Donatello Trumpus, the greatest scientist mage of his era, discovered that one can summon the magical energy found in nature for their own purposes. His theory of e =mc2 revolutionized magic by proving that energy is never destroyed, but simply transferred from one place to another. By transferring the energy of nature into the body of an individual, they can use that energy in the application of spells, leading to the creation of the branch of magic known as Dryadism. This form is conducted through the use of a transmutation circle, along with nine individuals. These mages, called a coven, take place within the circle, with the ninth standing in the middle as a conduit. The incantation summons the energy of nature, accumulating within the ninth and spreading out to the other members of the coven. This creates a circuit, with the mages acting as valves in which the energy flows through. The spell remains activated and is continuous so long as the circuit remains open.
The magic is deactivated when the circuit closes, signaling the end of the spell, and causing the energy to flow back into the environment. The more energy is used in the process, the more powerful the magic. However, ending the spell is more complicated than it seems. A coven cannot simply end the spell instantaneously by stopping the enchantment, as it would be dangerous to the mages. Simply "switching off" the circuit will likely kill the participants. Instead, a separate incantation different from the original must be performed in order to end the spell. The time it takes to kill the circuit would be double the time it took to activate the magic. So if it took 30 minutes to accumulate the energy for the spell, it would take an hour to dissipate it.
Theorettically, it should be easier to release this energy than create it, as it would take less work. Why would cause energy to dissipate more slowly than its accumulation?