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The Owl House
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Genre
Created byDana Terrace
Written byDana Terrace
Rachel Vine
John Bailey Owen
Manuel Jesse Nieto Jr.
Charley Feldman
Jeff Trammell
Zach Marcus
Molly Ostertag
Directed byStephen Sandoval
Stu Livingston
Aminder Dhaliwal
Sabrina Cotugno
Ricky Cometa (art)
Creative directorTyler Chen
Voices ofSarah-Nicole Robles
Wendie Malick
Alex Hirsch
Tati Gabrielle
Issac Ryan Brown
Mae Whitman
Theme music composerT. J. Hill
Opening theme"The Owl House Main Theme"
ComposerT.J. Hill[3]
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19
Production
Executive producerDana Terrace
ProducersWade Wisinski
Stephen Sandoval (supervising)
EditorsKevin Locarro
Jenny Jordan (assistant)
Matt Brailey (animatic)
Lauren Crist (animatic)
Running time22 minutes
Production companyDisney Television Animation[a]
Release
Original networkDisney Channel
Picture format1080p (16:9 HDTV)
4K (Ultra HD)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseJanuary 10, 2020 (2020-01-10) –
present (present)
External links
Website
Production website

The Owl House is an American animated fantasy television series created by Dana Terrace and produced by Disney Television Animation. It premiered on Disney Channel on January 10, 2020.[4][5][6] In November 2019, the series was renewed for a second season prior to the series premiere.[7]

Premise[edit]

Luz Noceda is a teenage human girl 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.[8]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Dana Terrace first began conceiving early ideas for a series about a girl learning to be a witch in late 2016.[9] 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 feature strong surreal visual elements.[10][11][12]

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,[8] but it was delayed for a 2020 release.[4][13] 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.

Season 1 aired its 19th and final episode on August 29, 2020.[14] On November 21, 2019, the show was renewed for a second season prior to the first season's debut.[7]

Writing[edit]

Terrace said that the general lore for the series was inspired by art and story books by Hieronymus Bosch.[11] According to Terrace, the hardest decision when creating the series was whether to implement potential lore elements in the series.[11] 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.[10] The Pokémon franchise served as a strong influence on the series.[10]

Eda was the earliest character created for the show.[10] 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".[10] 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.[10] 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.[15] The character's personality was inspired by "stories of each other about what dorks we were in high school", as well as partially from Terrace's own childhood.[15][9] 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.[10]

Several of the series' themes are inspired by Terrace's childhood.[12] The series features themes of uniqueness and comformity, 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.[12] 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".[12]

Hirsch said that while there was a concern with the Disney Channel over the series' horror elements, Terrace nevertheless choose to feature horror elements, arguing that "Disney is the full spectrum of emotions, creatures and scary things".[10] 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.[9] She described the magic elements on the show as "a framing device for the grounded emotional stories" featured on the series.[9]

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 in order to find a compromise between her personal ideas and Disney executives' wishes, though she nevertheless was proud of the final product.[16] Season 2 will have a tone closer to what Terrace originally intended.[16]

Animation[edit]

The show is animated by Rough Draft Korea, Sunmin Image Pictures, and Sugarcube Animation.[17] Terrace said that the visual style was inspired by paintings by Remedios Varo, John Bauer and Hieronymus Bosch, as well as Russian architecture.[18] 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.[19]

Spencer Wan served as animation supervisor during season one.[20] 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.[20] Kofi Fiagome will serve as animation supervisor for season two.[20]

Ricky Cometa served as art director for the series.[9] 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.[9] 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".[9] He also didn't wanted all demons on the show to have scary appearances, as they are supposed to represent normal people within the show.[9]

Terrace said that Luz' 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.[9] 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".[9] Cometa said that it was "fun" to design demonic versions of common places.[9] The animators also changed real-life elements to further distinguish the Boiling Isles from Earth, such as making the ocean purple.[21]

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.[22][23]

Music[edit]

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]

Marketing[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][18]

The show's main title sequence was released on July 19, 2019, during San Diego Comic-Con 2019.[25]

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.

Broadcast[edit]

The Owl House had its first international debut in Canada on January 12, 2020,[26] in Southeast Asia on March 20, 2020,[27][28] and on April 13, 2020, in Latin America.[29] It premiered in France on April 15, 2020,[30] in South Korea on May 23, 2020,[31] and in Japan on July 23, 2020.[32] The show premiered in the UK & Ireland on August 10, 2020,[33][34] in the Netherlands on August 24, 2020,[35] in Spain on October 3, 2020,[36][37] in Africa on October 26, 2020,[38] and in Romania on January 2, 2021.

