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Fantastic realms: That’s magic!

Spells, wizards, sorcery, enchanted amulets... magical elements pepper fantasy fiction, but be cautious about how you’re going to wield the wand, says Alex Davis

Fantasy fiction is a genre that is often rich in tropes and archetypes, and as much as the genre has been expanding its horizons of late many of these classic characters and concepts remain at its heart. But they remain there for a reason – their enduring popularity with readers for one, and the fact that it is the continuation of a fine tradition of storytelling. They’re also things that are key to the development of any area of fiction, and fantasy would not be here without it.

One of those best-loved and traditional features is the idea of magic – seen so many times and often wielded by some of the most iconic characters in literature. Who hasn’t somewhere heard of Merlin, or Gandalf – a couple of those rare characters whose names are universally known – in their reading or viewing?

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