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The fiercest, most thrilling battle yet between the fairies and Specialists and the Wizards of the Black Circle—that’s episode 13, “L’attacco degli Stregoni” (The Attack of the Wizards).

The fight stretched throughout Gardenia. Helia, Timmy, and Flora challenged Anagan in a forest. Then Timmy followed the dark Wizard into the city and joined Tecna. Riven, Brandon, Musa, and Stella took on Gantlos and Duman. The shape-shifter (Duman) tried and failed to confuse the Winx by masquerading as their beloveds. It was Nabu, Sky, and Layla against Ogron atop a train speeding into the station where Bloom and Roxy waited with Klaus (Roxy’s father) and the injured Artù. Eventually the Wizards were gathered there, and Bloom delivered the final blow.

Yes, the Wizards have been defeated…I think.

The outcome wasn’t clear. After Bloom shot at them, the “camera” jumped to her and Sky, standing in front of a cheering crowd of humans. And the next scene suggested an end even more: a celebration at Frutti Music Bar. Roxy and Klaus served drinks, the Specialists and the Winx got back together (except Musa and Riven), Musa rocked the house, and Layla photographed the whole evening.

So, with the Wizards of the Black Circle gone and Roxy a full-fledged Believix fairy, what’s next in these last eleven episodes?

Remember the three, mysterious fairies in the opening? We’ve only met one of them; she appeared to Roxy in a vision during this episode and convinced her to use the White Circle’s power. What are the White and Black Circles anyway, and who is Nebula, the spirit/fairy/witch who possessed Roxy in episode 9? Could she be more trouble than the Wizards were—if they’re really no longer a threat? They could have vanished before Bloom’s dragon energy ball hit them.

Still a lot of unanswered questions, but I’m guessing based on this ending that Rainbow planned this break. When will Winx Club return with new episodes? It might not be until September! Wow! That’s quite a wait! At least there’s a preview for episode 14. You can watch it here. (Listen for the narrator saying, “Le sei Winx e Roxy,” which means “the six Winx and Roxy.” Ouch. After everything, Roxy’s still not a Winx? That’s cold!)

Musings & Rants
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Once when I was translating some text from the Winx Club website (using a site called Frengly.com), I noticed that Artù is Italian for Arthur. Big deal, you say? Well, it might be.

Remember the story Ms. Faragonda tells the Winx in episode two, “L’Albero della Vita” (The Tree of Life)? The fight between the Fairies of Earth and the Wizards of the Black Circle dates back to the age of King Arthur, or, as the Italians would say, Re Artù. How do we know? The slide showing a hand raising a sword out of the water is an allusion to the Lady of the Lake, who gave Arthur Excalibur in some versions of the legend. And Morgana the Fairy Queen is named after another character in the myths: Morgan le Fay. (Le fay is based the French la fée, which means “the fairy.”)

So if the two stories are related, could Artù’s name be important? Maybe Rainbow was just sticking to the King Arthur theme, and Roxy gave her dog that name without knowing the significance. Or Artù could be him reincarnated—the Wizards cursed him, and Roxy, being the fairy of animals, has the power to make him human again.

Anything’s possible in fantasy!

Video
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Along the revelation of the last Believix wings, we fans also got a long-awaited treat in episode 12: Roxy earning her Believix! Her transformation is shorter, less detailed, and less flashy than the others, but who cares? Like I said in another post, it’s about time, isn’t it? I guess Roxy’s officially a Winx now!

Transformations & Powers
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That’s right: Tracix, the perfect wings for fairy detectives! The Winx use these shimmery beauties to learn what happened to Roxy during a struggle with the Fairy Hunters in episode twelve, “Papà! Sono una Fata!” (Papa! I’m a Fairy!).

So, let’s review:

Speedix, Wings of Speed
Zoomix, Wings of Teleportation
Tracix, Wings that Reveal the Past

Someone who commented on fellow fan Stella Solaria’s blog raised a good point: if a fairy has teleportation wings, why does she need regular wings? I guess it’s like having both a car and feet. You’ll reach your destination sooner and easier in a car, but you could always walk. But why tire yourself out, some people ask? Still, old-fashioned foot-on-pavement work is healthier, and some people prefer it. Apply that to Winx Club: some fairies would rather fly, others would rather “zoom.” The Winx have only used the Zoomix wings in emergencies, when they’ve needed to get somewhere immediately; otherwise, they’ve used either the Speedix wings or their standard wings.

But the Tracix wings are unique and useful. Who wouldn’t want to see into the past from time to time? I know I would!

Rumors
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Shall we play a game of “Real or Rumor?” (This is based on a segment from Entertainment Tonight.)

Does Roxy earn her Believix in episode 12?
That appears to be REAL, according to the episode 12 preview. About time, isn’t it? Go, Roxy!

Did Musa and Riven break up in episode 10?

This looks REAL, too. Supposedly, it was because Riven didn’t support her music career, but he was probably just jealous of Musa’s producer, who was getting too close to her for his comfort. I wouldn’t call it over for them yet; there are obviously still feelings there.

Did Nabu propose to Layla in episode 11?
I wish I knew Italian so I could confirm this, but something wonderful happened on their moonlight date in “Winx Club Per Sempre!” (Winx Club Forever!). A blushing Layla gives the Winx some sort of news related to the two of them that triggers a group hug. So I’m declaring this one REAL. Finally, a victory for love! Amore would be thrilled!

Is season four taking a break soon?
I’m filing this one as a RUMOR, but you’ll have to ask YouTube user ShadowEnchantix2008 for information. He/She says Rai Due will stop airing new episodes after the thirteenth one (which will premiere on May 13th) and will resume on an unknown date. I guess it makes sense—that will put us halfway through the season. But I hope this is a typical interruption and not due to lack of interest. I doubt it, though, since Winx Club is so explosively popular worldwide.

Will season four debut in America in September?
This is definitely a RUMOR. The word is that 4Kids will air their English dub either then or in July. September makes more sense, as it could be part of their fall lineup. Also, 4KidsTV no longer exists, so any new program would most likely show on the CW4Kids. Let’s hope this news is true, American Winx fans!

That’s a wrap! Now if you haven’t done so already, go watch episode 11. You’ll like it!