Do you want to know something I find funny? Religious extremists and the way they reject magic. Blaming people who have nothing to do with it while ignoring people releasing real magic.
To be more specific, I’m talking about two particular series of children’s books about magic. J.K. Rowling was accused of being a witch because of Harry Potter. But even more interesting, religious extremists said her books contained true magic, which shows how these guys don’t know anything about magic. No joke. There are people who more or less thought that Harry Potter magic was real.
And on the other side, there is a series of books that aren’t known at all outside France, (but was quite popular in my country) a trilogy nobody accused of being real magic … Which actually was!
“Le Livre des Etoiles” by Erik L’Homme, not only is an awesome story but also contains, in some editions, a manual of REAL runic magic as an appendix to each of the three books. I’m not even kidding. Of course, this is a little bit modified. Still, suppose you take the three appendices of these books. In that case, you more or less get a basic system of runic magic and explanations about more advanced techniques.
Funny thing is that nowhere is it said that this is real magic. The appendices are presented as the hero’s personal notebook, learning magic under the great magus Qadehar. It is written as if it only expands the story differently.
However, it *IS* a legit way to perform runic magic. That’s pretty funny and mind-blowing to find this in a children’s novel. I’m sure that Erik L’Homme is an expert Magus in nordic magic.
The advanced technique he shortly explains contains some widely known concepts. Such as the way to construct the famous “Helm of Awe” and things I never found documented elsewhere. Are these particular techniques completely made up or real but never publicly released before? Did mister L’Homme have an idea in mind? Disseminating potent secrets of runic magic among kids to inspire those who would understand them? It sounds like a joke, but I like to think it was his intention!
I wonder if some kids did try the magic at that time, out of some play-pretend game, and found out it works. Bwahahaha!