The Owl House

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The Owl House
The Owl House logo.png
Genre
Created byDana Terrace
Voices of
Theme music composerT.J. Hill
Opening theme"The Owl House Main Theme"
ComposersT.J. Hill[3] (season 1)
Brad Breeck (season 2)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes29
Production
Executive producerDana Terrace
ProducerWade Wisinski
EditorKevin Locarro
Running time
  • 22 minutes
  • 44 minutes (season 3 specials)[4]
Production companyDisney Television Animation
Release
Original networkDisney Channel
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10) –
present
External links
Website
Production website

The Owl House is an American animated fantasy television series created by Dana Terrace that premiered on Disney Channel on January 10, 2020.[1][5][6] The series stars the voices of Sarah-Nicole Robles, Wendie Malick and Alex Hirsch.

In November 2019, the series was renewed for a second season prior to the series premiere,[7] which premiered on June 12, 2021.[4][8] In May 2021, the series was renewed for a third season consisting of three specials, ahead of the second season premiere,[4] later announced to be the final season of the series.[8][9]

The Owl House has been highly praised by both critics and audiences and has become particularly notable for its LGBTQ+ representation compared to other Disney media, including becoming the first Disney property to feature a same-sex couple in leading roles. The series also won an award for Children's & Youth Programming at the 2021 Peabody Awards.

Premise[edit]

Luz Noceda is a teenage Dominican-American human girl from Gravesfield, Connecticut who accidentally stumbles upon a portal to another world instead of going to a juvenile detention summer camp. She arrives on an archipelago known as the Boiling Isles, formed from the remains of a dead Titan, and befriends the rebellious witch Eda Clawthorne (alias "The Owl Lady") and her adorable demon roommate King. Despite not having magical abilities, Luz pursues her dream of becoming a witch by serving as Eda's apprentice at the Owl House and ultimately finds a new family in an unlikely setting.[10]

The second season, directly following the events of the first season finale, follows the main protagonists working together to return Luz to the Human Realm, help Eda confront her curse, and search for the truth about King's past while contending with the tyrannical Emperor Belos and his minions.[7]

Characters[edit]

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

Terrace smiles, holding a golden Peabody Award trophy
Series creator Dana Terrace in 2021

Dana Terrace first began conceiving early ideas for a series about a girl learning to be a witch in late 2016.[11] While working on DuckTales, Terrace didn't feel "fulfilled artistically or emotionally", so she began to research influences and work from her college years, eventually rediscovering the works of artists such as Hieronymus Bosch and Remedios Varo, inspiring her to create a show for Disney that features strong surreal visual elements.[12][13][14]

In 2018, it was reported that Dana Terrace, previously a storyboard artist for Gravity Falls and later a director on the 2017 DuckTales reboot, was creating and executive-producing an animated series, titled The Owl House, for Disney Television Animation. The series was set originally for a 2019 release, but it was delayed for a 2020 release.[10][15] Terrace is the fourth woman to create a series for Disney Television Animation, after Pepper Ann with Sue Rose, Doc McStuffins with Chris Nee, and Star vs. the Forces of Evil with Daron Nefcy.

Development[edit]

Terrace said that the general lore for the series was inspired by art and storybooks by Hieronymus Bosch.[13] According to Terrace, the hardest decision when creating the series was whether to implement potential lore elements in the series.[13] Terrace also stated the lore of the series is "70 percent made up", with writers also drawing inspiration from books about witchcraft for spells and character names, to add depth to its lore.[12] The Pokémon franchise served as a strong influence on the series.[12]

Eda was the earliest character created for the show.[12] Terrace said the character is inspired by "the women who raised me. My aunts, my Nana and my mom, they're all in the Owl Lady".[12] The second character created was King, who was described by Terrace as "a little guy that wants to be big", something she related to.[2] Luz was the final main character created and was inspired by consultant and story artist Luz Batiste.[12] Batiste agreed to let Terrace use her name for the series' main character on the condition that she be Dominican-American, which Terrace agreed to.[16] The character's personality was inspired by "stories of each other about what dorks we were in high school", as well as parts from Terrace's own childhood.[16][11] Alex Hirsch, Terrace's partner and creator of the TV series Gravity Falls, on which Terrace served as a storyboard artist and revisionist, serves as a creative consultant on the series.[12]

Several of the series' themes are inspired by Terrace's childhood.[14] The series features themes of uniqueness and conformity, which were inspired by Terrace's experience at school, where she was mocked for her habit of drawing roadkill, only to meet people with similarly different personalities when she went to a new school.[14] The series also explores the idea of getting close to fulfilling a dream, yet being unable to completely fulfill it, inspired by how Terrace was told that she wouldn't be a cartoonist, only to "[find her] own path".[14]

Hirsch said that while there was a concern with the Disney Channel over the series' horror elements, Terrace nevertheless chooses to feature horror elements, arguing that "Disney is the full spectrum of emotions, creatures and scary things".[12] Terrace said that Disney "allowed me to do more than I thought they would". Terrace also said that the producers "[don't] want to pull [their] punches on the show" in its horror elements, as she "loved being a little scared" as a child, though she also wanted to balance them with comedy and heartfelt moments.[11] She described the magic elements on the show as "a framing device for the grounded emotional stories" featured in the series.[11]

According to Terrace, the series initially had a darker tone, as she wanted to create a TV series targeted at older audiences "where things like whimsy and darkness can coexist", but had to tone it down during season 1 to find a compromise between her personal ideas and Disney executives' wishes, though she nevertheless was proud of the final product.[17] Season 2 will have a tone closer to what Terrace originally intended.[17]

Animation[edit]

The show is animated by Rough Draft Korea, Sunmin Image Pictures, and Sugarcube Animation.[18] Terrace said that the visual style was inspired by paintings by Remedios Varo, John Bauer and Hieronymus Bosch, as well as Russian architecture.[19] By December 2019, the show had 120 people working on the show, including those in the animation studios, and 50 staffers on the pre-production crew.[20]

Spencer Wan served as animation supervisor during season one.[21] Disney initially refused for the series to have an in-house animator, feeling Wan may not meet their "overseas pipeline", but he was eventually hired.[21] Kofi Fiagome serves as animation supervisor for season two.[21] Terrace also provided rough animation for three season 2 episodes.[22]

Cometa smiles and makes a heart shape with both his hands
Cometa, the series' art director

Ricky Cometa served as art director for the series.[11] Cometa first became involved with the series when Terrace began working on the pilot, before the series was green-lighted by Disney, and was approached by Terrace, a fan and friend of Cometa's because she "really wanted to work with someone who I vibed with, someone whose style I knew, that could execute the kind of weird junk I wanted to do", and Cometa agreed to work on the series due to being interested in the concept.[11] Cometa said that he wanted to "[t]ry and show the dualities between the Demon Realm and the human realm, and with a little twist of demons and eyeballs and bones and whatnot".[11] He also didn't want all demons on the show to have scary appearances, as they are supposed to represent normal people within the show.[11]

Terrace said that Luz's design was "challenging", as she struggled to create a design for Luz that didn't make her look too old or that felt too much like a costume.[11] Cometa eventually created a t-shirt for Luz to wear that is "low key, and like a nod to all our fellow nerds out there".[11] Cometa said that it was "fun" to design demonic versions of commonplaces.[11] The animators also changed real-life elements to further distinguish the Boiling Isles from Earth, such as making the ocean purple.[23]

On July 19, 2019, Terrace announced that T.J. Hill composed the series' score.[3] On January 10, 2020, Hill said that the score features "interesting and experimental sounds that [he] had a ton of fun cooking up".[24] In the second season, Gravity Falls and Star vs. the Forces of Evil composer Brad Breeck took over as composer.

