So some people have been talking about the differences in all Magnus(es) throughout tsc sooo what’s your opinion on every Magnus (tid,tlh,tmi,tec,tda)
HMMMMMMM it’s been a hot minute since I last read TID so this is gonna be kinda tough.
For the most part, though, Magnus’s character remains the same - he’s old and wise and the friend you can always rely on, while on the other hand being the life of any party and the kind of person to live every day to its fullest. He tries his darnest best to save anyone from pain, even if they are sometimes beyond saving. But there are subtle differences in his character in every series, mostly regarding his feelings about shadowhunters and his relationship with them.
In TID, Magnus is very distant from the shadowhunters of the London institute. (And from all shadowhunters in general. Makes sense since this was the generation after the first accords were signed). The shadowhunter he was closest to in this era was Will, and even then he held Will at an arms distance and didn’t talk about his personal life with him. (Heck, in The Midnight Heir, he’s surprised to hear that Will considers him a friend). After Will, he was close to Tessa (though they would have a long time to develop a proper friendship) and Henry, but I highly doubt he had an emotional connection to Henry. In the later books, we even find out that seeing Will and Jem together was what had made him believe that Shadowhunters weren’t all arseholes.
In TLH… well we don’t see much of Magnus in TLH, atleast not so far, but from what we have seen, Magnus is clearly more open towards these Shadowhunters - he’s friends with Anna, maybe even with Matthew, he attends James and Cordelia’s wedding in the institute, and at this point he seems to be maintaining regular contact with Will, Tessa and Henry. But he also radiates regret and guilt. I’m guessing he feels a sort of responsibility for James and Lucie and their friends, having been friends/acquaintances with their parents, and at the end of Choi we see that he regrets having been away for most of the part of chog and choi. He clearly wishes to have been there for the TLH gang but because of circumstances/because he was away from London, he couldn’t be.
In TMI, he’s the stark opposite, almost apathetic to the shadowhunters and their problems. I’m guessing that this apathy comes from a) the circle, b) him spiralling into immortality related depression and c) something happens in chot, something that hurts him, possibly related to the guilt I discussed above, and it makes him distance himself from shadowhunter. (There’s clearly a gap between TLH and TMI during which Magnus clearly doesn’t engage with shadowhunters unless it’s for professional reasons). Of course, that slowly changes over the course of tmi as he begins helping them out, mainly because he’s in love with Alec, only to find himself a family among the shadowhunters. His experiences with Alec also helped him figure out a way to deal with said immortality related depression (note that it wasn’t around in the TID/TLH era).
In TDA, he’s more comfortable among the shadowhunters, and we also see a change in his lifestyle, going from a freewheeling persona to a more domestic one (which, obviously, is because he’s a parent now). His arcs from TLH and TMI come full circle in TDA (if I’m correct about his TLH arc, that is). Magnus is always there for the younger shadowhunters, helping them all to the best of his abilities (even if he’s sick, that dumbass) - something that the downworld doesn’t seem very happy about, but it is what it is. He even resides in Idris at one point, something that I highly doubt TID/TLH Magnus would be amenable to. But most importantly, his personal life is strong, he’s happy and content, having found the love he craved so badly. AND he gets married, to a shadowhunter nonetheless, which- GOOD FOR HIM!!!
In TEC, and TBC by extension, Magnus is very different from every other book we’ve seen him in before, mainly because these books are primarily told from his perspective, instead of someone else’s (these ‘someone else’s’ mainly being shadowhunters). In these books we see Magnus for what he really is, beyond his armour and all that glitter - a chaotic disaster bisexual. In tec and tbc, Magnus is more human, slipping up and making mistakes and doing dumb, chaotic shit, and most importantly, being someone we can relate to. In these books, his cool, calm facade slips away completely, and we see a complex man who has lived for centuries and yet retains a childish spirit, who feels emotions strongly, who is terrible at instruments and loves coffee and good food and is just an absolute softie who is starving for affection. In these books he isn’t the High Warlock of Brooklyn or a fashion icon or anything, he’s just… Magnus Bane.
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