|Also known as|| Vicious Circe (FTB username)|
Jules (by Quentin)
|Relatives||Mackenzie Wicker (sister)|
|Occupation|| University Student (graduated)|
|School|| Columbia University (graduated)|
Brakebills (alternate timeline)
|Organizations|| Marina's Safehouse (formerly)|
Free Trader Beowulf (formerly)
Knowledge Students (alternate timeline)
|Portrayed by||Stella Maeve|
|First Appearance||Unauthorized Magic|
|Last Appearance||We Have Brought You Little Cakes|
Julia Wicker is a talented Hedge Witch and Quentin Coldwater's bestfriend from childhood. After being rejected by Brakebills, Julia spirals down a dark path in her pursuit of magic, eventually finding her way to the Hedge safe houses of New York.
Julia, Quentin's longtime best friend, has always been a perfectionist and an overachiever. She's embraced pragmatism; a nice apartment, a respectable boyfriend, an acceptance to Yale. Everything Julia has wanted, Julia's gotten. Except for magic. And she will do anything to get it.
Learning about MagicEdit
Like Quentin, Julia was given an exam to determine if she could attend Brakebills. Upon told she failed and her memory was going to be wiped, Julia argues with the professor, but he denies her logic, and proceeds to wipe her memory. Before that, she cut her arm to remember the existence of magic. With her memories wiped, Julia tries to vivedly remenber why she cut her arm, eventually remembering and finding a spell on the internet to create flashes of light. Upon this, Julia invites Quentin to a party where she shows him what she can do, and begs him for help. Quentin suggests that Julia move on and find something else to do with her life, saying that being capable of performing magic doesn't mean she has potential. Few moments after, she's atacked by a stranger, and to protect herself, she shoots lights out of her hands. Now understanding she can use magic, Pete, takes her to a safehouse and tests her. In this safehouse, she starts learning magic with other hedge witches, like her. During this time, Quentin comes to the safehouse looking for a book that was stolen, by Kady, and Julia fights with him, saying he didn't even try to tell Brakebills' faculty about her, which he responds by saying she's doing party tricks while he's doing real magic. Hurt by her best friend, Julia acts in revenge, along with Marina , who trap Quentin in a Scarlotti's Web. In an attempt to save him, Dean Fogg sets the wards down, which Marina uses to enter Brakebills and get her memories back. Understanding Quentin couldn't be saved, Julia betrays Marina and tells the truth, which ends up not being very useful as at that point the spell had gone to far. Enraged by this Marina expeled Julia from her safe house and marked her as a rejected hedge witch by burning the stars on her arm. She then tells Julia that she has no idea what it means to be cut off from magic but now she will.
Alone again, Julia keeps trying to learn magic but as a rejected hedge witch she has difficulty finding a safe house to learn. In search of magic Julia Makes some stupid decisions along the way, that made her loose her boyfriend, James, and align with Kady's mom, Hannah, a reckless woman. When both try to steal Marina's spells and magical info, with a spell Julia created, Hannah is killed by a safeguard Marina put in place which sends Julia into a deep depression. Julia spends time at a rehab facility,as requested by her sister, and meets Richard, a Brakebills graduate with a secret project that he wants to share with her. But first, she's got to be tested, again, by summoning a shy harvest deity, that she sucessfully passes. Back home again, Julia spends days in an online group made by Richard, called Free Trader Beowulf, who planned to meet at her house. When doing so, Kady appears, with the name code Asmodeus, and they meet once again, creating a little of tension in the group, which is surpassed by Kady and Julia working together to level up to 250, while the rest of the group is working in the secret project. When fininished, they were introduced to the secret project: Richard was trying to turn back time, through invocking a deity who would grant them with enough power to do so.
After multiple attempts, Julia and Kady found a magician who, after their payment, gave them an invocation to summon Our Lady Underground. The group prepares the ritual and executes it. After the ritual we see that Julia believes the godess sent her friends on great missions, as well as telling her that her destiny was to find greater magic.
Quentin, left with no other choices, and away from his group and unable to get back to Fillory, goes looking for Julia. He reveals to her that in 39 previous time-loops created by Jane Chatwin, Julia had always been accepted as a student of Brakebills, something recently told to him by Henry Fogg. The 40th time loop was the exception, as Jane altered Julia's fate so that she had instead been denied entry and would be forced to seek out new and different magic to become stronger. Quentin sought out Julia to travel to the past Fillory with him and they successfully managed to reach it. Julia and Quentin eventually managed to reach the present day Fillory and reach his friends, with the aid of Jane Chatwin who told Quentin to watch out for Julia as Jane sensed that she recently had a pleasant memory placed over a tragic memory. After acquiring the blade that can kill the Beast, they discovered that only a master magician could hold it, as any attempts for Quentin and his friends to do so would burn them. After Ember gave them his seed to infuse a magician with his magic, he noticed Julia's mind had been magically altered and, against Quentin's wishes, removed the memory spell.