By March 2020, Disney Television Animation was closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the production crew to work on season 2 remotely from their homes.[25][26]

Broadcast[edit]

On June 10, 2019, the trailer premiered during the show's Annecy 2019 panel. It was uploaded to Disney Channel's YouTube channel a day later.[5][19]

The show's main title sequence was released on July 19, 2019, during San Diego Comic-Con 2019.[27] The show released a sneak peek and an official end credit sequence on October 4, 2019, during a panel at New York Comic Con 2019. The show's main title sequence for season 2 was released on May 17, 2021.[4] A trailer for season 2 was released on June 3, 2021.[28]

Season 1 aired its 19th and final episode on August 29, 2020.[29] On November 21, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season prior to the first season's debut.[7] On May 17, 2021, the series was renewed for a third season, which will consist of three 44-minute specials, ahead of the second season premiere.[4] The episode order was much shorter than the 10-20 episodes they were anticipating, only for Terrace later to confirm in a question to a fan that it will be the final season.[30][8]

In October 2021, in an AMA on Reddit, Terrace explained the show was cut short not because of ratings or COVID-19 pandemic but rather because business people at Disney believed it did not fit "into the Disney brand." She stated that this was the case due to the serialized nature of the show and an audience which "skews older," rather than due to its LGBTQ+ representation, saying she wouldn't "assume bad faith" against those she works with in Los Angeles. She also noted that due to the pandemic, budgets were constrained, episodes were cut, and noted that she wasn't allowed to present a case for a fourth season, and said she believed there was a future for the show if Disney Television had "different people in charge."[31][32]

When asked about the series' future on Twitter, Terrace expressed interest in continuing it in other media.[33][34][8] This content could include comics and doing a limited series centering on Eda's past, and other potential spin-offs, while stating the three specials of Season 3 were the end of the main story, persuading fans to ask Disney regarding more content based on the show.[35][36]

The Owl House had its first international debut in Canada on January 12, 2020,[37] in Southeast Asia on March 20, 2020,[38][39] in Latin America on April 13, 2020,[40] in France on April 15, 2020,[41] in South Korea on May 23, 2020,[42] in Japan on July 23, 2020,[43] in the UK & Ireland on August 10, 2020,[44][45] in the Netherlands on August 24, 2020,[46] in Spain on October 3, 2020,[47][48] in Africa on October 26, 2020,[49] and in Romania on January 2, 2021.[50]

The entire first season was added to Disney+ on October 30, 2020.[51] The first five episodes of the second season were added to Disney+ on July 21, 2021,[52][53] while episodes six through ten were added on August 18.[54]

The show was supposed to premiere on January 2, 2021 in Hungary and The Czech Republic, but it was ultimately not aired in those countries due to the series' positive stances towards the LGBTQ+ community.[55]

LGBTQ+ representation[edit]

The Owl House has been praised for featuring several characters who are LGBTQ+, in particular the romance between the characters of Luz Noceda and Amity Blight.[56][57] On July 7, 2020, series creator Dana Terrace implied this, when responding to a fan who posted a screenshot from the upcoming episode "Enchanting Grom Fright" on Twitter which showed one of the characters in the show, Amity Blight, putting her hands on the shoulders of Luz Noceda, the show's main protagonist, and looking into Luz's eyes. Claiming "there is no heterosexual explanation" for Amity's action, Terrace responded, "there really isn't".[58] On August 8, 2020, the episode, written by Molly Ostertag,[59] aired, and it featured a scene in which Luz and Amity dance together while casting spells to defeat "Grom," a demon that manifests as their deepest fears. The animation supervisor for the show, Spencer Wan, referred to their intimate dance as "the gay thing"[60] and the first time he got to "do anything even remotely queer."[61]

On September 2, 2020, during a Reddit AMA, Dana Terrace confirmed that Amity is intended to be a lesbian and that Luz is bisexual.[62] The two girls represent Disney's second animated LGBTQ+ characters after Sheriff Blubbs and Deputy Derland in Gravity Falls, and the first to be unambiguously portrayed as such.[61][63] In the episode "Understanding Willow", one of the main characters (Willow Park) is shown to have two dads.[64] Some noted that beginning of the show's second season, which began airing in 2021, continued to build out the relationship between Amity and Luz, with Luz reciprocating Amity's feelings at the end of "Escaping Expulsion" and both blushing at each other.[65] Others praised Amity's character evolving outside her "relationship with Luz."

The series was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids and Family Programming in 2021[66] and won a Peabody Award for "...giving queer kids a welcome template...to explore their own budding creative energies."[67]

On July 10, 2021, the episode "Through the Looking Glass Ruins" premiered, which focused heavily on Gus' development as a character and how much he's grown since his last major appearance.[68] However, the episode received significant attention and press over Luz and Amity's growing relationship and its ending, in which Amity kisses Luz on the cheek.[69][35] The episode "Eda's Requiem" features a character named Raine Whispers, who goes by they/them pronouns and is voiced by transgender and non-binary actor Avi Roque.[70][71] Raine is both Disney TVA’s and Disney's first transgender and/or non-binary character.[72][73] Roque said that the character is based around their own experience, with the character's skin color to reflect their actual skin color, praised the show as normalizing queer identity, and said it was an honor to voice Raine.[35] In the episode, Eda Clawthorne is shown to have feelings for Raine, confirming Eda to be queer. The subsequent episode, "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", reveals that Eda and Raine were formerly dating, before breaking up.[74][35] The episode also has Luz and Amity asking each other out, officially becoming a couple.[75] GLAAD praised the episode, saying they were excited to see a "wonderful and affirming message" from the series.[76] Jade King of TheGamer praised the series for having a fictional universe where queer characters can "learn to love themselves without the fear of ridicule," comparing it to the similar approaches in Steven Universe and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, noting the relationship between Luz and Amity.[77]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
119January 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)August 29, 2020 (2020-08-29)
221June 12, 2021 (2021-06-12)TBA

