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From left to right: Luz, Eda, and King.

"Welcome to the Owl House, where I hide away from the pressures of modern life... also the cops... also ex-boyfriends."

The Owl House is an animated fantasy/horror comedy series produced by Disney Television Animation and created by Dana Terrace (Gravity Falls, DuckTales). The show premiered on January 10, 2020.

The series follows the adventures of Luz Noceda (Sarah Nicole Robles), an enthusiastic teenage girl with an overwhelming love for the macabre who one day stumbles upon a portal to the Demon Realm of the Boiling Islands: a mystical dimension from where all of Earth's myths originate. Upon her arrival, she finds herself crossing paths with the rebellious outlaw witch Eda (Wendie Malick), and her tiny and adorable monster warrior roommate King (Alex Hirsch), who make their home in the titular abode.

Though she initially wishes to return to Earth, Luz quickly takes to her magical new environment and makes herself Eda's apprentice, despite lacking any innate magic abilities of her own. Thus begins her journey as a witch-in-training; discovering the secrets of her new home, making new friends, and figuring out where she belongs.


You can watch the first episode here. The show was renewed for a second season ahead of the series premiere.

This show contains examples of:

  • All Myths Are True: According to Eda, all the myths of Earth are the result of creatures from the Demon Realm bleeding over to ours. This includes griffons, vampires, and giraffes.
    Luz: Giraffes?
    Eda: Oh, yeah, we banished those guys. Bunch of freaks...
  • An Aesop:
    • No one is a "chosen one". It's the things you do that make you special, not some prophecy written by someone else.
    • No one should be punished for being "weird" if it's who they are.
  • And Call Him "George"!: When Luz first meets King:
    Luz hugging King: Eda, he's so cute! Who's a widdle guy? Who's a widdle guy? Is it you? Is it you?
  • Animesque: The show's art style.
  • The Bet: A recurring plot point, though in each case so far no party gets a clear win.
    • In "I Was a Teenage Abomination", Eda and King make a bet as to which of them is a better teacher, with the loser being humiliated in some way. King briefly won, but begged for Eda's help in dealing with the slug monster he'd trained and rendering the bet moot.
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    • In "Covention", Luz and Amity make a bet over a witches' duel. If Luz wins, Amity has to admit Luz can be a witch and apologize for her rudeness to King. If Amity wins, Luz has to give up learning magic. The bet becomes null when it's revealed both of their mentors cheated to help them win.
    • In "Once Upon a Swap", Luz, Eda, and King swap bodies to see which of them has the easier life, with the winner being exempt from cleaning the house. All of them find the outcome equally unpleasant, bringing about a three-way fight among the people they've angered.
  • Big Shadow, Little Creature: King's introduction. There are quaking footsteps and a big monstrous shadow is cast on the wall...then the diminutive King emerges, wearing bath towels and clutching a rubber duck.
  • The Chosen One: Deconstructed. A wizard offers Luz an opportunity to be the Chosen One and go on a magical quest, handing her a map to a magic staff. It's actually a trap created by a demon in order to get to Eda. Luz is disappointed to find that it was all fake and that she's not really The Chosen One. Eda consoles her and advises her to make herself The Unchosen One.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: The nine covens that are taught at Hexside are different colors, and the students each wear different colored uniforms which correspond to the coven they're studying:
    • Red: Bard.
    • Orange: Beast Keeping.
    • Yellow: Potions.
    • Green: Plant.
    • Blue: Illusions.
    • Indigo: Healing.
    • Violet: Oracle.
    • Orchid: Abomination.
    • Brown: Construction.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The credits consist of several Match Cuts of Luz traversing through several landmarks of the Boiling Isles before meeting back at the Owl House with Eda and King.
    • What makes it interesting, is Luz's expressions and actions change to match the scenery.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The moment Luz first lays her eyes on King, she goes completely nuts, hugs him tightly and talks to him as if he was the world's most adorable pet... much to his horror.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Eda's curse is played similarly to a chronic illness, with Eda explaining that it is incurable but manageable with daily treatment.
  • Establishing Character Moment: King makes his introduction with his shadow looking like a monstrous creature and him asking "Who dares?" in a deep booming voice...until he steps out in bath towels to show that he's not as evil and malicious as Luz thought he'd be.
  • Evolving Credits: After "I Was A Teenage Abomination", Willow's uniform in the intro and outro changes from purple to green as it did at the end of the episode when she changed classes at school.
  • Fantastic Racism: Humans are not thought of highly in the Boiling Isles.
  • Fictional Social Network: Social media exists in the Boiling Isles and their equivalent of Instagram is Penstagram.
  • Geometric Magic: In "The Intruder", Luz manages to cast her first spell by drawing certain shapes on surfaces. Witches used to do the same before growing a new organ that automatically generates the runes for them.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • When in her school's production of Romeo and Juliet, Luz put sausages under her costume to simulate guts when she "stabbed" herself.
