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What if Lucius had died in the first war?

There seems to be a general consensus that Draco got most of his poor traits from his father and most of his good traits from his mother. So I wonder, what would have happened had Lucius been killed in the prior to 1981 and Draco had been raised solely by Narcissa?

Narcissa is fiercely loyal, especially towards her family, especially towards her son. She would (and does!) protect him at all costs as we see in both HBP and DH. So imagine how she would have reacted had she not had the (sometimes conflicting) loyalty to her husband or at least no reason to follow his idol.

Because had Lucius died in the first war, killed in action in a raid or something, the Dark Lord would have most likely brushed his sacrifice off saying something like he was not strong enough. After her husband’s death and that disrespect, Narcissa would most definitely have turned on the Dark Lord. Even if she still hated muggleborns, even if she still believed in pureblood supremacy, you can bet that she would be against the Dark Lord. When Bellatrix’s ideals were a threat to Draco’s life, Narcissa threatened her right back and hexed her for being in the way. If she would turn on family, just think what she would do to the man who took her husband away from her.

She would have gone straight to the Order of the Phoenix, plying her way with all the information she had learned from Lucius, all the tidbits she had overheard while eavesdropping in her own home. Imagine Sirius’ shock when he walks into the Order meeting and finds he ex-cousin (re-cousin?) sitting primly on Dumbledore’s right hand bouncing baby Draco on her knee, the Black mask of indifference firmly set on her face. That meeting runs long. Narcissa has more information about the Death Eaters organization than the Dark Lord ever intended anyone to have, especially an unMarked woman. Safe houses, hierarchies, inner circle members, spies, double agents, dark creatures who have been bullied or enticed into fighting, corrupted Ministry employees, intended targets, she tells them everything. But only after acquiring the vow of every single person in the room that they will protect her and Draco. She forces Dumbledore to make an Unbreakable Vow.

She had skillfully rid the Manor of the Dark Lord–an apparently weak woman, openly mourning her husband is poor company–but she still knows well enough to act meek when Death Eaters come by the Manor. They continue to drop hints at tea, make pointed insinuations at dinners and introduce her to the ‘particular friends’ at the occasional ball she deigns to attend. Through this, she maintains the Order’s dependence on her, feeding them each bit of information she gets; new targets (the Potters go into hiding), new members (Wormtail is outed before he has opportunity to do harm), relocated safe houses (after the the Hogsmeade location raid student recruitment for the Death Eaters dropped dramatically).

Regulus comes to the Manor one afternoon on the pretense of a family dinner and tells her that he knows she is the one feeding the Order information. She has her wand digging into his throat before he can say “Bludger”. Instead of threatening her, he begs her to take him with her; he has crucial information about how to defeat the Dark Lord. At the next meeting, Sirius walks in and chokes on air when he sees his brother sitting on Narcissa’s right playing peek-a-boo with Draco.

Draco and Harry are not enemies at Hogwarts. They meet as toddlers at Sirius’ post war celebration. Narcissa allows the friendship because while Lily might be a muggleborn, she was also instrumental in the Dark Lord’s death and besides, James is a pureblood, even if his line has always been rather liberal. Harry isn’t scared off when the Sorting Hat tells him that he would do well in Slytherin because even though Ron said, “there’s not a witch or wizard that went bad that wasn’t in Slytherin,” Harry knows that Reg and Cissy (”Regulus and Narcissa, Harry, please. I don’t care what Sirius says, he’s an idiot!”) were in Slytherin House and they’re both heros. Draco isn’t surrounded by poisonous frienemies or bulking lackeys because his longtime friend Harry is there with him and when some of the other Slytherins prove less than kind, Harry and Draco leave them in the dirt (quite literally, maybe Uncle Moony shouldn’t have taught them that spell so young) and find worthy friends from other houses. The Dark Lord doesn’t return, most everyone lives and all because Narcissa does revenge better than anyone.

