One of the things I love most about Urban Fantasy is that many of the authors who write it refer to their male magic users as witches. Did you meet Ryan yet? Yep, a hot witch there; and he is a guy! However, Ryan and I aren’t that close yet, for I haven’t read his tale. My favorite male witches (as of today) are actually of the wizard(ish) persuasion:
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Gandalf the Grey – I know what you are thinking, who wouldn’t like Gandalf and his mischievous good boy trapped inside a wise old man ways? If you don’t like the old scruffy witchy wizard, I advise you keep your feelings to yourself. I can be quite irrational when it comes to him… and to Granny… and to Elphie... and to anyone who dare think they can drive my car… I do recognize that I my unwillingness to let anyone but my father or my Piano Man drive my car might be a bit extreme, but my admiration for Gandalf the Grey—or the bleached if you think about his character at the end of trilogy—leaves no room for things as mundane as freedom of speech or personal preference. And if you are even thinking about arguing with me, do remember that “I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the Flame of Anor! The Dark Fire will not avail you, Flame of Udûn! Go back to the Shadow!! You [or your un-witchy thoughts] shall not pass!!!” —Gandalf
and then me.
Belgarath the Ancient and Beloved – I adore this witchy wizard for some of the same reasons I luv Gandalf—Belgarath was a rebel. He was born to misfortune; in the first years of his life, he had to steal to eat. He almost didn’t make it to Ancient, but Fate and Aldur seemed to work in similar mysterious ways. Belgarath could have played the hand life dealt him and become a useless scoundrel, but no. He used his will and chose differently. He became a useful, educated, and extremely powerful witchy scoundrel who would only kick your ass, back to the pit you crawled out of, if you really deserved it—or if you were too annoying, which was totally understandable. Wanna know what I like most about Belgarath? Of course you do, so I’ll tell you: he defied his nature (and the expectations of the people of his time) in order to pursue love, to help those in need, and to defend his beliefs.
So… my Wicked Darlings, who is your favorite male witch or the wizard(ish) persuation?