Netflix’s live-action remake of the animated series Winx Club, Destiny: The Winx Saga just released its second season. The universe of teen drama TV recently shared a stark similarity: the shows are much darker than their source material. Other modern teen dramas like Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrinathrived with this darker, more mature model, and just like them, this show is full of unexpected darkness despite being fairies.
Whereas Riverdale recently introduced the supernatural, winx club already has a big fantasy world, The Otherworld, for Destiny: The Winx Saga take inspiration from it. In The Otherworld, Alfea College is home to many magical beings like Fairies and non-magical beings like Specialists. All face threats from magical antagonists, Blood Witches and Burned Ones. Let’s examine the important characters of the series and their magical powers.
Bloom: Fire Fairy possessing the Dragon Flame
Bloom (Abigail Cowen) is Alfea’s most powerful teenage fire fairy. In season 1, Bloom learns that she is a changeling, a pureblood fairy raised by human parents in The First World aka Earth, after being swapped with a human baby. Bloom learns to control her pyrokinetic powers and becomes the first fairy to transform into generations, complete with fiery wings and glowing eyes. In Season 2, Bloom’s abilities are expanded upon when she discovers she possesses the ancient power of Dragon Flame. The Dragon Flame is an asset that can help Bloom save The Otherworld from the Blood Witches, but it also has the power to cause great destruction if Bloom does not learn to control it.
Aïcha: the water fairy
Aisha (Precious Mustapha) is a water fairy whose abilities are very versatile, allowing her to extract water from any body of water, ground and air and create small clouds of rain. Aisha is a fiercely loyal friend who has used her hydrokinetic powers to help Bloom put out fires.
Stella: fairy of light
Stella (Hannah van der Westhuysen) is the crown princess of Solaria, the realm in which The Otherworld exists, and a light fairy. Stella is strong-willed and her mother taught her never to show weakness, so she comes off as self-centered. Stella uses her photokinetic powers to bend light to make herself invisible, and she even uses this ability to hide from Bloom and the other fairies. But Stella quickly learns to value friendship and begins to understand that loyalty and vulnerability are not signs of weakness.
Musa: the spirit fairy
Musa (Elisha Applebaum) is a spirit fairy with the ability to sense the emotions of everyone around her, but amplified. Therefore, she wears noise canceling headphones to block out other people’s emotions. Musa’s empathetic powers are extended when she dampens people’s strongest emotions like anxiety and rage, which gets her into trouble when she inadvertently disturbs her boyfriend’s head to the point that he kills almost someone.
Terra and Flora: the fairies of the Earth
Terra (Eliot Salt) and Flora (Paulina Chávez) are first cousins who possess the ability to manipulate plants and earth. Terra and Flora’s respective powers and personalities differ slightly. Terra is softer and Flora is more impulsive and wild. Terra makes better use of her powers to manipulate soil and minerals. While Flora is highly skilled in controlling plant life by reviving plants, forming flowers, and manipulating vines with her fingertips.
Beatrix: the fairy of the air
Beatrix (Sadie Soverall) is a powerful air fairy who can generate electrical currents through air molecules to control objects and people. Beatrix is very deceitful and selfish, often manipulating both sides of good and evil for her own gain. Her powers can also kill as seen when she kills Sky. However, just like Stella, Beatrix has a change of heart and sacrifices herself to the Blood Witches to stop Bloom from giving their leader the Dragon Flame, deliberately controlling her powers to kill Sky so he can be resurrected.
Sky and Riven: specialists
Sky (Danny Griffin) and Riven (Freddie Thorp) are non-magical warriors called Specialists who are skilled in combat and strategy to help defend The Otherworld. Specialists are selected to train at Alfea, and most graduate to serve in the Solarian military.
The burn attack in season 1
The Scorched attack Alfea in Season 1. They are human soldiers who transformed into Scorched creatures over 1,000 years ago due to the power of the Dragon’s Flame. Since Bloom’s Dragon Flame magic created them, hers is the only pyrokinetic magic powerful enough to destroy them. When Bloom defeats the Burns, they return to their human form.
Blood Witches Steal Fairy Magic in Season 2
The Blood Witches have been at war with the fairies for millennia because a powerful fairy destroyed their home, Aster Dell, killing many of them. In Season 2, directed by Sebastian (Éanna Hardwicke), the Blood Witches use creatures called Scrapers to steal magic from fairies. Blood Witches also bend others to their will by having full control over their bodies.
Fate: The Winx Saga Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Netflix.