F&H and retrospective magic

Michelle Thomas michellet at thecreativepartnership.co.uk
Mon Aug 19 08:31:32 EDT 2002

On 19/8/02 11:26 am, "Kathryn Andersen" <kat_lists at katspace.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 19, 2002 at 09:44:21AM +0100, Michelle Thomas wrote:
>>> This next questions starts from F&H but isn't really about it. In Australia,
>>> it is unconstitutional for  laws to operate retrospectively. But how does
>>> this apply to the laws of magic. Can magic operate retrospectively?  It's
>>> one thing to magically KNOW something that has always been, but can someone,
>>> at a definite point in time, CREATE something that has always been? I
>>> suppose there'd be a fair tangling up of Here Now and Nowhere for this to
>>> happen. Certainly time-travel stories dabble in this. Any thoughts/ideas
>> An example of this is in Buffy The Vampire Slayer where monks use magic to
>> retrospectively create Dawn, Buffy's sister.
> I think the word is more properly "retroactively", not
> "retrostpectively".
> But with Dawn, did they actually retroactively create her, or did they
> just alter everyone's memories?
If everyone remembers Dawn as a baby, and growing up, and there are
photographs of her, and she has shells she collected last summer, then have
the monks created a parallel universe?

> You have another example in Buffy where Johnathan casts the spell to
> make himself "perfect", and Adam isn't affected, because he's part
> computer, or something like that.

That was never very adequately explained...


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