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Recap / The Magicians 2016 S 01 E 03

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Season 1, Episode 3

Consequences Of Advanced Spellcasting

Alice and Quentin find out that her brother, Charlie, was consumed by magic and turned into a niffin five years ago. When they find him, Alice nearly destroys herself trying to fix him, but Quentin binds him before she can. Devastated, Alice leaves Brakebills. Julia struggles to balance learning magic with maintaining her previous life. Eliot searches for the book that Kady stole for Marina, which leads him and Quentin to Marina's hedge witches safe house, where Quentin finds and confronts Julia. Penny, after being assigned incorrectly to the psychic discipline, discovers he is a "Traveler," someone who has the ability to travel between worlds.


Tropes Present In This Episode:

  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: Niffins are magicians who overused their magic, to the point that it overpowered them and left behind nothing but a horrifically powerful husk. Charlie became one while trying to cure his friend, and Quentin was afraid Alice was going to become one while trying to fix Charlie.
  • Ironic Echo/Meaningful Echo: During Quentin and Julia's fight, he tells her to "grow up", much like she told him to do in "Unauthorized Magic" with his love of fantasy.