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He had always hoped, even when he refused to admit it.

Magnus about Ragnor, Born to Endless Night

Ragnor Fell was the High Warlock of London and an old friend of Magnus Bane, Catarina Loss, and Raphael Santiago. He was also a regular lecturer at the Shadowhunter Academy.


Early life

Ragnor's family was rather fond of him, believing him to be a faerie child when he was young. Because of this fondness, they had accepted him even when it was revealed that he was a warlock—a child of a demon.

At one point, Ragnor became acquainted with Catarina and the relatively younger Magnus, with whom he had gone on "adventures" with in Peru—in 1791, 1885, and 1890, before Magnus was banned from the country.

At one point, Ragnor became the High Warlock of London. Around 1872, Ragnor was employed by Charlotte Branwell to keep an eye on the Herondales upon the request of Will Herondale. Doing so, Ragnor found that the family lost their home in Wales years later when the patriarch of the family, Edmund, became indebted due to gambling. He lost track of them when the family moved.

Around six years later, Ragnor was called upon by Charlotte, asking him once again to monitor and investigate the Herondales, who were revealed to have moved to Mortmain's Ravenscar manor in York. Once there, Ragnor began asking around about the Herondales and their connection to Mortmain. Ragnor was also spotted by Cecily Herondale, who then asked if Will sent him. Ragnor, because of the Law, told her little. He soon reported to Charlotte that all seemed fine and that he would stay in York to be sure.

Later life

Ragnor began living, albeit temporarily, in a glamoured small stone house in Idris just outside Alicante,[1] when he was no longer the High Warlock of London. He then agreed to teach at the Shadowhunter Academy in 1899. Initially doing it as a diversion from his magical studies,[2] it eventually became a regular job and he moved into a room at the Academy, despite his general disdain for Shadowhunters, as he hoped to reform them and their relationship with Downworlders through influence on his students.[3]

In 1953, Ragnor visited Magnus in New York. There, he met Raphael Santiago while the newly-Turned vampire was staying with Magnus. Initially mistaking them for a couple, Ragnor was disgusted at the thought of Magnus being with a sixteen-year-old boy. However, when Raphael revealed that he found the idea of being with Magnus revolting, the pair bonded over Magnus' oddity, much to latter's annoyance.[4] The two kept in constant contact ever since, wanting to maintain good relations between their kinds.[5]

Ragnor Fell continued to remain good friends with the Fairchilds and was often called upon by the family of Jocelyn Fairchild for healing spells and the like. Some time in the 1990s, Ragnor found out that Lucian Graymark had become the leader of the Brocelind werewolf pack and contacted Jocelyn about it. She later reached out to him again, asking Ragnor to make a potion that would place her in a self-induced sleeping state. As a precaution, in case the day came when she would have to use the potion, Jocelyn told her friend Madeleine Bellefleur about Ragnor.[1]

Ragnor continued teaching at the Academy for decades until the Uprising, after which it was closed. Still, Ragnor stayed in his cottage in Idris and tried to teach the Shadowhunters who would listen.[3]

In 2007, Ragnor heard from Raphael that Magnus was dating the Nephilim Alec Lightwood. When Magnus called him for advice, Ragnor expressed his disapproval and refused to become involved.[5]


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When Jocelyn finally used the coma-inducing potion, Madeleine told Jocelyn's daughter, Clary, who soon went to Idris in search of Ragnor. At that time, Ragnor was staying in his house in Idris. She asked around about him, not knowing where to find him, and, at one point, told Sebastian about Ragnor in hopes of making the search easier. Made aware of his involvement and possible antidote for Jocelyn and the Book of the White, Sebastian told Valentine about him, who then sent Sebastian and possibly other demons to his home. Sebastian demanded the Book of the White from him, which Ragnor did not have. Ragnor contacted Magnus to meet him in his home, but it had been too late.

As he was dying, Ragnor left Magnus a message through fiery letters on his wall that would be read by a warlock that would come into the place after him, telling him that the antidote to wake Jocelyn can be found in the Book of the White. By the time Magnus arrived, Ragnor was already dead. When Clary and Sebastian came the next day looking for him, Magnus pretended to be Ragnor in front of Sebastian.[1]

To honor his memory, Catarina decided to teach at the newly-opened Academy, hoping to continue the work he began of molding the minds of young Shadowhunters. After two years at the Academy, she decided that she has done enough and all she can, and she has come a long way with the help of Ascendant Simon Lewis because now, more Shadowhunters were willing to learn.[3]

Personality and traits

Ragnor was somewhat grouchy and serious. Despite his unfortunate coloring, Ragnor wore it proudly instead of using glamour to hide it; primarily because he enjoyed the attention women gave him because of his strange skin color. Though he was often considered cranky, Ragnor also had a sense of humor and was kind, and despite his apparent dark outlook on life in general, he can also be quite optimistic.

Physical description

Oh, I am positively green with envy.

–Ragnor Fell, What Really Happened in Peru

Ragnor was tall and had four unique, signature warlock marks: green-tinted skin, white hair, pointed horns on his temples, and extra finger joints. Apparently, he stopped physically aging and thus looked around the age of thirty.[6]

Skills and abilities

  • Immortality: As a warlock, Ragnor was granted immortality. Physically, Ragnor stopped aging and maintained the appearance of a thirty-year-old for centuries.
  • Magic: Ragnor had access to magical powers, capable of casting spells and performing summoning rituals like most warlocks. According to Magnus, Ragnor was one of the few warlocks capable of performing dimensional magic.[7]


Ragnor and Catarina were very close; she was one of the few who were deeply affected by his death. He was one of the few people who could convince her to take time off. The two often went hiking together, visiting hot springs and unusual geographic formations. They occasionally invited Magnus, but he didn't enjoy roughing it as much as they did.[8]

Ragnor and Raphael constantly exchanged letters, checking up on each other, and occasionally gossiped about Magnus, who also lived in New York. Through letters, Raphael also attempted to teach Ragnor Spanish, which was apparently going well. Raphael supported his endeavor with his students at the Academy, though he did not fully understand it. In one particular correspondence, Raphael included a coin etched with a wreath—a symbol of education in the ancient world—charmed with good luck by a faerie, along with a list of Spanish vocabulary words. Ragnor unintentionally left this in his room at the Academy, to be found decades later by their friends Magnus and Catarina.

Ragnor was always kind to Magnus, even though it always seemed like Ragnor disapproved of Magnus's behavior most times. Nonetheless, he would go along with his younger friend's antics as long as he could complain throughout while they did it.

Ragnor first met Tessa Gray in London in 1878. Some time after it was discovered that Tessa was a sort of warlock, Ragnor became friends with her, and the friendship developed over the next century. When she returned to Idris, she was wearing white in part to mourn for him.[1][9]



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  • Ragnor, Magnus, and Catarina had a deal that eighteen was the cutoff age when it comes to lovers.[4]
  • Ragnor's house in Idris has a working telephone.[3]
  • Magnus named a monkey he acquired in Paris after him.[11]
  • According to Magnus, Ragnor made up the rumors surrounding the Bermuda Triangle.[12]