Name: Magica De Spell
Location: Mt. Vesuvius
Relatives: Poe De Spell (brother), Minima De Spell (niece), Caraldina De Spell (grandmother), Matilda and Adelia (cousins), Tragica De Spell (great-grandmother), Lena (niece)
Appearance: Slender duck, white feathers, shoulder-length black hair, purple eye shadow, black dress with red cuffs, black pumps / Shadow (2017 Series)
Voice: June Foray (Original Series), Catherine Tate (2017 Series)
Who is Magica?
Magica De Spell first appeared in the Carl Barks’ 1961 comic, “The Midas Touch “. She becomes one of the major villains of Scrooge McDuck in the comics. Her original goal is to steal Scrooge’s Number One Dime to create an amulet that gives the wearer the ability of turn objects into gold.
Magica lives on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, next to Naples, Italy. She is very powerful witch and has a number of magical powers, such as the ability to teleport herself over far distances, the power to conjure and transmute matter on a sub-molecular level, and the ability to turn herself in to any animal that she wants.
On more than one occasion Magica has successfully stolen Scrooge’s Number One Dime. In the story, “Of Ducks and Dimes and Destinies“, Magica goes back in time to Glasgow to steal the dime before Scrooge earns it. She finds Burt the Ditchdigger, the man who pays Scrooge the dime for cleaning his boots, and offers to buy the dime for a ten pence. The Ditchdigger quickly traded the Dime as it was worthless in that part of the world for currency he could use in Glasgow. Unfortunately, Magica came to the realization that Scrooge’s number one dime would become a pence from Burt instead of the dime she traded for.
Magica has an unique way of viewing the Number One Dime. She doesn’t believe the dime to be a lucky charm. Instead of the dime being the source of Scrooge’s wealth, Magica believes that Scrooge’s wealth is the source of the dime’s powers. This realization was show in the comic, “A Little Something Special” in which Magica teamed up with Flitheart Glomgold and the Beagles Boys to steal Scrooges money. Magica steals the dime but gives it back to Scrooge realizing that without Scrooge’s fortune he would no longer be the richest duck on Earth after the Beagle Boys steal his money.
In the original Ducktales show, Magica de Spell is a reoccurring villian who is still attempting to obtain Scrooge’s Number One Dime. During the run of the series, it is revealed that she wants the dime to return her brother Poe back to normal as he is stuck being transformed as a Raven. She makes her first appearance in Season 1, “Send in the Clones”, where she transforms the beagle boys into Huey, Dewey, and Louie to steal the number one dime. Another attempt was in “Magica’s Shadow War”, which she gave her shadow a mind of its own in attempt to steal the dime. Magical also will attempt to steal the dime in other ways. The episode “Dime Enough for Luck”, Magica has Gladstone Gander steal the dime by hypnotizing him. We get a glimps at what would happen if Magica gets her hands on the Dime in the episode, “Duck to the Future”. Magica sends Scrooge to the future so he is out of the way of her getting the dime. In this future, Magica rules Magica/McDuck Enterprises along side as the greedy versions of Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Magica/McDuck Enterprises charges extremely high prices on everything in Duckburg and rule the city. As in all episodes, Magica in the end fails and Scrooge gets back his Number One Dime.
In Ducktales 2017, Magica has been trapped as a shadow. Her niece, Lena, is helping her obtain the Number One Dime so she can come back to her normal form. Lena is helping Magica because Magica has promised something to give her that she desperately wants, her freedom. Magica has forced Lena to become friends with Webbie to get close to the number one dime. In early promos of Magica, her eyes are similar to the original Barks design for her. Her pupils are in the shape of a triangle. Perhaps a throwback to Carl Barks. Soon we will find out more about Magica in the 2017 Series!
- The Beagle Birthday Massacre!
- Terror of the Terra-firmians!
- The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!
- The Shadow War!