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This article is about the magic shop. For the RPG book, see The Magic Box (book).


Your one-stop spot to shop for all your occult needs.
Tara Maclay reading the Magic Box logo[src]

The Magic Box, previously known as Uncle Bob’s Magic Cabinet, was a magic shop located on Maple Court in Sunnydale. It was last owned and operated by Rupert Giles, when the place served as the primary headquarters for the Scooby Gang, until its destruction at the hands of a corrupted Willow Rosenberg.

History

Uncle Bob’s Magic Cabinet

The shop was originally known as Uncle Bob’s Magic Cabinet. The shop was later expanded and renamed The Magic Box. The shop went through a series of owners, many of whom met grisly deaths at the hands of Sunnydale’s demonic residents.

The Magic Box

Rupert Giles bought the shop after the death of a previous owner. Soon after opening, Anya Jenkins became a full time employee after demonstrating her excessive knowledge of mystical artifacts and business management.[1] The Magic Box operated as the Scoobies’ headquarters, succeeding Rupert Giles' apartment and the Sunnydale High School library.

When Giles went away to England for a week, Anya and Willow were made in charge of the shop. Willow used the shop’s supplies to her advantage when she tried to create a simulated sunlight spell. Though, her arguing with Anya messed up the ritual, conjuring a troll in the process.[2] For a brief period, Buffy Summers also worked part time for The Magic Shop,[3] but found that she was not cut out for such employment. To Buffy’s appreciation and amazement, Giles built a very well stocked and put-together training room in an unused space towards the back of the building.

The Magic Box was destroyed after Willow, corrupted by grief and magic, sucked its contents dry and then fought a vicious battle with Buffy and Giles within it.[4]

Merchandise

The following merchandise was available for sale at The Magic Box:

A wide variety of other magical paraphernalia was also available, including candles, incense, runic artifacts, love potions (possibly not real potions), death charms etc., along with presumably non-magical items such as history books, jewelry, lollipops for children etc.

Off-limits area

The store holds a large number of artifacts and books that are very dangerous, very dark or a combination of both. It included books on resurrection spells, as well as the "Darkest Magick", which contains powerful dark magic and was used by Willow in combination with a dagger also stored there.

Prominent events

1998

  • Willow buys magic ingredients so she could concoct a delusting spell in order to stop her attraction to Alexander Harris.
  • Spike, coming to buy a love spell for Drusilla, drains the clerk.
  • Buffy, Spike and Angel fight against Lenny and a vampire gang.

1999

  • Buffy buys magic ingredients for Giles, temporary blinded by Willow.

2000

  • Harmony Kendall's gang kills Mr. Bogarty.
  • Giles was attacked by Toth, while he was searching the Slayer.
  • Giles becomes the new owner.
  • Anya was hired.
  • Tara was visited by her family, who menaced her in order to get her to return home with them.
  • Accidentally invisible because of Tara's spell, Lei-Ach demons attack under Glorificus' order.
  • Glorificus buys magic ingredients for the Sobekian transmogrification spell.
  • The Spawn of Sobek detects Dawn is the Key.
  • Buffy breaks off her relationship with Riley Finn.

2001

  • Anya and Willow accidentally free Olaf the Troll.
  • The Watchers Council occupied the shop to evaluate Buffy and the Scoobies.
  • Giles was reestablished as watcher.
  • Quentin Travers reveals that Glorificus is a goddess.
  • With Spike's help, Dawn finds out she is the Key.
  • Dawn commits a series of thefts.
  • Before the battle against Glorificus, Xander asks Anya to marry him.
  • The Trio install a mini-camera in a skull, to spy the Scooby Gang.
  • Temporarily employed, Buffy was locked in a temporal buckle provoked by The Trio. She was doomed to repeat the sale of a mummy hand.
  • During Halloween 2002', Xander and Anya announce their wedding.
  • Xander accidentally summons the demon Sweet.
  • Temporarily amnesic while under Willow's spell, the Scooby Gang was attacked by Teeth and his vampire minions.
  • Anya and Xander discover that invisible Buffy is "fading away".

2002

  • Dawn pays off the debt from all she stole.
  • Anya had sex with Spike.
  • An angry Xander tries to dust Spike. Spike then reveals he had also been sleeping with Buffy.
  • Dark Willow absorbs all magic from the books, and also from Giles after his return.
  • The Magic Box was destroyed by Dark Willow.
  • After her return from England, a cured Willow meets Anya in the remains to find the demon Gnarl.

Gallery

Behind the scenes

  • As shown in "Shadow", The Magic Box’s phone number was (805) 555-8966.
  • As shown in "Blood Ties", The Magic Box business hours were 10am to 9pm during Monday through Thursday, 10am to 12pm on Friday and Saturday while closed on Sundays.
  • The Magic Box contained a trapdoor which leads to the sewers. This was used, but not entirely seen in "Tabula Rasa".

Appearances

Canon

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine

Other

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic
Games
Novels

References