The thought never occurred to me until recently when I came across someone very frightened about it. They wanted to know if a spell backfiring was possible, and if so, what exactly causes it? After a bit of digging, I found that what most practitioners blame the results of the casting on varies. It could be casting with ill intentions, not phrasing the words correctly, or getting a detail wrong.
While I was looking it up, however, I was surprised by the communities I came across. Many of them were split on the topic, claiming the backfires as a fact, or only as nonsense. Some of the disbelievers went as far as to say that anyone who is afraid of it happening is not gifted and should quit being a witch.
After reading through many differing opinions, I got curious and wanted to ask here in the SOM community. What is your opinion on spells backfiring? Is it something that fearful practitioners came up with or do you think it is a very real thing?