I feel like Alice Longbottom loved her short hair and Augusta insisted that a pixie cut wouldn’t look good with a wedding dress but Alice never listened. When they were admitted to St. Mungo’s, Alice’s hair grew, no one touched it. What difference did it make if it was long or short, she wouldn’t realise. Around the time Neville was old enough to remember his visits to his parents, Augusta went a day before and talked to Alice, softly, sincerely and she asked her if she could cut her hair. Alice didn’t reply but didn’t fight either.

“I know this is how you would have wanted Neville to see you,” she said as she softly brushed Alice’s hair to the side and she started cutting, Alice stared in the distance, aware of her hair falling but giving no reaction whatsoever.

After Augusta was done, she cleaned room with a lazy move of her hand and after she kissed Frank on his pale forehead, she softly brushed her hand on Alice’s shoulder.

“Alice dear, see you tomorrow,” she said with a smile and she could swear she saw Alice’s lip curl up as if she wanted to smile but Augusta shook her head and left because it was impossible.

But for one moment, Augusta felt like it was the day her son got married and the white dress on Alice wasn’t a piece of cloth given by the hospital but it was a wedding dress, she felt her eyes burn but she pushed her shoulders back, lifted her chin up and walked out of the closed ward hoping for once, Alice felt somehow that she was more than enough and pixie cut looked good on her.

Augusta laughed faintly at the thought of how Alice would have snickered if she heard Augusta say pixie cut suited her and slid into the closest Floo. 

