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Born into the Quinn family, a family well renown for their magical prowess, Alice is an extremely talented magician, despite not being taught magic by her parents. She is far more advanced than most of her classmates. After being admitted to Brakebills, having tracked down and forced her way in, Alice begins to research her brother, Charlie, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. In doing so, Alice, with the aid of Quentin, Penny, and Kady, reveal themselves to the Beast, a malevolent entity from the magical world of Fillory, the previously believed fictional setting of a famous book series. Alice soon begins to enter a relationship with Quentin while at Brakebills South, due to not-so-subtle prompting by Professor Mayakovsky. In the wake of the Beast’s attack Alice, along with the rest of the Physical Kids, begin an expedition to Fillory, She holds the title: Queen Alice, The Wise given by Eliot in Fillory.
Alice is a quiet girl when Quentin first meets her and is shy around others. She begins to open up to others as she tries to find out what happened to her brother Charlie. On occasion, her indifferent facade breaks and she is easily capable of being mad, such as when Quentin cheated on her by having an emotion-induced threesome with Margo and Eliot or when the possibility of bringing back her brother was gone. Like her brother, she can be reckless about using dangerous magic and when she's uncomfortable, she tends to isolate herself.
As a Niffin, due to lacking her Shade and thus her sense of morality and empathy, Alice was much more devious and deadly, as well as knowledgeable about the complex laws of magic. Due to this, she made significant rivals.
When restored as human, Alice displayed a hatred of her humanity since she enjoyed being a Niffin. She also had frustration with her weakened powers and human needs. Sometime after magic vanished, however, she seems to have made peace with her new life and has returned to Brakebills.
Alice has an obsession with remembering all of the things that came to her while being a nifflin, even seeking the help of the library to help restore the information that has "falling out of her head" since becoming human in order to complete the book she has started about the entirity of magic
Magic and Abilities
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- Magician: Alice is a prestigious magician and is known to be studious, with her possessing knowledge of a variety of magical fields and praxis. Alice's magic is stronger than most of her classmates; she has stated that she holds back whenever she uses magic and doesn't even know her own limits. She's demonstrated advanced skill by animating objects, manipulating light, and performing rudimentary battle magic, even without mastery over her emotions, a key requirement. Alice was made even more powerful when she consumed Ember's 'Essence', giving her power equivalent of a master magician. While Alice was still affected by the major boost, she was able to grow a seed to a fully grown tree in a matter of seconds on her own. Her abilities were increased even more as a Niffin, allowing her to easily kill the Beast; however, after being restored to a human, her magic became significantly weaker. As a human, Alice still retained her knowledge that she obtained while she was a Niffin, though she was not powerful enough to perform spells, as Mayakovsky referred to her as being an infant in relation to her magical ability. This knowledge, however, is fleeting, as Alice's human mind cannot comprehend the complexity of the elements she had been exposed to, so she spent her first few days trying to write down everything she could before the knowledge was gone completely.
- Phosphoromancy: Alice's discipline allows her to manipulate light to a multitude of effects, from concentrating it to burn objects such as when she carved a hole in a wooden door, to bending it in order to make things invisible such as her hand or her friends while they were in the Neitherlands.
- Battle Magic: Due to the looming threat of The Beast, Alice and her friends taught themselves battle magic with a little help from Kady. As battle magic normally requires years to master, a key element being complete control over one's emotions, they took the shortcut to quicken the process which was bottling up their emotions - though Alice and Penny decided not to use this method after a while. When Alice got a major power upgrade from Ember's 'Essence', Alice could cast the Rhinemann Ultra, a battle magic spell that could only be used by master magicians. However, after Alice's boost ran out, she was unable to finish the spell and it overpowered her, transforming her into a Niffin.
- Interdimensional Travel: When Alice became a Niffin, her power grew exponentially, allowing her to travel anywhere throughout the universe. With Alice being human again, she has lost this ability, as her magic is substantially weakened by the transformation.
- Niffin Magic: As a Niffin, Alice had a much larger reservoir of magic at her disposal than when she was human. Since she was a being of "pure magic", she could perform complex and taxing magic spells with ease and without repercussion.
- Niffin Intellect: Niffins have a natural understanding of magic that humans do not. This knowledge is so vast that the human mind can't even contain it and Alice took days trying to transcribe all of her Niffin knowledge in a series of books before it faded from her human brain.
- Genius Intellect: Alice is able to grasp the full comprehension of magical theory as taught at Brakebills at a much quicker pace than her classmates. As is the standard for all Magicians, she possesses at least an Above Average level of intelligence that enables her to grasp the concept of magic and apply it in the physical world. However, even among the elite magicians of Brakebills, Alice stood out and was regarded on multiple occasions as "one of the brightest" to ever go to Brakebills. Even as a human, Alice is able to read at an alarmingly fast rate. Alice also has retained some of the knowledge that she gained as a Niffin.
- Multilingual: Alice, as well as every other Magician, is able to speak and read in a multitude of languages, as it is a basic requirement for spell casting.
- The role of Alice was originally set to be portrayed by Sosie Bacon before she was replaced by Olivia Taylor Dudley.
- Alice technically started out as a hedge witch, as her magic was self-taught before she reached Brakebills.