In the normal course of time, most magical beings will find that magical powers lessen. Indeed, a magical being’s power appears to be at its apex, or greatest, during the “teen” and twenties years (or their equivalent). After these ages, even though Knowledge and Wisdom gained through study and life experience increase, actual magical power—its potency—will hold steady for a while and then gradually decrease. (Occasionally, but rarely, there is a wizard who is able to naturally maintain his or her given powers throughout his or her life.) While it never goes away entirely, except through misuse or deliberately being “used up,” an older magical being may find complicated or arduous spells demand some back up power from another source or magical being.
If a wizard tries to spread his or her power to cover many areas of magic, as he or she ages none of these areas would be adequately covered or the magical acts successfully performed. In addition, our individual magical talents predispose us to be competent in or to master (after sufficient training) selected areas of magic (e.g. potions, transfiguration, etc.). Therefore, to compensate for this gradual decline of magical potency and to utilize to the utmost individual magical talents, most wise magical beings SPECIALIZE.
Interestingly, this is one aspect of magic life that is congruent with non-magic life. Just as non-magical human beings begin to choose a career at the end of their high school or college years, wizards assess, usually with the advice/mentoring of older and/or more experienced wizards, their talents and interests. They then NARROW their studies, in their late teens and twenties, to focus on two or three areas of study. Quite often, these areas are related in some way. For example, one might study Potions, Herbology, and Healing or, in pursuit of other interests, Care of Magical Creatures and Dragons.
Doing this has three effects in our magical world. First, it allows us to develop magic practitioners, from whom our leaders are selected, who are extremely skilled in focused areas (rather than having their powers spread thinly over a broad range of subjects). Second, because magical beings tend to be self-sufficient individuals (or think they are), a further benefit is to help us become more interdependent and knit us closer in magic communities, as well as strengthen our culture in general. Third, it allows us to keep our powers at ultimate functional levels for as long as possible.
With regard to the third effect, because each of us now focuses our powers on certain areas, we also begin to attract and /or are attracted to magical objects that “fit into” our areas of expertise. The greater the concentration of our powers, the more powerful are the objects we are attracted to or we attract. When we acquire these objects (only by purchase or discovery, of course!), we subsequently enhance our powers. Thus, we should begin early to obtain magical items that we will use later to assist us when our powers wane/lessen.
It is difficult, sometimes, for young magical beings to understand why they should think seriously about careers and spend much time in self-analyses of their talents and interests. So many of our youth think that TIME is unlimited and that successful careers will be theirs for a minimum amount of effort. But, the sooner a young wizard does this self-analysis and then directs his or her studies in a focused manner, acquires experiences in an area of magic application, confers with magic mentors (advisors), and makes professional connections with other magical beings (in their peer group and/or older professionals), the more powerful will this wizard be throughout life—in spite of the inevitable decrease of both physical and magical powers. The SPECIALIZED investments of knowledge, practice, and friendships made in youth are the foundations of later personal and professional successes in our magical world.
May the heavens always find you well! Prof. Opal Dragonfly