    • After slapping a fairy that wanted her skin, Luz wonders if she died and went to the "bad place".
    • Eda's Curse has more than a few similarities to an STD. She doesn't remember who she got it from, has had many boyfriends in the past, and manages the symptoms with an elixir.
    • Eda's changing screen has a bra hanging from it.
    • "Lost in Language" King alluding to the myth that witches used to be cannibals. Furthermore it was insensitive of him as he just implied that his partner in crime/land lady was one such child-eater; this is after he was told about the curse.
  • Giant Corpse World: The Boiling Isles are built around an enormous skeleton, as shown at the end of the second episode.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Luz squeals, "Ay que lindo!" ("So cute!") when she locks eyes on King for the first time.
  • Hammerspace Hair: Any item Eda needs she seems to have it in her hair.
  • Helping Hands: Eda gets off her staff and one of her hands detaches and is left clutching it. The hand cracks its knuckles, freaking out Luz.
  • Hostile Weather: The rain in the Boiling Isles is boiling hot. Eda says that the Boiling Isles gets this along with other phenomena that are better described as plagues than meteorological events; shale hale, gorenadoes, and painbows (rainbows that turn you inside out when you look at them).
  • Hypocritical Humor: Eda calls giraffes a bunch of freaks only for a quick cut to show that one of her hands came off and is still clutching her staff. Her reaction implies that it's a regular occurrence.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes: Human culture is apparently rather exotic and mysterious to the residents of the Isles, Eda thinks that deodorant is "human candy", for example, and tosses out several valuable objects, including a literal golden chalice, in favor of a pair of gag glasses.
    • Later episodes show that human biology is just as mysterious, Gus was surprised that Luz didn't have gills when they first met, and Boscha makes a sarcastic comment in "Once Upon A Swap" that suggests that humans have venom, and King immediately believes it despite having lived with Luz for weeks by that point.
    • The "Human Appreciation Society" at Hexside admires human artifacts such as "nail clippers" (a cheese grater), a "food bowl" (umbrella hat), and a "pay-per-clorp" (paperclip) that produces the "sound of the human ocean" when you flick it.
  • Individuality Is Illegal: Warden Wrath imprisons people simply because they have quirks and strange personalities, like being a Conspiracy Theorist or writing fanfiction of anthropomorphic food falling in love.
  • Instant Runes: This is technically how most witches cast their spells. Visibly, they draw a simple circle in the air, but Luz discovers through her camera that a rune appears inside for a split second before the spell takes effect.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: The theme song is a haunting guitar-driven melody that lacks lyrics.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: As of yet we don't know Eda's exact age, whether she has a normal human lifespan or longer, but she's clearly (a lot) older than 14-year-old Luz.
  • Literal-Minded: When Eda asks Luz where magic comes from, she suggests, "From the heart?" Eda says it's true — magic is literally a giant sack of bile bound to a witch's heart.
    Luz: Gross! Can I keep that (illustration of the bile sac)?
    Eda: No.
  • Longing for Fictionland: Implied to be the case with Luz before arriving in the Boiling Isles. She remarks that it's clearly not the PG fantasy world she's dreamed of.
  • Master of All:
    • Covens are restricted to a single type of magic, but the Emperor's Coven is exempt from that rule, letting them use all forms of magic.
    • Because Eda refuses to enter a coven, she is skilled in all forms of magic. This naturally causes the aforementioned Emperor's Coven to deem her as a threat who must join them or be eliminated.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Luz is Spanish for "light"; she casts light magic as her first spell.
    • Willow is named for a type of plant, and she can do plant magic.
    • Alpha Bitch Amity Blight's first name means "a friendly relationship" while her last name means "something that spoils or damages anything", especially plants. This foreshadows that she and Willow used to be friends, but Amity broke apart from her and now has an antagonistic dynamic with her.
  • Muggles: Luz is a normal human being from Earth that has no magic abilities, though that doesn't stop her from making herself Eda's new apprentice.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: When Luz tries talking to a centaur, he says, "My eyes are down here," and it's revealed his face is on his chest.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • Promos that show Luz presumably passing through the portal to the Boiling Isles is actually the scene where she passes through a magic-proof forcefield to find King's crown.
    • Also, in the promo narrated by Luz herself, when she's talking about the magic school and says "Look, I even got an A+" as the teacher is drawing an A+ on her forehead, that technically isn't true. The A+ was actually for Willow, who was passing off Luz as an Abomination she made, but the teacher still put the mark on Luz's forehead.
  • Ominous Owl: Eda is a witch with an owl motif, owning a staff ending in an owl figurine and living in the eponymous Owl House. In one episode, Luz directly asks how she initially got the moniker of Owl Lady; Eda herself claims that it's because she's incredibly wise, while Hooty and King suggest that the connection might be more literal, due to her tendency to cough up owl pellets and hoard shiny objects in a nest. While those are part of it, the main reason turns out to be she's been cursed to turn into a demonic owl creature if she doesn't regularly take an elixir to prevent the transformation.
