Fate: The Winx Saga Wiki

Fate: The Winx Saga is a young adult drama series created by Brian Young. It is a live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon's Winx Club Winxlink.png series, which was created by Iginio Straffi. Fate, initially scheduled to premiere in 2020[1], was released on 22 January 2021 on Netflix.[2][3][4] On 18 February 2021, Netflix announced that the series was renewed for a second season.[5][6]

The writers for Fate: The Winx Saga are entirely new and did not work on the animated series. Early in production, some of Nickelodeon's Winxlink.png American team from the cartoon met with the new crew members and reviewed the pilot episode's script[7]. A British company, Archery Pictures[8], produces the show in association with Rainbow SpA, a studio co-owned by Iginio Straffi and Viacom Winxlink.png[9].

The first season consists of six episodes, each one hour long[10]. According to Netflix, Fate: The Winx Saga is targeted towards an audience of young adults.

The show follows Bloom as she adjusts to life in the Otherworld, where she must learn to control her dangerous magical powers.


For the first time the popular six fairies will turn into real teenagers learning to hone their enchanting powers while living together in a magic boarding school.[11].

Cast and Characters


Guest Starring


Season Episodes Released Date Premiere Episode Finale Episode
Season 1 6 22 January 2021 To the Waters and the Wild A Fanatic Heart
Season 2 8 Fall 2022 201 202


Although he is not credited in any creative role on Fate, the idea for a live-action version of Winx Club came from the cartoon's creator, Iginio Straffi, back in May 2011[12]. This was several months after Viacom Winxlink.png became a co-owner of Straffi's Rainbow studio and started financing his projects. As a cartoonist, Straffi had never worked with a live-action series. To get familiar with the medium, he produced the live-action show Club 57 with Nickelodeon Winxlink.png before approving production on Fate: The Winx Saga[13].

On March 14, 2018, it was officially announced through a press release that a live-action young adult series based on Winx Club was set for an upcoming Netflix release[11].

After the first pilot script was drafted, some of Nickelodeon's American team from the cartoon travelled to meet with the Fate crew members, and they reviewed the script[7]. One of the attendees was Molly Quinn, the voice actress of Bloom in the Nickelodeon revival.

On August 1, 2019, it was revealed that the show's working title will be Fate: The Winx Club Saga[14]. It was also reported that the series will have a large budget with Brian Young as the showrunner for the series and Judy Counihan set to be the executive producer[14][15].

On August 14 and 15, 2019, JOE and Wicklow News reported that there were casting calls for teenagers and young adults for Fate: The Winx Saga[16][17].

On September 17, 2019, the Irish Examiner, Entertainment.ie, Raidió Teilifís Éireann and the Irish Examiner reported that filming for Fate: The Winx Saga had started on the same day, on September 17, 2019, in Wicklow, Republic of Ireland[9][18][19][15][19].

On September 17, 2019, the official Winx Club Instagram account announced that Abigail Cowen, Hannah van der Westhuyen, Precious Mustapha, Eliot Salt, Elisha Applebaum, Sadie Soverall, Freddie Thorp, and Danny Griffin would respectively portray Bloom, Stella, Aisha, Terra, Musa, Beatrix, Riven, and Sky[10].

In October 2019, Backstage revealed that the season will be co-directed by Hannah Quinn and Lisa James Larsson[20].

In November 2019, The Irish Times reported that filming for Fate: The Winx Saga was done at Ardmore Studios, located in Bray, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland[21].

Filming for the first season of the series ended in December 2019,[22] and Cinesite was still working on the visual effects in April and May 2020 despite the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic[23][24][25].

In December 2019, Film Music Reporter reported that Anne Nikitin would compose the soundtrack for Fate: The Winx Saga[26].

In May 2020, the Twitter account of Netflix's Brazilian branch announced that Fate: The Winx Saga will feature "breathtaking scenes"[27], and stated that the show's release date was yet unknown[28].

In June 2020, What's On Netflix reported that Netflix had greenlit an early second season renewal for Fate: The Winx Saga[29].

In August 2020, the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore reported that Fate: The Winx Saga will be released in 2021[3].

In September 2020 at the Licensing Summit Online in Russia, Rainbow S.p.A. announced that Fate: The Winx Saga will premiere in January 2021 and that a ninth season of Winx Club Winxlink.png was in development[30].

