How ‘The Magicians’ seeks to work its spells for season 2

“Even our villain, The Beast, is who he is because of his background. He’s not just a sociopath trying to steal magic. He’s a scarred person trying to survive in the only place he feels safe.”Since the main characters in “The Magicians” are all a good decade older than the “Harry Potter” crew, they have different problems and more-adult urges.“A lot of the characters walk the line of who is evil and who is good,” says Dudley.Their characters are like anyone in their 20s, faced with difficult choices about who they are, observes Ralph. So there is plenty of angst, and the series doesn’t shy away from sex in a discreet enough, basic-cable way.

What: The 13-episode second season of the fantasy show, starring Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve and Olivia Taylor Dudley.When: Premieres 9 p.m. Wednesday.Where: Syfy.
While contemplating grad school, he and his friend, Maeve’s character Julia, are recruited for Brakebills, an academy for an education in magic. Dudley, whose character, Alice, inherited her abilities at a young age, jokes that she has gotten good at moving really fast when finger-tutting “because I’m not good at bending my fingers.”The show, which has been called Harry Potter for adults, has been adapted from Lev Grossman’s New York Times best-selling trilogy “The Magicians.” The story also has a bit of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series to it, too.When the second season opens, Quentin and Alice are in the enchanted world of Fillory on a quest to save magic. Quentin had grown up believing that Fillory was just a place in a series of books he read as a kid.
“Actually, I feel bad not being able to say something nice and having to make fun of him,” says the actress about Mesure, who has a good voice.“It’s one of the interesting elements of the show. He is played by Charles Mesure, and the character loves to sing show tunes.“Show tunes,” Maeve shudders, acting like her character in the series. As Season 2 unfolds, we find her in New York City in the company of The Beast, an evil force. Nothing is allowed to be black-and-white or good or bad,” says Ralph, who runs a theater company in New York City when not shooting the series. Julia, however, fails the test to get in, but soon pursues her obsession through darker, tawdrier means.
They have long fingers with flexible joints and what they can do is incredible,” says Ralph, who plays Quentin Coldwater, a young man who only discovered his magical abilities in college. “They do a really good job of scaling it down for us.” Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve and Olivia Taylor Dudley are sitting on a sofa together in a Pasadena hotel demonstrating finger-tutting.It’s a type of dance that involves intricate movements of the fingers.The three stars of Syfy’s “The Magicians” use finger-tutting for a different purpose — it’s for when their characters are about to cast spells.“We have people who choreograph the moves for us.

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