Awesome: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  • England's first use of strategic magic in centuries: Norrell shapes basic illusions of water and light into the forms of intimidating warships, then places them outside every major port under French control. This intimidates the French into staying inside the ports for a week, giving England unchallenged usage to gather and place, ferry goods and maneuveur.
  • The death of the gentleman with thistle-down hair by Stephen Black.
  • The entirety of Strange's career with the British Army, once Wellington realizes the tactical value of an on-site magician.
    • Strange creating temporary Roman-style roads for the English armies, a simple and imaginative but very effective use of magic, bypassing one of the main hinderances of field armies. By simply observing the army and talking to the common soldiers, Strange demonstrated his usefulness to the often unimpressed Wellington.
    • Strange causing hands made of earth to burst from the mud at Waterloo, pulling down the cavalry.
    • Without even realising the significance, Strange shortened the war and ensured Waterloo occurred by creating a basic labyrinth spell for a French general, delaying him from a crucial battle.
    • The entirety of Brussells is temporarily teleported to the American plains.
    • A captured English commander is replaced with a golem doppelganger, deceiving the French until days later, when the captor accidentally breaks off an arm.
  • The gentleman with thistle-down hair cursing Strange, partly because it's so strange and you're not sure what really happened.
  • Strange in the final act, displaying immense raw power. Of course, he doesn't even begin to hold a candle to the Raven King.
  • Strange sending a huge flock of crows past the gentleman with thistle-down hair to restore magic back to England.
  • The Raven King's cameo in Chapter 67, after the reader has been waiting patiently for his appearance for the entirety of the novel. In minutes, he brings Vinculus back to life, stops Childermass's bullet, heals Childermass's face and wipes his memory of their encounter. Finally he changes Vinculus' tattoos to show his own book of magic to ease the re-emergence of magic.
  • It wasn't particularly plot-relevant, but who didn't want to cheer when Frank pushed Drawlight into the canal?
  • The relevation that the Raven King possibly orchestrated the events of the book centuries ago.
  • Strange outwitting the gentleman and figuring out a way to perceive faeries by temporarily removing his own sanity.
  • The BBC's portrayal of the book's iconic magical scenes, such as the Miracle of York and Horsesand: impressive considering their budget.
  • The TV series casting in general: everyone is completely spot-on.