Discussion questions for The Opposite of Magic

Discussing The Opposite of Magic? A few questions — with mild spoilers — to get you started:

1. What defines a hero? A villain? In which ways do characters in the novel shift between the two extremes?

2. Emily Daggett’s expectations — set by a childhood full of fantasy-adventure novels — get her into trouble. Has the influence of a book ever prompted you to do or not do something?

3. How do opposites play a role in the story?

4. Alexander Hartgrave withholds information. Is that ever a good idea? Are there some things you’d rather not know?

5. If you found out wizards were living among us, how would you suspect they were using magic to influence the world?

6. If you could get the plot of any book to play out in your life for real, what would you choose?

7. The Opposite of Magic has a be-careful-what-you-wish-for theme. What do you wish for, and how might it go annoyingly wrong if it came true?