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Headmistress Griffin is the headmistress (or "headwitchstress") of Cloud Tower as well as a professor there, a member of the Company of Light, and a considerably powerful witch. Although she started off as somewhat of an antagonist, indirectly encouraging the Trix in their power-struggle against the Winx, Griffin was eventually revealed to be a woman of sound moral principles, and aided the Winx numerous times in their fight against the forces of evil. Griffin is one of the three points of magic, the others being Faragonda and Saladin.
Headmistress Griffin is very tall with pale greenish white skin, and has a hooked nose. She has purple hair that is pulled up into a shape similar to that of pointy hats worn by fairy tale witches, with two lighter purple strands on either side. She wears heavy make-up around her eyes and wears an ankle length dark purple dress with a high collar and dark purple shoes. In season 8 Griffin has all light purple hair, less eye make-up, red lips, a pale skin tone no longer having a green tint. Her dress is all now a shade of red, her gloves are shorter as well. The rest of her outfit is the same as her original design.
She wears a red hooded robe that covers her from head to toe. She also does not have her usual gloves on.
Griffin wore her hair down, it reaching her feet. She wore thin black square glasses, pale pink boot heels, a sliver belt with two chains at the side, and she has a dress on with on opening at the bottom and had two straps, and she wore gloves that matched her dress but did not cover her hands instead the ends had white cuffs.
As a crow Griffin looks like a common crow and has red eyes.
Despite her stern, no-nonsense and seemingly indifferent demeanor, Griffin is genuinely a caring Headmistress who would defend her students willingly if threatened. She also has a humorous streak to her personality, when she joyfully stated that she would have defeated Faragonda and Saladin had Valtor's illusion spell continued in "The Wizards' Trap".
Pre-SeriesAs a young witch, Griffin teamed up with Valtor to work under the Ancestral Witches in the hopes of becoming the most powerful witch in all the known dimensions. Eventually, her conscience caught up with her, which led her to try and flee both Valtor and the Ancestral Witches after realizing what she was getting into. She was saved by Faragonda, who she apparently was already friends with even when she served the Ancestresses, and went on to help defend the realm of Domino alongside her old friends, Faragonda and Saladin, as part of the Company of Light.
She first appeared in "Alfea College for Fairies", calling an assembly. It is here she informs her students that Alfea and Red Fountain are holding their annual gift exchange ceremony, per usual, Cloud Tower had not received an invitation. As such, Griffin wanted to ruin their fun and allowed the students to practice their dark spells on the party. Griffin collected ideas from the young witches to ruin their party. Of course the Trix's idea was the best one, though she did not know that they had plans to steal Stella's ring. The plan was unsuccessful, which made Griffin angry.
Later, when the Winx broke into Cloud Tower in order to take back Stella's ring from the Trix, Griffin were alerted of their presence and started to play dangerous tricks on them and later informed Faragonda about their break in. Faragonda grounded the Winx and revoked their powers. The Trix then broke into Alfea to take vengeance for trespassing and also to find the Dragon's Flame, but were caught and sent to Griffin by Faragonda with a letter, much more to Griffin's annoyance. However, she did not punish the Trix, but instead gave them a mission to break the bonds between the Winx and the Specialists on the Day of the Rose festival. Darcy managed to turn Riven against the others.In "Bloom's Dark Secret" she held a test for the young witches and Mirta was tested, she was hesitant but she was able to answer correctly. Griffin reminds her that she needs to be confident if she wants to be a good witch. After Mirta was turned into a pumpkin and was taken to Alfea, Griffin did not seem to notice her absence.
Then on one rainy night she receives a call from Griselda who chides her out for the Trix's inappropriate behavior. Angered by their misconduct paired with humiliation from being berated, she has had enough and expels them. This action leads the Trix to hate her.
She attended Red Fountain's Exhibition, wondering if it was a good idea to expel the Trix, since she can no longer keep an eye on them.
Soon she discovers the Trix's have the Dragon's Flame and they intend to conquer the whole Magic Dimension, Griffin proves to have a deeper moral sense for what is right and wrong. She does what she can to fight off the Trix in order to help protect the Magic Dimension with everyone, even defying the defined boundaries between fairies and witches. By the end of the season, Griffin portrays a more open mind toward fairies after having to fight alongside them to stop the tyranny of the Trix.She sent the Trix to the Fortress of Light to punish them. Faragonda invited her to Alfea's party, but Griffin declined the invitation.
It has been shown in season three that Griffin used to fight alongside Valtor, and served the Ancestral Witches. But later her conscience made her regret her actions and she joined the Company of Light. She stated that since then she has spent most of her life trying to repent herself for her errors and correcting them.
