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The Owl Beast is the mysterious entity that serves as the avatar of its own curse. It inhabits those afflicted with its curse, often appearing to its victims within their subconsciousness when the curse is in effect.

Appearance

The Owl Beast, true to its name, is a robust, quadrupedal creature with an owl-like appearance. It has a thick coat of dirty gray down feathers, large wings, bird-like legs, and long tail feathers. Its head resembles that of a barn owl's, featuring a heart-shaped white face with hollow black eyes and a small beak. In the mindscape, it has a staggering height that dwarfs Eda.

When it is weakened, the Owl Beast reverts to a smaller, infantile form and is less than half the size of Eda.

Background

Cursing Eda

The Owl Beast was once a living creature being relentlessly pursued by a mysterious being known as the Collector, who bound it to a curse. The curse scroll then washed up on the shores of the Boiling Isles, where it was found by a merchant that took the scroll to the Night Market.[1] Many years later, a witch named Lilith Clawthorne purchased the scroll for its ability to nullify magic and placed the spell upon Eda. She believed the curse would only last for a day, in order to ensure her chances of winning their duel for the Emperor's Coven, but because of the curse's more harmful effects, the Owl Beast's consciousness bound itself to Eda's and transformed her into the monster.[2]

Being imprisoned within Eda's body, the Owl Beast granted no rest for the young witch and haunted her within her dreams, where the beast made itself known to her. Whenever its host experiences great stress, the beast would take over. When the witches of the Beast Keeping Coven declared the curse untamable, and witches of the Healing Coven could not remove the beast from Eda,[3] combined with the trauma she had after accidentally attacking her own father as the Owl Beast, Eda ran away from home, determined to overcome the curse on her own.[1] As the years passed, Eda would endure the harrowing presence of the Owl Beast, while her beastly transformation would come to define her as the aptly-named "Owl Lady." Eventually, Eda managed to use an elixir that would counter her transformations, and in extension, the Owl Beast, but only temporarily.[4]

While dating Raine Whispers, Eda kept her curse a secret from her partner, opting to lie and say that she was fine despite the contrary. This prompted Raine to reluctantly break up with Eda, and due to the stress of the situation, the Owl Beast slowly began to take over. Instead of seeking Raine's help, Eda pushed her ex aside and claimed that she was fine. Because of the traumatic memories, Eda and the Owl Beast would share a mutual dislike of each other, and the Owl Lady would isolate herself from others due to the danger of the curse.[1]

Terrorizing the Owl House

Although while the two considered the other in a mutual dislike, Eda never realized that the Owl Beast was just as trapped with her as she was with its curse, a fact that initially made the Owl Beast seem like a vicious and mindless monster. The elixirs eventually stopped working, and Eda's magic faded faster before she was officially overcome by the beast after she saved Luz, effectively draining her magic.[5] However, its effects on Eda finally faded in the aftermath of Luz's rescue, when Lilith cast a spell to share the curse with Eda, thus splitting the curse in half, although this effectively drained Lilith's magic as well and rendered the two once powerful witches powerless. However, the elixirs luckily began delaying the curse again.[2][3]

Truce with Eda

Hooty gives Eda some cookies filled with sleeping nettles in the hope that she will fall asleep and recover from her recent stress. Unknown to Hooty, however, sleeping nettles amplify the consumer's dreams, whereupon Eda experiences some dreams from the memories of her past. Finally, Eda faces the Owl Beast in a fight and blames the creature for ruining her life. She then penetrates the memories of the Owl Beast and learns about its past and what the Collector did to the creature.

Eda takes pity for the poor creature after she realizes that the Owl Beast was also a victim of the curse just like her and is actually just a misunderstood being that just wanted freedom. Eda then closes a truce with the Owl Beast, realizing that there is nothing they can do about it, that they are trapped in this nightmare and that it will not end if they keep fighting. The Owl Beast agrees and gives Eda the ability to transform into an avian humanoid form, like a harpy in appearance.[1]

Later, when searching for Titan's Blood for Luz, the Owl Beast negotiates a deal with Eda to allow her to transform into the harpy at any time. However, this ability is linked to a condition; Eda's part of the deal is to hunt and eat wild animals (such as voles) for the Owl Beast, which she reluctantly agrees to.[6]

Powers and abilities

  • Owl physiology: Being an owl-based creature, the Owl Beast can fly, screech like an owl, and create owl pellets in its host's transformed state.
  • Transmogrification: As a curse, the Owl Beast transforms its host into an avian monster that bears likeness to the creature itself. It is also able to transform its host into an avian humanoid form, like a harpy in appearance.
    • Possession: When its host is in their transformed state, the Owl Beast usually has full control of its host's mind and consciousness. Under said influence, the host is reduced to a feral beast that attacks and devours anything in sight. However, if the host regains their consciousness, they can fight the Owl Beast's influence and regain control even in their cursed form. If the Owl Beast allows it, the host can also remain conscious during the transformation.
  • Magic nullification: The Owl Beast can negate its host's magic supply, rendering them unable to cast effective spells. This comes into effect whenever the curse manifests, regardless if the host is partially or fully transformed, or splitting the curse's power.

Sightings

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Trivia

  • The species of the Owl Beast is yet to be identified. In "The Intruder", when Eda transformed into the Owl Beast, King identified her form as a type of demon, although whether this applies to the creature is unclear. This is alluded to in "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", as the Owl Beast is marked with "???" despite being placed with beast demons on Hooty's demon board.
  • When Lilith transforms, most of her curse form's physiology resemble a raven rather than an owl, hinting that the Owl Beast form isn't limited to one species of bird. This also implies there may be more types of Owl Beast species.
  • In "Separate Tides", it is revealed that Eda has been cursed for about thirty years, meaning that the Collector turned the Owl Beast into the scroll more than or about thirty years ago.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dana Terrace, John Bailey Owen, Zach Marcus (writers) and Amelia Lorenz (director) (July 31, 2021). "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 8. Disney Channel.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dana Terrace, Rachel Vine (writers) and Stephen Sandoval (director) (August 29, 2020). "Young Blood, Old Souls". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 19. Disney Channel.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Zach Marcus (writer) and Amelia Lorenz (director) (July 3, 2021). "Keeping Up A-fear-ances". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 4. Disney Channel.
  4. Dana Terrace, Rachel Vine, Manuel Jesse Nieto Jr. (writers) and Stu Livingston (director) (January 31, 2020). "The Intruder". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 4. Disney Channel.
  5. John Bailey Owen (writer) and Aminder Dhaliwal (director) (August 22, 2020). "Agony of a Witch". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 18. Disney Channel.
  6. Dana Terrace (writer) and Bridget Underwood (director) (August 7, 2021). "Eclipse Lake". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 9. Disney Channel.
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Recurring characters Willow ParkGus PorterAmity BlightOwlbertLilith ClawthorneHunter
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