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“It felt so real, so utterly real—”

This article depicts a subject within the Shadowhunters television series, and as such, it either does not play a role within or differs largely from the established continuity and canon of the books of The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

Magnus Bane
Portrayed by Harry Shum Jr.
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Biographical Information
Age: Unknown
Status: Alive



High Warlock of Brooklyn


Brooklyn, New York

Significant other(s):
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Dark brown
Eye color: Yellow (without (glamour)
Dark brown (glamoured)
Distinct feature/s:

Cat eyes

For almost a century, I've closed myself off to feeling anything for anyone. Man or woman. You've unlocked something in me.

–Magnus to Alec, Of Men and Angels

Magnus Bane is the High Warlock of Brooklyn. With eccentric style, he is wise, fierce, cunning and keeps his cards close to his chest. Though he looks like he's in his 20s, he's hundreds of years old–which makes him wiser and wary of others.[1][2]

Magnus runs Pandemonium, a night club in New York.



At one point, Magnus became involved with the musician Imasu Morales, who played the charango. The relationship lasted—much to Magnus's friend Ragnor Fell's surprise—but the couple eventually broke up. Magnus made no effort to fix the relationship, feeling that Imasu wanted more than he could give.[3]

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An old photograph of Ragnor, Camille, and Magnus.

In 1857, Magnus sold his London house and purchased a ruby necklace to give to his then lover, Camille Belcourt.[4] Though he loved Camille very much, because of her cynical views of love, she eventually broke his heart.[3] Magnus found out that she had been having an affair with a mundane Russian and they parted ways.[5]

Decades later, Magnus had become the High Warlock of Brooklyn. Being well-known in the city, former Shadowhunter Jocelyn Fairchild went to him and begged him to take her daughter, Clary's, memories of the Shadow World. He warned against it, saying Jocelyn would essentially be deceiving her, but she insisted, and he obliged.[6] Magnus went on to feed these memories to the Greater Demon Valak, in case Valentine came in search of the Cup.[4]

Fleeing Valentine

One evening, Magnus was at his club when he spotted two Circle members inside. After a brief confrontation, he kicked them out. Clary later ran into him. Magnus recognized her, and Clary recalled a bit of him after catching a glimpse of his face as well. Additionally, Magnus realized that the Circle may come after Jocelyn again, so he called Dot to warn them.[6]

When word of Valentine's return, and the fact that he was looking for the warlock that gave Jocelyn her sleeping potion, reached Magnus, he opened a Portal in his club and escaped with several other warlocks. Dot tried to stop him and convince him to help Clary; instead, Magnus offered to take her with him before disappearing into the Portal.[7]

Helping Clary

After being haunted by dreams of her memory of Magnus taking her memories, Clary finally told her friends about him, prompted by Simon's revelation that Camille suspected that it was Magnus who took them. The Shadowhunters of the New York Institute set up a meeting with him, promising the necklace he'd given to Camille in exchange. Magnus, despite being in hiding and his adviser, Elias's pleas against it, agreed to go. They met at a rave at Hardtail, where Magnus told them that he cannot return her memories and about the memory demon he fed them to. When a Circle assassin arrived, Magnus immediately fled through Portal, but not before being saved and entranced by Alec Lightwood. Clary also accidentally grabbed a button from his coat, which Jace and Alec used to track him.

Upon his arrival at his previously heavily-warded lair, Circle members had already infiltrated the place and killed many of the warlocks seeking refuge there with him. The Shadowhunters he had just met with arrived and helped subdue the Circle members. Magnus moved the lair to a safer location and finally agreed to help Clary try to get her memories back. They summoned Valak, who then demanded a memory of their most beloved from each of them, but the bond was broken when Alec let go. Realizing that Alec was scared about Jace's reaction to finding out that he is Alec's loved one, Magnus tried to console him.[4]

When they discovered that it was Ragnor who made Jocelyn's potion for her, Magnus—to distract him from Alec's upcoming wedding with Lydia Branwell—accompanied Jace and Clary to Ragnor's house in London. Shortly after arriving, however, a Shax demon attacked and killed Ragnor. Devastated, Magnus took Ragnor's things back to his apartment to continue investigating separately. While going through Ragnor's things, Magnus was haunted by his ghost. Ragnor lectured him about love, and, realizing that he wanted to fight for Alec, Magnus rushed to the Institute to disrupt the wedding. Alec noticed him the moment he arrived, and Alec promptly left Lydia at the altar to kiss Magnus.

Later, the group was able to find a bookmark that was once in the Book of the White. With it, Magnus was able to track it to Camille, who was then imprisoned in a coffin at the Hotel Dumort.[3] When the Shadowhunters helped Camille escape, she demanded to be taken to Magnus's so he could make a Writ of Transmutation for her. While there, Camille taunted him about their past and his current love, kissing him just as Alec and his sister arrived to catch them. When the Book was finally found in Camille's apartment, Magnus was able to perform the spell and successfully woke Jocelyn.[5]

Skills and abilities

  • Immortality: As a warlock, Magnus was granted immortality. Physically, Magnus does not age and has maintained the appearance of a young man for centuries.
  • Magic: Magnus has access to magical powers that often manifest themselves as blue flames or sparks at his fingertips. Magnus is capable of casting spells and performing summoning rituals.


Season One appearances: 12/13
The Mortal Cup:
The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy:
Dead Man's Party:
Mentioned only
Raising Hell:
Moo Shu to Go:
Of Men and Angels:
Major Arcana:
Bad Blood:
Rise Up:
This World Inverted:
Blood Calls To Blood:
Morning Star:
Season Two appearances: 10/20
This Guilty Blood:
A Door Into the Dark:
Parabatai Lost:
Day of Wrath:
Dust and Shadows:
Iron Sisters:
How Are Thou Fallen:
Love is a Devil:
Bound By Blood:
By the Light of Dawn:
Mea Maxima Culpa:
You Are Not Your Own:
Those of Demon Blood:
May be featured
The Fair Folk:
May be featured
A Problem of Memory:
May be featured
Day of Atonement:
May be featured
A Dark Reflection:
May be featured
Awake, Arise, or...:
May be featured
Hail and Farewell:
May be featured
Beside Still Water:
May be featured




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