The last “Around the Theory Mill” that I wrote was all about Brother Zachariah, and there were some interesting points that many of our readers brought up. It seemed like we were split with a little bit of a lean towards Jem being the “true identity” of Brother Zachariah. One commenter pointed out that the Name “Jeremiah has a derivative of Jem. Other commenter brought up that Brother Zachariah could possibly be Stephen Herondale. Some interesting thoughts to take in as we quickly approach the CLOCKWORK PRINCESS.
The next topic is not as discussed but just as important in the outcome. “Who is the Magister?”
The Magister is a very complex character. Since the beginning of THE INFERNAL DEVICES the Magister has been a mystery to every character. We know that in CLOCKWORK ANGEL the Magister was revealed as Axel Mortmain, but with the many twists and turns that have happened already in the series, could it be possible that we have been duped again?
Many different views on this subject have been shared. We know that the Magister wants Tessa. We know that the Magister played a hand in her birth or the conceiving at very least, and we know that Magister is very secretive about their identity. So are you convinced that Axel Mortmain is truly the Magister?
If not Mortmain, then who?
A while back there was a theory floating around claiming that it could possibly be, of all people, Jem Carstairs. Granted in doing my homework for this particular theory I could only dig up one major point and that is that the Magister wanted to marry Tessa and Jem also wants to marry Tessa. Personally, I don’t think there is any way that Jem could possibly be the Magister but you could have a better back up to this theory. Tell us why you think Jem is the Magister in the comments!
Others believe that the Magister could me Magnus Bane. Now this theory I could almost wrap my brain around. The Magister would have to be someone that could live a long time. As Axel Mortmain and Magnus fit that description it makes sense. What I thought was interesting is that someone brought up “The Pandemonium Club” that is mentioned several times in THE INFERNAL DEVICES. And we know that the club does not end with the series. The Pandemonium Club is where we first meet Clary, Simon, Jace, Alec and Izzy. Could it be that the original founder of the Pandemonium Club is still at its head? And if so, is that person Magnus?
There are so many others that we could point fingers at but the one thing that we have all come to know with being a fan of Cassandra Clare’s work is expect the unexpected. I personally believe that a candidate for the Magister that fits in that category is, Henry Branwell. Henry is one of the most overlooked characters but has some amazing similarities to Mortmain. They both are interested in clockwork. They both are (at least at first) seen as weak, and they are both from Yorkshire. It could be that Henry is the Magister, it could be that he is in league and it could be that we are grasping at straws but this is why we theorize, to keep it fresh in our minds.
So who do you think the Magister is? Do you believe that Mortmain is the real Magister or could it be someone that we haven’t mentioned? Leave your thoughts and comments below and we will let you know the result of everyone’s thought on our next “Around the Theory Mill” article.