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

The first letters of the episode titles for this season spell out, "A WITCH LOSES A TRUE WAY".[78]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [79]Directed byWritten byStoryboard byOriginal air date [79]Prod.
code [80]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"A Lying Witch and a Warden"Stephen SandovalStory by : Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Cat Harman-Mitchell, Stephen Sandoval & Dana TerraceJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10)1010.61[81]
After her overactive imagination gets her in trouble at school, Luz Noceda is forced to go to Reality Check Camp. While waiting to be picked up, an owl takes her favorite book and she chases it through a portal that transports her to the Boiling Isles, a magical realm in another dimension. She meets Eda, a fugitive witch who sells human items. Eda takes Luz to her home, the Owl House, where she introduces her to King, the self-proclaimed king of demons. Eda promises to take Luz back home if she helps them get King's crown back from Warden Wrath at his prison, the Conformatorium. They successfully break in, and Luz discovers that the "crown" is a kid's meal crown. Wrath captures them with the intent to ask Eda out on a date, but she refuses. A fight breaks out with Luz releasing the prisoners and together they defeat Wrath and escape. Luz, enthused by the Boiling Isles, decides to stay with Eda to become a witch instead of going to camp, which Eda reluctantly agrees to. As Luz settles in for the night, she texts her mother, informing her that she is going to like it at "camp".
22"Witches Before Wizards"Stu LivingstonStory by : Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Rachel Vine
Charlie Bryant, Hayley Foster & Cat Harman-MitchellJanuary 17, 2020 (2020-01-17)1020.43[82]
Luz prepares herself to be a witch's apprentice, but is disappointed when Eda instead just tasks her with delivering her potions to various customers. King goes with her as Luz is quick to learn that Bonesborough, the city on the Boiling Isles, is full of creatures that do not care for humans. Luz and King come across the castle of a wizard named Adegast, who believes that Luz is the "chosen one" to retrieve a magic staff. When Luz shows the map given to her by Adegast to Eda and King, they laugh at her. She leaves on her own just as Eda becomes suspicious and discovers the whole quest to be a ruse. Luz goes on her quest making allies while Eda and King follow behind. Eventually, Adegast is revealed to be a puppeteer demon who used Luz to capture Eda. He tries to manipulate Luz with his illusions, but she breaks free. Adegast is defeated and Eda eats him. Afterwards, Eda tells Luz that she must make her own destiny and shows her the surprising beauty of the Boiling Isles.
33"I Was a Teenage Abomination"Stephen SandovalStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, Manuel Jesse Nieto Jr., John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : John Bailey Owen & Dana Terrace
Inbal Breda, Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Madeleine Flores, Chris Pianka & Stephen SandovalJanuary 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)1030.45[83]
Luz is dissatisfied with Eda's 'training', but perks up upon learning about a school she can go to that teaches magic called "Hexside School of Magic and Demonics", something Eda opposes, as she dropped out. Luz meets Willow, a young witch who is picked on by top student Amity Blight for being terrible at creating abominations. Luz pretends to be Willow's abomination so she can get a passing grade, and also meets Gus, a human-obsessed student. Luz successfully fools the class' teacher with her appearance. Meanwhile, Eda and King make a bet to see who makes the better teacher with King winning due to Luz having gone missing. However, King's "student", a slug named Prince Jr., attacks the pair forcing King to rely on Eda once again. Amity realizes Luz isn't an abomination and calls upon Principal Bump to examine her through dissection. Gus creates a diversion and a chase ensues ending with Willow showing her skill at plant magic. Willow is exonerated as Bump puts her in the plant courses. However, Gus informs Luz that she's banned from the school. Gus and Willow offer to teach Luz what they learned, but Luz happily accepts Eda as her teacher instead.
44"The Intruder"Stu LivingstonManuel Jesse Nieto Jr., Dana Terrace & Rachel VineCharlie Bryant, Cat Harman-Mitchell & Stu LivingstonJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31)1040.51[84]
King tries to teach Luz about demons, but when a boiling rainstorm rolls in, Luz takes the opportunity to make Eda teach her some magic. Eda teaches Luz how to create light, which causes her to pass out. King tells Luz that Eda keeps a bottle of elixir in her room and believes it can give her magic. Before she drinks it however, a monster breaks into the house which King is convinced is the "Snaggleback". He meets a real Snaggleback, which turns out to be a pink monkey wearing a shell that is then eaten by the monster. Luz and King discover that the elixir was to prevent a curse from taking hold of Eda who is the real monster. With King's encouragement, Luz learns how to create light and uses it to stun Eda and give her the elixir. Eda reveals that she was cursed when she was younger and it causes her to transform into an owl beast, hence her nickname "The Owl Lady". Eda later has a brief nightmare of the shadowy figure who cursed her, but wakes up before she can find out who it is.
55"Covention"Aminder Dhaliwal & Stu LivingstonStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, Manuel Jesse Nieto Jr., John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Charley Feldman, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Aminder Dhaliwal, Amelia Lorenz & Kelsey NordenFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)1050.51[85]
The annual Covention is held at Bonesborough, an event where young witches can learn about covens before choosing one. Luz and Eda come across the Emperor's Coven, the most high-ranked coven and learn that its leader is none other than Eda's sister, Lilith. Luz runs into Amity, who blames her for getting her in trouble at school. Luz challenges her to a Witches' Duel after she mocks Luz's dream of being a witch and bullies king. If Luz wins, Amity must apologize to king and admit humans can be witches. If Amity wins, Luz must tell the entire covention that she's not a witch and stop studying magic forever. Amity makes an Everlasting Oath on those conditions. Eda sets magic traps to help Luz, but when King falls into the arena, he accidentally sets off one of the traps, revealing Eda's cheating. However, Eda discovers a power glyph hidden on Amity's neck, placed there by Lilith, showing she had also cheated. While the sisters start another duel, Amity runs off embarrassed and Luz follows her to apologize. After Amity explains the pressure she puts on herself to be the best and Luz shows how she does magic and how it doesn't come naturally for her, the two reach a state of understanding and Amity reverses the Everlasting Oath, allowing Luz to continue her witch training. Lilith gets a call from the Emperor's assistant, Kikimora who reminds her to focusing on capturing Eda as she promised the Emperor.
66"Hooty's Moving Hassle"Stephen SandovalCharley Feldman, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace, Jeff Trammell & Rachel VineBosook "Bo" Coburn, Madeleine Flores, Naomi Hicks, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz, Chris Pianka & Stephen SandovalFebruary 21, 2020 (2020-02-21)1060.39[86]
Eda tries to restock on elixir, but her supplier has run out. She is told that another supplier, Tibbles Grimhammer, might carry some and goes with King to get more. Meanwhile, Luz discovers that Willow and Gus weren't invited to a Moonlight Conjuring by Amity and her friends and she agrees to bring them to the Owl House for their own, despite Eda forbidding it. The three inadvertently make the house grow legs, and learn to control it when they hold hands. Eda and King meet Tibbles, who has the elixir. It is expensive, so Eda challenges him to Hexes Hold'em for it. Eda loses, and Tibbles reveals his plans to hand her over to the Emperor's Coven and keep King as a servant. The kids head to Amity's house to show her up, but a team of demon hunters capture the Owl House. Willow apologizes to Luz, admitting she used to be friends with Amity and wanted to prove her worth to her. The kids defeat the hunters while inadvertently destroying Tibbles' stand. Eda and King escape with the elixir while Tibbles swears revenge. Eda reprimands and compliments Luz for her actions and has her and her friends clean the house. Meanwhile Amity and her friends, while unable to move a doll are shocked to learn of the trio's conjuring success on penstagram.