Later, she was in her office doing work, when she suddenly thought someone was behind her door. She took a peek but saw no one, she instead saw Valtor sitting in her chair when turning around. Valtor tells the Trix about his and Griffin's past with the Ancestral Witches. After that, she was imprisoned, while her students were possessed and her spells were stolen by Valtor.
She was seen again when the Winx attempted to take revenge on Valtor because of what happened to Tecna on Andros, Stella and Aisha discovered Griffin in the dungeons and Stella used her fairy dust to break the barrier spell on the door. Griffin was free, but the Trix arrived immediately and attempted to lock her up again, but Griffin quickly sent them to the detention dimension. They then headed to her office, where Bloom was frozen by Valtor's Oppositus spell that turned her fire spell into an ice. Faragonda, Griffin and Saladin use their powers to create a barrier around Valtor while the Winx attempt to free Bloom with their fairy dust. As Bloom was freed, Griffin along with others backs up when the fire spell burns Valtor badly. She is then teleported to Alfea along with others by Stella.
After Valtor had all that he wanted from Cloud Tower, he left and the witches were freed from his grip. Griffin returned, but was troubled by Valtor's whereabouts. She then tells her students that they need to unite with the fairies and Specialists to end Valtor for good.
When Valtor challenged Griffin, Faragonda and Saladin to battle, he made Cloud Tower disappear much more to Griffin's anger. Griffin accepted the challenge, even though she did not have anything to offer Valtor if she loses (though Valtor possibly challenged her to get revenge on her betrayal). The four of them met in the woods and Valtor cast an illusion spell, which made Griffin and the others see each other as Valtor so they could finish each other off. With the distraction set, Valtor went to Alfea to steal their spells. Unfortunately for Valtor he was prevented from doing so by Bloom and the Water Stars, his spell broke and Griffin, Faragonda and Saladin realized that it was a trap. After returning from the ordeal, Griffin stated that if the spell had lasted, she would have defeated Faragonda and Saladin for good.
The Winx soon went back to Cloud Tower, realizing that Valtor actually hid it behind an invisible wall rather than destroy it. After Cloud Tower was back, Griffin was glad to return there again.When Valtor was angered by the Trix, he proved his powers by using the Spell of the Elements to destroy Magix and the three schools. He dried up Lake Roccaluce and sent the water to flood Cloud Tower, fire to Alfea, air in the form of tornadoes to Red Fountain and earthquakes to Magix City. After his spell was broken, Griffin was astonished and annoyed to see the damage done to her after the water returned to Lake Roccaluce.
Griffin welcomes the new freshmen witches at Cloud Tower where she prepares to gauge the abilities of the new students. She selects Selina to demonstrate her powers with the Legendarium, and was shocked at what it was capable of. Soon after, the Trix crashed the school, whom Griffin was not happy to see again. Despite her efforts to fight the three of them off, Griffin was defeated and transformed into a crow. Before she could get captured, she quickly flies off to escape. Unfortunately, Griffin gets struck by a lightning bolt but was saved by the Winx, who bring her to Alfea for treatment. With the help from Roxy, Griffin managed to convey a bit of a warning about the Trix to Faragonda. In "The Lost Library", Roxy asks The Winx for help to return Griffin to her real form, Flora attempts to break the spell but fails.In "The Secret Greenhouse" with the help of Palladium, Roxy returns Griffin to her original form however Griffin was woozy and nearly collapsed, but is caught. She insists on seeing Faragonda quickly, but Palladium has his students take her to the infirmary to recover. Later at the Alfea Infirmary, Griffin tells Faragonda and Palladium how the Trix had taken over Cloud Tower and how they plan to take over all the schools in the Magix Dimension. Faragonda assures that they will be stopped. Sky then walks in and asks Faragonda about the whereabouts of the Winx, bringing up his concerns about Bloom's friend, Selina. Griffin's eyes widened at the name and quickly tells them all that Selina is in the employ of the Trix. In "Mythix'", Griffin is at the Mother's Day party being held on Alfea's Quad. In "Winx Forever", Griffin regains control of Cloud Tower and rejects the new students the Trix admitted. Having the new witches retake the entrance exam.
She only makes a cameo in this special when Stella introduces the three magic schools on Magix to Bloom.
S he makes a brief appearance as she is seen watching the Exhibition at Red Fountain and also witnesses the disturbance of the Exhibition caused by Bloom and Diaspro. She then says that it is not only just her students who can behave badly.
