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Not a movie, but a mini-series, based on Lev Grossman's "Magicians" trilogy. I read The Magician King ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13867590 ),the second book, a while back, and found it entertaining and surprisingly dark, with a heavy reliance on Fillory, a Narnia-like world that's also a lot darker than the one in the books. Hogwarts also gets a shoutout in the series, both for the "secret magical school for wizards" bit and for the in-character jokes like shouting "Avada Kadavra" - so this is a world in which the Harry Potter books exist but the Narnia books are actually a series about Fillory.

The Syfy channel is airing the first season of the mini-series now, and a second season is scheduled. It does reveal the study of magic as dangerous, dark, and possibly addictive - and tending to attract severely dysfunctional personalities...

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http://www.imdb.com/---/combined

Not a movie, but a mini-series, based on Lev Grossman's "Magicians" trilogy. I read The Magician King ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13867590/ ),the second book, a while back, and found it entertaining and surprisingly dark, with a heavy reliance on Fillory, a Narnia-like world that's also a lot darker than the one in the books. Hogwarts also gets a shoutout in the series, both for the "secret magical school for wizards" bit and for the in-character jokes like shouting "Avada Kadavra" - so this is a world in which the Harry Potter books exist but the Narnia books are actually a series about Fillory.

The Syfy channel is airing the first season of the mini-series now, and a second season is scheduled. It does reveal the study of magic as dangerous, dark, and possibly addictive - and tending to attract severely dysfunctional personalities...
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I only watched a couple of episodes for work, didn't have the time to catch-up with the rest on my own time, but I liked the dark themes and humour.
Are the books equally dark and witty? Well, the one that you read, at least?

Maybe I should add them to my reading list.
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Are the books equally dark and witty?


Yes, definitely! And Season 3 is about to start (in the US, anyway), featuring a sea-going quest - looks like it'll feature more events from <i>Magician King</i>, though the series doesn't always map onto the books exactly. Looking forward to it!
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We're finding it really enjoyable and I'm thinking about looking for the books.

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