77"Lost in Language"Aminder DhaliwalZach Marcus, Dana Terrace & Rachel VineBosook "Bo" Coburn, Aminder Dhaliwal, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz & Kelsey NordenFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28)1070.46[87]
While Eda and King babysit the Bat Queen's children, Luz goes to the library to return Eda's overdue books. There she runs into Amity and tries to bury the hatchet by befriending her, only to be given the cold shoulder. Luz also meets Amity's older siblings, Emira and Edric, who take a liking to her. After messing around in the library, Amity has the three of them thrown out. The siblings then invite Luz to break into the library with them after dark. They break in as the Wailing Star flies over the library, which magically brings the books' contents to life. After some fun, the siblings break into Amity's secret room, wanting to steal her diary and show it at school as payback. Luz refuses to help them, but unintentionally find the diary. Amity catches them in the act and, misreading the situation, calls Luz a bully. As the twins leave, Luz goes after Amity to explain herself, but are both forced to fight an altered version of a children's book character until the star's magic wears off. Luz lets Amity borrow the fifth Azura book as a way to apologize for accidently reading her diary. Amity accepts, likewise apologizing for her mean behavior, realizing that it wasn't helping the situation and decides to think about it. Luz returns to find Eda and King asleep as the Bat Queen comes to pick up her kids, as the two become devastated as they grown attached to them.
88"Once Upon a Swap"Aminder DhaliwalStory by : Charley Feldman, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Charley Feldman, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Aminder Dhaliwal, Hayley Foster, Cat Harman-Mitchell, Ben Holm & Amelia LorenzMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)1150.51[88]
Luz thinks Eda has it easy with magic to solve all her problems, King thinks Luz has it easy only dealing with teen drama, and Eda thinks that King has it easy by being adorable. They resolve to spend the day body swapped, with the one proven wrong having to clean Hooty. Eda (as King) enjoys being given free things, but is captured by two elderly cat café owners, Roselle and Dottie. King (as Luz) confronts Boscha and convinces her friends to run amok all over town. Afterwards, Boscha challenges King to a race, resulting in their hangout's destruction. They chase King into the café where he too is captured. Luz (as Eda) makes a profit selling human items, but gets arrested. At the police station, Lilith tries to convince her to join the Emperor's Coven, which Eda used to want, but she escapes and runs into Eda and King. Surrounded by all the people chasing them, Eda swaps their bodies back and then swaps all of their pursuers'. They return home, having learned their lesson, but because Eda and King refuse to help out, Luz ends up with cleaning duty, much to her dismay and annoyance.
99"Something Ventured, Someone Framed"Sabrina CotugnoStory by : Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Zach Marcus
Emmy Cicierega, Sabrina Cotugno, Madeleine Flores & Chris PiankaMarch 13, 2020 (2020-03-13)1090.44[89]
When a new member of the Human Appreciation Society, Mattholomule, challenges Gus' leadership, Gus invites Luz to the society's meeting, lying about her ban being lifted. Mattholomule has Luz taken to detention, which is a giant pit with worm creatures that entrap and brainwash students into good behavior. Feeling guilty, Gus gets himself and Mattholomule detained as well, where the three of them need to work together to get out alive. Meanwhile, Eda reluctantly visits Principal Bump about enrolling Luz into Hexside, after thinking over her desire to attend magic school. Bump surprisingly agrees, believing the school could learn from having a human exchange student, on the condition that Eda fixes every prank she pulled when she attended Hexside. She succeeds, and after Gus takes the blame for the destruction of the detention room, Luz is officially enrolled into Hexside. As for Gus, he is removed from the H.A.S. as president and member altogether, being replaced with Mattholomule. Bump promises to Eda to not tell the Emperor's Coven about Luz.
1010"Escape of the Palisman"Aminder DhaliwalStory by : Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Inbal Breda, Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Aminder Dhaliwal, Ben Holm & Amelia LorenzMarch 20, 2020 (2020-03-20)1080.52[90]
When Eda begins feeling the effects of her curse, she decides to take a rest. Luz meets up with Willow and Gus to see a grudgby match between Hexside and Glandus. They miss the bus, so Luz decides to use Eda's staff to fly there. They crash into a tree, resulting in Owlbert cracking his head and running away. The kids run into the Bat Queen, who is protecting Owlbert and gives Luz a series of trials to win his trust back. King finds Eda in her owl beast form, but more docile. He uses her to get revenge on some children at the park, but this alerts animal control, who take Eda away. He tries to use the elixir on her, but it has no effect. Knowing it's Eda's favorite thing for him to do, King squeals, snapping Eda back to normal, and the two escape. Luz completes the tasks, but the Bat Queen refuses to give up Owlbert. Luz realizes that the Bat Queen was once a palisman, and has been protecting other palismen. Realizing that Owlbert trusts Luz now, the Queen lets him go. As everyone heads home, Eda realizes that the elixir is becoming less effective.
1111"Sense and Insensitivity"Stu LivingstonStory by : Zach Marcus, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Zach Marcus
Charlie Bryant, Hayley Foster, Cat Harman-Mitchell & Stu LivingstonJuly 11, 2020 (2020-07-11)1110.41[91]
The Book Fair has come to Bonesborough and Luz is excited. When she discovers that a book-writing contest is being held, she enters it with King joining. Meanwhile, Eda discovers that Lilith is searching for the Bloom of Eternal Youth for the Emperor. When Lilith calls her aged and weak because of her curse, Eda obtains a map to look for the Bloom and prove her wrong. Luz tries writing a romantic fantasy while King just wants to add violence to it. King takes over the book and refuses to listen to Luz's ideas. A publisher named Piniet reads his manuscript and makes King famous overnight. When King has to write his second book however, he attempts to get Luz to help him, but she refuses. Piniet kidnaps Luz and forces her and King to write the book. King finally learns to compromise with Luz and they escape after burning Piniet's contract. Eda and Lilith race to the Bloom only to find that it was a trap by the market seller who gave Eda the map. After beating him up, Eda politely turns down Lilith's offer to join the Emperor's Coven and Lilith apologizes for her insults.
1212"Adventures in the Elements"Sabrina CotugnoStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : John Bailey Owen & Dana Terrace
Inbal Breda, Emmy Cicierega, Sabrina Cotugno, Madeleine Flores & Chris PiankaJuly 18, 2020 (2020-07-18)1100.29[92]
Luz is excited to join Hexside. However, Amity informs her that to share the same classes with her, she needs to know at least two spells. Luz convinces Eda to teach her a second spell and she takes her to The Knee, a snowy tundra on the Boiling Isles, to train. To Luz's shock, Amity is there as well being trained by Emira and Edric to make up for the library incident. Meanwhile, King uses a life-giving potion to create an army of stuffed dolls. They turn on him and he ends up recruiting Hooty to destroy them. Dissatisfied with Eda's teaching style and wanting to impress Amity and her siblings, Luz steals Amity's training wand. She ends up angering the Slitherbeast, a snow monster that captures Eda, Emira, and Edric. Upset, Amity puts Luz in a cage to protect her while she tries to rescue them. Luz, being forced to wait, has an epiphany and learns ice magic, which she uses to escape. Working together, Luz and Amity fight the Slitherbeast and Eda puts the monster to sleep. Luz and Eda return home to find the mess King and Hooty created while they were away.
1313"The First Day"Sabrina CotugnoStory by : Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Emmy Cicierega, Sabrina Cotugno, Madeleine Flores & Chris PiankaJuly 25, 2020 (2020-07-25)1130.43[93]
Luz attends her first day at Hexside, but has trouble deciding what track to enroll in, so Principal Bump places her in the potions track. When Luz gets caught using a crystal ball used by oracle magic students, she is placed in the detention track for mixing magic. Meanwhile, King follows Luz to school and takes over a class. Wanting to escape detention, Luz is brought by her fellow classmates, Viney, Jerbo, and Barkus, to a secret shortcuts room created by "Lord Calamity", which they use to listen in on other classes and learn mixed magic. They become offended after learning Luz had said that she was better than them and make her leave. Meanwhile, a visiting school inspector turns out to be an impostor and a magic-draining Greater Basilisk. Luz asks the detentionees for their help to defeat it, and they use their mixed magic skills to subdue the beast. Luz convinces Bump to allow them all to learn mixed magic. Bump reveals that the only other student who wanted to learn mixed magic was Eda, revealed to be "Lord Calamity", but never got to. Later, Bump finds King posing as a teacher and chases him out of the school.
