Is Sookie a Magical Null?

[This is a modified version of a post I made on a forum a few months back – so some of you may have read it already.
Since the subject of Sookie being a null came up in discussion on the DITF post, I thought I’d respost it here.]

I recently read the short story, “Lucky” from A Touch of Dead, and was intrigued by Amelia’s explanation of a “magical null”. This is a concept we haven’t seen mentioned in the full length books at all, and it seemed particularly random to have Amelia raise it outside the framework of the main story.

Amelia describes a magical null in fairly simple terms, as an exceptionally rare human who is not affected by magic. While Amelia seems to imply that this refers to witch magic I wonder if we’re meant to be seeing that as usual, Amelia doesn’t quite have the full picture.

Throughout the series we’ve seen a number of instances where Sookie is either not affected, or able to put up a pretty decent fight against various types of magic.

– She is resistant to vampire glamour, but can also submit to it by choice (CD).

LDID: she didn’t go under with the maenad when every other human present did. In fact, Callisto implies that the reaction Sookie did have was in response to the other humans – and not her magic at all. “You were close.” She said to me. “You were very close. Maybe as close as you’ll ever come. Maybe not. I’ve never seen anyone maddened by the insanity of others. An entertaining thought”.

CD: she is very aware of the stay away spell around the outside of club, but she is still able to enter both times she visits.

DTTW: During the witch war, she is very aware of the spells the witches have cast around the abandoned building, and again she is able to overcome their influence and enter.

FDTW – Niall uses magic to deflect attention from the humans in the restaurant during his first meeting with Sookie. Sookie is aware of it, but she is not affected by it.

The Blood Bond: Eric has repeatedly insinuated that the BB is not working in the way he expected it would. For example, he seems surprised when he tells her that “the bond has worked both ways”.

“Gift Wrap”: When I first read this story I thought it completely blew a hole in the theory. Sookie is put under a spell by a fae posing as a were. But after some wider reading I found that in some faery mythology, the fae are immune to most types of magic but can be bewitched by other fae. Which of course, Preston is. Interestingly, Charlaine Harris is following established mythology regarding vampires, weres, shifters and the fae reasonably faithfully.

Charlaine Harris has said that Sookie won’t get any new abilities – but since this trait has actually been evident since the early books, it’s not new. It seems to have been there since the beginning, though it hasn’t received the attention in her writing that Sookie’s telepathy has. Although Sookie knows she can’t be glamoured, she doesn’t seem to have connected the dots with other types of magic yet either. Could that be coming down the line?

If Sookie is a magical null or some variation of this, it would seem to me that this trait is separate to her telepathy, and one that would make her even more valuable and special. Amelia makes a point of mentioning how rare this is and says in the story that she has only met one null before. She also notes that it takes an experienced witch to identify one. Perhaps CH is offering an explanation here for why Amelia herself hasn’t recognised it…yet?

I think this idea needs some refining – and that perhaps it may be a bit off the mark in some respects. Even so, given the examples above and the fact that this idea has been mentioned very specifically by another character, I think that eventually we will see some variation of it starting to play out. I think that definitely we are going to find out that there is something else going on with Sookie that is going make alot of these loose pieces fall into place.

I firmly believe that by the end of this series Sookie will have found her true place in the supe world, and some of us have speculated that it may turn out to be a more formalised, mediator type of role – rather than simply a telepath to be used purely for her unique abilities. She is already doing mediation type work in an informal capacity anyway, mainly because she can’t help getting involved in things she probably shouldn’t. A more developed ability to ward off the effects of different types of magic would be a valuable skill in this scenario – especially when combined with her telepathy.

16 Responses to “Is Sookie a Magical Null?”

  1. 1 Holby
    February 26, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Actually, in LDID, Tara also avoided the Maenad’s influence because she was hiding and not making eye contact, which seemed to be the key to falling under (even for the Vamps, because Bill and Eric make a point of not looking directly at her face). The only reason Sookie nearly went mad is because of her telepathy, hearing the madness in everyone else’s mind. And in DD, she really was unable to take any more steps into the bar until she was enveloped in Quinn’s essence and ability to walk through the spell. I think she does have resistance, but she is not a complete null.

  2. 2 Tracey
    February 26, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I always thought Tara got lucky by not havin any interest in the maenad. the Maenad didnt seemed to be someone that can be fooled. I dont think Sookie is a complete null either. I agree wit ya there. 🙂

  3. 3 asifuentes
    February 26, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Those are some really interesting theories. If sookie cannot be affected by other supes aside from other fae’s then how is amelia able to break the blood bond she has with Eric?Sookie being stuck with Eric…not a bad thing! 🙂

  4. 4 Tracey
    February 26, 2010 at 2:36 am

    I dont think the BB will be broken by magic. something else entirely if it is broken at all.

