Congratulations are in store for all the Winx Club fans out there, because the fairies cartoon is getting a live-action on Netflix after 16 years! Yes, it was about time. The oh-so-magical Italian-American cartoon first made it to our screens in 2004. Feel old yet?

The group of fairies at Alphea Academy features characters with their own distinctive magical powers. The title for the much anticipated live-action series Fate: The Winx Saga is a clever play on words, as “fate” is not just a synonym for “destiny” but also means “fairies” in Italian, the language the OG Winx series originated in. Clever, right?

The new Netflix show stars Abigail Cowen as Bloom, the redheaded main character with fire in her veins that was my favorite growing up.

Contrary to how I remember Bloom as this cheerful and bright fairy, the trailer does not paint a similar picture, making the stakes higher for the show to keep up with the same fan base. I still cannot wait for Bloom to come to life and show the world how an ordinary girl can be blessed with some magical powers through her kindness by helping a fairy in trouble. I clearly remember this scene from the cartoon and how it taught me that kindness goes a long way in life, and most certainly comes back to you in some way or the other.

From the looks of it, Fate: The Winx Saga seems to be more of a drama, targeting a young adult audience this time. So I guess the characters are given a more serious look rather the fairy-like persona that they had 16 years ago. I just hope it still keeps fans like me who have grown up watching the cartoon in consideration and does not mess up too much with the characters or plots, how re-makes usually do!

People on social media are having somewhat strong reactions to the trailer. Fans are even commenting on how they would have liked the fairies to be dressed up as:

I thought I was the only one but, no. This one has a whole list of what she wants out of the Winx saga.

I am secretly cheering for this fan who literally took it upon herself and dressed up like a fairy. I feel you, girl!

Twitter has no chill. This person made her 8-year-old self happy after watching the trailer. BRB. I am crying.

Everything aside, I am also really looking forward to Danny Griffin who will be playing the role of Sky. I am cheering for Bloom and Sky already. What is better than a fairy tale? A fairy tale with lots of romance. They were probably my first OTP.

I feel like I am giving out all the details to you guys. Can you guess who will play the other characters? Elisha Applebaum is introduced as Musa in the trailer. Applebaum does not have many known shows to her credit which is why this is her chance to shine on and mark her place. However, I do have a major problem with her character being whitewashed.

Another concern that OG fans have is that Flora has been replaced by another character named Terra played by Eliot Salt who will be seen as a chatty but grounded fairy. Both these characters are being played by white actresses when in the cartoon Musa was clearly Asian (inspired by Lucy Liu) and Flora was Latina (inspired by Jennifer Lopez). It is eerie how an Italian cartoon from nearly two decades ago could be more diverse than an international Netflix show in 2021.

Fans were quick to point out the not so apt casting on Twitter via various memes.

Other than these characters, the official trailer also introduced us to our favorite water fairy, Aisha, who will be played by Precious Mustapha. Child artist Hannah van der Westhuysen is also getting her big breakthrough the drama series in which she will be seen as Stella, who really has no care in the world.

But, wait! Did I miss out on anything? Why has Tecna been skipped from the show? Tecna fans utterly felt her not being there in the show just like me.

And what is this disrespect to the coolest and sexist supervillains ever Icy, Darcy, and Stormy? The Trix have been unified into one witch, Beatrix, played by Sadie Soverall. I don’t know how that’s going to go.

Fate: The Winx Club Saga Season 1. Sadie Soverall as Beatrix in Fate: The Winx Club Saga Season 1. Cr. Jonathan Hession/NETFLIX © 2020
Fate: The Winx Club Saga Season 1. Sadie Soverall as Beatrix in Fate: The Winx Club Saga Season 1. Cr. Jonathan Hession/NETFLIX © 2020

On the bright side, while I was watching the trailer, it was hard not to notice the pretty Irish outdoor locations that are used for the shooting. County Wicklow in Ireland definitely gave me a visual fairy kingdom experience.

The series was created by Ignio Straffi, who serves an executive producer for the Netflix Original. Directing the first season is Lisa James Larsson and Hannah Quinn. I am still not quite sure how I feel about it after watching the trailer due to so many changes to the characters and plot. I am just happy thinking about the show making a comeback at the moment.

I guess we will see soon. Fate: The Winx Saga premiers in January 2021 on Netflix.

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  • Haddiqua Siddiqui is a Multimedia Journalist based in Karachi, Pakistan. Haddo, as her close friends call her, identifies as food-sensitive and stays away from anyone who does not have a sweet tooth. Currently, her wandering soul is on a quest of unlearning and relearning life. Send help!!