We’re now accepting guest posts! Our first one comes from a fan (who wants to stay anonymous) with an interesting theory: Rainbow may have planned different roles for Daphne and the Trix. Part I below is mainly about Daphne. Part II (which I’ll post tomorrow) will focus on the Trix.
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Was Daphne Going to be Bloom’s Mother?
~ by an anonymous fan ~
My theory is that in the beginning, the story was supposed to be as follows:
In the old times of the Dragon, the nine nymphs ruled the Magic Dimension with Daphne as the greatest one of them. Later the Dragon disappeared, and Bloom was born to Daphne. Shortly after, the Ancestral Witches attacked Domino, and Daphne sent her across time and space to the modern-time Earth, while Daphne was locked in another dimension. The Ancestral Witches, having failed in their quest, later took on a younger appearance and became the Trix, which explains why the Trix were so powerful in S1.
And I think that at first, Bloom was meant to defeat the Trix (i.e. The Ancient Witches), and then find and free her mother Daphne from the dimension where she was locked. Then the story was changed in mid-production of season 1, and Daphne was turned into Bloom’s sister and the Trix into The Ancient Witches’ descendants.
There are a lot of hints towards this.
Hints that Daphne was Bloom’s Mother
When Bloom first looks for info on Daphne in S1, she learns that Daphne was one of the nine nymphs of Magix, the supreme fairies who ruled the Magic Dimension for the aeons following the Dragon’s disappearance (Cinelume dub). In the French and Italian dubs, it instead says that Daphne and the nymphs ruled the Magic Dimension before the Dragon’s disappearance, and we all know that the Dragon disappeared a very long time ago.
When Daphne appears in Bloom’s dreams at first, she tells her that she’s not in the realm of Magix, implying she’s in another dimension (and strangely at the end of the season we learn that Daphne’s spirit lives in Lake Roccaluce found in Magix :/ ). And she first appears like a kind of goddess, gigantic and full of light. She is even described almost as if she was a goddess, she appears on the facade of an ancient temple in Magix. Besides, nobody seems to know anything about Daphne at the beginning of S1, except a lot of history books found in the Alfea library mentioned by Bloom, and except Faragonda (given her position as a headmistress, she would be sure to know a lot of things on the history of the Magic Dimension).
I mean, logically, everyone should be knowing about the princess of the most wonderful kingdom of all times, which was destroyed only 16 years ago in one of the greatest disasters to ever happen in the Magic Dimension. Instead everything, including most people’s lack of memory, gives hints that Daphne ruled the Magic Dimension long ago and that Bloom was born in these ancient times, and that it’s shortly after that Domino was destroyed during these ancient times.
Even the flashback of the destruction of Domino that was seen in S1, EP21 shows the palace of Domino as being ancient, lit by flames, and Daphne holding Bloom looks more like a mother with her daughter than anything else, especially since Daphne looks quite like an adult woman back then, in contrast to the more late-teen like appearance she later had. Even when she appeared in Bloom’s dreams, her way of talking is more of a motherly way of talking, as she calls Bloom “My precious little angel”, and “Ma petite” (My little girl) in the French dub. In contrast, as from the second half of S1, it’s “Little sister” and more sisterly stuff.
This would actually explain how the Dragon Flame and the title of heir of the throne passed from Daphne to Bloom, since it would have been more of a parent to child inheritance.
Daphne’s dress and other ornaments also gives an impression of ancientness to her, like no one else is seen wearing such clothes, and she also seems to stand out when her appearance (I’m not considering her being transparent in this however) compared to Bloom, Oritel and Marion, she seems less human and more like a goddess or something like wise. And saying it’s because she’s a nymph doesn’t really help about this; the nymphs were supposed to be the most powerful fairies of all time, nothing else.
Daphne’s method of appearing in Bloom’s dreams is also extremely similar to how Morgana appeared to Roxy and helped her.
Change of Plans
So, my conclusion is at first Daphne was at first meant to have been Bloom’s mother who was locked in another dimension after her kingdom was destroyed, and that Bloom was meant to free her.
However, when Rainbow realized that Winx Club was becoming a massive success, they decided to produce more seasons and dropped this original idea halfway during the production of S1 to create Marion and Oritel in S2. And many of us know that it was first planned for Bloom to find and free Marion and Oritel from Darkar in S2, but this idea was dropped as well, and Rainbow decided to make Bloom go on a journey to find her parents, creating S3 and SotLK for this purpose.
And I think that it’s this original idea about Daphne and Bloom from the first half of S1 that was used (with some modifications) for Morgana and Roxy in S4: a mother ruling an ancient kingdom sealed in another realm who communicates with her daughter in dreams, the destiny of the daughter being to free the mother.
To be continued. Daphne pictures are from Winx Wikia.