If any of these childhood flights of fantasy ring a bell, then Syfy's The Magicians is made for you. Touted widely as an "Adult Harry Potter," The Magicians is kind of like if the Harry Potter series grew up, gained a sex drive, and lost its youthful idealism -- just like us! Here's why millennial fantasy-junkies should make space in their schedules for the new series, which premiered this week on Syfy (and you can watch the first episode online here).
What is The Magicians?
The series, based on Lev Grossman's book trilogy, is about a depressed, apathetic, magic devotee named Quentin Coldwater (played by Jason Ralph) who finds out that magic is real when he is recruited to attend a prestigious college named Brakebills in upstate New York. Meanwhile, his friend Julia (Stella Maeve) fails the entrance exam, and, after suffering a nervous breakdown, commits to learning magic in the real world along with renegades (aka “Hedge Witches”) who teach themselves spells in the back of a Brooklyn bodega.