The entire first season was added to Disney+ on October 30, 2020.[39]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Owl House has received a mostly positive reception from critics. 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."[40] 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."[41] 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."[42] 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."[43] While Kevin Johnson of The A.V. Club was critical of the series, stating that they were not "buying the developments between Amity and Luz," and praised Eda's character,[44] 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."[45] Additionally, 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.[46] 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."[47]

LGBTQ+ representation[edit]

The Owl House has been praised for featuring several characters who are LGBTQ+, in particular the growing romance between the characters of Luz Noceda and Amity Blight.[48][49] 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.[50] Claiming "there is no heterosexual explanation" for Amity's action, Terrace responded, "there really isn't".[51] On August 8, 2020, the episode, written by Molly Ostertag,[52] 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"[53] and the first time he got to "do anything even remotely queer."[54]

On September 2, 2020, during a Reddit AMA, Dana Terrace confirmed that Amity is intended to be a lesbian and that Luz is bisexual.[55] The two girls represent Disney's second animated LGBTQ+ characters after Sheriff Blubbs and Deputy Derland in Gravity Falls.[56] Additionally, in the episode "Understanding Willow", one of the main characters (Willow Park) is shown to have two dads.[57]

The series was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids and Family Programming.[58]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2021 GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Kids and Family Programming The Owl House Nominated [58]
Annie Awards Best Character Design Marina Gardner (for "Young Blood, Old Souls") Pending [59]

Episodes[edit]

