A Theory... [EP57 SPOILERS]
So the Grand Relics so far have been part of 6 of the 8 schools of magic… the only two missing so far are Abjuration and Enchantment.
My pet theory is that there are actually another two, and not one, artifacts hanging around. And, perhaps a less supportable but more fun theory, that Barry Bluejeans A. Has one of them and B. Isn’t Barry at all.
Tackling the first one:
Griff is many things, but incapable of counting to 8 is not one of them. There’s gotta be a reason only 7 artifacts exist, and I’d like to think that there’s just only 7 that he wants the boys to know about, or that the eighth just doesn’t exist yet. Take a look at the definition of Abjuration:
Abjuration spells are protective in nature, though some of them have aggressive uses. They create magical barriers, negate harmful effects, harm trespassers, or banish creatures to other planes of existence.
Doesn’t that sound like a useful weapon in the fight against a huge, evil, world-devouring planes-hopping creature of hunger and darkness?
So, either there is an 8th artifact somewhere in the world (perhaps being kept safe by Barry & the Red Robes? Yes I know this contradicts my other theory shhhh), or it doesn’t exist yet & needs the combined destroyed magic of the other 7 artifacts to exist/be usable (which would explain why Lucretia would’ve risked sending THB to retrieve the Bell, despite it being nominally safe & harmless in Wonderland- it was needed).
Let me now elaborate on that second one, which is less supportable but fun to screw with:
Here is the definition of Enchantment:
Enchantment spells affect the minds of others, influencing or controlling their behavior. Such spells can make enemies see the caster as a friend, force creatures to take a course of action, or even control another creature like a puppet.
So that definitely sounded like something I’d heard in the episode, said by BBJ himself:
“’I’ve used it to recreate my physical form several times in pursuit of my goal. I’ve come close, but I’ve never reached that goal. It’s because, once I’m in my body, I’m gonna forget all of the truths that I know now, in my lich form. And I can try to convince myself to follow my own commands and he shows you that coin shaped object that you saw him speaking into earlier and says ‘But, well, I can be pretty stubborn, and I also don’t have any of my potent magical abilities inside of my body, cause I’m not gonna remember the fact that I’m a lich at all.’”.
Okay, so I know this is only 1 little morsel of a line, but it just… unsettles me. And I’m just a little curious, and bear with me here, if perhaps Barry has the Enchantment relic, which would let him suggest and control other characters- or perhaps even imitate the appearance of a beloved blue-jeans-wearing man? Is this Barry really Barry at all, or just an Enchantment laid upon the boys to enlist them in his grim tasks (whatever those are?). Could he even be manipulating or causing some of Magnus’ ‘memories’, such as the final scene when he remembered fighting alongside Barry?