1414"Really Small Problems"Stu LivingstonStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Zach Marcus & Dana Terrace
Inbal Breda, Charlie Bryant, Hayley Foster, Cat Harman-Mitchell & Stu LivingstonAugust 1, 2020 (2020-08-01)1120.52[94]
When Hexside is closed because of a pixie infestation, Eda receives an invitation to a pop-up carnival. While there the gang runs into Tibbles, who now owns a miniature circus called the "Tent of Tiny Terrors". King and Luz run into Willow and Gus, who were also invited to the carnival by Tibbles. Jealous and feeling left out by the other three, King is tricked by Tibbles into shrinking Willow and Gus with a potion. Luz finds out about it and confronts King, but they end up shrinking themselves after fighting over the potion. King and the children are captured by Tibbles and put in his tent where they are chased by his miniature beasts. Realizing that all of this is his fault, King tricks Tibbles into restoring everyone to normal size. Eda drives Tibbles away and Luz, King, Willow, and Gus all have fun together at the carnival for a few more hours.
1515"Understanding Willow"Aminder DhaliwalStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : John Bailey Owen
Inbal Breda, Emmy Cicierega, Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Sabrina Cotugno, Madeleine Flores, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz & Chris PiankaAugust 1, 2020 (2020-08-01)1140.46[95]
Luz and Willow attend photo class, which takes memories and places them into photos. Amity spots a photo of her and Willow when they were younger and best friends. Wanting to hide it, she burns it, but accidentally burns Willow's other photos, causing Willow to lose her memory. Luz and Gus discover Amity's actions and take Willow to Eda, who sends Luz and Amity into Willow's mind to fix her memories. Meanwhile, Gus is taking a journalism class, and Eda and King compete over who gets to be interviewed by him, but Gus ends up choosing Hooty, which doesn't lead to a good interview. Luz and Amity venture through Willow's memories, restoring most of them. They discover a creature, revealed to be Willow's "inner self", damaging memories with Amity in them. The inner Willow reveals the memory of Amity ending her friendship with Willow for being weak. But Amity reveals that the real reason she ended her friendship is because her parents, Odalia and Alador, forced her to end their friendship because they considered Willow beneath their family status and threatened to bar her from Hexside. Amity apologizes for being a bad friend and the inner Willow concedes. In the real world, Willow states that while she and Amity are not friends right now, her actions were a positive start.
1616"Enchanting Grom Fright"Stu LivingstonStory by : Molly Ostertag, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Molly Ostertag
Charlie Bryant, Emmy Cicierega, Hayley Foster, Madeleine Flores, Cat Harman-Mitchell, Chris Pianka & Spencer WanAugust 8, 2020 (2020-08-08)1160.35[96]
Luz learns that Hexside has its own version of Prom called Grom. Amity is selected as Grom Queen, which upsets her. Luz learns that on Grom, one student is chosen to fight the shape-shifting fear demon Grometheus, who lives under Hexside. Luz steps up to replace Amity as Grom Queen. Meanwhile, Gus invites King to be his co-emcee at Grom, but he is revealed to have stage fright. Once at Grom, Luz begins battling Grometheus, who takes on the appearance of her biggest fear: her mother discovering she lied and never went to camp. While Grometheus chases Luz, King overcomes his fear and directs the students toward the fight. Amity steps in to help Luz, and Amity's biggest fear is revealed to be rejection from somebody she was too afraid to ask to Grom. Luz and Amity defeat Grometheus together via dance-fight, and are carried by the students back to the party as Co-Grom Queens. Amity's Grom letter is shown to be addressed to Luz. Back home, Luz, who has been avoiding texting her mother, finds the courage to text her back. Back in the human world, it is shown someone is impersonating Luz and sending letters to her mother.
1717"Wing It Like Witches"Sabrina CotugnoStory by : Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Molly Ostertag & Rachel Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Emmy Cicierega, Sabrina Cotugno, Amelia Lorenz & Chris PiankaAugust 15, 2020 (2020-08-15)1180.37[97]
Willow experiences a confidence boost that earns the support of her classmates. This annoys Boscha, the grudgby team captain, who looks down on and bullies Willow. Luz and Gus try to defend her, but are also bullied. Hoping to beat her at her own game, Luz gets the idea from Amity to challenge Boscha to a grudgby game on Willow's behalf. Luz asks Amity to join their team, but she flusteredly refuses. Meanwhile, Lilith arrives at the Owl House to arrest Eda. Eda agrees only if Lilith beats her in a grudgby match. Eda wins, but sympathetically gives Lilith her ring, telling her to tell the Emperor she put up a fight. Luz pushes Willow and Gus in training too far and they quit. Amity reveals to Luz that she was the team captain before Boscha, but accidently hurt her fellow players by pushing them to hard and quit. Learning from this, Luz forfeits to Boscha. When Boscha attacks Luz, Amity convinces Willow and Gus to return, and they have a proper grudgby match. Willow's team narrowly loses, but Boscha's teammates congratulate Willow for the fun game, frustrating Boscha. At the end of the episode, Amity, with a broken leg from the match, joins Luz, Willow, Gus, Eda, and King at the Owl House.
1818"Agony of a Witch"Aminder DhaliwalStory by : Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : John Bailey Owen
Luz Batista, Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Aminder Dhaliwal, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz & Chris PiankaAugust 22, 2020 (2020-08-22)1190.51[98]
Lilith makes another attempt at capturing Eda, but is thwarted by Hooty. Luz discovers that Eda's curse has been worsening, requiring increasingly more elixir to restrain. At school, Luz learns that they are taking a field trip to the Emperor's castle. She decides to go after learning the castle holds powerful magic relics, including a healing hat that might be able to cure Eda. While on the tour, Luz sneaks off, seeing Lilith being threatened by Emperor Belos with banishment from the Emperor's Coven if she fails to capture Eda. Willow and Gus learn of Luz's plan and help her break into the relics room. They are sensed by Belos and found by Lilith, who holds Luz hostage to lure out Eda. Eda and Lilith have a fight outside the castle, during which Lilith accidentally reveals that she was the one who cursed Eda. With Luz's life on the line, Eda uses up her magic, causing her to transform fully into her owl beast form. Lilith takes Eda away to Belos before telling Luz to return to her own world. A defeated Luz returns to the Owl House and breaks down in tears as King and Hooty comfort her.
1919"Young Blood, Old Souls"Stephen SandovalStory by : Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Madeleine Flores, Hayley Foster, Cat Harman-Mitchell, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz & Chris PiankaAugust 29, 2020 (2020-08-29)1200.38[99]
Luz and King prepare to rescue Eda. Meanwhile, Belos tells Lilith that he doesn't intend to cure Eda, instead sending her to be petrified, to Lilith's horror. Luz and King break into the Conformatorium to rescue Eda, who tells them that Belos wants the portal to the human world, and that Luz needs to go home and destroy it. As Eda is taken away to be petrified, Luz fights with Lilith, and they both end up in the human world. Lilith admits that she cursed Eda because she worried that her abilities would earn Eda a place in the emperor's coven instead of her, only for Eda to give the position to her, making Lilith realized cursing her was a terrible mistake, and gives Luz Eda's staff. Returning to save Eda, Luz and Lilith are ambushed by Belos, who has Lilith and King sent to be petrified with Eda while Luz fights him. Overpowered, Luz destroys the portal to stop Belos. She rescues Eda and they escape with King and Lilith. Lilith uses her magic to share Eda's curse, resulting in Eda returning to normal, but both her and Lilith's magic are weakened. Afterwards, Luz makes a video talking to her mother, promising that she will find a way home. Belos sends a member of the Emperor’s Coven, the Golden Guard, to spy on the Owl House, while he begins reconstructing the portal.

