The Witcher: How Does Magic Work for Geralt and Yennefer? First – IGN
We're rolling out sneak peeks for Netflix's The Witcher all month long as part of our IGN First exclusive set visit. Keep it locked right here for never-before-seen interviews and behind the scenes footage of the White Wolf, Ciri, and Yennefer. And be sure to check out The Witcher when it premieres on Netflix on Friday, December 20, 2019. For more, check out Henry Cavill discussing the common misconceptions about Geralt, Anya Chalotra breaking down Yennefer's incredible transformation, Freya Allan on how Ciri fits into the Season 1 storyline, and our chat with David J. Peterson on how he created the "Elder Speech" language for the series.
Magical abilities have always played a pivotal role in fantasy, whether it's a killing curse – like Avada Kedavra in Harry Potter – or the gift of foresight in Lord of the Rings, the arcane arts can quickly alter the fates of characters for better or worse. In Netflix's adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher saga, magic plays a very important role in life on the Continent. But as VFX supervisor Julian Parry told IGN while on set in Budapest, magic also needs to feel real and tangible, even if it doesn't exist in our world."This magic [in The Witcher] has a chicness to it, you could almost believe it," Parry explained. "We try not to be too fantastical about it. We’re trying to be more grounded. This is a magic that may really exist." For our full chat with Parry and the rest of The Witcher's creative team, watch the video below, or at the top of the page:The danger with magic in any fantasy narrative is that it can function as an easy solution to a difficult situation, like stopping an invading Nilfgaardian army or killing a hungry Kikimora looking for a quick meal. Executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich explained that magic in The Witcher has to have a cost."If the Nilfgaardian army has more brute force, what is that brute force if someone can magically snap their fingers and they all die?" Hissrich pointed out. "So one of the other things that we do is that magic is physically exhausting. And you cannot continue to use magic endlessly. It will cost you your life at some point. I think we dramatize that really well in the series so that it doesn’t become such an easy solution to things."Henry Cavill's Geralt of Rivia uses magic to assist him in battle, but his magical abilities are far less powerful than those of a sorceress like Yennefer or Triss. "With Geralt, he’s got this amazing pack of potions. Each one brings a different characteristic to his powers," Parry said. "He also has the ability to cast his signs. [His signs] are grounded in the magical side of things with regards to how he can put a force field up, or maybe he can use a holding symbol," like the Aard sign we see Geralt use in the trailers to knock his opponents off balance, for example.To see what other magical tricks that Geralt has up his sleeve, be sure to watch The Witcher when it premieres on Netflix on Friday, December 20, 2019.
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