The 12-episode Syfy series follows Quentin Coldwater, a gifted college student who enrolls in a secret magical university, Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, in upstate New York. If you know anything about upstate New York, then you know all there is to do, to quote our man Biggie, is party and bulls--t, even in a magical realm. So that's exactly what Quentin and his friends do... until he discovers that the magical land he yearned to explore as a child is, in fact, very real.
Grossman will serve as a creative consultant on the show, which will begin filming this summer. MTV News reached out to Grossman for comment, and he replied via email. "What I'm looking forward to is the magic," he said. "I feel like I haven't seen that much realistic 'Magicians'-style magic on screen."
As for specific plot points, Grossman continued, "I want to see Penny cast his first fireball and light a tree on fire. That's honestly what I'm excited about. And I'm looking forward to the taking of Ember's Tomb. Just a pure, classic, old-school dungeon crawl."
"The Magicians" has been described as "Harry Potter for adults" by many, but we're hear to tell you that it's so much more than that. Here's a breakdown of Grossman's "The Magicians" and what we can expect in the anticipated Syfy drama.
Quentin Coldwater isn't The Boy Who Lived as much as he's The Boy Who Is Living (Just Barely). When we first meet Quentin in "The Magicians," he's a recent high school graduate who is completely and utterly bored out of his mind. The Syfy series will age Quentin a bit; in it, he'll play a grad student.
After things go awry during his Princeton Alumni interview, he's recruited to an entrance examination at Brakebills. That's when his life is turned upside down. While enrolled at Brakebills, Quentin studies with the Physical Kids -- Eliot, Josh, Janet and Alice -- a group of students who study Physical Magic. There, he and his new friends realize that magic school is really effing hard. So to blow off steam, they do what most normal young people do: drink, have casual sex and get demon tattoos.
Quentin is never satisfied and almost always in a surly mood. Most importantly, he's a book nerd obsessed with the fantasy genre. Part of the reason he's so ~ apathetic ~ is because he yearns for the same kinds of adventures found in the "Fillory and Further" book series. When his wish is finally granted, however, he realizes that life inside the Narnia-esque Fillory is more dangerous than he ever imagined. (Like "Game of Thrones," hands are severed.) That's when he kinda becomes your atypical Hero Guy.
Per Grossman, the series will take a "Game of Thrones" approach, which means the first season will primarily encapsulate the first novel.
Unlike Hogwarts, Brakebills is an elitist establishment. Brakebills doesn’t just let any old magically inclined student through its doors. (Just ask Quentin's childhood BFF Julia.) Instead, you're invited for an entrance exam which, if you pass, grants you admission. If you fail, your memory is wiped and you get to continue your mundane, magic-free life.
Dean Fogg is the dean of Brakebills, and similar to good old Dumbledore, his sage advice is influential on Quentin.
Also, there's no Quidditch in "The Magicians," but there is sex. So, no, this isn't Hogwarts-adjacent. "I would say there's 100 percent more sex than in 'Harry Potter,'" Grossman told MTV news.
The Physical Kids, unlike The Trio (Harry, Ron and Hermione), enjoy hedonistic pleasures to deal with the stress Magic School imparts on them.
Alice is perhaps the closest character we have to Hermione Granger. She's a talented magician who is initially reserved and soft-spoken. She eventually opens up when she is placed with Quentin in the Physical Magic group, and the two later develop a relationship.
Quentin's first friend at Brakebills, Eliot is another talented magician, and he's the unofficial leader of the group. A couple years older than Quentin, he's one of the most natural talents at Brakebills. Eliot's sexuality is a minor plot point throughout the novel, as is his over-dependence on alcohol.
Jane, who will go by the name Margot in the Syfy series, is the party animal of the group. She hearts Eliot and is portrayed as both deeply insecure and surprisingly strong. She's kinda the most badass member of the Physical Kids and we adore her for it. She's also fiercely loyal to her crew.
Josh, otherwise known as the comic relief, is the uber nerd of the group. He's also the least natural magician. His casting has yet to be confirmed by Syfy and Grossman, but we hope there's a place for him in the series. Unless, of course, Syfy plans to make this a darker adaptation.
And finally, there's Penny. Though not a Physical Kid, he's in Quentin and Alice's class, and is one of the adept magicians of his year. He studies archaic and untested magic. He ultimately proves the existence of Fillory and finds passage to it. Despite his terrible temper, he and Quentin eventually become friends. But he still prefers his alone time. Penny even spends an entire semester in an empty parallel universe because why not?
Julia is Quentin's childhood best friend, who upon getting rejected from Brakebills, teaches herself magic. Despite having a limited role in the first book, Julia will have a prominent presence in the series from the beginning, per Grossman. "Fans will notice that Julia is a prominently featured character right off the bat, which she isn't in the 'Magicians' trilogy," he said. "So we'll get to her sooner."
We wonder if this will split the narrative of the series -- as we watch Quentin excel in Brakebills, will we also see Julia struggling to learn magic by any means necessary in the real world? And could this potentially set up a Alice-Quentin-Julia love triangle?
Arctic Fox Sex
When Quentin and his friends learn how to transform themselves in arctic foxes and polar bears, it leads to one of the most memorable (read: infamous) scenes in the trilogy.
The gang turns themselves into a pack of arctic foxes, as a way to relieve themselves from the mind-numbing monotony of Magic School, and Fox-Quentin and Fox-Alice totally do it.
We asked Grossman if this scene will make it to TV, and his reply was promising. "I don't know," he said. "I haven't seen that far ahead. But I hope so. If not, there's always the Discovery Channel."