Tough Travels: Adepts

Tough Travels is a monthly meme hosted by Fantasy Faction, which, inspired by The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones, spotlights each month a different fantasy trope for us to compile lists and have fun with. Last month we discussed NON-HUMAN HEROES. This month’s topic is:


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.’

Diana Wynne Jones, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland

This is another topic that I missed the first time round, therefore it is great to have another chance to have a go at it. In particular, I like how magical Adepts can be good or evil, so I have broken my choices down into goodies and baddies:

***** GOODIES *****

Albus Dumbledore
Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

To give him his full name, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is the greatest headmaster that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has ever known. If that’s not impressive enough he is also the only wizard that Lord Voldermort has ever feared (more to come about him).

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

At the beginning of this classic trilogy we meet Gandalf the Grey and his fabulous fireworks, but don’t be fooled he is a very powerful wizard. Who will pass through fire and death to return as Gandalf the White; the most powerful wizard in Middle-Earth.

***** BADDIES *****

Queen Jadis/The White Witch
The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

Queen Jadis is the sole survivor of powerful race of giant people from a dead world, however she is best known as the evil White Witch that subjugated the creatures of Narnia and trapped them all in an ever-lasting winter – always winter, never Christmas.

Lord Voldermort
Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

Finally we return to the magical world of Harry Potter for the opposite of Dumbledore and Harry’s archenemy: the dark lord himself, Voldermort, who is a brilliant….terrible….yes….but brilliant wizard.

What magical adepts can you think of? Please link in the comments below if you have taken part in this month’s topic too.

Come back next month for: STRONGHOLDS.

6 thoughts on “Tough Travels: Adepts

  1. Great list! I Looooove Gandalf and Dumbledore, so much so that when they died I almost quit watching the movies. True story. 🙂 I may not like the White Witch and Voldemort that much, but they are great villains.

    1. Thank you Carmen 😀 I also love Gandalf and Dumbledore and while I don’t think you’re meant to really ‘like’ the White Witch or Voldemort,they are great characters to love to hate!

  2. Ahh, great list Jessica – I was going to include Gandalf for the reasons you stated but I actually had too long a list so pared it back and decided to save Gandalf for a later day.
    Lynn 😀

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