100 Player Challenges...
  1. Talk your way out of a bargain with a Fiend.
  2. Become leader of a thieves’ guild. 
  3. Negotiate peace between a town and a lizardfolk tribe. 
  4. Recover a stolen museum display, then steal it later for yourself. 
  5. Track down the kenku spymaster of the thieves’ guild. 
  6. Investigate a connection between city guards and a forgotten, nameless cult.
  7. Convince a lich to make a powerful magic item for you.
  8. Break into a noble’s heavily guarded mansion, just because you can. 
  9. Fly to a distant land and back again on the back of a roc.
  10. Forge an army of pixies, gnomes and halflings to attack the larger races. 
  11. Take a half-orc barbarian to the royal opera. 
  12. Join a rebellion you don’t care about for the sake of someone you love.
  13. Convince a group of fire elementals to take a trip to the elemental plane of water.
  14. Bring together lovers separated by their families.
  15. Explain to a mummy why you have a right to enter its tomb…
  16. Fake the assassination of a monarch you despise.
  17. Attend a ball in disguise without the use of magic.
  18. Distract the city watch so a gang fight can occur nearby…
  19. Convince a horde of goblins that you are Maglubiyet in mortal form…
  20. Smuggle a bored prince or princess out of the country. 
  21. Spy on and participate in a secret druid ritual.
  22. Pass a message to an inmate in a secure prison.
  23. Retrieve an artifact from the belly of a purple worm. 
  24. Lead a group of drow to the surface so they can raid. 
  25. Prevent a tyrant from coming to power. 
  26. Place a simple commoner on the throne. 
  27. Convince a wizard that his or her magic has stopped working. 
  28. Track down a mortally wounded ranger’s dead animal companion to bury with them.
  29. Peacefully get a wing of gargoyles to leave a castle. 
  30. Infiltrate and expose a were-rat den that the city guards don’t believe exists. 
  31. Tame Thunderhoof, prince of the centaurs.
  32. Start a thieves’ guild to compete with an existing one.
  33. Wrangle a panicking owlbear out of a crowded city.
  34. Reunite a half-orc with the parent who didn’t raise them.
  35. Convince dwarf miners to unearth an ancient creature of devastation.
  36. Kill a sorcerer before they can cast a single spell. 
  37. Ambush the tax shipment of an evil empire. 
  38. Convert a cleric to a different faith and domain.
  39. Break a popular rebel out of prison. 
  40. Find the answer to a question said to be impossible to discern.
  41. Make a false claim to the imperial throne. 
  42. Convince rival gangs to join together to form a larger thieves’ guild. 
  43. Convince a slaver to free a valuable captive. 
  44. Free a condemned prisoner from the gallows, in the midst of a mass hanging.
  45. Capture a tyrannosaurus for a wealthy city zoo. 
  46. Bring a militant druid into the largest city. 
  47. Perpetrate a con on a devil, raksasha, or yugoloth. 
  48. Defeat an elf in an archery contest by cheating.
  49. Reveal the doppelganger hiding in the city senate. 
  50. Ride a wild and untamed chromatic dragon into the center of the continent’s largest city.
  51. Escape a deserted island. 
  52. Jump from an airship in mid-flight, with no way of a safe landing…
  53. Convince a paladin to keep an illegal or immoral secret. 
  54. Stop a group of city leaders from opening a portal to the Far Realm. 
  55. Purchase a cloud giant’s flying castle without gold, gems, or magic items. 
  56. Become the leader of an assassins’ guild by assassinating the lead assassin.
  57. Befriend a tarrasque.
  58. Convince a red dragon to give up a piece of its hoard.
  59. Learn the location of a lost vault from a greedy ghost. 
  60. Deliver a love letter from a surface dweller to a drow in a subterranean city. 
  61. Compel a reluctant cleric to return a lost friend to life.
  62. Sing an insulting song about the king to his face—and live to tell about it.
  63. Raise funds from a gold dragon to start a thieves’ guild. 
  64. Break into the royal bedroom of the queen or princess, and plant a letter, offering her a job at a local brothel.
  65. Convince a dragon turtle that the water it swims in is poisonous.
  66. Uncover who is sending death threats to a hated public official. 
  67. Bargain for passage through a dragon’s domain.
  68. Kidnap a wizard’s familiar and hold it for ransom. 
  69. Take a mistakenly teleported merfolk back to a distant ocean in less than a day. 
  70. Convince a barbarian that they are really a sorcerer who can cast powerful spells.
  71. Insult an entire army of orcs…
  72. Stop a vigilante from killing thieves’ guild members. 
  73. “Borrow” a hag’s eye from a coven of hags. 
  74. Expose the beloved mayor as an evil cultist slowly poisoning the populace. 
  75. Compel a planetar and a pit fiend to work together against a legion of demons.
  76. Join a temple of faith, in order to spy on another temple. 
  77. Track the source of a crime spree back to an archfey.
  78. Put a weak and dying wizard on the throne of a barbarian kingdom and keep them there. 
  79. Join an order of wizards, without being able to cast spells. 
  80. Disguise a wealthy merchant as a beggar, to let them watch customers in the market.
  81. Convince deep gnomes, drow, and duergar to co-operate in opening the lost Vault Beneath the Mountain. 
  82. Infiltrate a drow city to assassinate a svirfneblin traitor. 
  83. “Accidentally” cause the death of a world-renowned mage.
  84. Forge a strike force of half-elves who report directly to you, their new king.
  85. Convince a treant to leave the forest it has occupied for centuries. 
  86. Destroy a thieves’ guild. 
  87. Win a fighting tournament using a weapon you’re not proficient with.
  88. Assassinate an imprisoned assassin. Make it look like it’s not a murder.
  89. Hug, kiss and then kill a well-loved noble.
  90. Hunt down a thief and bring him to a wizards’ guild for justice. 
  91. Steal the sacred scrolls of a clan of ninjas. 
  92. Smuggle a vampire into a city in broad daylight, without using stealth or magic.
  93. Use your soul as a bargaining chip in a deal with a devil.
  94. Broker a peace agreement between dwarves and orcs, then immediately break that agreement.
  95. Explore the burial city of the elvish royals.
  96. Convince a githyanki and a githzerai that they are destined to be married.
  97. Back out of a bargain with a powerful crime syndicate—and survive. 
  98. Bring a choir of harpies to sing at a bards’ college. 
  99. Persuade a red dragon to become a dracolich. 
  100. Convince a devil to break its own contract. 
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Lupin Foundation awarded IWOM for distributing free wolfsbane potion to needy werewolves

The Lupin Foundation

The Lupin Foundation is a registered charity that aims to improve the lives of werewolves in the UK. Founded in 2001 by Ronald Weasley and Fleur Delacour, the charity honours the memory of Remus Lupin (O.M. First Class), who fought and died in the Battle of Hogwarts during the Second Wizarding War.

