And so, you come to your first decission in your magical training: who to listen too. On one hand, you have two people with profiles that are filled out, who have ratings by their peers, telling you that you should study more about what magic is and what it does before you jump into trying to cast spells. On the other hand, you have someone with no information on his profile, no rating from his peers, telling you to read works of fiction to learn magic. Which one you choose to follow will determine where you go in your magical career and what kind of help you will get from this site. Choose well.
For the record, I agree with the "learn about magic before casting spells" option.