If I use some of the spells from Harry Potter while writing my own fantasy fiction will it still be called a fanfic? The story I'm writing is about magic, usage of wands and spells (not a lot of them). I don't want to write a fanfic. My story doesn't relate to any of Harry Potter's character by the way. I just wanted to use some terms and spells.
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Pretty much, yeah. Depending on how heavily you borrow.
As an example taking Orcs from J. R. R Tolkien doesn't make it a fanfic even if they are quintessentially his. Reason being it is broad and widely used.
Taking a Nazgul would.
In a similar sense you could take magic, you could take the ideas of different schools of magic but the second you start calling out "Wingardium Leviosa!" you're in fanfic land.0