Hey, this is my first post (other than my introduction post a few months ago), so I apologize if I'm doing anything wrong. I'll get right to it. Lately, I've been wondering what others think of the "systems" writers lay out in their stories, such as how magic works. Personally, I'll feel rather cheated/disinterested if a magic system changes abruptly or isn't defined well. For example, take the Harry Potter series. I didn't like the magic because I thought it lacked a defined system to go by. It seems like the author made things up as they went on, rather than defining a system and sticking to it. For example, how do you 'make spells' that have specific effects, if magic is essentially "voicing irrelevant syllables and waving your wand"? How did all of the original spells come to be, and how did wizards learn them all? I just think the magic system could've been a lot more interesting if the author elaborated a bit more and explained how it works gradually through the book. Instead, it was just this bland, flat system where you wave a wand, say a word, and things happen based on what the author needs to happen for this specific part in the series. Occasionally, someone will make a spell with very specific effects; who knows how they did it? Apparently, no one cares, because none of the characters try to figure out how to make spells so they can make a Kill Voldemort Spell. Not only that, but magic was cruelly underused. They didn't use teleportation or the spells that could kill people in one shot nearly enough, and sometimes the author just pretended certain spells didn't exist. Anyway, I shouldn't let myself rant about Harry Potter. The point is, I think it lacked a system, and I'm wondering if people (other than me) actually care about systems. When I think about magic systems for my stories, I think about more than just "what happens". I also think "how does this happen" and "how is this used in everyday life" and "what causes the effects of magic". I think about the underlying systems and the technical details behind them. I feel kind of cheap if I leave it at "You wave a wand and say words, then effects happen based on the word you say". Some of the first things that would come to my mind if I came upon this idea for a magic system would be "How does that make any sense? Why is it just those words, and not other ones? What system is used to define how the syllables of the word determine the effects of the spell?" Maybe it's just me who thinks this way, because I haven't seen any magic systems that actually make some form of sense; in fact, most of the high fantasy magic is completely neglected when it comes to explanation. I don't mean "hit me with the technical details about magic at the front page", but at least put some effort into explaining how things work to me throughout the book (or the first half of the book or something). Am I the only one who cares about this kind of stuff?