Sorry for the wait. This wasn’t supposed to be the finale week post, but I felt self-conscious about it. That’s why I put it off.
Anyway, I hope it meets your expectations.
The Winx have had ten fairy forms since season three. That includes the season eight form Cosmix (“Starlix” was fake), but it doesn’t include Sophix and Lovix (variations of Believix) or comics-only forms like Greenix, Paintix, and Travelix. How can Enchantix still be the final fairy form?
Here’s the most common theory I’ve heard. Enchantix is the final natural form. All other forms are extensions of Enchantix, kinda like Sophix and Lovix are for Believix. A fairy can’t earn them unless she earns Enchantix first; it’s the gateway to all other forms.
I agree with the first part, but not the second. Enchantix is the final form that comes from a fairy’s own magic, but I don’t think she must have Enchantix before she can earn other forms. Also, I don’t think those forms are extensions of Enchantix. They’re just other types of magic in the Magic Dimension.
Charmix and Enchantix are the only true fairy forms — i.e., manifestations of the magic inside of fairies. Believix is linked to fairy magic, but it doesn’t come from it. It just strengthens it. (Think of the “clap if you believe in fairies” scene from Peter Pan.) If fairies were born from dreams and fantasy, then it makes sense that belief makes fairies stronger.
The other forms — Harmonix, Sirenix, Bloomix, Mythix, Butterflix, etc. — are non-fairy magic. Fairies can still use it, but so can other magic species. Case in point: in “Sirenix” (S5, EP13), Tritannus steals Daphne’s Sirenix power and gives it to the Trix, turning them into Dark Sirenix witches.
Sources of Magic Energy
Bloom wills her Enchantix in “From The Ashes” (S3, EP16). Why is she able to do it? Because the energy she needs is already inside of her, so all she has to do is raise it.
But a fairy can’t will the later forms because the energy she needs comes from outside sources: magic items, hidden locations, etc. Time for a recap:
- Believix: The source is belief in fairies. It’s more like a trigger; the energy may not appear until a skeptic believes. That’s what happened with Roxy.
- Sophix and Lovix: They come from the Gifts of Wisdom and Heart (respectively). In season four, The Ethereal Fairies give them to the Winx to help with their mission.
- Harmonix: The Sirenix Guardians have it. In season five, The Winx need it to complete the Sirenix Quest.
- Sirenix: The source is…The Source of Sirenix. According to Faragonda, Sirenix is “an ancient power, born of the magic of the oceans.” More proof it’s not fairy magic (though mermaids are like fairies).
- Bloomix: It comes from pieces of the Dragon Flame. The question is how does Bloom get Bloomix? Does she will it? Does she make it out of thin air? Both of those could be true. If the Dragon Flame created the Magic Dimension, why couldn’t it create a transformation?
- Mythix: It’s in the Mythix wands. Mythix energy comes from the Legendarium World and can only be used there.
- Butterflix: Quoting Tecna: “The Butterflix power is a gift from nature.”
- Tynix: It’s in the Tynix bracelets, which only the Winx’s Fairy Animals can give out.
- Dreamix and Onyrix: Dreamix is a gift from the Spirit of the World of Dreams. Onyrix is an evolution of Dreamix, like Enchantix is an evolution of Charmix.
My guess is Twinkly, the Winx’s star-shaped friend in season eight, will be the source of Cosmix energy. (Yes, I’ve still been reading Winx news.)
What About Believix?
How does this prove Enchantix is still the final form? It sounds obvious it’s not. Faragonda even calls Believix “a level above Enchantix.” End of story, right?
Well, think about it. The source of Believix is believing in fairies. To believe in something, you have to be unsure about it.
What if I told you I have Winx dolls on my dresser? I don’t believe that’s true — I know it is because I can see them. But you’re not in my room, so you can’t be sure. I could be lying to you. Do you believe me or not? 😛
In season four, the Winx convince Roxy she’s not crazy, and the fairies in front of her are real. That’s how they earn Believix. This makes sense on Earth, a non-magic planet where fairies are the stuff of storybooks.
But how would it work in the Magic Dimension? Look at the name: the Magic Dimension. Almost everyone is a magic being or can use basic, “everyday” spells.
Not believing in fairies would be silly. Most people know they exist — or they’re fairies themselves! Remember this exchange between Bloom and Aisha in “Rescue Mission” (S2, EP03)?
Bloom: It’s up to us!
Aisha: Let’s all transform!
Bloom: You mean you’re a…!
Aisha: Of course I am!
Judging by Aisha’s response, people in the Magic Dimension probably assume every girl is a fairy or a witch. How would a fairy in the Magic Dimension earn Believix if no one needs to be convinced to believe in fairies?
I think before the Winx earned it, no one had earned it in centuries. The Earth Fairies had the best chance, but they were locked away by the Wizard of the Black Circle. Now magic has returned to Earth. As more and more people believe (and even become magic beings), Believix will get harder and harder to earn.
Here’s my theory. Enchantix is the limit for most fairies. The other forms (except Bloomix) have always existed, but most fairies don’t earn them unless they need them. In fact, they might not even know about them. How many fairies do you think have met the Ethereal Fairies? How many fairies have found the Sirenix Book — or even looked for it? How many fairies have bonded with the six Guardians of the Ultimate Power of Fairy Animals?
The Winx are exceptions to the “rule.” They’ve gone beyond Enchantix to save the Magic Dimension, but they won’t be superheroes forever. One day, they’ll retire and rule their kingdoms or follow their dreams. Unless a new group takes their place, the post-Enchantix forms will be forgotten again, and Enchantix will reclaim the title of “final fairy form.”
Final, but not the only other.
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But this is my final and only other Una di Noi Winx post. To the people who have stuck around till the end, thank you. I haven’t stopped blogging altogether. Before Una di Noi, I had a themeless blog called Prattler’s Paradise. I’ve started writing there again, mainly about anime lately. Feel free to check it out.
This blog was named after a line from a Winx song, so that’s how I’ll end it.
“Goodbye, my friends. Goodbye.”