Types of Magic from Magical Worlds


ancient art of transforming elements. Fictional alchemy turns base metals to gold. Famous in Paolo Coello’s The Alchemist.

Astral Magic

involves astral projection, travel, and the astral plane. Fiction and real-world practices. Example in Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan.

Binding Magic

spells to prevent actions. Ancient roots. Used for good and evil. Example in Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.


summoning and sending entities through magic. Used for good or evil. Example in Harry Potter by JK Rowling.

Dark Arts

harmful magic, physical or mental harm. Popular in fiction. Example in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher


acquiring knowledge through supernatural means. Popular in fiction and real world. Example in The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

Elemental Magic

harnessing Earth, air, fire, and water. Powerful spells and control over elements. Example in Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


magical use of plants. Healing and spells. Example in Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.

Illusionary Magic

creates appearances through real magic. Example in The Black Company by Glen Cook.


desire to live forever. Found in fantasy books like Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.


common in fantasy books. Example in Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman