3/14/17 We all cope with the current political atmosphere in our own ways. Caleb had to join the group because I feel that comic Caleb would be so repulsed by animated Caleb that he would dive head first into feminism.
COLLEGE AU because we all have our coping mechanisms in these dark times…As the girls move into the next stage of their lives, they embrace saving the world in the more subtle, complex ways of social justice The group still goes on magical adventures, but they’re more focused on their lives on Earth and creating change there.
Will identifies as Genderqueer and Trans. Everyone is supporting and accepting and its not a big deal. Matt was 100% on board and actually helped Will figure it out. Everyone teases her about her Brokeback Mountain jacket but she loves it. She’s currently trying to enter the Coast Guard. She also works for the Trevor Project on the weekends and still volunteers at the animal shelter.
William, Will’s little brother, is deaf. They figured it out by the time he was 18 months old, and Will has learned sign language. She’s teaching everyone she knows.
Irma gains a lot of weight during community college, but instead of hating herself like she did in high school, she embraces body positivity and a healthy life style. She’s also really invested in teaching people about safe sex and sex positivity. She was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia during college, explaining a lot of her earlier school troubles in middle school and high school.
Taranee is really into PoC activism with Hay Hay. They go to lots of rallies and protests together. Taranee is currently a double major as a lawyer and a dance major and Hay Lin is going to art school to become an animator. Taranee, although not featured above, is currently reevaluating her sexuality after a long string of disastrous boyfriends. She’ll get back to us on it.
Hay Lin identifies as asexual and heteroromantic. Hay Lin has crippling anxiety that she’s finally seeing a school therapist about.
Cornelia and Peter are living together while Cornelia goes to school. They have an open relationship and Cornelia is also with Elyon. It was hard and confusing at first but Peter and Cornelia’s relationship has only grown stronger for it. Corny commutes to Meridian every two weeks. Elyon identifies as demisexual / panromantic and Cornelia identifies as bisexual / biromantic. Peter and Caleb are beginning to explore a romance on the side as well, but neither of them know how to talk about their feelings. Caleb is confused about labels (since he was a flower) and Peter is currently using the label bisexual, although he’s not sure if that’s completely right.
Cornelia is now much happier on antidepressant medications. She was resistant to taking them for a while but finally came around.
Elyon suffers PTSD but she’s working through it with the help of her friends. Hay Lin talked her into coming back to earth every so often to see a therapist, and Elyon is trying to get a mental health program started up in Meridian. She’s determined to continue with her education on earth, but she can only take one part time class at a time, so it’s slow going.
Cornelia is adamant about teaching Lillian feminism far sooner than she learned it.
So I just read the last comic of W.I.T.C.H. And I’m crying. Like, really hard.
These five girls, Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin, represent my childhood and everything I am today. I grew up with them, I loved them.
The lasts sagas were not as good as the firsts ones, but still. They were my best friends, the best friends I ever had. They taught me how to be brave and to trust my friends because friendship is the strongest bond in the universe. They taught me that its ok to be myself.
I started reading it when I was about 6 years old, all my friends were collecting the stickers and I decided to give them a chance. I bought the 10th issue and after reading it, I wanted to become one of them. I hurried and bought the first two books and whatever merchandising they released (which was a lot). I have a schoolbag, the diaries, the specials, books, notebooks, pens and I still keep all the presents that were given with the comics. I read everything in it, from top to bottom, I sent letters and drawings, I used to imagine that I was one of them. I remember when they stopped selling them in Spain and how angry I got, it’s true that I didn’t like the new power saga and the followings as much but… but they were my girls! There were things happening to them and I wanted to know them all! I had to fight with them! And then, there was the TV series, which felt a little odd as the characters’ behaviours, the plot, nothing was the same but I enjoyed it too, and the videogame! How many times have I played the videogame?! too many, that’s for sure. And re-read the magazines? like a thousand times each issue? when I say that I love something, I really mean I LOVE something. Oh! I remember that when I was little, I used to think that when I turned 13 years old (the same age as them), the Oracle would call me to become a Kandrakar Guardian. And how sad I was when I read the chapter were they were shown what would happen if they rejected their powers.
I remember Hay Lin’s addiction to aliens and big glasses, her two ponytails, and her habit of writing things on her hands (remember when she created W.I.T.C.H? “There are our initials. W.I.T.C.H.! Isn’t it a good name?”). I remember Taranee and her alternative look, her braid, how shy she was and how much she loved photography. And Irma and her amazing magical bathtub, her funny jokes and her obsession about Karmilla. And Will and her conversations with the refrigerator and alarm clock, how much she enjoyed swimming and Lirón/Mr. Huggles (I CRIED A RIVER WHEN HE DIED) and her frogs. I remember how beautiful and rational Cornelia was and how smart and strong she was, breaking every stereotype. I didn’t a have a favorite, but Irma was special because she and I were too similar (and water was my favorite). And Elyon (which was my favorite secondary character) and Orube. And the Oracle and Yan Lin, and Caleb, Matt, Nigel, Eric (Hay Lin x Eric my first OTP), Joel and Martin, Vathek, Cedric, Uriah, Collins, and please, MISS KNICKERBOCHER and their families, their astral drops and the rest of the school. And their enemies, they really were badasses. And my favorite, the story about the origin of the Heart of Kandrakar: Xin Jing and the Four Dragons.
W.I.T.C.H. means a lot to me. They had an asian cutie and a black nerdy girl, a chubby and a skynny girl and a gorgeous blond hair girl who was definitly not stupid (they messed this up a bit with the TV series, I hated how they made Cornelia). They had normal teenage problems and they had to go through them like any normal girl. The got their hearts broken, family problems and there were times when even their friendship was tested. And something that I really loved is that Taranee and Cornelia had times when they wondered if they wanted to be guardians, because that shows that they were human and teenagers, actually, and being a magical girls was difficult and dangerous, but still they kept their powers and fought bravely.
And now… they are gone. I already miss them a lot…