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In Fairy Tail, the anime, do you have to be born a wizard in order to learn to summon and wield magic? Or is summoning and wielding magic energy something anyone has the potential to do if they choose to learn how?

It states that people use it for everyday life.

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    Recall that thanks to Lacrima, A person does not need to be the source of the magic that is used for everyday life. Someone else could have made it, or nature could have. – Ryan Apr 13 '16 at 20:11
  • It is said that if one stays virgin until his 30s he/she will become a wizard. – 絢瀬絵里 Dec 30 '17 at 12:29
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It says that Training and Competence is needed.

The competence of a mage defines if they can use a magic or not.

this manga excerpt somehow explains this.

In fairy Tail Volume 28 chapter 233,

"Those who are atuned to the flow of magic can process and use any magic in existence."

Fairy Tail's Plot entry in Wikipedia says that:

The fictional world of Earth-land is populated by wizards who coalesce into guilds to hone their magical abilities and apply them to paid job requests.

However this might be due to the status of Wizards in the Land, as we can also see townspeople who can't or maybe doesn't use magic

According to FairyTail Wikia: http://fairytail.wikia.com/wiki/Mage

Mages (Madōshi), also known as Wizards, are individuals who can wield Magic of any kind.

Mages are wielders of Magic, using their Magic Power to cast spells and employ magical objects. They comprise only 10% of the living population of Earth Land, with the remaining 90% being either incapable or unwilling to use Magic.

Also, There is a note in the end of Fairytail's Wikipedia Entry:

In the references section, it is stated that, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_Tail#References

According to the Fairy Tail Volume 2 Del Rey edition Translation Notes, General Notes, Wizard: So this translation has taken that as its inspiration and translated the word madôshi as "wizard". But madôshi's meaning is similar to certain Japanese words that have been borrowed by the English language, such as judo (the soft way) and kendo (the way of the sword). Madô is the way of magic, and madôshi are those who follow the way of magic. So although the word "wizard" is used in the original dialogue, a Japanese reader would be likely to think not of traditional Western wizards such as Merlin or Gandalf, but of martial artists.

Anyone Can learn Martial arts, but those who continue to learn and train can practically use it. There are also people who doens't want to.

In this answer to the question "What dictates who can use what magic in Fairy Tail?"

I think to be able to use a type of magic, one has to learn it. There are no requirements as to who can learn which magic.

In one particular episode, Mirajane teaches Natsu, Lucy and Happy the transformation magic and Natsu was able to transform into Lucy (even though that was not perfect, but that shows that you need to practice a particular type of magic).

And as have been mentioned in other answers that many characters are able to use more than one kind of magic.

And also Learning and WillPower

Magic has to be learned. When Erza was still a child, she was able to learn magic without actually practicing it. If you have knowledge of how to use a certain magic, you can use it. I guess it may depend on the user's willpower, or it may actually be inside them all along. By the way, there are a few characters who can use more than one type of magic like Ultear, Jellal, Zero/Brain, and Hades.

So to sum it up, one person might be able to learn Magic thru extensive training and practice of a certain particular kind of magic, has knowledge and understanding of it, Competence or Either he chooses to learn Magic or Not even if he/she is capable of it.

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Yes, you have to be born with the ability, although there seem to be a few exceptions thanks to Lacrima infusions with the body.

From the Fairy Tail Wikia

Every Mage has a container inside their body that determines the limits of their Magic Power. In the case that it becomes empty, Ethernano comes from the atmosphere and enters the Mages' body and, after a while, their Magic Power is returned to normal.

Whether you realize you have the magic within you is a different story. You may be magical and not know until you tap into it, such as in the Tower of Heaven arc where many characters realized their magical abilities (Erza, Milliana etc). Similarly, mages can also realize their Second Origin to increase their power further, but it must already exist within themselves.

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    To the person who down-voted: Please leave a comment as to why my answer was insufficient so I can improve it. I would love to know what was missing so I can make my answer better. – ChronoD Apr 14 '16 at 21:33
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In the Fairy Tail ZER0 Arc, Zeref said to Mavis and her friends that you need to concentrate to get Ethernanos (magic particles) in your body, then you can train and eventually be able to wield magic! That's how Yuri, Warrod, Precht, and Mavis can proform magic!

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I'd say yes because clearly if you have magic you can enter a guild, but saying you can also use magical weapons. So it depends on what type of wizard you would want to be. Of course, you can get trained by a dragon like the dragon slayers, but also you can also get the weapon to your liking.

Lucy had gotten her powers from her dad or from her mom even with a bit of training. Of course, since she's a celestial wizard, she needs her keys.

So yes, I'm pretty sure everybody is able to become a wizard.

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