Back in 2014, Nathan Barnhart created a weekly feature called ‘Tough Travels’, which he hosted over on Fantasy Review Barn. Inspired by The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones – a tongue-in-cheek parody of the fantasy genre – it would spotlight a different trope every week, and invite other bloggers to compile their own lists of examples. Despite being put to rest eighty-three (83!) weeks later, ‘Tough Travels’ was widely successful, with over fifty blogs participating at one time or another. On April 1, 2017, Fantasy-Faction received Nathan’s permission to revive Tough Travels once more…

This week the topic is Adepts:
The Tough Guide defines an Adept as ‘one who has taken what amounts to a post-graduate course in Magic. If a Magic User is given this title, you can be sure he/she is fairly hot stuff. However, the title is neutral and does not imply that the Adept is either Good or Evil.’

Magic use through book learning is a classic. I became familiar with it through pen and paper role-playing games and the books set in those worlds. Of course, a magician can be great through inborn talent as well. But I don’t think they’re adepts so:

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Harry and the others start at beginner level but advance quickly.

Raistlin Majere by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
He is a magician who grows significantly through the various series set in the Dragonlance gaming universe. He studied hard before the Dragons of Autumn Twilight and after it, too.

Dr. Strange
While he didn’t go to school exactly, he has mentors and was forced to study hard.

The Scarlet Witch
She also learned her magical craft through mentors even though she started her career with inborn talent. At first, she had the power to manipulate odds but some years back that was redefined as use of chaos magic.

From tv:
Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
One of my favorite witches, she grows a lot during the series.

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