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Date Posted: 13:55:24 07/24/06 Mon
Subject: In the context of the comparison...
In reply to:
's message, "Re: Adult flaws" on 12:07:37 07/24/06 Mon
...between her use of hacking and magic then the question of her using magic for her own purposes is of relevance I think. Tara believed that excessive use of magic was wrong under any circumstances, not that it was absolutely wrong as would be the case if there were a direct hacking parallel with the magic rather than it being part of Willow's attitude that invites the comparison. Similarly Giles does not attempt to prevent Willow from gaining or using magical knowledge but he does warn of the dangers of magic use from time to time although not specifically to deter Willow so much as to inform.
Having said that I'm going to have to search for examples to be sure I'm not merely finding an interpretation with no support from the scripts.
Willow: She thinks I�m not ready to be a full blown witch! I can handle the dark forces as good as anyone else. It's not that hard. I-It's just a guiding spell and I'm careful and all.
Willow: But.. I didn't sherk. I.. Did the research, and I picked up the motherwort, I just forgot the doing the spell part.
Giles: Well, that isn't like you at all.
Willow: I know. I-I've been off. I-I even tried to do a spell last night. To have my will done? I was hoping it would make me feel better. But it just went ka-blooey.
Giles: A spell? I don't think it's wise for you to be doing that alone right now. Your energy's too unfocused.
Willow: Well, that's not true. I said I was off, not incompetent.
Giles: I only meant that you're grieving, and it might be wise if you took a break from doing spells without supervision.
Willow: So I get punished 'cause I'm in pain?
Giles: It's not punishment. I'm only saying this because I�
Xander: "Right you can't just go 'librum incendere' and expect.."
The page of Xander's book bursts into flame. Xander is shocked and Riley looks up. Xander slams the book closed, extinguishing the fire.
Giles: "Xander don't speak Latin in front of the books."
Willow: "Hey I-I found the mark. It's part of an augmentation spell." [Distressed.] "Jonathan did an augmentation spell."
Riley: "What, uh, did he have, uh, you know?"
Willow: "Him! And how we see him. This spell turns the sorcerer into a sort of paragon, the best of everything, everyone's ideal. But-but there's a drawback."
Riley: "A drawback?"
Xander: "That happens a lot."
Giles (reading the book over Willow's shoulder): "Yes. In order to balance the new force of good the spell has to create the opposing force of evil, the worst of everything, everyone's nightmare."
Anya: "He created the monster."
ANYA: That's swell, but you can't use this stuff. Giles has only been gone two days and you're already causing trouble. You shouldn't do things while he's gone.
WILLOW: (smiling) You're the fish!
WILLOW: Good, because this spell is very sensitive. Once I begin, any non-ritual word can disrupt it. (mashes the ingredients together with the pestle)
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