How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion When he was a Little Boy

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How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion When he was a Little Boy
(Comment Obélix est tombé dans la marmite du druide quand il était petit)
Date 1989
Series Asterix
Creative team
Writers René Goscinny
Artists Albert Uderzo
Original publication
Date of publication 1989
Language French

How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion When he was a Little Boy is an Asterix story written by René Goscinny and originally published in the French magazine Pilote issue 291 (1965), with only a few drawings. In 1989 it was fully illustrated by Albert Uderzo and published in an album as a text story with illustrations.

Plot summary[edit]

The story is narrated by Asterix, apparently to the conventional readership, and tells that in childhood, Obelix was often bullied by other boys, until Asterix, to assist his courage, induced him to drink some of the magic potion that made the villagers invincible. When they are interrupted in the act, Obelix falls into the cauldron containing the potion, and drinks it all, and is thereafter permanently under its influence.

Notes[edit]

  • Obliscoidix, Obelix's father, is shown to enjoy collecting the helmets of Roman legionaries - a hobby Obelix enjoys himself as an adult.
  • Vitalstatistix, who is a generation older than Asterix and Obelix, is still village chief, albeit smaller and slimmer (similar to his appearance at the end of Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield). Though in later books, Vitaltatistix is shown as a child with Asterix and Obelix with a thin father and very large mother. in the background of one picture in the book, a figure is seen being carried by a shield, which Vitaltatistix sometimes is.
  • The age of Asterix and Obelix as they appear in the story is about the amount of time Asterix stories had been appearing at the time it was written.
  • Throughout the story Obelix is seen pulling a small white wooden toy dog that resembles Dogmatix.
  • The 24-year gap between the story text and most illustrations leads to some inconsistencies between the two, and also with the rest of the Asterix stories (mostly minor and relating to the chief).
  • Prior to falling into the cauldron, Obelix is shown as shy and pacifistic - possibly because the other boys pick on him. He gains his characteristic love of fighting after getting his own back and is also shown to have taken on some other characteristics he is well known for as an adult - at the conclusion of the story the village children enjoy a miniature banquet, in which Cacofonix is tied to a tree and gagged for the first time, and someone comments "Fat lot of good fighting you, Obelix.", to which Obelix angrily retorts "WHO ARE YOU CALLING FAT?!"

Publication[edit]

  • The book had been out of print in English for a decade but was re-released in October 2009 with a new cover.

In other languages[edit]

  • Croatian: Kako je Obelix upao u kotao kad je bio dječak
  • Czech: Jak Obelix spadl do druidova kotle, když byl malý
  • Danish: Hvordan Obelix faldt i gryden som barn
  • Dutch: Hoe de kleine Obelix in de ketel van de Druïde viel
  • Finnish: Kuinka Obelix putosi pienenä tietäjän taikajuomapataan
  • German: Wie Obelix als kleines Kind in den Zaubertrank geplumpst ist
  • Greek: Πώς ο Οβελίξ έπεσε στη χύτρα του Δρυΐδη όταν ήταν μικρός
  • Italian: Come fu che Obelix cadde da piccolo nel paiolo del druido
  • Norwegian: Hvordan Obelix falt oppi trollmannens gryte da han var liten
  • Polish: Jak Obeliks wpadł do kociołka kiedy był mały
  • Portuguese: Como Obelix caiu no caldeirão do druida quando era pequeno
  • Serbian: Како је Обеликс упао у чаробни напитак
  • Spanish: Cómo Obélix se cayó en la marmita del druida cuando era pequeño
  • Turkish: Oburiks küçük bir çocukken kudret şerbeti kazanına nasıl düştü
  • French: Comment Obélix est tombé dans la marmite du druide quand il était petit

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