"The First Day" is the thirteenth episode in the first season of The Owl House.[2]


Main Synopsis: During Luz's first day of Magic School, curiosity gets the best of her, and she finds herself thrown into the Detention Track, where she's not allowed to learn magic.[3]

Alternate Synopsis: Luz is thrilled on her first day of Magic School, but when she is told she can only study one type of magic, she can't choose between all the tracks.


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For a full transcript of "The First Day", click here.


Additional Voices

Title in other languages

Language Title Translation
Flag of France French Le premier jour The first day


  • Pokémon: Willow's fight against the Oracle girl was a reference to similarly formatted fights that occur in the Pokémon series
  • West Side Story: The poster of "Hexside Story" is a parody of the aforementioned musical.
  • Sailor Moon: Luz's transformation into the quad colored school uniform at the end of the episode alludes to the sailor transformations in the aforementioned anime.
    • In addition, this is a reference to the "henshin" transformation scene, a standard convention of many Magical Girl anime.
  • Harry Potter: The "choosy hat" is a parody of the sorting hat from the fantasy series. The Greater Basilisk is also a parody to the Basilisk from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The secret room of shortcuts is likewise reminiscent of the various hidden chambers found at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series. Eda's role in creating the secret room of shortcuts, as well as her alias of Lord Calamity, mirrors the Marauders' Map and the aliases used by James Potter and his motley crew of friends.
  • Kabbalah: The Sefirot from this school of Jewish mysticism appears on the blackboards of the Oracle class. It is presented in both the Yosher (upright) and Iggulim (circular) forms.
  • Origami Fortune Teller: The Oracle class was teaching the use of this popular paper toy.


  • At the start of the episode, when Luz is talking with Eda, she is wearing her multi-coven uniform instead of her normal outfit or her cloak.
    Amity the first day error

    Amity with her hair misplaced.

    • This was later fixed in reruns.
  • During Amity's rant near the lockers, her hair is misplaced.
  • When Luz drags Willow and Gus away from the basilisk, the previous victim is not seen in front of the basilisk.
  • When Luz is fighting the basilisk with help from the detention track students, one of the basilisk's sleeves is miscolored.
  • Hooty does not appear in this episode, but he is noted in the credits.




  • This was the first episode produced in 2020 according to the credits. All episodes that were produced before it were produced in 2019 according to the credits.
    • "Once Upon a Swap" was also produced in 2020, but that episode was produced after this one.
  • The following names appear on the Troublemakers Wall:
    • Jerbo
    • Viney
    • Barcus (paw prints)
    • The four remaining names (Sabrina, Rad Maddie, Chris, and Emmy) refer to the four storyboard artists for this episode.
  • Hexside's auditorium has 90 seats.
  • Luz goes through a total of four different Hexside outfits (beginner Hexside uniform, potions track uniform, detention track uniform, and multi-coven uniform) plus her day-to-day outfit, making this the most times she has changed an outfit in one episode.
  • Luz' potion schedule consists of the following:
    • Potions for beginners
    • Potions in motion
    • Potions (again)
    • Still potions
    • Potions 'till you die
    • Potions after death
  • When Eda was flying away at the end, there is a code revealed on the top left pillar. This is the 13th code, it is the same code as the 7th code so the code is "Of".

Character revelations

  • It is noted that Amity knows "up top", despite lacking knowledge on human knowledge. She probably learned this from Luz.
  • Mattholomule is still the president of the Human Appreciation Society after he was unceremoniously given the title by Bump. Also of note, the way Bump welcomes Luz to the school and Luz's tired reaction to this mirrors Mattholomule becoming president of the H.A.S. in the same episode.
  • Hexside receives a portion (if not all) of its funding from the Emperor's Coven.
  • Principal Bump is completely unfamiliar with Luz's glyph based magic system, insinuating there is an esoteric element to glyph magic.
  • It is revealed that Eda found a secret club for people who want to study multiple tracks while at Hexside.

Series continuity

  • This episode has a few callbacks to "Something Ventured, Someone Framed". Hexside's detention facility is still in need of repair since the events from the aforementioned episode.
    • Furthermore, the portrait of Principal Bump in his office is replaced with pictures of the damage Willow, Luz, and Gus caused, as well as a bill, a stack of receipts, and a chart with a downward pointing arrow that indicates the school's budget decrease.
  • This is the second time Luz pulls back her eyelids since A Lying Witch and a Warden.
  • Perry Porter, a reporter for the BBN-HXN channel, makes his first appearance in the series while reporting the attack done to Glandus High. He is later revealed to be Gus's father in the season finale "Young Blood, Old Souls".

Memorable quotes

So, you two both go to the same school now, that doesn't change anything.

—Amity Blight

You think you're better than us?


My first day at Hexside. A chance to discover my true magical potential and maybe meet a hot yet vulnerable upperclassman.


And now I FEED!

—Choosy Hat


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Season 1 A Lying Witch and a WardenWitches Before WizardsI Was a Teenage AbominationThe IntruderCoventionHooty's Moving HassleLost in LanguageOnce Upon a SwapSomething Ventured, Someone FramedEscape of the PalismanSense and InsensitivityAdventures in the ElementsThe First DayReally Small ProblemsUnderstanding WillowEnchanting Grom FrightWing It Like WitchesAgony of a WitchYoung Blood, Old Souls
Season 2 TBA
Owl Pellets Welcome to HexsideEda's Cursed BrushPaint Scare!Art Lessons with LuzCoven Lovin Soap Opera
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