The ancient art of magic is a supernatural ability that channels the magical energy coming from the Ley Lines to perform all sorts of feats that defy natural laws. The ability to use magic comes from the study, practice and experience as well as the witch or wizard's own magical power. While any human is able to use magic with proper study and practice, witches from families with long magical heritages possess a natural affinity for magic practices.
Magic is done by channeling the magical energy through magical objects, mainly magic wands and potions. However, the magical energy that each individual can handle is limited, as when the magical energy is exhausted, the user becomes unable to perform magic until recovered. This limitation can be eliminated in a place where there is a source of magic that prevents the magical energy from being exhausted, like the Sorcerer's Stone.
The main means to perform magic in the desired form is with the use of spells. Through the correct pronunciation of a spell, a witch gets the magic to do what she wants. However, it is also possible to perform magic without using spells, depending solely on the will and power of the user.
Some objects known as magic items possess a magical power of their own that can be exploited by those who possess it, even non-magical humans.
Magic has been practiced by witches since ancient times. The first witches obtained infinite magic through the legendary tree Yggdrasil that grew from the belief of human hearts, and whose branches covered the cosmos with its magical power. However, over time, the tree wilted due to the decline of magic, and the remnants of its branches became what is now known as the Ley Lines. The Nine Olde Witches used a magical staff and seven ancient words to seal the Grand Triskellion, the heart of Yggdrasil and seed of all creation, inside the Arcturus Forest.
In the 6th century the Nine Olde Witches created the Luna Nova Magical Academy, a school for young witches taught in the sacred art of magic and the responsibilities of wielding it. The values inculcated in the students are altruistic— that magic exists for the benefit of all mankind, and should never be used selfishly.
During the Middle Ages, non-magical humans' suspicions towards magic developed into a strong animosity towards witches, who were deemed a malevolent and corrupting influence. Given that historically some witches were said to associate themselves with demonic beings to get their powers, it can be assumed that, in the series, non-magical humans detested witches in general for the same reasons.
As civilization progressed, superstitions such as the hatred for witches fell out of favor. No longer persecuted, witches integrated into human society, where their magic solved many of its problems and greatly improved quality of life. Witches came to be held in the highest esteem as the paragon of human wisdom. Many non-magical humans raised their daughters as witches, swelling the ranks of Luna Nova with new students. Thus began the Golden Age of Magic, an era lasting for generations until the Industrial Revolution.
With the development of machines, people no longer had to depend on magic for everything. Advancements in modern science and technology gradually led humans to dismiss everything related to magic (including witches and magical beings in general) as obsolete and useless. This was exacerbated by the continued weakening of magic around the world, which resulted in the number of witches declining worldwide.
Guided by Chariot, the young first-generation witch Atsuko Kagari used the Claiomh Solais to awaken the Seven Words of Arcturus and break the seal on the Grand Triskellion. With the help of friends and worldwide encouragement, Akko and Diana Cavendish harnessed its ultimate power to make the world into a place where all mankind could live happily together. The power from humanity's believing hearts united to support the witches' success became a new Yggdrasil, restoring its infinite magic to the world.
Types of Magic
- Amnesia Magic
- Flame Magic
- Flight Magic
- Fusion Magic
- Illusory Magic
- Metamorphosis Magic
- Object Control Magic
- Puppet Magic
- Restoration Magic
- Revitalization Magic
- Summoning Magic
- Taste Magic
- Transfiguring Magic
- Tracing Magic