The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 740 AD, England is home to the famous magician Merlin. He is the master of three apprentices: Balthazar Blake and Veronica Gorloisen and Maxim Horvath. Horvath has a rift with his master, joining forces with the evil sorceress Morgana le Fay. Morgana inflicts a fatal wound on Merlin prior to Veronica can rip Morgana’s soul from her body. As Morgana attempts to take out Veronica by possessing her inside, Balthazar stops her by placing Morgana as well as Veronica inside the “Grimhold” which is a magical prison that has the appearance of nesting dolls. Balthazar is gifted the dragon by Merlin before he dies. He can identify the Prime Merlinean who is Merlin’s descendant and the only person with the ability to defeat Morgana. Balthazar is searching for his ancestor throughout the ages and is imprisoned by Morganians. They are sorcerers who want to free Morgana, Horvath and all of the Grimhold’s layers.
In 2000 in 2000 in New York City In the year 2000, in New York City, the Prime Merlinean is revealed be 10-year-old Dave Stutler, who encounters Balthazar in his Manhattan antique store, after having strayed from his school field trip. When Balthazar gives Dave the Merlin Dragon figurine, the statue is enthralled, and is wrapped around the boy’s finger to form a band. Balthazar is searching for the book that can teach magic. Dave is able to open the Grimhold and lets go of Horvath. In the midst of fighting for control of the Grimhold, Balthazar and Horvath are locked up in the ancient Chinese Urn with a 10-year curse over locks. His peers ridicule Dave because he claims they witnessed the mystical. But he discovers later that the shop is closed and is misdiagnosed with “glucose inadequacy”. However, Dave keeps the ring.
Now, Dave is 20 years old and a Physics student at New York University. He runs into Becky who was his crush from childhood. When he is struck by lightning, he falls in love with her right away and repairs the mast that transmits at the radio station she is employed by. Horvath as well as Balthazar are freed from the ten year imprisonment sentence that was imposed by the Urn. Horvath is followed by Dave and the Grimhold. Balthazar helps Dave with his animated steel eagle modified from a Chrysler Building gargoyle. Balthazar initially isn’t willing to assist Dave, who has been in psychiatric care since their first encounter. Balthazar eventually agrees to let Dave depart from the Grimhold. Balthazar locates the Grimhold to Chinatown and there Horvath has released Sun Lok the next Morganian. Dave falls in love with Becky in spite of Balthazar’s suggestion. Becky impressed him by performing ” Secrets” from OneRepublic using the Tesla coils that he was playing with.
Horvath hires Drake Stone (a young Morganian magician) to help him win back the Grimhold. Becky alters her mind and returns to her underground subway laboratory in the midst of Drake and Horvath attempt to take out Balthazar.
Horvath liberates the witch Abigail Williams and makes use of her as a weapon in order to capture Becky. Horvath then steals her magic focus and pendant focus. Horvath threatens Becky to kill her, which causes Dave to give up the Grimhold and his rings. Balthazar goes after Horvath at Battery Park, sure that Dave with no ring and the ring is going to be killed. Horvath releases Morgana and initiates the Rising Spell. Horvath activates the Charging Bull statue and orders that it strike Balthazar. Dave then arrives and shocks Horvath. He connects the Tesla coil to Balthazar’s car. Balthazar’s falcon is able to fly away using the bull. Morgana is shocked when Becky interferes with the Rising Spell. Balthazar captures Morgana body and soul, and transfers it from Veronica to himself, but Morgana escapes and attempts to burn both. Dave is able to block her with his ring, and succeeds in proving that he is the Prime Merlinean. Morgana launches plasma bolts at Balthazar, Veronica and Veronica. Balthazar is killed after Veronica takes control of an intended bolt for him. Dave creates another, bigger Tesla coil from the square’s lamp posts and power lines to take control of her, then fires an arc of plasma which eventually takes her life. Balthazar is revived by Dave who revives his heart using plasma shocks. Balthazar returns to Veronica. Dave and Becky are kissing before they depart for France to eat breakfast on Balthazar’s Eagle.
In a scene following the credits, Horvath takes his hat back from Balthazar’s store.