Season 2 (2021)[edit]

Directly following the events of the first season finale, this season will "find our heroes working together to return Luz to the Human Realm, help Eda confront her inner demons, and search for the truth about King’s past."[7] The season features 21 episodes divided into "2A" and "2B". The first letters of the episode titles for 2A spell out "SEEK THE KEY."[100]

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201"Separate Tides"Amelia LorenzStory by : Mikki Crisostomo, Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen & Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : Zach Marcus
Vince Aparo, Luz Batista, Hayley Foster & Ben HolmJune 12, 2021 (2021-06-12)[a]2010.29[102]
Luz feels guilty about Eda and Lilith's predicament, so decides to earn some money by joining an ocean crew to hunt for a Selkidomus, alongside King. King discovers that the ship belongs to the Emperor's Coven and is captured by the Golden Guard. A thief steals the monetary reward for capturing the Selkidomus. Luz gives chase, discovering that Eda is the thief, but also knocking the money into the sea. The Golden Guard reveals himself, demanding that the two kill the Selkidomus, or else he will harm King. Eda convinces Luz to stop blaming herself for recent events, explaining how her life is better with Luz in it. After learning the Selkidomus has a child, they fake killing the creature and the Golden Guard leaves. The Selkidomus rewards the two with valuable selkigris. Meanwhile, Lilith wants to make things up to Eda by creating a scrying potion for her. She acquires one of the ingredients, fire bee honey, with Hooty's help, and the two become friends. When Luz, Eda, and King return, Lilith completes the potion, allowing them to spy into Emperor Belos' castle. Unbeknownst to them, Belos is aware of being spied on as he continues rebuilding the portal.
212"Escaping Expulsion"Bosook "Bo" CoburnStory by : Mikki Crisostomo, Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen & Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : Molly Ostertag & Dana Terrace
Ben Holm, Alexandria Kwan & Nicole RodriguezJune 19, 2021 (2021-06-19)[a]2020.37[103]
Luz returns to school, reuniting with Amity, Willow, and a pubertal Gus. However, Luz, Willow, and Gus are suddenly expelled from Hexside at the request of Odalia and Alador Blight, who believe they are distracting Amity. With Willow and Gus being punished by their parents, Luz decides to strike a deal with Amity's parents: If Luz helps demonstrate their abomination-based weapons to investors, they will allow Luz and her friends to return to Hexside. The showcase turns life-threatening as one of the products, the unstoppable robotic Abomiton, tries to kill Luz. Amity, Willow, and Gus break into Blight Industries to save Luz. Amity finally stands up to her mother, threatening to destroy the Abomiton in front of investors unless Odalia allows her friends back into Hexside. Odalia reluctantly relents. Meanwhile, Eda and Lilith spend their day mastering Luz's glyph magic. However, Eda's haste to skip the basics and try glyph combos causes one of her attempts to go awry, growing uncontrollably and engulfing King. With Lilith's help, they save King, and figure out how to properly combine glyphs into new spells. The Golden Guard later appears at Blight Industries to purchase all of their Abomitons for the Emperor.
223"Echoes of the Past"Bridget UnderwoodStory by : Mikki Crisostomo, Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Baily Owen & Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : Mikki Crisostomo
Vince Aparo, Rhea Dadoo & King PecoraJune 26, 2021 (2021-06-26)2030.33[104]
King once again regales having being the King of Demons. Lilith, however, doubts the truth of his story. To prove her wrong, King takes Lilith, Luz and, Hooty to the island where Eda found him. When Eda discovers their leaving, however, she chases after them. King, Luz, Lilith, and Hooty arrive on the island and enter a tower, which King claims was his castle. They are attacked by a strange creature, which Eda rescues them from. Eda tells King the truth, that he was never actually the King of Demons. Eda originally found King alone as a baby and took him home. King later got the idea he was a monarch from an offhand joke by Eda, who played along to make him happy. King is devastated by this revelation, but Luz wants to see what is at the top of the tower. They evade the creature and enter a room with broken eggshells. King regains his memory of hatching from the egg, and of someone calling him "son". King also realizes the creature is trying to protect him, and that he can control it. Back home, Luz promises to do everything she can to help King find his father.
234"Keeping up A-fear-ances"Amelia LorenzStory by : Emmy Cicierega, Mikki Crisostomo, Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen & Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : Zach Marcus
Luz Batista, Hayley Foster & Cat Harman-MitchellJuly 3, 2021 (2021-07-03)2040.38[105]
Eda's mother, Gwendolyn, arrives at the Owl House offering a supposed cure for Eda's curse. However, Eda turns her down, as Gwen comes yearly with no success. Convinced she is trying to help, Luz goes with Gwen to see Wortlop, a magic healer, who gives her a book of cures. They lead Eda into the woods, using the book's questionable methods to help her. Meanwhile, Lilith sulks over how Gwen never paid attention to her. When the curse begins taking hold, Lilith finds the elixirs missing and fully transforms into a raven beast. Luz realizes Wortlop's book is a scam, and that Gwen, convinced of Wartlop's methods, had taken the elixirs. Eda transforms as well, and starts fighting Lilith's cursed form. Gwen returns to Wortlop, but discovers he was a team of disguised con artists. Realizing her error, she helps Luz and King administer the elixir to Eda and Lilith. Eda and Lilith make up with Gwen, with Lilith deciding to move back in with her. Gwen tells Luz that she is not the first human on the Boiling Isles, and says to find more information at the library. Back in the Human Realm, a doppelgänger of Luz is living with an oblivious Camila.
245"Through the Looking Glass Ruins"Bosook "Bo" CoburnStory by : Mikki Crisostomo, Janae Hall, Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen & Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : Molly Ostertag & Dana Terrace
Ben Holm, Alexandria Kwan & Nicole RodriguezJuly 10, 2021 (2021-07-10)2050.39[106]
Gus begins to doubt his skills as an illusionist. When he meets a gang of students from Glandus High, including Mattholomule, they invite him to the Looking Glass Ruins to collect Galderstones which can empower magic. However, Gus discovers that the ruins is an illusionists' graveyard and it's guardian turns out to be an eccentric illusionist. The Glandus students traps Gus and the keeper to steal the stones, but a guilt-ridden Mattholomule helps free them and they scare the gang away, befriending Gus in the process. Meanwhile, Luz meets up with Amity who helps her enter the forbidden section of the library in order to learn more about Philip Wittebane, the first human on the Boiling Isles. They find Philip's journal, but a mouse devoured the contents angering Luz and alerting them to Malphas, the master librarian who fires Amity. After this, Amity confides in Edric and Emira her feelings for Luz and they redye her hair purple. Luz manages to get Amity's job back and Amity shows her that the mouse, dubbed an Echo Mouse, can replay the contents of what it has eaten. As Luz thanks Amity, she receives a kiss on the cheek from her which flusters them both.
