Study Guide

Witch and Wizard Identity

By James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

Identity

As far as I knew, I was not a wizard, and not a superhero either. I was just a high school kid who'd been ripped out of his home. (9.3)

When Whit and Wisty are kidnapped by New Order soldiers, they have no idea they have magical powers. The first clue is when Wisty sets herself on fire… and emerges from it just fine.

Celia was everything I wasn't, and secretly wanted to be. (49.2)

Wisty just found out she's a powerful witch. She still totally struggles with her other identity, though—you know, the one where she's a teenage girl.

"They won't," said Celia. "Unless they're secretly Curves. If they're Straight and Narrows, they'll just hit the wall." (51.11)

Sounds like the humans in Witch and Wizard break down into these two categories. Curves rule (and can visit the Underworld), Straights and Narrows drool (and can't).

She stared at me balefully for a moment and then began to glow—like I had that time at the Hospital. I felt somewhat relieved. My instincts were right: she really was a witch. (71.4)

Wisty encounters a coven of witches in the City of Progress and they aren't exactly friendly. What's up with that?

"Janine, I think this is them! […] The Liberators," Jamilla blurted, still staring at us. (73.23, 73.25)

As if it weren't enough that they're magical beings, Whit and Wisty find out they might be the saviors of the child rebellion against the New Order. All in a day's work.

"It's okay," Whit told them. "We're your friends. You have to trust us, okay? We're kids." (79.7)

In the world of Witch and Wizard, kids are more trustworthy than adults. Unless they're traitors like Jonathan… or liars like Sasha. Okay, kids might not be all that trustworthy either.

I had to admit: I felt like… I was a wizard. Like I had superpowers. Like I was guilty as charged by The One Who Judges. (86.12)

Whit has internalized the idea that being a wizard is bad. He only thinks that because Judge Unger says so, though.

"So, Whitford, what do you think of all this? Am I friend or foe—or a little of each? Are the important things in life black and white, or maybe a little gray?" (98.16)

At the beginning of the book, it seems clear that The One Who Is The One is a bad guy. By the end, though, things aren't quite as clear. To quote Facebook, it's complicated.

"We don't let anybody be heroes for more than one day, because it goes to their heads. Hero worship tends to corrupt." (99.25)

The rebel kids have an interesting idea that certain identities can be corrosive. It's okay to be a hero, but just for a day.

"First you have to believe, Wisty, that you're a very, very good witch. And one day, you'll be a famous musician, too." (103.11)

Wisty's drumstick is a clue to her identity as a witch… but it's also apparently a clue to her future occupation as a drummer. Huh.

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