The Wellspring
General Information
Status Active
Current location Fillory
Type Magical Spring
Usage Information
Created by The Old Gods
Used by Magicians
Used for Source of Magic
First Appearance Have You Brought Me Little Cakes?
Last Appearance Lesser Evils

The Wellspring is the origin of Magic in the whole universe as well as the foundation of Fillory. The Wellspring provides magic to all humans in the universe. The Plumber is able to turn off the magical flow of the Wellspring; without the power of the wellspring, only magical creatures, such as Travelers (though only able to travel) and Fairies, are still able to use magic. Because of the Siphon, the Wellspring's magic is currently controlled by The Library.


The Wellspring is a mystical energy stream with boundless magical properties. If drunk, this source gives great power to magicians, but at the expense of all others who find themselves with fewer source to draw on for their spells.

The source is sealed by a circular golden door with alchemical and astrological symbols inlaid in concentric circles. To open this seal, it's necessary depositing a magic marble in the middle of the concentric circles. However, the magic marble is scorching at the touch of inexperienced magicians; only Gods or God-touched magicians can handle it, such as Alice Quinn demonstrated. Those classified as Master Magicians may also be able to interact with the lock and key of the wellspring. The Wellspring appears to be self-replenishing according to statements, implying Magic is endless as long as the Wellspring remains functional.


Martin Chatwin, eager to learn major spells in the shortest possible time to escape the abuse of Christopher Plover, cast a spell to find the Wellspring of magic and began to drink its water. This made him an almost all-powerful magician, but also caused the rapid deterioration of the balance, causing the premature depletion of magic which is starting to disappear from the world.

The power of the well is also sought out by the neighboring kingdom of Loria, who wants access to it.

Ember later defacated into the spring, causing massive damage as magic became unreliable and Fillory suffered various "brown outs", in which spells and magic failed. In desperation, Margo made a deal with fairies to clean and restore the spring completely. Despite being the original source of Magic, it appears certain beings such as Gods still can use Magic even if the wellspring dies. Example: Reynard was able to cast Martin's paralysis spell during a wellspring black out. Also with extreme work and years batteries can be made to contain magical current. Certain Magical Creatures retain their Magic even if the Wellspring doesn't give Magic. However Niffins, as they draw power from it like Magicians, slowly die as a result of Magic being gone.


  • The Wellspring apparently has a filtration system according to Ember.
  • According to Christopher Plover, The Wellspring's Magic is so strong it destroyed everything human in Martin. However Martin alluded to removing his Shade himself. It's unknown if Plover was correct, or that Martin removing his Shade and drinking from the spring were two separating insidious acts or the same thing.
  • Aside from Niffins, which while magical energy still draw power from the Wellspring to function and live. Magical Creatures have their own source of magic power infused into them so if the Wellspring goes through a Blackout or is turned off by the Old Gods these creatures can still have magic.