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Zatanna casting a spell.

Magic and sorcery are the basis of mystical powers.[1] Magic can be considered a substance and sorcery the manipulation of that substance.[2]

Sorcery

Sorcery requires training and practice.[3][4] Genetic and personal affinity for sorcery are also helpful;[5] a human does not need to be Homo magi to use magic, but it is very helpful, especially to perform at a high level.[6] The use of magic also requires energy, usually provided by the user.[4] As Khalid Nassour explains, there is a cost to magic and it can drain the user's vim vitae, or life force.[7] Magic users can also tap into the Earth's ley lines or other sources of mystic power; for example, Zatanna's protégées pooled their energies into her and Mary Bromfield was able to forcibly absorb some of Klarion's power.[8]

According to Superboy, Zatanna's spells always leave behind a microscopic magical residue that looks slightly different than say Doctor Fate's or Thirteen's. Each magic user's residue is like a signature and Martian magic is basically a signature in different language.[9]

Magic can be channeled in a variety of ways:

  • Spoken words are a common method. A variety of languages are used, though an individual sorcerer will typically use a single language almost exclusively; for example Wotan and Kent Nelson use Latin,[1][10] while Zatara and Zatanna use English spoken backwards.[10][4] This method is referred to as "baby-magic" by a more powerful sorcerer, Klarion. This indicates that it may be the simplest way to channel magic.[11]
  • Magical objects can be used to enhance and/or channel the user's magical powers; examples include Water-Bearers,[12] Kent Nelson's cane[1] and the Sword of Beowulf.[13] Objects can also be used as a vessel to carry spells, such as Zatanna's Glamour Charm.[14]
  • Atlantean students at the Conservatory of Sorcery are given skin icons to enhance their powers.[1] These tattoos glow when magic is used.[12] Users may use spoken words when invoking their powers,[3] but more often do not.[12]
  • Particularly powerful sorcerers, such as Doctor Fate and Klarion, are capable of using magic seemingly at will, without the use of spells or objects.[1]

Known users

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Pugsley, Tom (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (February 18, 2011). "Denial". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 7. Cartoon Network.
  2. Weisman, Greg (2012-05-03). Question #14772. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (March 4, 2011). "Downtime". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 8. Cartoon Network.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Youngberg, Matt (director) (October 21, 2011). "Humanity". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 15. Cartoon Network.
  5. Weisman, Greg (2012-04-11). Question #14551. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  6. Weisman, Greg (2022-07-27). Question #26152. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  7. Chowdhry, Nida (writer) & Heuck, Vinton (director) (December 16, 2021). "Teg Ydaer!". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 11. HBO Max.
  8. Baumgart, Jake (writer) & Sotta, Christina (director) (December 2, 2021). "Odnu!". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 09. HBO Max.
  9. Paredes, Francisco (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (October 28, 2021). "Involuntary". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 04. HBO Max.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (October 14, 2011). "Revelation". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 14. Cartoon Network.
  11. Weisman, Greg (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (March 3, 2012). "Misplaced". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 19. Cartoon Network.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (November 26, 2010). "Independence Day". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 1. Cartoon Network.
  13. David, Peter (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (November 18, 2011). "Secrets". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 18. Cartoon Network.
  14. Hopps, Kevin, Giacoppo, Paul (writers) & Divar, Tim (director) (June 9, 2012). "Depths". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 7. Cartoon Network.
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