Charlie Quinn
Biographical Information
Status Deceased
Relatives Alice Quinn (sister)
Daniel Quinn (father) †
Stephanie Quinn (mother)
Physical Information
Species Human (formerly)
Gender Male
Hair Color Red
Eye Color Blue
Occupation Student
School Brakebills
Discipline Group Physical
Portrayed by Ben Esler
First Appearance Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting

Charles "Charlie" Quinn was the older brother of Alice Quinn, firstborn son of Daniel and Stephanie Quinn. Before the incident that left him as a Niffin, he was a promising student at Brakebills.


During his school years at Brakebills, he became friends with Emily Greenstreet and the two spent much time together. Emily attempted a dangerous spell to become more beautiful in order to win back the attentions of Professor Mayakovsky. However, spells to physically alter the body are very complex and Emily disfigured herself in the process. Charlie, seeing what Emily had done to herself, tried to reverse the damage. Despite Emily's pleading to stop, Charlie kept going and was consumed by magic entirely, transforming into a Niffin. Emily's face was then fixed by Mayakovsky and she gave up magic leaving Brakebills forever. Because Charlie's death was covered up, his younger sister snuck into Brakebills for the entrance exam to gain access to the school and figure out what happened.

Charlie was then summoned by Alice, who was determined to transform him from his niffin state back into his human form, but could not handle her brother's powerful magic. To save her, Quentin bound him into a box, locking him away for good.


Charlie was a boy with blue eyes and red hair cut short and slicked up. His round face expressed sympathy and his look was fairly neutral, wearing pants, shirts and hoodies. After becoming a Niffin, his eyes became bright blue.


Charlie was a nice and friendly guy, always ready to help his friends. Whenever his sister Alice was down in the dumps, he always knew how to make her laugh. Following his transformation into a Niffin, Charlie's Shade was lost and when summoned by his sister, expressed no empathy and attempted to kill her.

Magic and AbilitiesEdit

Charlie was a promising magician. He was skilled and able to learn complicated spells and run them quite easily. His discipline was Physical.

Episode AppearancesEdit

Season 1