Magic in the Gothic is generally used as a device to allow characters to twist the natural order for evil purposes. In The Monk, for example, Ambrosio uses an enchanted branch to sedate his intended rape victim, and later uses sorcery to summon Lucifer and escape the inquisition.
Courtesy of Wendy Fall, Marquette University
Ethelred & Lidania; OR, The Sacrifice to Woden [Transcript], Sarah Scudgell Wilkinson
The Monkish Mysteries; or, the Miraculous Escape: Containing the History and Villainies of the Monk Bertrand, the Detection of His Impious Frauds, and Subsequent Repentance and Retribution., Elizabeth Meeke