  5. 5 Pogonip
    February 26, 2010 at 3:55 am

    This also assumes that CH remembers what she wrote in the short story, and the events in the other novels that might lend support. Knowing what we know about the continuity problems, and her recall of what she has written……well…..maybe, maybe not.

  6. 6 walgigi
    February 26, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Well, I really don’t know. I think maybe she could be more resistant but not immune. What I really think is that she is very sensitive to detect it. Anyway…

    In CD she asked Alcide if regular people could enter and he answered her yes. The spellbound over the place, as explained by him and Talbot was that people wouldn’t be able to tell anyone how to get there if they tried. She thought of trying it herself to see if it worked, but until now, she never has tried. I understood the spell the witches had cast around the abandoned building in DTTW was weakened by the wiccans, because when Pam asked them how would they help them in the attack, they told her they were going to be winding spells to make the witches weak and indecisive. In FDTW I think Niall’s magic was directed specifically to people at the restaurant, but he had excluded Sookie from it because he wanted to talk to her and notice he was a fae. And like Holby said, in DD she stopped dead at the Hair of the Dog’s entrance with the go-away spell and describes it like if she had hit a wall until he scooped her up and his aura was around her. Obviously in DAG and Gift Wrap she was heavily affected by it, and I think it’s because fae magic is the strongest magic (please correct if I’m wrong about it, but I think I recall Amelia once said something like that). And in Lucky, when Sookie asked Amelia how could she dectect a null, she answered only very experienced witches can detect nulls without casting a spell on them that fails. Amelia isn’t fully experienced as Bob incident shows, but IMO Octavia as her mentor should be… And she also lived in Sookie’s house and I could be wrong again, but I can’t remember that she has mentioned anything about it. So I don’t really know if Sookie is a magic null. IMO she isn’t, but as I said before, I do think she is extremely sensitive to detect magic when she is at a spellbound place or someone is using it near her.

  7. 7 Stefanie
    February 26, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I don’t know if Sookie is a complete magical null, given the fact of the blood-bond in itself. If she was a total null, the blood wouldn’t really have any effect on her IMO. While the vamps may be able to still sense her from having HER blood, it would not be able to affect her if that was entirely true.

    I’m mainly wondering if the whole idea of Sookie being this “magical force” in her own right may give her more longevity. I know we’ve discussed this a bit before, but if it’s possible for her to live longer based on her magical heritage and “gifts” than maybe there’s hope for her and Eric in their “long term” relationship. Maybe in the span of hundreds of years. Just a thought (although a very optimistic one). 🙂

    • 8 Only4Eric
      February 27, 2010 at 12:42 am

      I was thinking that too. It would be a neat way of removing Sookie’s life-span impediment as an obstacle to the relationship.

    • 9 Tracey
      March 3, 2010 at 7:41 am

      but shes already aging. i dont see her livin pass human years. since the blood is ingested it may effect her bc its not solely magic

  8. 10 KC
    February 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Although I don’t know how any of the nagic is supposed to work since this is really the only thing I’ve read in the genre, I can get on board with an explanation *like* this though. If we find Sookie is only vulnerable to fae magic, assuming the portal is closed, there are only a few beings left who are able to usurp her free will. But, then as noted the fact that the bood bond exists would discount the explanation. Unless, maybe, the blood bond hasn’t worked on Sookie *at all* and there’s another explanation for her feelings? Maybe I’m just projecting how I’d like it to go because, based on what CH *says*, I’m not certain she actually thinks about it all that much.

  9. 11 sunnynala
    February 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Hmm, interesting theory but I hope it doesn’t hold true for TB because that would totally negate my theory that Sookie’s engagement ring has a spell on it. Right now, I just refuse to believe she decided to say “YES” so suddenly and weirdly of her own free will.

  10. 13 KC
    February 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Given the decisions AB’s already made, it won’t be long until TB and the Sookieverse are only distantly related IMO.

  11. 14 lkc
    February 27, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Isn’t Octavia and old and powerful witch? She didn’t recognize Sookie as a magical null, however that is something that could be written into it at a later time.

  12. 15 Maria
    March 2, 2010 at 5:05 am

    I feel like Sookie needs to embrace her heritage and tap into fae magic and/or take some take some self defense classes. Throughout the series she gets beat up/staked/shot/tortured. It’s ridiculous; she needs to be able to defend herself. If I were in her position, I would be working on a getting a blackbelt and having Amelia/Octavia or even Claude teach me some serious magic.

  13. 16 Tracey
    March 2, 2010 at 5:15 am

    I thought the same exact thing! I would do both if i was sookie.

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