The Foundation’s headquarters are located at the foot of Ben Lomond, and a nearby glen serves as a werewolf sanctuary for new or injured werewolves. In addition to providing sanctuary to at-risk werewolves, the Foundation also provides financial and medical aid, as well as scholarships for young witches and wizards who are werewolves themselves or related to one. 

Co-sponsored by Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and St. Mungo’s Hospital, the Lupin Foundation has worked hard to remove the stigma of lycanthropy in wizarding society. In order to do so, it focuses on providing the social and healthcare structures necessary for the lasting and complete integration of werewolves into wizardkind.

Last year, the charity was recognised for its work when it was awarded the International Wizarding Order of Merit. It won the award for its distribution of free wolfsbane potion to needy werewolves. Wolfsbane potion is notoriously expensive and difficult to make, meaning that before the Lupin Foundation started making it for free at their sanctuary, many werewolves succumbed to the effects of their condition at every full moon with no means of relief. 

The lack of access to essential healthcare has contributed to the poor mental health of werewolves in the UK. However, due to the tireless efforts of the Lupin Foundation and its partners, statistics have significantly improved.

More 21st century wizarding here

This is for the anon who made a wonderful request for ‘the Lupin Foundation’. What a great request!

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Dumbledore never thought the fall from the Astronomy Tower would have taken so long and he thought he knew everything about the castle he lived in for the most part of his life. This was his choice, rarely anything happened to Albus that wasn’t his choice, he somehow always had an upper hand on life, calculating every move meticulously and making sure no one knew how prepared for anything the life may throw his way. 

When his body hit the floor he opened his eyes slowly, checking his surroundings to figure out where he might have ended up at. This wasn’t some illusion, he was dead, this wasn’t Hogwarts but somewhere completely different where he could hear people mumbling. He straightened himself up and got up with the agility of a man his age normally wouldn’t have.

YOU,” shouted a woman in the distance, her hair was still glowing like fire and she was walking to him fast with two man behind him trying to hold her back. “I TRUSTED YOU”

“Lily, please,” pleaded Albus. “Can we talk about this calmly?”

“Calmly??” yelled Lily, her green eyes were drowning in the tears trying to leave. “Are you even aware of the burden you have loaded on Severus? Let alone my son who is just a child.”

“Severus accepted–”

Accepted?” she interrupted throwing her hands up in disbelief. “He said he didn’t want to do this and you made him kill you, in front of Harry.”

She was shaking so much, a beautiful disaster almost, her eyes creating new wounds on Albus’ already fragile skin and making him wish he had ended up in hell instead of here.

“It had to be done for–”

The greater good.” completed Sirius, a disappointed look on his face rather than anger. Albus had kept him locked of for so long but he had to but he had forgotten how handsome the disowned heir of Black house was before he went to Azkaban. “What difference do you have from Grindelwald if you are doing the same things he had done?”

“It’s not the same thing Mr. Black and you know it.”

“I know nothing anymore Professor,” objected Sirius as he ran his hand through his hair. “I thought I knew everything up until two years ago, I thought I knew you too but things change I guess and don’t call me Mr. Black again… please.”

No one talked for a while as Sirius took Lily away to calm her down a little bit, tears streaming down her face as she watched Harry fight everyone who tried to take him away from where Dumbledore’s lifeless body was. James opened his mouth every few minutes to break the silence but he couldn’t do it.

“Do you know how devastated he was?” he asked finally, his voice breaking a little. “Do you know Bill got attacked by Greyback? Do you know Harry tried to do something so bad to Snape because you made a monster of him?”

“James, I never thought I would see the day you worry about Severus.”

