Happy Birthday, Will Vandom!!!
Hey W.I.T.C.H. fans! Guess what? It's January 19th and you know what that means? It's Will Vandom's birthday! Yes, today is the anniversary of the birth date of our favorite Keeper of the Heart of Kandrakar. Let's give a shout out to Will on her special day as well to anyone who was born on January 19th! Let's look back and review Will's Guardian transformation:The Evolution of the Keeper of the Heart First transformation
The first Guardian transformation doesn't really have a name. In the comic series, Will used the Heart of Kandrakar to transform into a Guardian for the first time in issue #01 "Halloween" alongside Irma Lair and Hay Lin in order to defend themselves from being killed by Vathek. In the animated series, Will transformed at the same time with all the other four girls during magical practice. In this form, Will's body is physically more mature and her powers heightened. Her element is "energy" or "quintessence" in the animated series, meaning that as the fifth element, she wields the power of life's energy. Often, this is portrayed as electricity. Will's special ability is to talk to electrical appliances, is empathic towards animals, as well as "exploding" things. As the leader, Will wields the Heart of Kandrakar, an ancient pendent that once was the physical being of the Nymph Xin Jing. The Heart not only allowed her and the others to transform, but it is a weapon for self-defense as well as a guiding light that grants one insight and wisdom. The Heart is also what connects Will to her auramere, allowing her to transform and have access to her powers.
In this form, Will's Guardian outfit consisted of a two piece attire with a purple top (pink in the animated series) and green mini-skirt. The sleeves of her top are bell-bottom petal shaped while her green mini-skirt has a heart-shaped swirl around her navel. She dons a traditional green and blue stripped stocks and tall, thick purple boots that goes up to her shins. On her back flutters a pair of small, but beautiful gossamer wings. New Power
After losing her power and the Heart, Will merged with the purest and strongest form of her power at the end of issue #75 "As You Were, You Are Now". By merging herself with her own element, Will obtained a new transformation dubbed "New Power" where, not only did she achieved a new look, but her original powers are much stronger. She also no longer needed the Heart of Kandrakar in order to transform and can now do it at will. In the New Power saga, the Oracle hoped that by merging the Guardians with the purest form of their elements, they would be strong enough to face a new villain called Dark Mother, a terrifying nature spirit who resides under the very earth!
Will's New Power transformation consisted of overlapping layers, giving her the appearance of wearing a one piece outfit. Her wings are larger and is strong enough to grant her the power of flight. While her stripped stockings and boots remained the same, Will's petal-shaped bell bottom sleeves are now cut into slit-less hems, giving it the appearance of a leaf. Her new sleek-looking sleeves are complimented with new, black fingerless gloves while her original green mini-skirt has become a tight body-suit with traditional swirls on the thighs. On her chest is the symbol of her element of Energy. Parts of Will's red hair are longer and the overall look gives her a sleeker, slender, and more mature look than that of her first appearance.
Will's New Power transformation is only ever seen in the original comic series as the animated series never made it past the second story arc. Later on in the comic, Will wields a pair of magical, pink bolas as her weapon and tool. Power Girl
The third transformation, called Power Girl, was never seen in the original comic series or the animated adaptation. Instead, it was specifically designed for the W.I.T.C.H. doll lines available in Europe at the time. Because of this, the Power Girl transformation is perhaps the least known to fans. Nothing is known about this transformation, other than the fact that it's different compared to its predecessors. We can assumed that, like any magical girl series, Power Girl would allow Will to become stronger than she was before in her New Power form.
The Power Girl transformation gives Will a whole new look. No longer wearing the traditional "Wizard of Oz" inspired stripped stockings, Will is now wearing full green tight pants with one side decorated with new swirling embroideries. Her new pants are complimented with new purple boots and a blue belt and a buckle that bears her elemental symbol. Other she reverted back to her two-piece style, the purple top is now sleeveless and has one strap on her right shoulder while blue ribbons supported her left and wraps around the bottom. On Will's right arm bears the same swirling markings that was on her pants, giving her the appearance of bearing magical tattoos. The physical gossamer greenish wings that were prominent in her first two transformation has been stripped away to make room for bigger, and more beautiful blue and pink wings. Its larger size and style implies that not only is it stronger, but also bears the implication of an ethereal look.
Some fans stated that because of these wings, the Power Girl transformation is like Winx Club, another Italian magical girl series about fairy creatures. While this may be true at first glance, a closer study will reveal that it's not. Winx Club's wings tends to be more detailed and decorative. The Power Girl wings are a bit simpler in design with less borderlines around and inside of its designated zone. Also, Winx Club transformation outfits are usually more glittery with sparkles and details. While each Winx Club fairies has their own personal wing designs to reflect their powers and personalities, WITCH's Power Girls outfits are more of a match set to reflect their teamwork and unity.*Note:
Because the Power Girl outfit only existed for the European doll lines, many people voted and asked me to write this transformation into my "WITCH: Dreams of Lusteria" story. In my story, Will was the first to awaken her third transformation after her meeting with the Nymph Xin Jing. With the Nymph's help and the power of Light, Will realized the strength of her elemental Heart and her Virtue of Temperance and her Power Girl transformation is born, allowing her to defeat Byakko, the Celestial Warrior of Warrior and the Lord of Gluttony.
While in this form, I wanted Will's wings to fold away whenever she doesn't need them or flight, I also wanted to give her a new power by allowing her to summon digital interface screens and even built giant mecha suit of armors.the Evolution of the Keeper of the Heart
And now, lets see all three beautiful transformations side by side and see how much growth Will has gone through with this evolutionary line.