Garnering a solid fan base and acclaim last year, The Magicians is back for a second season. With the first batch of episodes dealing with the young magicians’ origin stories and their evolving abilities, a new chapter will hopefully bring an even bigger playground to the Lev Grossman (the series is based on his bestselling novels) created universe.

“In this season, we get to explore a lot of new landscapes,” says Olivia Taylor Dudley, who plays Alice on the show. “We go to Fillory and Fillory becomes a big character this season. The magic in Fillory is a lot darker than the magic we were experiencing back on Earth or at Brakebills. This year, they’ve built some amazing sets and the cinematography in each world is so different. They pick different lenses, different costumes, different characters – it’s endless with how many different places we went to.”

Since any show that centers on magicians will inevitably have its Harry Potter comparisons, we asked cast members Dudley, Stella Maeve, and Jason Ralph if this reference is valid. Click on the media bar below to hear the actors talk about the program.

The Magicians returns Wednesday, January 25 on SyFy (9/8c).

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