“No, no, no,” mumbled James his eyes gleaming with the fury he was trying so hard to keep at bay. “Don’t confuse my worry about my son with my worry about Snape. The way you are straying away from the subject, I think you don’t know shit, Professor.”

“I have made sure to leave a plan behind for Tom’s defeat,” explained Dumbledore, his fingers intertwined and his gaze on the ring he still was wearing. “These weren’t some momentary decisions, I had known I had to die for a good while, sometimes you have to sacrifice–”

“Don’t you dare talk about sacrifice in front of Lily,” shouted James, Dumbledore had finally pushed him off of the edge he was trying to hold onto. “All three of us sacrificed ourselves, too, you are not the only one who tried to do something for–”

“The greater good,” whispered Sirius as he walked back and forth. “You raised him like a pig for slaughter for the greater good?”

“I tried my best to be there for him, there are things you can’t possibly understand,” began Dumbledore his fingers rubbing the burnt skin. 

“If you had been there for him, I would still be alive you know,” said Sirius his voice breaking down in the middle of his sentence. “If you had been there for me as you promised when we joined the Order, I would still be whole.”

“I’m sorry Sirius that you–” he took a deep breath before staring to talk again. “I’m sorry that this happened to you but that was on all of us.”

“If you had been there for him Snape wouldn’t have made his life a living hell,” countered James. “He took his revenge out of my son, not me, my son and you just couldn’t say no to him because he was your Queen in your chess game where you were the King and Harry was nothing more than a stupid pawn.”

“Harry isn’t in the middle of the war because I put him there, Sybill made a prophecy about–”

“You know damn well prophecies don’t have to be carried out!” shouted Sirius, his grey eyes not so pale anymore but burning with anger. “You could have prevented so many things Albus, this could have gone so differently.”

Lily came back slowly from where she was, walked past James and stood right in front of Albus, her tears dried on her face and her eyes determined to hurt the shell of a man standing in front of her.

“You just love to make sure you are not the only one feeling guilty don’t you? Because how else could you have borne leaving Harry at that house?” said Lily, she was visibly calmed down but her disappointment was visible on every inch of her pale skin. “You left him to rot saying that it was the only way he could live, that’s not a reason good enough for me to leave my son in an abusive household Professor. You may have sacrificed yourself as you have sacrificed all of the pawns in your game but I will never forgive you for what you have done to me, my family. My Harry.”

“Harry was never yours to sacrifice,” continued James as he threw his arm over Lily’s shoulders, hugging her tightly. “I didn’t die for my son to become a soldier in someone else’s war, Sirius didn’t die so you can continue taking advantage of him and Lily didn’t sacrifice herself even though she could have ran away just so he can die at the hands of Voldemort again. Your plan, Professor, is flawed beyond belief and you are the only one who thinks it will work perfectly.”

“You are a coward, Professor and I always thought you were one of the bravest man I have ever met.”

Albus Dumbledore had been called many names before but it had been years since he had been called a coward, it was safe to say he was scared of the word even since Aberforth looked him in the eye at Ariana’s funeral and said it.

Coward.

Albus would be the first to admit when he did something wrong, he wasn’t perfect and he knew it. Wizarding World however, ever since he had defeated Gellert, thought that he couldn’t make any mistakes. Tom Riddle had pushed him to make mistakes, sometimes to get to the better days you had to go through the darkest of times and he didn’t expect Sirius, James or Lily to understand that.

When he was left to his own thoughts, Albus had thought about all the mistakes he had made in his life, it was a long list for someone who was thought to be a hero of some sort, he was Harry’s hero although for one he hadn’t seen something coming. The more he thought about it the more he felt the weight of the responsibility on his shoulders. The boy he had raised to be a soldier say him as his hero, not knowing half the things he had done. Would Harry have seen him the same if he had known about Ariana? Would he still think Albus was brave if he had known his fate? Harry was a selfless boy, what would have happened if Albus never kept secrets from him?

Albus looked at the trio standing far away from him and decided it was best if he had stayed away for the time being because the more he thought about it, he understood why they were so angry. Harry trusted him and he had broken his trust by not trusting him enough to tell him everything but he had to. Albus had to keep this a secret for everything to work out how he planned them to.

