Happy Birthday, Cornelia Hale!!!
Hey W.I.T.C.H. fans! Hope that you're having a wonderful Sunday because today is Cornelia Hale's birthday! Let's give a big shout out to our favorite Guardian of Earth and for those who were born on May 10th! Let's look back at all of Cornelia's transformations:The Evolution of the Guardian of EarthFirst transformation
The first 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. Cornelia didn't transform until the next issue when all five girls are together.
In this form, Cornelia's Guardian outfit consisted of a two piece attire with a green top and a long purple skirt (pink in the animated series) that has a slit on one side. There is a swirl on her skirt that goes counter-clockwise that goes around her navel. Unlike Irma's Cornelia's top exposed more of her shoulders and has a V-shaped hem at the hand. 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 Matt stole her powers, Cornelia merged with the purest and strongest form of her elemental power at the end of issue #75 "As You Were, You Are Now" along with the rest of her friends. By becoming one with her own element, Cornelia obtained a new transformation dubbed "New Power" where, not only did she achieved a new look, but her original powers are much stronger. 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!
Cornelia's New Power transformation consisted of a green top that now has a turtle-neck, more covers over her abdomen area, and matching green gloves, giving the illusion it being one piece. Her purple skirt is longer and seemed to be wrapped around her waist like a towel. Her skirt is the same design except it's now longer and the swirl around her navel is now clockwise and overlaps her green top. The skirts are almost sentient called lamias and they can be used to deflect and grab objects from afar. Her boots have a similar look to her old ones and her top now has the symbol of Earth on her chest. Cornelia is the only one without black fingerless gloves, but her look gives her a more elegant and mature appearance.
Cornelia'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, Cornelia wields a pink ribbon on a stick as her magical 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 Irma to become stronger than she was before in her New Power form.
The Power Girl transformation gives Cornelia a whole new look. She reverted back to her two-pieces set, but now both her top and long skirt are purple, held together with a green circular ring in the shape of her elemental symbol. She no longer has sleeves but another piece around her neck held together with the top with another green ring at the collar. Stripping away the tradition stripped stockings, Cornelia now wears matching boots with like her friends, only now they're a lighter purple color. 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 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, Cornelia was the second to awaken her third transformation after her meeting with the Yellow Dragon. With her new powers, she was able to defeat Xuan Wu, the Celestial Warrior of Water and the Lady of Sloth.The Evolution of the Guardian of Earth
And now, lets see all three beautiful transformations side by side and see how much growth Cornelia has gone through with this evolutionary line.