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Practitioner is a generic term for an individual who can use magic, with no reference to the user's power or skill. There are a number of other terms, however, which do have such connotations.[1] Most human beings cannot use magic at all, and the percentage of practitioners diminishes with the increase in the power they can command.[2]

RankingEdit

  • Wizards are practitioners who show the full spectrum of magical abilities known to mortals, and are therefore members of the White Council. The Council grants membership only to the top two percent most powerful practitioners. Yet, even the strongest wizards are insignificant with respect to supernatural heavyweights like the Faerie Queen; very few exceptions, such as The Original Merlin, exist.[3]
  • Sorcerers are wizards magically qualifying for the White Council that do not meet its other criteria for eligibility, or have chosen not to accept membership. They are often self-taught or lack the resources and knowledge base of the White Council. The term is sometimes used as a pejorative, with the connotation of a dangerous or destructive individual.[1]
  • Minor talents are practitioners with a small magical ability.[4]
  • Warlocks are practitioners who have violated one of the laws of magic.[5]

Wizards are very long lived, with a lifespan measured in centuries. Their self-healing capabilities are also extraordinarily high; though they don't heal faster than ordinary people, they heal better. A practitioner's body can recover from injuries an ordinary mortal's never could. Furthermore, the recovery is eventually so complete that sometimes there is no evidence that an injury ever occurred. Wizards can get serious scars, which eventually will be repaired.[6]

In much the same way that people have varying talents for art, science, or music, practitioners have varying aptitudes for different aspects of magic. Harry Dresden is very adept at thaumaturgy (particularly at finding things), but less so at evocation. His apprentice Molly Carpenter, on the other hand, has a knack for veils and psychomancy.[7]

In the seriesEdit

Storm FrontEdit

In Storm Front,

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Blood RitesEdit

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Proven GuiltyEdit

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White NightEdit

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Turn CoatEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Blood Rites, ch. 23
  2. Storm Front, ch. 2
  3. Turn Coat, ch. 2
  4. White Night, ch. 4
  5. Proven Guilty, ch. 45–47
  6. Blood Rites, ch. 4
  7. White Night, ch. 3
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