It had to be Severus who killed him, this way he would get the complete trust of Tom and feed him false information. When the time came Snape had to make sure Order didn’t understand he was a spy for them and Harry, well Harry had to die. The moment he had survived the first killing curse, it was certain that Harry was meant for great things but now Albus didn’t know if dying was a great thing to do for a 17 year old child as Lily kept reminding but someone had to make the decisions that were hard to make for others, someone had to do the harder thing but he was a coward after all. 

A coward who had to be the villain in the end to make sure the real villain was defeated. Albus Dumbledore never referred to him as a hero or a brave men, he never was, he hadn’t been brave with Gellert so he was determined not to make the same mistake he did because he was too blind to see back then, this time whatever it took, it wasn’t going to take more lives than it should. He hadn’t been brave with Ariana, he couldn’t save her from herself or the people around her. He wasn’t brave when it came to Sirius, he wasn’t brave when it came to Remus either, he wasn’t brave when it came to the people who he cared about because he was scared.

However Harry, he was brave, he was one of the bravest people Dumbledore had met and that was saying something. He had taken the risk of assuming that Harry would willingly sacrifice himself to save the people he loved and he knew that he was right. Albus was nothing compared to what Harry was, at least that was how he felt as the tall boy insisted he would be the one to do the blood sacrifice in the cave or when he insisted on defeating Voldemort when this wasn’t his war to fight.  

Albus was hell-bent on not having another mistake in his life and if it meant being a coward he was fine with it because he knew deep inside that everything would work out, just fine and it was alright that Sirius, James and Lily didn’t understand just yet, he had to live with the hatred he now know he deserved for a while, at least until the war was over.

You cannot be a hero without being a coward. - George Bernard Shaw

The Price of War - Preview

From an inner pocket of his robes, Moody pulled a very tattered old Wizarding photograph. “Original Order of the Phoenix,” growled Moody. “Found it last night …”

Harry took the photograph. A small crowd of people, some waving at him, others lifting their glasses, looked back up at him.

“That’s Marlene McKinnon, she was killed two weeks after this was taken, they got her whole family.”

“That’s Dorcas Meadowes, Voldemort killed her personally …”

“Sirius, when he still had short hair …”

“and … there you go, thought that would interest you!”

His mother and father were sitting on either side of a small, watery-eyed man Harry recognised at once as Wormtail.

He watched his parents beaming up at him…

…unaware that their lives, like so many of those around them, were drawing to a close.

The Price of War… starting tomorrow.

Headcanon

Many purebloods and halfbloods wondered why a large group of muggleborns always got detentions despite being good at school. After many hours of eavesdropping and visits to the hospital wing, turns out they were in trouble for bringing a muggle item called ‘Netflix’ into the castle and were catching up on muggle shows throughout the day. The purebloods found out they were in strange groups called fandoms and obsessed over boats and 'oteepees’. They even had a special group called WiFi and always changed the WiFi group password to stop any other wizards from finding out.

Okay I know Dumbledore was the one who suggested Remus does undercover work for him but why do I feel like week after week as Remus comes with more scars and emptier stares they have a similar conversation to what Hamilton and Washington has in Meet Me Inside

- You could die and we need you alive

- I’m more than willing to die

- Your friends need you alive, son, I need you alive

- Call me son one more time

- Go home, Remus, this is an order.

Probably not, right?

YOU KNOW WHAT WE NEED? A MARAUDERS TV SHOW. STARTING MARAUDERS’ FIRST YEAR AND FINALE WOULD BE HALLOWEEN 1981. THE SHOW WOULD TAKE FOCUS ON JILY, WOLFSTAR, LILY’S FRIENDSHIP WITH SNAPE, PREJUDICE ABOUT MUGGLEBORNS, THE FIRST WIZARDING WAR, ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, AND SO ON. THAT WOULD BE AWESOME AND THAT’S WHAT WE NEED.