256"Hunting Palismen"Bridget UnderwoodStory by : Mikki Crisostomo, Janae Hall, Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen & Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : Dana Terrace
Vince Aparo, Rhea Dadoo & King PecoraJuly 17, 2021 (2021-07-17)2060.45[107]
During a meeting with the coven heads, Emperor Belos suffers from a curse-like ailment and asks the Golden Guard, his nephew, to find him more Palismen to keep it at bay. At Hexside, it is Palisman Adoption Day, provided by the Bat Queen, but Luz does not match with any of the Palismens due to her uncertain goals for the future. When she stays at the nest for a night to find one, the nest gets stolen by the Golden Guard. They fight, but are attacked by a dragon and crash. Luz discovers that the dragon was sent by Kikimora in an effort to get rid of the Golden Guard, so she decides to help him. The two of them bond over their lack of magic as they create a fog that would put Kikimora to sleep and attempt to rescue the nest. Golden Guard wants to double-cross Luz, but she speaks to his better judgment and he reveals his name is Hunter. He battles a drowsy Kikimora while Luz takes off on the dragon to return the nest. Afterwards, Eda and King give Luz some palistrum wood so that she can carve her own Palisman. Hunter gets a rebuke for his failure, but a cardinal Palisman appears in his room and becomes his Palisman after it has seen his conviction on wanting his own future.
267"Eda's Requiem"Amelia LorenzStory by : Mikki Crisostomo, Janae Hall, Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen & Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : Dana Terrace
Luz Batista, Hayley Foster & Cat Harman-MitchellJuly 24, 2021 (2021-07-24)2070.39[108]
Eda feels sad because Luz and even King will leave her soon to return to their respective families. As she sulks in town, she meets a secret rebel group called the Bards Against the Throne (or B.A.T.T.s for short), led by Raine Whispers, the newly appointed head of the Bard Coven and Eda's ex-partner. While helping the B.A.T.T.s saving coven-less witches, Raine learns that Eda's curse causes things to shrivel and die around her when she plays her mandolin. One of the B.A.T.T.s' mission turns out to be a trap set by coven heads Eberwolf and Darius, so Eda and Raine decide to use Eda's cursed magic to stop them, even if it costs their own lives. Upon learning that Eda has Luz and King, Raine forces her to run back to them. Eda helps King to stream a message to his father while he reveals that he has legally changed his name to King Clawthorne. Raine gets captured by Kikimora. Instead of a punishment, she puts Raine into a deep slumber since every coven head is crucial in Emperor Belos' plan.
278"Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door"Amelia LorenzStory by : Dana Terrace, John Baily Owen, Zach Marcus, Molly Knox Ostertag & Madeleine Hernandez
Teleplay by : Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen & Dana Terrace
Luz Batista, Hayley Foster & Cat Harman-MitchellJuly 31, 2021 (2021-07-31)2090.41[109]
King is having trouble trying to figure out what kind of demon he is, Eda is nervous about her curse, and Luz is stuck in her head about her feelings for Amity. Hooty takes it upon himself to try and help them out. He puts King through a series of tests, but cannot determine what he is. King gets angry and unleashes a powerful echo blast. Hooty puts Eda to sleep as she confronts her past and how her curse affected her relationship with her father and Raine. She decides to work with her curse and awakens to a new and refined harpy-like form. Hooty kidnaps Amity and puts her and Luz through a tunnel of love with the latter desperately try to hide the tunnel's romantic messages, fearing what would Amity think of her, although this causes Amity to believe Luz is uninterested in her. Believing he has failed all of them, Hooty causes havoc across the house and yard. Contrarily, Eda and King are happy with their new developments and hold Hooty back long enough for Luz and Amity to finally ask each other out. With things better, Hooty writes a letter to Lilith and runs into a stranger, resembling King, who ask him to hand over a letter to King. However, Hooty ends up accidentally eating it.
289"Eclipse Lake"Bridget UnderwoodStory by : John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace, Mikki Crisostomo & Zach Marcus
Teleplay by : Dana Terrace
Vince Aparo, Rhea Dadoo & King PecoraAugust 7, 2021 (2021-08-07)2080.38[110]
While Luz recovers from a harmless illness, the Common Mold, the Echo Mouse reveals that Titan's Blood exists at Eclipse Lake, which is a key element to travel between worlds. Eda and King go to The Knee to find it, along with Amity who wants to prove that she is a good girlfriend to Luz. They run into Hunter, also on a mission for the blood in order to prove himself to Belos and they hold him in captive. Upon entering the cave, they find Kikimora on a search as well with Belos' guards. Hunter escapes, leaving the group behind to get captured by the guards. Eda, who has been having trouble transforming into her harpy form, finally manages to do so and takes out the guards while Amity and King go after Hunter. The lake is dried up, but Amity realizes that the portal key has Titan's Blood in it. A fight over it ensues, ending with Hunter threatening Luz's life. Amity gives up the key, but cracks it in her hand, getting some of the blood on her glove. The group returns to the Owl House where Luz expresses her joy for Amity's safety without even caring the results of their mission. Hunter starts to bond with his cardinal Palisman.
2910"Yesterday's Lie"Bosook "Bo" CoburnStory by : Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace, Mikki Crisostomo, Janae Hall & Zach Marcus
Teleplay by : Molly Ostertag & Dana Terrace
Daun Han, Ben Holm & Alexandria KwanAugust 14, 2021 (2021-08-14)2100.36[111]
Eda, King, and Hooty manage to create a temporary portal for Luz, so she can check on her mother in the Human Realm. When Luz goes inside, she ends up in a strange place filled with cubes that allows her to interact with both realms through reflections. She discovers her doppelganger, who turns out to be a shapeshifting basilisk named Vee, originally called Number Five, and was experimented on by the Emperor's Coven. She ran away from the Boiling Isles and decided to live Luz's life as Camila was so kind to her. Because she needs magic to disguise herself, Luz tries to help her by guiding her to the local museum where they learn that its curator has been trying to hunt demons for years. He captures Vee, so Luz reaches out to her mother, telling her the whole truth and asking her help. Camila is incredulous at first, but soon understands the situation, frees Vee and locks up the curator. She allows Vee to live with her, but worries for Luz and becomes deeply upset after finding out that staying on the Boiling Isles was Luz's own choice. As Luz is pulled back to the Demon Realm since the portal is unstable, Camila asks her to promise to never leave her again, which Luz does with mixed feelings.