After the Trix successfully stole Bloom's Dragon Flame, they made their way to Cloud Tower where they attacked Griffin and imprisons her and her students. Later, she and her students were able to break free from their prison cell and they retreat to Alfea. She then fights in the Trix's invasion and won. Once the Trix were defeated she sends them to Lightrock Monastery as punishment for their crimes.
When Darkar kidnapped Bloom and opened the portal to the Relix, Griffin, Faragonda and Codatora join forces to help the Winx. After defeating the creature that Darkar conjured up in order to prevent interference of his plans they head to the Relix and defeat Darkar once and for all, she then attends the party being held at Alfea.
She appears at the beginning of the movie as co-host alongside Faragonda for the beginning of school year celebrations.
As the Headmistress of Cloud Tower, as well as one of the Three Points of Magic (alongside Faragonda and Saladin), Griffin is an extremely powerful witch whose level of strength is on par with the other heads of magical schools in Magix. Like all witches, her powers are derived from the negative aspects of magic, and the color of her magic varies between green and purple.
As demonstrated by her active participation in the Winx's fights against evil, Griffin was able to use her magic in a wide variety of ways: she could unleash powerful blasts capable of knocking down even the Dragon-Flame-empowered Trix sisters, create magical barriers, and shoot beams of energy. She could even converge her magic with Faragonda's (a fairy) to cast potent spells to destroy enemies - a feat that was almost impossible to achieve by normal standards, as witches and fairies were usually unable to converge their powers.
Uses of Magic
- Speed of the Cheetah
- Magic Eye
- Exclamo - Used to create an ear-shaped passageway in the wall in which voices can be transmitted.
- Liberato - She used it to free the captured Winx and Witches.
- Captus Obscurum - Used to attack Kerborg.
- Cupernus - Used in a convergence by her and Faragonda to shield the Winx from Darkar's attack.
- Demeritus - Used to send the Trix to the Detention Dimension.
- The Griffin is a legendary creature from Greek mythology depicted as having the body of a lion and the head, wings and front legs of an eagle. The griffin of Greek mythology was itself inspired by similar creatures from many other ancient mythologies, where they were thought to protect from evil, witchcraft and evil slander. In medieval folklore, its claws were said to have medicinal powers, and that its feathers the ability to give their sight back to the blind.
- Griffin's appearance is slightly similar to that of the evil fairy Maleficent, from the Disney animated movie Sleeping Beauty.
- Both Griffin and Maleficent have green skin.
- Both Griffin and Maleficent wear long, dark-colored outfits with paler mauve and purple parts.
- Maleficent's companion is a raven, and many cravens live in Cloud Tower, where Griffin is the Headmistress.
- Both Griffin's and Maleficent's powers manifest in the form of green light.
- Maleficent has a pair of horns on her head and Griffin's hair is shaped in a form which looks like a horn.
- The appearance of Griffin's residence at Cloud Tower' is loosely similar to and might have been inspired by Maleficent's castle. Similarly to Cloud Tower, Maleficent's castle is a tall and dark tower located on the top of a mountain.
- Griffin's appearance is also similar to that of the Wicked Witch of the West from 1939 movie adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.
- Both Griffin and the Wicked Witch of the West have green skin.
- Griffin's hairstyle also looks similar to the hat of the Wicked Witch of the West.
- Both Griffin and the Wicked Witch of the West have a big pointy nose.
- Both Griffin and the Wicked Witch of the West wear long dark dresses.
- Both Griffin and the Wicked Witch of the West use a crystal ball to see the whereabouts of people.
- The Wicked Witch of the West commands an army of crows, and many ravens live in Cloud Tower.
- Griffin's high collar might have been inspired by that of the Evil Queen from the Disney animated movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- The young Griffin looks slightly similar to Darcy.
- She is non-antagonistic in the Nickelodeon dub.
- In the 4Kids version, it was stated that Griffin and Faragonda had both dated Saladin.
- In the 4Kids dub she elaborates on the reason for her defection from the ancestral witches (she wasn't willing to commit mass murder).
- In the 4Kids version, it was stated that Faragonda and Griffin were in the same grade level when they attended Alfea and Cloud Tower respectively.
- It is also mentioned that Ediltrude attended the Cloud Tower around the same time as Griffin.
- In the specials, she did not expel the Trix like she did originally, because the episode was cut in the specials.
- In the Nickelodeon dub, Griffin's English voice actress also voiced Ninfea, Marion (s6), Zulema, Belladona, Niobe, Tecna's Guardian of Sirenix, and Nebula (s6).