Julia remembered what really happened: the ritual summoned Reynard the Fox, a trickster god, not Our Lady Underground. Killing everyone, Reynard attempted to kill Kady next, only for Julia to intervene, demanding Reynard leave Kady alone. As Reynard seized her, Julia called out to Kady to flee, unable to stop Reynard as the god raped Julia and left her with the corpses of her dead friends. Unknown to Julia, this infused her with Reynard's power, making her as powerful as Alice after drinking Ember's gift, which she later realized. Julia, unable to reach out for anyone, called Marina to help her. Marina crafted false memories for Julia of summoning the goddess and achieving everything she wished. With her memories restored Julia was traumatized and unable to cope. As the group faced off against the Beast, Alice was defeated as Julia had taken the Leo blade. The Beast incapacitated Eliot, Margo, and Alice and cut off Penny's hands before Julia forced the beast to make a deal at knife-point: revenge for her rape and her friend's death, as the Beast (actually Martin Chatwin after consuming Fillory's magic), was strong enough to go against the deity. Agreeing to the deal, the Beast teleported to Earth with Julia.
Making a Deal with MartinEdit
Julia and Martin arrived on Earth, where they sealed the terms of their partnership with a Word as Bond. While grinding out a plan to trap and kill Reynard, Martin offered Julia the chance to have her Shade removed, thus ending her pain, and subsequently losing her humanity. He promptly begins the procedure when she expressed her curiosity, reaching his hand into her soul to grasp her Shade, to which Julia gasped at the sensation of her troubles momentarily vanishing. However, Julis ultimately rejects Martin's offer, ordering him to put her Shade back in place, from which she needed to catch her breath as the pain hit her all over again. Recovering, she continues to plan their attack on Reynard.
As she created the foundations for a mock summoning, similar to the one her and the members of Free Trader Beowulf used, Martin explored her apartment, singing as he waited for her to finish. When Julia pointed out his hinderance to the process, he bega out suggestions to help, in that she should try a new symbol to summon the god, since Reynard would recognize the old one. Martin also suggests using bait, which he delivers to Julia a captured Marina. Julia disagrees with using a hostage but asks Marina for help, which is rejected. Julia meets with Quentin, who warns her of the Magicians' plan to kill the Beast and wants her to cut ties with Martin. She rejects it, seeing Martin as the only one who could kill Reynard, and the two do not reach a mutual agreement. But before leaving, Julia does warn Quentin that castle was cursed by Martin. Marina returns to Julia's apartment, agreeing to help, and the two Hedge Witches and the Beast continue the efforts in taking down Reynard.
She, Marina, and Martin went to an abandoned warehouse so Marina could perform the ritual to lure out Reynard. As she was performing it, Martin teleported himself and Julia away from the area, to prevent Reynard from discovering their trap. Julia made her way back to the warehouse to find Marina gone, and Martin predicted the Fox answered the summons but wanted to stalk Marina to her home rather than attack her on the spot. The two made it to Marina's apartment but she set wards up, preventing them from helping as she was being tortured by Reynard. They took down the wards and Martin was able to trap Reynard. As Julia was preparing to stab him with the knife Penny arrived and grabbed the Beast. Julia grabbed Penny, trying to stop him and she dropped the knife. Penny teleported them all to Fillory where the Physical Kids were prepared to attempt to kill Martin, but Julia stood in the way and Quentin was forced to intervene, saving Julia but allowing Martin to escape. After that Julia was promptly brought back to Earth by Penny. After trying to tell Penny to take her back to Fillory, he merely stated it wasn't his problem to deal with. Julia, in spite, snagged and broke the two charms which enabled the Traveler to control his already cursed hands, much to Penny's dismay. Julia returned to Marina's apartment where she found Marina's mangled body, Reynard and the magic knife were gone.
Julia has long, wavy chocolate brown hair, dark brown eyes, and an olive brown skin.
Julia is a headstrong, passionate young woman who is used to getting what she wants, attaining it at all costs. Highly intelligent, it only makes her all the more dangerous, as she disregards her own safety (as well as those of others) to reach her goals, which comes at drastic consequences. Without her Shade, she was even more dangerous and destructive, stating that she could recall what it meant for her to feel emotions like doubt, fear, and remorse, but no longer deemed them relevant. This cold logic has pitted Julia against her allies even before she became Shadeless. Despite her ambition, she is a very kind and caring person. Elliot was able to empathize with Julia while she was in her broken state, as he recognized the actions of a person with a broken spirit due to his own emotional weaknesses.
However, even without a Shade, Julia was able to recognize her actions as wrongful and misguided. When she realized she would lose her allies and friends due to her action, she made the conscious effort to gauge her actions based on her previous experiences and emotions, factoring in how the 'old Julia' would go about doing things. This led her to leave her own Shade in Elysium in order to rescue Alice's in order to help Quentin revive Alice from her state as a Niffin. Her own Shade agreed with this, as they both understood it was the right thing to do for her best friend.
Shadeless Julia also spared the Trickster God, Reynard the Fox, due to her no longer pursuing her goals selfishly.
