Magic is a feature in many stories. From Shakespeare to Harry Potter, magic has played a role in numerous forms of literature intended for a variety of age groups and it is present in numerous genres. Although there are many forms of magic in many different types of stories, fairy tales are among the most magic-populated tales ever told.
Every single one of the fairy tales has some form of magic in the tale. Hansel and Gretel found themselves at the mercy of a witch (a common character in magical stories) and Little Red Riding Hood was nearly eaten by a talking wolf. Other stories use more direct forms of magic like pumpkins that turn into stagecoaches and enormous beanstalks that spring up and reach into the clouds!
Stores enable people to escape from reality and enter into other worlds and this kind of fantastical escape can be very healthy and uplifting for readers. In fact, many people are drawn to stories because of their surrealistic elements and actually remember the magical parts of a story, and the role that they played in the plot, more than any other form of the story.
Below is a list of five magical elements that are included in classic fairy tales and children’s literature.