The first letters of the episode titles for the first season spell out, "A WITCH LOSES A TRUE WAY".[60]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboard byOriginal air date [61]Prod.
code [62]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"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[63]
Luz Noceda is forced by her mother Camila to go to Reality Check Camp, a juvenile detention summer camp. While waiting to be picked up, an owl takes her favorite book and she chases it into an abandoned house 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 where 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 decides to stay in the Boiling Isles to become a witch and Eda reluctantly accepts. As Luz settles in for the night, she texts her mother to inform her that she's going to like it at "camp".
2"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[64]
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.
3"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[65]
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.
4"The Intruder"Stu LivingstonManuel Jesse Nieto Jr., Dana Terrace & Rachel VineCharlie Bryant, Cat Harman-Mitchell & Stu LivingstonJanuary 31, 2020 (2020-01-31)1040.51[66]
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 monster, 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.
5"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[67]
While out selling human items, Luz and Eda are told by Willow and Gus about the annual Covention, an event where witchlings can learn about covens before choosing one. The group comes across the Emperor's Coven, the most high-ranked coven. The Coven holds a show where its leader, Eda's sister Lilith, is introduced. Luz runs into Amity, who blames her for getting her in trouble at school. After Amity steps on one of King's cupcakes, Luz challenges her to a Witches' Duel. If Luz wins, Amity must admit humans can be witches. If Amity wins, Luz must stop studying magic forever. Amity sets an Everlasting Oath on those conditions. After a failed training, Eda sets magic traps to help Luz. King falls into the arena, accidentally setting off one of the traps, and revealing Eda's cheating. However, Eda discovers a power glyph hidden on Amity's neck, placed there by Lilith, showing she had also cheated. Amity runs off embarrassed and Luz follows her while Eda and Lilith start another duel. Lilith and Eda keep fighting until Eda distracts Lilith and leaves. Impressed by Luz's magic methods and determination, Amity reverses the Everlasting Oath, allowing her to continue studying magic.
6"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[68]
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 Luz for her actions and has her and her friends clean the house.
7"Lost in Language"Aminder DhaliwalZach Marcus, Dana Terrace & Rachel VineBosook "Bo" Coburn, Dhaliwal, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz & Kelsey NordenFebruary 28, 2020 (2020-02-28)1070.46[69]
While Eda and King babysit the Bat Queen's children, Luz goes to the library to return Eda's overdue books. There she finds Amity reading to kids. Luz also meets Amity's older siblings, Emira and Edric, who take a liking to her. After messing around in the library, Amity tells on them, and they are kicked out. Emira and Edric then invite Luz to break into the library with them during the Wailing Star. They break in as the star flies over the library, which magically brings the books' contents to life. After some fun, the siblings break into Amity's secret room to look for her diary so they can post it at school as payback. Luz doesn't want to help them, but unintentionally finds the diary. Amity catches them in the act and calls Luz a bully. Luz goes after Amity to apologize, 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 say sorry, which Amity accepts. Luz returns to find Eda and King asleep as the Bat Queen comes in to pick up her kids.
8"Once Upon a Swap"Aminder DhaliwalStory by : Charley Feldman, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Feldman, Terrace & Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Dhaliwal, Hayley Foster, Cat Harman-Mitchell, Ben Holm & Amelia LorenzMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)1150.51[70]
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.
9"Something Ventured, Someone Framed"Sabrina CotugnoStory by : Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Marcus
Emmy Cicierega, Cotugno, Madeleine Flores & Chris PiankaMarch 13, 2020 (2020-03-13)1090.44[71]
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. The school is now enforced by trouble-smelling creatures working as security guards following Luz's last visit. After thinking over Luz's desire to attend magic school, Eda reluctantly visits Bump about enrolling her into Hexside. He 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. Mattholomule has Luz taken to detention. Gus then gets himself and Mattholomule detained as well, and detention is revealed to be a giant pit with worm creatures that entrap and brainwash students into good behavior. Luz and Gus rescue Mattholomule from the pit and escape just in time to run into Bump and Eda. Gus takes the blame for everything, and Bump removes him from the H.A.S. as president and member altogether, being replaced with Mattholomule. Eda tells Luz that she is allowing her into Hexside because she knows that she's smart enough to make her own decisions, and Bump agrees not to tell the Emperor's Coven about their deal.
10"Escape of the Palisman"Aminder DhaliwalStory by : Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : John Bailey Owen, Terrace & Rachel Vine
Inbal Breda, Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Dhaliwal, Ben Holm & Amelia LorenzMarch 20, 2020 (2020-03-20)1080.52[72]
When Eda begins to feel 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 end up crashing 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 cursed owl monster form, but is more docile. He decides to use her to get revenge on some children at the park, but this alerts animal control, the former demon hunters that captured Hooty, 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 in fear turning Eda back to normal, and they escape animal control. Luz completes the tasks, but the Bat Queen refuses to give up Owlbert. Luz discovers that the Bat Queen used to be a giant's palisman and has been protecting other palismans. Realizing that Owlbert trusts Luz now, the Queen lets him go. As everyone heads home, Eda realizes that the elixir is not working well enough.
11"Sense and Insensitivity"Stu LivingstonStory by : Zach Marcus, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Marcus
Charlie Bryant, Hayley Foster, Cat Harman-Mitchell & LivingstonJuly 11, 2020 (2020-07-11)1110.41[73]
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.
12"Adventures in the Elements"Sabrina CotugnoStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Owen & Terrace
Inbal Breda, Emmy Cicierega, Cotugno, Madeleine Flores & Chris PiankaJuly 18, 2020 (2020-07-18)1100.29[74]
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.
13"The First Day"Sabrina CotugnoStory by : Dana Terrace
Teleplay by : Zach Marcus, John Bailey Owen, Terrace & Rachel Vine
Emmy Cicierega, Cotugno, Madeleine Flores & Chris PiankaJuly 25, 2020 (2020-07-25)1130.43[75]
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. 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 detentioners 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 and chases him out of the school.
14"Really Small Problems"Stu LivingstonStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Marcus & Terrace
Inbal Breda, Charlie Bryant, Hayley Foster, Cat Harman-Mitchell & LivingstonAugust 1, 2020 (2020-08-01)1120.52[76]
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.
15"Understanding Willow"Aminder DhaliwalStory by : Charley Feldman, Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : 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[77]
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. 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. Amity reveals that her parents forced her to end their friendship because they considered Willow weak 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.
16"Enchanting Grom Fright"Stu LivingstonStory by : Molly Ostertag, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Ostertag
Charlie Bryant, Emmy Cicierega, Hayley Foster, Madeleine Flores, Cat Harman-Mitchell, Chris Pianka & Spencer WanAugust 8, 2020 (2020-08-08)1160.35[78]
Luz learns that Hexside has its own version of Prom called Grom, with the Grom Queen position given to Amity this year, who is upset by this. Luz learns that on Grom, one student is chosen to face the shape-shifting fear demon Grometheus. 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 her secret witch training. 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.
17"Wing It Like Witches"Sabrina CotugnoStory by : Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag & John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Ostertag & Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Emmy Cicierega, Cotugno, Amelia Lorenz & Chris PiankaAugust 15, 2020 (2020-08-15)1170.37[79]
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 challenges 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 hurt her fellow players 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, and Guz at the Owl House.
18"Agony of a Witch" (Part 1) Aminder DhaliwalStory by : Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Owen
Luz Batista, Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Dhaliwal, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz & Chris PiankaAugust 22, 2020 (2020-08-22)1180.51[80]
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 monster 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.
19"Young Blood, Old Souls" (Part 2) Stephen SandovalStory by : Zach Marcus, Molly Ostertag, John Bailey Owen, Dana Terrace & Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Terrace & Vine
Bosook "Bo" Coburn, Madeleine Flores, Hayley Foster, Cat Harman-Mitchell, Ben Holm, Amelia Lorenz, Chris PiankaAugust 29, 2020 (2020-08-29)1190.38[81]
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 cursing Eda 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 spy to the Owl House and uses the remains of the portal to start building another one.

Shorts[edit]

Look Hooo's Talking[edit]

A series of shorts, modeled 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 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.[82]

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

Owl Pellets[edit]

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)[83]
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)[84]
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)[85]
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)[86]
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 agian after seeing the real ones.
5"Coven Lovin Soap Opera"May 2, 2020 (2020-05-02)[87]
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.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Animation for the series is outsourced to Rough Draft Korea Co., Ltd., SMIP Co., Ltd. and Sugarcube Animation

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