  • Open Sesame: When Eda first brings Luz to the Owl House, Hooty the owl face on the front door asks for a password, though Eda has no patience for this and pokes him in the eyes. Hooty complains that she never wants to have any fun, then opens his mouth to let them through.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Upon arriving in the Boiling Isles, Luz bumps into a seemingly innocent fairy, who then proceeds to bare a mouthful of giant teeth and screams to have her skin.
  • Our Mages Are Different:
    • Witches in the show are able to do magic thanks to an actual organ attached to their hearts. The bile in this organ helps fuel the casting of magic spells, with a major example being the use of spell circles (with the particular spell being cast being based on thought).
    • Luz stumbles across an older way of doing magic in the same episode that Eda explains this. It turns out that spell circles contain runes that represent the spell being cast but are only visible for a split second. Writing the rune down on any object and striking it will allow anyone to cast it, though the object will be destroyed in order to fuel it.
  • The Place: The titular Owl House is Eda and King's home.
  • Pointy Ears: The more humanoid inhabitants of the Boiling Isles tend to have pointed ears. In "I Was A Teenage Abomination" Willow is able to identify Luz as a human because her ears aren't pointed.
  • Power Limiter: The coven a witch joins limits them to performing just the kind of magic that the coven specializes in.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Owl House trio consists of Luz, a Nightmare Fetishist human girl who wants to be a witch, Eda, a renegade witch who doesn't play by the rules, and King, a tiny demon. In fact, according to the creators, them being a group of outcasts who find acceptance with each other is a major theme of the story.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: King takes Eda's elixir in "The Intruder" with the belief that it makes her more powerful. As we see in "Hooty's Moving Hassle", Eda's curse actually weakens her magic, and drinking the elixir brings her back up to normal.
  • Sapient House: The Owl House is personified by a talking owl face named Hooty.
  • Security Blanket: King's crown works this way. When Luz finds it in the first episode, it turns out to be nothing more than a paper crown from Burger Queen. Eda explains that, if he thinks it makes him powerful, then it does.
  • Series Goal: There are three major ones:
    • Luz's goal is to become a witch.
    • Eda's goal is to manage the curse placed upon her.
    • Lilith's goal is to apprehend Eda and make her join the Emperor's Coven.
  • Shout-Out: During the intro, the shot of King and his stuffed animal army includes Zachiel, god-form Griffith, and the Hollow Knight.
    • Upon arriving in the Boiling Isles, Luz wonders if she's in the bad place.
    • When Luz ends up on a wanted poster, she's shown cheerily waving like Monkey D. Luffy does for his.
    • Eda's curse turns her into a feral bird monster, similar to Howl from Howl's Moving Castle.
      • The title of the episode "Hooty's Moving Hassle" is obviously a direct reference.
    • In Hooty's Moving Hassle, when Eda and King go to the Night Market, you can see Gut's Dragon Slayer in one of the market stalls.
    • When Eda was a student at Hexside, she unleashed a horde of ghosts, and the "ghost blasters" hired to deal with it opened a portal to the ghost dimension.
  • Show Within a Show: Luz's favorite book is Good Witch Azura. In "Lost in Language", Amity is revealed to have the first four books of the series. Which makes one wonder...
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: In "Covention", we get two cases of it at once: Luz Noceda (slob) vs. Amity Blight (snob), and Eda (slob) vs. her sister Lilith (snob).
  • Spoiler Opening: Subverted: for episodes 2 and 3, Willow is shown in her Abominations class outfit in the opening and the ending credits. But at the end of episode 3, she becomes a plant magic class student and gets a new outfit to reflect this. From that point on, she wears this outfit in the opening and credits.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Eda has them, fitting for a witch.
  • Supernatural Phone: Witches are able to summon scrolls which act as magic cell phones, using them to connect to social networks like Penstagram.
  • Teens Are Monsters: The teens featured in "Once Upon A Swap" are extremely cruel.
  • Trapped in Another World: Subverted. After being forced to help Eda for a few hours, Luz decides to stay in the Boiling Isles for the summer and asks to become Eda’s apprentice rather than take the witch's offer to send her straight home as originally agreed upon.
  • Tuckerization: Luz was named after Dana Terrace's roommate.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: Eda has a wanted poster of herself on her wall.
  • We Used to Be Friends: "Hooty's Moving Hassle" reveals that Willow and Amity were friends when they were younger, but when Amity started developing greater magical ability, they stopped hanging out.
  • Witches & Wizards: Eda is a witch. Wizards apparently exist too, but Eda dismisses them as scam artists.
  • Wizarding School: In "I Was a Teenage Abomination", Luz discovers the Boiling Isles is home to the Hexside School of Magic and Demonics, and she befriends some of the students there.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Eda doesn't have much concept of what humans do and don't find valuable. For example, she thinks a pair of glasses with fake eyes on the end of springs are worth more than a golden chalice, smartphone, and diamond ring.



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