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I have made it to the front area outside the college but I need to cast a fireball spell on this eye thingy and as I am a powerful Mage every time I cast the spell the elf lady gets hurt or if I am successful doing this without hurting her nothing happens.

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Related: Entering the Winterhold College in Skyrim – galacticninja Mar 9 '13 at 13:59

You need to cast the Firebolt spell, specifically, not just any fire spell. Otherwise, these are also possible spells to cast on the seal:

  • Magelight
  • Conjure Flame Atronach
  • Fear

Or, cast Healing Hands on her. Your issue is most likely that you're casting Fireball instead of Firebolt, however.

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