On December 8, 2020, the official Winx Club Instagram account, showrunner Brian Young as well as multiple cast members posted an initial 22 second-long teaser for Fate: The Winx Saga on their respective social media accounts, all promoting official the Instagram and Twitter accounts for the show[31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41].

The Instagram and Twitter accounts posted three posts on that same day: the second post was captioned "The stronger the emotion, the stronger the magic" and featured the same words as the caption in video format[42][43]; the third post was captioned "you've been accepted into Alfea College. details to follow on december 10 👀" and comprised three pictures, the first picture being a globe with two continents labelled Solaria and Eraklyon on them which shows Alfea being located on Solaria, and the two other pictures being of the inside spaces of Alfea[44][45].

On December 10, 2020, a longer teaser for Fate: The Winx Saga was uploaded by the Netflix YouTube channel and the official Winx Club and Rainbow S.p.A. social media pages, revealing the airing date for the show to be January 22, 2021[46][47][48][49].


  • Fate: The Winx Saga premiered in January, the same month that Winx Club made its debut back in 2004.
  • The title of the show, Fate, is also the Italian word for "Fairies".
  • The production was mainly handled by a United Kingdom-based studio (Archery Pictures) and most of the actors are British and Irish.
    • Fittingly, the original Winx Club remains very popular on Nickelodeon's British channel, ranking as the second-most-popular program on Nickelodeon UK.[50]
    • On Fate's launch weekend, Nickelodeon UK aired the Winx episodes "Mystery of Calavera" and "Zombie Invasion" from season six.[51]
  • According to Netflix's behind-the-scenes video, the visual effects crew made the decision early on that there would be no costume change during the transformations.[52]
  • Eva Birthistle (who portrays Vanessa) and Lesley Sharp (who portrays Rosalind) are only credited in the main cast in the episodes they appear. They are not considered Series Regulars.
  • This was the second Winx Club spin-off to premiere on Netflix; the first being World of Winx.
  • Fate: The Winx Saga has a target audience of young adults[11][53].
  • According to Straffi, referring to complaints by fans of the animated Winx Club show that that its newer seasons are childish, "the things we had to tone down in the animation have been emphasized in the live action—the relationships, the fights, the love stories."[13]
  • According to an interview given by the showrunner Brian Young and the actress Abigail Cowen:
    • The Fairies in Fate: The Winx Saga have no wings or Fairy Forms Winxlink.png, unlike the Fairies Winxlink.png in Winx Club.
    • The role of the Specialists in Fate: The Winx Saga is to protect the Otherworld from feared beings known as the Burned Ones.
    • Fate: The Winx Saga challenges the outdated gender norms of the original Winx Club series by including male Fairies and female Specialists.
    • The production team opted to go for a more realistic setting and for more realistic characters for Fate: The Winx Saga compared to the original Winx Club show.
    • Fate: The Winx Saga is meant to be an emotionally authentic series for both Cowen, who experienced bullying in middle school, and Young, who was coming out as gay, and who therefore both experienced difficult high school years.
  • Shortly after the teaser for Fate: The Winx Saga was released, fans criticized it for[54][55][56][57][58][59][60][61][62][63][64][65][66][67][68][69]:
    • Whitewashing characters of color of the Winx Club franchise because, while Flora is dark-skinned Latina coded and Musa is East Asian coded in the original Winx Club series, Flora was renamed Terra in Fate: The Winx Saga and both Terra and Musa are portrayed by white actresses in Fate: The Winx Saga.
    • Being too dark compared to the original Winx Club series, and for abandoning the original series' colorful costumes and brighter elements.
  • Fate: The Winx Saga ranked 8th on Fandom's Top TV shows for 2021.[70]

External Links


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  27. A produção foi feita na Irlanda, então já podemos esperar cenários de tirar o fôlego. Soube também que a história das nossas fadinhas sensatas vai ser contada em 6 episódios e que temos a Abigail Cowen (ex-bruxinha de The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) como a nossa Bloom. Netflix Brazil. Twitter. May 26, 2020.
  28. Sobre a data lançamento: eu acho que vocês vão ter que fazer um feitiço de acelerar o tempo ou fazer uma poção alguém abrir a boca e soltar mais spoilers, sei lá... Prometo que conto aqui quando souber!. Neftlix Brazil. Twitter. May 26, 2020.
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