Shorts[edit]

Look Hooo's Talking[edit]

A series of shorts, modelled after the aftershow format, titled Look Hooo's Talking premiered on the official Disney Channel YouTube channel. The shorts, which are usually posted a day after an episode's airing but air right after its TV premiere, depict two live-action owls named Horus Herashoo and Owlyvia Kim (voiced by Hirsch and Robles, respectively) talking about the events of the most recent episode and pick apart some of the details that potentially will make an impact later in the show. At the end of each episode, the credits quickly scroll by, but when paused reveal the name of the "crew" which consists of names of the actual crew of the show, but with re-imagined bird name puns such as the creator, Dana Terrace, being renamed Danightingale Terrace.[112]

Starting with the episode "Sense and Insensitivity", the format retired.

Owl Pellets[edit]

In April and May 2020, Disney Channel began releasing a series of comedic shorts called Owl Pellets involving Luz, Eda, and King's antics with magic and the exploration of the Boiling Isles.

No.TitleOriginal release date
1"Welcome to Hexside!"April 4, 2020 (2020-04-04)[113]
King is changing channels on his crystal ball until he stops upon seeing Principal Bump in a parody of 1980s commercials. In it, he introduces the viewer to Hexside School of Magic and Demonics. He tours the viewer about his school and every time he mentions a part of the school, one of the students in the commercial gets hurt.
2"Eda's Cursed Brush"April 11, 2020 (2020-04-11)[114]
Eda sees Luz make a drawing of herself, Eda, and King. Eda asks what she used to draw it, and Luz explains she can draw with everything with just enough practice. She demonstrates this by drawing an owl on her palm with Eda's lipstick, drawing bats on a napkin with chalk, and making a Good Witch Azura pancake. Eda then clarifies that she was asking because she lost a cursed pencil and can't find it. Suddenly, Luz's drawings come to life and start wreaking havoc. Luz says that maybe she shouldn't draw with everything after all, to which Eda replies she'll get the paper shredder.
3"Paint Scare!"April 18, 2020 (2020-04-18)[115]
King finds Luz drawing a picture in the woods and asks how she's so good at it. She's about to explain when she sees a shadowy monster on the painting, but does not recall drawing it. She looks away, only to see the monster coming closer. Then King sees the monster holding up a sign that says "I'm right behind you", frightening the pair. Later, while they're hiding, Luz says it might be better to paint in the safety of your own home. It is then revealed that the entire scene is actually being painted by the shadow monster itself.
4"Art Lessons with Luz"April 25, 2020 (2020-04-25)[116]
King asks Luz how she is so good at drawing to which Luz explains she uses a trick by using simple shapes. For example, when she draws King, she uses triangles and circles while using a tube and a circle to draw Hooty. Suddenly, Hooty appears and attacks his sketch, believing it to be an invader of his territory. Luz and King calm him down, but later find him talking to life-sized drawings of the two of them before freaking out again after seeing the real ones.
5"Coven Lovin Soap Opera"May 2, 2020 (2020-05-02)[117]
Luz watches a soap opera on the crystal ball to which King expresses his disgust and leaves. The plot of the soap opera involves a witch having an affair with two handsome monsters. Just then, the witch's near dead mother appears and is about to tell a secret when she dies. Just before the ending can explain everything, the crystal ball's signal suddenly cuts off, much to King's disappointment, who was watching the show in secret. Luz cheers him up by telling him about fan fiction.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Owl House has received widespread critical acclaim. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media rated the show 4 out of 5 stars and said putting different elements together made the series quirky and likable. It was also described as well written and animated, and speculated that "[the show] likely will be one you will want to watch alongside your older kids and tweens, giving you the opportunity to discuss these kinds of themes as they come up."[118] LaughingPlace.com's critic praised the series for its unique visuals and voice acting, stating "The performances fit together beautifully as the diversity in their delivery showcases the characters’ unique roles in the Demon Realm."[119] Collider's Dave Trumbore gave the series' first episode a 4-star rating, feeling that the episode "[has] got a dark, yet darkly comic edge to the whole thing."[120] The conservative evangelical Christian religious television network, called the Christian Broadcasting Network attacked the show, declaring it was part of a "witch agenda to make witchcraft look positive," an assessment that a writer for The Mary Sue called "hyperbolic," and stated that a "rebellious Latina witch" is, to those like CBN, "probably the scariest thing," while stating that the show sounds like "a ton of fun."[121]

Kevin Johnson of The A.V. Club was critical of the series, stating that they were not "buying the developments between Amity and Luz," but praised Eda's character.[122] Ben Bertoli was more positive. He wrote that Terrace and those working on the job had done a great job creating a fantasy world, relatable characters, and predicted a "big animation fandom."[123] Nick Venable wrote that fans of Gravity Falls and Steven Universe would love the series because the "otherworld-ness of the Boiling Isle[s] immediately asserts itself" while the show makes "relationships feel genuine and tactile," following in the footsteps of those shows.[124] At the same time, Colin Hickson of Comic Book Resources praised the series, while noting that the opening of the series would give "any Gravity Falls fans a major sense of deja vu."[125] Jade King of TheGamer described the show as a "groundbreaking queer adventure" that has broken boundaries in LGBTQ+ representation, noting how it builds off to She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and Steven Universe.[126] King also said that the show could make sure "queer content isn’t merely a footnote to the overall story" but ingrained into the show itself. The first season currently holds a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2020 Autostraddle Gay Emmys Outstanding Animated Series The Owl House Nominated [127]
2021 GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Kids and Family Programming The Owl House Nominated [66]
Annie Awards Best Character Design Marina Gardner (for "Young Blood, Old Souls") Nominated [128]
Peabody Awards Children's & Youth Programming The Owl House Won [129]
Daytime Emmys Outstanding Main Title for a Daytime Animated Program The Owl House Nominated [130]
Imagen Awards Best Voice-Over Actor – Television Sarah-Nicole Robles (for Luz Noceda) Nominated [131]
Autostraddle Gay Emmys Outstanding Animated Series The Owl House Nominated [132]

In other media[edit]

Light novel adaptation[edit]

A light novel based on The Owl House is set to be released in May 2022.[133] According to Dana Terrace, the novel will feature an original story.[134]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b This episode was first shown at the Paley Center for a virtual screening on June 5, 2021, in celebration of Pride Month.[101]

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