HOM-101 Assignment: Lesson 2
Theories on the Origin of Magic
Of the 3 plausible theories of how magic came to be, the Theory of Hocus Pocus seems most likely. There’s evidence, such as the Birch Bark Manuscript, supporting the idea that magic naturally started out of thin air.
This theory could very well explain the Theory of Uno Mas, which is the belief that all magic originated from one person: Uno Mas, meaning ‘The First Magi’. Should the theory be proven right, that Uno was indeed the first wizard to use magic and the first to create a wand, and that he lived in the time of the dinosaurs and before cavemen, it still merely explains who used magic first but not how magic started. According to the Theory of Hocus Pocus, it must have come our of thin air from a natural progression of magical tendencies.
It could also explain the Migration Theory, the view that witches and wizards lived side-by-side with Muggles for years, unaware that they had magic. Many of the Wizarding villages that exist today were founded by the early witches and wizards who left the Muggles when the Descent of Blizz occurred (the Ice Age, in Muggle terms). However, it is still the Theory of Hocus Pocus that describes the origin of magic.
Rather than focusing solely on who first used magic, it is much more useful to focus mainly on the first known uses of magic. And this is precisely what the Theory of Hocus Pocus attempts to do.