into the wand. To cast it, you just need to be angry enough when you point your wand. Well, at least that’s what happened to me when I cast it.

What happens can’t really be described outside of a huge explosion. I mean when I accidentally cast it on that Lady’s bodyguard, he exploded on the spot. There wasn’t much left of him except a charcoal stain on the cobblestones.

Published in: on April 5, 2010 at 5:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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