Sometimes in fantasy settings, you hear some talk about “magics” or “magicks” as opposed to what we would usually call just “magic.” Actually, I seem to recall something snarky on Buffy about this spelling/ word usage where the use of “magicks” was derided as possibly pretentious, perhaps regarding
Willow and her “pusher” when she was supposedly addicted to magic.
(Yes, I’m spoilering it, I know how you B:TVS fans can get. If one person viewing this thread is in the middle of watching the show on DVD I’m not gonna be on the wrong side of some B:TVS fan rage. :D)
So my question to you, O fantasy experts, is: what is the difference, if any? Is one as pretentious as implied by the above snark, or is there a significance to the different usage?