Magic and AbilitiesEdit
- Adept Hedge Magician: Though she lacks the formal training from a magical institution such as Brakebills, Julia has been able to use magic just as well as other mainstream magicians, with the only difference being that she learned the spells in a purely practical way instead of first understanding the basics of magic like Quentin. Nevertheless, this has made her no less capable than any other magician. In fact, she's to be arguably considered more so, as even though she had absolutely no religious beliefs, she was the only one to be listened to by a shy, minor Goddess of the Harvest. Even Persephone has displayed an almost maternal affection for Julia, demonstrating that she is closer to the gods than most people. Some spellcraft she has displayed include conjuring invisible fire, teleporting objects, creating miniature thunderclouds, glamoring ID cards and even performing reverse entropy (the final step to becoming a full trained Hedge Magician). She has been able to do collaborative magic when she and Marina hexed Quentin with the Scarlotti's Web, as well as when she and Richard utilized a benevolent form of the Scarlotti's Web to bring peace to a sick magician, and most notably when she and the members of Free Trader Beowulf summoned a god. With the link to the Wellspring severed by the Plumber, she's the only one shown that can still practice magic.
- Meta-Composition: In one of the 39 alternative timelines created by Jane Chatwin, when she was admitted to Brakebills, her discipline was revealed to be Meta-Composition, categorized as a Knowledge disciple. Although she hasn't sorted into a Discipline group in the present timeline, Julia demonstrates all of the traits of that discipline, as shown when she created a spell to steal from Marina, and the second summoning ritual she developed on her own when in a deal with Martin. Furthermore, Julia's advanced abilities allowed her to create the Quarterback, a magical device that used Horomancy to manipulate time over a small area. When the Old Gods sent the Plumber to strip the universe of magic, Julia was shown to be the only magician capable of casting spells, a testament of her comprehension of the energy.
- Essence Boost: After being assaulted by Reynard The Fox, her magic was temporarily boosted to the equivalent of a master magician. While affected by the god's Essence, she was able to wield the Leo Blade, a weapon forged for master magicians, just like Alice could.
- Gifted Intellect: Even without the full comprehension of magical theory as taught at Brakebills, Julia is still intelligent enough to understand it's basics. As is the standard for all Magicians, Julia possesses an at least Above Average level of intelligence that enables her to grasp the concept of magic and apply it in the physical world. She was slated to go to Yale before her discovery and rejection from Brakebills, a testament to her intellect. Also, as revealed in The Girl Who Told Time, Julia was able to splice the sequence of two spells together due to her understanding of their mechanics.
- Multilingual: Julia, as well as every other Magician, is able to speak and read in a multitude of languages, as it is a basic requirement for spellcasting.
- Skilled Thief: Julia was able to lift the Leo Blade out from Alice's sheath undetected during the second confrontation with The Beast, as well as adeptly utilize a spell to empty an ATM in New York.
Julia and Quentin are childhood friends who grew apart after discovering magic, due to the separate ways both had to go to learn it. Before the time at Brakebills, Julia was shown to care deeply about Quentin and was aware of his crush on her. Nevertheless, she was in a relationship at the time with James, Quentin's best friend. During the university time, they remained in contact but Quentin refused to help her when she showed him that she could do magic, and even hurt her feelings when he said that she could no more than a party trick. This led to Julia's wicked sense of revenge that trapped Quentin in a Scarlotti's Web which she immediately regrets. After that, apologies were done, but they only really regain contact when Quentin was explained about the timeloops, and told her she was always meant to go to Brakebills. After a period of reconciliation, the two begin to look past their previous issues, even going to Fillory together, yet they break again, this time with more regret and empathy for one another, when Julia aligns with Martin Chatwin to kill a Trickster God. They spend some time without communicating, only rejoining to robbing a bank, and again to rescue Julia's shade. Currently, is not known how their friendship is, but they seem to reconcile fully and trusting each other, as Quentin was the only one that Julia confidence her magic to.
They met just each other in Marina's safe house but only start having problems when Julia aligns with Kady's mother, which ultimately kills her. Thanks to this, Kady despises Julia, a feeling that disappears when they have to work together in Free Trader Beowulf to complete their training. When Reynard intends to rip out Kady's heart, Julia stands in front of him and tells him to not touch her. The god rapes her instead and Kady runs, intending to go get help, as she explained after, but failing to do so. When Julia's agreement with The Beast fails, and the God ends up immune and killing Marina, she sees herself forced to look for Kady's help and finding her homeless and addicted to meth. Julia takes her into a home and gives her comfort and both start enjoying each other, even calling themselves "best bitches" as a joke. Julia's forgiveness of the trickster God, leads Kady to resenting her as she is unable to understand why Julia did it. The status of their relationship is unknown at the moment.
The Brakebills' Dean has, throughout previous interactions with her, developed a fondness of Julia, and in his own way admires her, possibly because of her stubborn desire to learn and her discipline is the same as his. They look to have a master-disciple kind of relationship, demonstrated in his talk to her in The Girl Who Told Time, while she was held captive in Brakebills' clean room.
Although not much contact has been made by the two, Margo has been enraged by Julia several times, due to her questionable judgment. The only times they've met alone, Margo insults her but ends up helping her, as when she needed the copy of a necromancy book and she needs to rob a bank so she can abort, or compliments her, assuming she admires her in "a sick way", and proceeds to imprison her.