Were des the energy go, then?
Refraction, Reflection, conversion into other forms, depends on the target.
Clearly, if they interacted at all, a powerful curse would impart quite a lot of energy on the victim's clothes.
Given that most clothes are permeable and an active spell acts, as near as physics can determine without introducing Ghostbusters or Atomic Robo science into it, as a gas, I really don't see a problem with a gas passing through a permeable substance to take an effect on a less permeable substance.
In truth, most spells operate on the defunct ideas of Spiritualism, where an ectoplasmic medium is used to convey the things, and the spell activating on a human target would be activating in their ectoplasmic matrix.
Or some such bullshit.
Yeah, Spiritualism lives on in modern fantasy.
And I just realized you could simply heat a tank up untill the crew is dead. This is an actual tacitc that has been used successfully in war. And the wizard could fly higher than the canon can track or put up a magic shield. So yeah, tanks are useless...
And right there, you show you clearly don't know what a tank is used for in warfare. This is like saying an Attack Helicopter makes the tank obsolete.
It sort of does, but not for its current role (which is being made obsolete due to the types of wars we now fight).
Or, to use an example you think you aren't calling on:
This is like claiming that Phasers make body armor obsolete in Star Trek, when it also can protect against abrasions, melee combat and other situations beyond handling direct weapons fire.
Or that Transporters make Personnel Carriers obsolete, in spite of the fact that they can be jammed by natural phenomenon and man-made devices.
It's still the setting and no one but Rowling gets to decide its rules.
Pardon her for being consistent with what she set up, and so what if you don't like it.
Go read the Dresden Files
series instead if that sort of thing bothers you.
No, really go read it. It's pretty darn fun.
That's nice for you. The important point is that there are reasons and that going "they shoulda jused tanks LOL!" is stupid and arrogant.
My point is to dismissed the idea that their lacks of tanks held any latent "They don't need them" affinity attached to it.
That's like arguing that Star Trek society is less advanced than Star Wars tech due to the latter's lack off transporter tech and then claiming that said tech would provide them an advantage in a conflict.
I mean, which is more believable: That Wizards have unseen magics (which were not used in their WAR) which can overcome tanks, or that an elitist, secretive society would be unaware of a technological advancement made by those they consider their inferiors, reluctant to use such advancements due to preexisting and rigid prejudices that society has against said inferiors or have trouble incorporating that technology due to the nature of their magic having a bad effect on digital technology in particular.
Since the first appeals to the unknown, we go with the later due to Occam's Razor. Q.E.D.
Because that's exactly the same situation.
You're claiming, as near as I can tell, that their lack of a specific technology shows within a society shows that they do not need it or have a method of reproducing/super effectively countering it upon the battlefield.
Which is the EXACT claim made by trekkies on those mentioned pages regarding Trek's lack of heavy weaponry, armor, special weapons, etc.
So, yeah, it is relevant.
Nice straw you have there...