If you watch Netflix’s latest mystical drama series Destiny: The Winx Saga and are totally obsessed with Bloom’s coming of age story, you are not alone. We still can’t get over the way she grows up in her fairy magic, defends Alfea from the Burned Ones with her friends, and even has time to form a possible romantic relationship with Resident Specialist and the mad-hearted Sky – we can say that we are already counting the days for season two. Besides defending her school from monsters and figuring out how to use her fire magic, Bloom has a whole different set of issues to solve: she quickly finds out that she is, in fact, a changeling. If you are feeling a little confused about this whole changeling business, don’t worry, you are not alone. This idea is introduced early in the series, and it’s even a little shocking for Bloom too. So what is a changeling and what does it mean for Bloom’s character?
Officially, a changeling is a fairy-like child who replaces a human child, and the idea is found in all kinds of folklore across Europe. It is believed that changelings are traded without the knowledge of the baby or the human parents, and the fairies secretly guard the human child. Since Bloom is a changeling, discovered early in the series through her friend Aisha, it means that she is in fact a born fairy, and not her parents’ daughter after all. It also means that her parents’ real daughter is wandering somewhere, even though there seems to be an infallible connection between the changelings and the Burned Ones – we bet season two continues that exploration.
Once Bloom finds out she’s a changeling, she spends most of the series trying to find out more about her origins and confronting people like Director Dowling for more information. In the end, we know Bloom was born in the Otherworld and ex-director Rosalind brought her to live on Earth to protect her from the Burns, but we still have several doubts about her true birth. It’s safe to say that we are looking in season two for all the answers, but at least now we can understand why Bloom’s powers are so strong, and maybe even why his relationship with his parents is so strained.