Magic and Rules

It may be extremely easy to just put magic into a story you’re creating, or explain away things with the excuse of “magic.”  But if that is how magic is handled in your world, readers are going to find major plot holes in your story.  Magic needs rules and guidelines, even in stories where it’s not in the foreground.  Without rules, magic could be the solution to all, or you end overpowering a character because he has no restrictions on how he can use his magic.

But where do you start when setting ground rules for how and when magic can be used?  My goal in this post is to give you some ideas while you map out your world of magic.

Who can learn magic? Is magic a thing that all people can learn, or certain people who have a knack for it?  Is magic something that can be learned at all?  Perhaps it’s only readily available for those who are born with it, such as the wizards in Harry Potter.  Or magic is contained in things, such as charms, amulets, or unicorn horns.  People may have to learn how to access the magic contained in these items, but they are solely reliant on items in order to use magic.  Perhaps magic can only be learned by certain races.

How is magic learned?  In Harry Potter, wizards go to school for seven years to learn how to use magic.  Other books wizards have apprentices they train.    Can magic be self-taught?  How does a person access magic?  Through emotion, thoughts, something else?  Perhaps learning magic requires a large sacrifice.

Does the magic need to be channeled?  Once again, using the example of Harry Potter, wizards need wands in order to use magic.  Other common themes involve wizards using staffs in order to use magic.  But there are stories where wizards don’t need an item to channel the magic, such as the wizards in the anime/manga series Fairy Tail.  Perhaps magic does need an item to be channeled through, but it doesn’t have to be the traditional wand or staff.

How often can a person use magic? Does magic use up a person’s energy, and therefore a person’s magic is limited to how much energy they have?  Perhaps they have a different “energy”, such as mana, that restricts how much magic they can use?  Maybe you want to go the Once Upon a Time route and magic isn’t used in excess because it comes with a price.  Perhaps how magic is used is why people don’t use it so often.  Maybe magic is used very often.

Does magic need incantations?  Harry Potter uses incantations, whether is it is verbal or non-verbal.  There does not seem to be an incantations in the magic that the Witch uses in the Chronicles of Narnia.  Incantations are used quite often in the Septimus Heap series.  And there no incantations in Lord of the Rings.  Or maybe incantations are reserved for the more powerful, older spells.  Perhaps incantations make a spell more stable. 

Can magic be invoked by using items?  Potions is one of the common ways this is used.  But sometimes certain spells can only be invoked by using ingredients, like in the show Charmed or the movie Practical Magic.  Perhaps it’s only used occasionally, such as some spells performed in the show Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  Maybe items are used in only certain branches, such as Divination in Harry Potter.

What cannot be done by magic?  With the Genie’s magic in Disney’s Aladdin, he could not make someone come back from the dead, fall in love, or grant more wishes.  Food cannot be created out of thin air according to the rules of magic in Harry Potter.  Actual love in Harry Potter can’t be created, but enchantments that cause the victim to have an obsessive type of love does exist.  Perhaps the dead can be raised, as evidenced by stories with necromancy, but it can’t actually bring back the person completely.  Something’s missing.  Perhaps only skeletons can be brought back, or the person comes back in a zombie like state.  Perhaps you would go so far as to say that magic cannot create permanent things out of nothing.

Does magic have categories/a way it is organized? Potions, Divination, Transifiguration, Charms, etc.  Or light, dark, chaos, order,  water, fire, etc.  Or human magic, dragon magic, unicorn magic, elf magic, etc.  And it doesn’t have to have only one way of organization.  It can have several levels, just like when science organizes living organisms. 


So these are few things to consider when creating magic.  The nature of your magic may not necessarily fit into all of these questions, and that’s fine.  But don’t be afraid to have long explanations for your magic.  You probably won’t fit it all in your story - in fact, you’ll want to be careful how you incorporate magic rules as you don’t want to infodump on your readers - but having the rules there will help you create your story and give you some answers to the why questions that might come up, such as, “why don’t they just magic themselves out?”