So You Want To Be a Wizard is the first book in the Young Wizards series currently consisting of
eight books by Diane Duane. It was written in 1982 and published in the next year.
* 1 Plot introduction
* 2 Plot
* 3 Major Characters in "So You Want to Be a Wizard"
o 3.1 Nita Callahan
o 3.2 Kit Rodriguez
o 3.3 Fred
o 3.4 The Lone Power
* 4 Major themes
* 5 Reception and Reviews
* 6 Awards
* 7 Release details
* 8 Footnotes
* 9 External links
 Plot introduction
Juanita "Nita" Callahan is a thirteen-year-old girl who discovers a book titled So You Want to Be a
Wizard while hiding from bullies in a library. She brings the book home with her and discovers that
it is all about the art of wizardry. She does not completely trust the book's claim that she too can
become a wizard if she takes the Oath, but she takes it nonetheless. The next day when she is out
trying to do her first spell she meets Kit Rodriguez, another wizard. After they successfully
complete a spell together, Nita's doubts are gone: she is a wizard.
Nita Callahan, taking refuge in the library from bullies, checks out a book found in the children's
section with the provocative title So You Want To Be a Wizard. On the way home, the bullies
corner her, beat her up, and take a space pen given to her by her uncle. Before Nita goes to sleep,
she takes the Wizard's Oath. The next morning she looks at her manual and sees her name in the
She goes to a quiet place to work a pen retrieval spell, and meets Christopher "Kit" Rodriguez, also
a new wizard. Kit is making a spell intended to surround him with an aura of fearlessness.
Combining their intentions, they create a new spell, which presents a vision of an alternate
Manhattan: polluted, lightless, and frightening. A terrible being composed of pure desire reaches up
to consume them, and to escape, they open their minds to the universe - which ends up bringing an
intelligent white hole from space. Translated into English and simplified, the white hole's name is
The next day at school Fred and Nita attempt to retrieve Nita's pen from her bullies, but Fred
miscalculates the gravity required to lift the pen from the bullies' possession, and instead
accidentally swallows it. This makes Fred hiccup objects, including a television, a blue Mercedes,
and a LearJet. After school, they seek help from the local Advisory Wizards. Fred's problem is
fixed, but Nita's pen is not recovered. In order to retrieve it, they must link Fred to a worldgate in
Grand Central Station and pull the pen out.