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.



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 episode is shown to be much of a loner.

Magic and AbilitiesEdit

  • Spell Casting - The ability to use magic and cast spells through complex somatic movements.
  • Physical Magic - Quentin falls under the discipline or category of physical magic or a Physical Kid Magicians who's abilities revolve around manipulating matter and energy).
  • '"Specialization"' - Repair of small Objects - Every student at Brakebells is tested to discover their specialization. Quentin's specialization went undiscovered while he was a student. Upon returning to Brakebills as a teacher he was re-tested and discovered to be particularly good at repairing small objects and taught on the subject.

Note: Quentin seems to have an extreme amount of potential, but is usually oblivious to it, having very low self-esteem. However it appears to be pretty obvious to everyone around him that he is powerful beyond his years.


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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