Category: magic in fantasy

The Magicians, by Lev Grossman

The Demands of Magic in Fantasy Literature – Grossman’s The Magicians

In Lev Grossman’s delightful, if slightly disturbing, 2009 book, The Magicians, the author draws high fantasy’s sword from the stone one more time, but sharpens and hardens the edge to slice and dice a re-imagining of a fantasy world that is tougher, more mature, and more realistic than the high-school world of Harry Potter or that of Narnia’s more innocent children.

The Nature of Magic, in Le Guin and Tolkien

The description of magic, and the underlying concept of it, is variously tackled in many a fantasy book. What does it feel like to use magic? Is it…

The Magic in Fantasy that Pervades Everything

Magic in fantasy occurs as a central nervous system of the fiction. And though is it the systematic underpinning of all that happens, it is frequently mysterious, capricious,…

Harry Potter, Magic, and Moral Caution

Is Harry Potter a decent person? Okay, we all know that the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling has been the subject of Christian concern, some criticism, and…