Manifestation occurs when a person gains the ability to harness power from The Source, and the ability to perform magic. Manifestation is an event that occurs seemingly randomly. High school teenagers and Army Colonels have manifested. It is not known to occur to anyone prior to puberty. Other than that observed restriction, it has no apparent correlation to age, sexual identity, sexuality, race, or nationality. Manifestation does not appear to be genetic -- there is no correlation between odds of manifestation and familial proximity to a latent. A person who has manifested is known as a latent.

At this time, it is believed that manifestation is a permanent, one-time event in a person's life. Once manifested, a person neither increases or decreases their inherent magical strength, changes schools, or loses their ability.