For the TV character, see TV:Quentin Coldwater.
Quentin Coldwater
Quentin Coldwater
Biographical Information
Also known as Q
Status alive
Age 17 (debut)
30 (The Magician's Land)
Physical Information
Race Human
Gender Male
Hair Color white
Occupation Magician
King of Fillory (former)
Professor (former)
School Brakebills
Discipline Group Physical
Discipline Repair of small objects

Quentin is the one of the main protagonists in The Magicians.


In The Magicians, Quentin is a tall and nerdy 17 years old. He doesn't consider himself to be attractive, however this may be due to his low self-esteem.

Around his 22, after college, Quentin goes into Fillory for the first time and there he battles The Beast, which disfigurates him. He's left with a perfectly looking shoulder, but made of wood by the centaurs in the Retreat, and his hair turns "strangely white", as described by Plum in later books.


Quentin has long been a fan of the "Fillory and Further" book series and yearns to fill his life with the same adventures found in the books.

He suffers from clinical depression and checked himself into a hospital for this (this is only hinted at in the books but shown in the show), and constantly feels like he is not good enough or will never find someone to understand him. He has very low self-esteem and in the first book is shown to be much of a loner, even though being friends with Julia and James.

During his time at Brakebills, he found his group, the Physical Kids, and the love of his life, Alice Quinn. Also he becomes a bit cocky about his abilities, convinced he is the hero of his story but failing to realize that his happiness won't lay there. He slowly turns him into an adventure-seeking and cosntantly needing excitement. When bored, he tends to act impusevly not analyzing consequences such as when he cheats on Alice with Janet and Eliot, or when accidently sends himself and Julia to Earth while he is king of Fillory.

Although lacking emotional maturity, that causes him to fall in love very quickly in his young years, and preventing him from obtaining a discipline, he matures after his dethronement, and achieving great status as a teacher, although not being accepted by the Brakebills faculty, due to his weirdness.

While teaching, his students regard him as a weird innovative professor, that has great knowledge over the magical arts but lacks efficient social skills as noted by Plum.

Magic and AbilitiesEdit

Magic Edit

  • Magician: Quentin is a magician with sufficient knowledge to be considered a teacher, often times being seen execute different magical techniques due to the time spent in Fillory and his quest with Julia, who showed him Hedge Witch's spells. The level of his power is seen differently from people to people. The Brakebills' faculty and his student see him as having a lot of potential, but Mayakovsky constantly degrades him. One example of such is when he tells Quentin that it would take a hundred Quentin's to be able to cast a spell but only fifty Plum's. However, from an unbiased point of view, Quentin has done some powerful spells, and mostly only fails due to his laziness to learn more or to adapt to the current circunstances. Great magical achivements were, for example, being able to fly unsupported, studying incorporate bonds and how to break them, and reversing a niffin back to human (something never done before).
    • Repair of small objects (aka Minor Mending): Due to emotional immaturity, he went years without knowning what his discipline was, but after returning to Brakebills to a teaching position, he was re-tested and discovered his discipline. This discipline is a strain of magic that mends objects of the size of a teacup, and considered part of Physical group. He may have more ease when repairing bigger objects than most magicians, but his discipline is still minor mending. Most magicians consider this one of those useless disciplines, but, although Quentin admits it's not impressive nor extremely powerful, he's contented with it and sees himself as "a fixer".

Abilities Edit

  • Gifted Intellect: Quentin is able to grasp the full comprehension of magical theory as taught at Brakebills. As is the standard for all Magicians, he possesses at least an Above Average level of intelligence that enables him to grasp the concept of magic and apply it in the physical world.
    • Multilingual: Quentin, 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. Some of these languages are Old Arabic and Latin.


The MagiciansEdit

When the story begins, Quentin is living in Brooklyn and preparing for a Princeton alumni interview with his childhood friends, Julia and James. After he finds the would-be interviewer dead, a piece of paper moved by the wind lures him to a hidden portal that brings him to Brakebills, an elite college of magic in upstate New York. He passes an enterance exam then proves his magical prowess, and is admitted to matriculate there amongst the other studying magicians. He remains at the school for the short time before the school year starts, spending his days with Eliot, whom he met when he first arrived on campus.

He studies with the Physical Kids (Eliot, Josh, Janet, and Alice) at Brakebills. While his stay at Brakebills South, he develops feelings for Alice while they are transformed into wolves. When back in Brakebills Alice and Quentin get together. Once graduated from Brakebills, Alice and Quentin stay with Eliot, Josh and Janet. In a party Quentin cheats with Janet while drunk. The following morning they are visited by Penny, their classmate at Brakebills. Penny tells them that Fillory is real and he knows how to go there. They visit Fillory and go to Ember's Tomb. At Ember's Tomb they have an encounter with the Beast, Martin Chatwin. Alice kills the Beast but ends up turning a niffin. Quentin goes back to the Earth and mourns Alice's death when Eliot, Janet and Julia come to take him to Fillory.

The Magician King Edit

Quentin becomes the King of Fillory while Eliot is the High King, and Janet and Julia Queens of Fillory. Quentin goes to the Outer Island to collect tax. He is accompanied by Queen Julia, the best swordsman of Fillory Bingle and Benedict the cartographer on The Muntjac. He learns about the fable of the Seven Golden Keys on the Outer Island and goes forward to After Island where rumours of a golden key exist. On After Island when he finds the golden key he turns it in the air and gets himself and Julia back on Earth. When on Earth Julia takes Quentin to the places where she learnt magic. They finally come across to Josh who had refused to become King of Fillory. Josh also had the last magic button which would grant them to access to Fillory. Josh tells them that he sold it to a dragon. They recruit Poppy, a dragon expert. They dive into the resident river of the dragon. The dragon sends them back but gives a clue as to how they reach Fillory.

The Magician's Land Edit

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