Fairy Godmother
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Title Fairy Godmother, (former) Head of the Fairy Council
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Background Edit

The Fairy Godmother is the fairytale character also known as "Cinderella's Fairy Godmother" (from Charles Perrault[1] / The Brothers Grimm).

In The Land of Stories series, she is also the real grandmother of Alex and Conner Bailey through their father John Bailey. At the end of the third book, she dies, making Alex the new Fairy Godmother.

 Appearance and Personality Edit

"Their grandmother was a petite woman with long, graying brown hair that was pulled back in a tight braid. She had the warmest smile and the kindest eyes in the world, which wrinkled pleasantly when she smiled, just like the twins' dad's eyes had. She was cheerful and energetic, and exactly what the twins needed." [2]

At the beginning of The Wishing Spell, Alex and Conner only know their grandmother as a friendly and warm woman who visits a few times a year, likes baking cookies, and always wears bright dresses and shoes with white laces and brown heels. She always carries a large, green travel bag and a blue purse, and always wears her wedding ring[3]. She owns a small cottage in the woods and a blue car[4].

Her absensces from their home are explained by her travelling all over the world to read fairy tales to sick children in hospitals.

In the course of the first book, the twins discover that their grandmother is actually the Fairy Godmother, and can travel between their world and the Land of Stories[5]. She is the only one who is able to travel between worlds without the use of a portal. In "Our World Time" she is at least 150 years old, as she has worked together with the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen to help spread fairy tales to give hope and joy to the people. She explains she discovered the existence of the "Otherworld" by accident, as she used her magic to wish herself to a place where "people needed her most" and she ended up in another dimension.[6] Mother Goose and other fairy tale characters helped her with this. She is the head of the Fairy Council until her death in book 3.

In The Enchantress Returns, it is revealed that she is responsible for taking Ezmia from the Real World to the Land of Stories (see Ezmia's story).

Though she is capable of travelling between worlds without a portal, she uses her magic to open a door for Mother Goose to travel through (that Dr. Bob also uses to get into the Land of Stories).[7]

She and Mother Goose share a secret; she has a second son, Lloyd, whom everyone thinks is dead. She makes Mother Goose promise never to tell anyone[8]. However, in Beyond the Kingdoms, it is revealed that Lloyd is alive- he is the Masked Man. He was imprisoned in Pinocchio Prison for trying to steal the Portal Potion; the Fairy Godmother had him masked so no one would know it was him.[9]

Flashbacks and memories in Beyond the Kingdoms show the Fairy Godmother struggling with her son's behaviour and doing her best to make him happy. After some advice from her friend Hans Christian Andersen, she offers Lloyd a potion to turn his favourite books into a portal, but he declines. When she consults the Hall of Dreams to try and find out what he wants instead, she finds out out his biggest dream is to destroy the Land of Stories and kill her, so she takes him into the forest and "kills his magic", hoping that will stop him. Lloyd swears he will never forgive her, and begins to plot his revenge.[10] Their relationship never recovers.

Relationships Edit

Since the twins' father died, leaving their mother to struggle financially, the Fairy Godmother tended to stop by in the Otherworld every now and then and bring a lot of supplies and gifts, filling their fridge and cooking special dinners. Alex and Conner cared about her very much, and she had a good relationship with her daughter-in-law as well. In The Enchantress Returns, she is absent for a long time, and then shows up but doesn't tell the twins much about the danger the Land of Stories is in, in order to protect them.

While she initially showed love and care for Ezmia (loving her "like a daughter"[11]), she gradually pulled away when she realized Ezmia has changed and has become cruel and mean-spirited.

The Fairy Godmother is a widow. Her husband used to travel with her between worlds and she describes him as the "love of her life". She tells the twins that he died shortly before her son John was born[12], though it can be assumed that this is a lie, as he is also the father of John's younger brother Lloyd.[13]

In A Grimm Warning, it is revealed that she wanted Mother Goose to be the next Fairy Godmother, but Mother Goose turned it down.

In Beyond the Kingdoms, her son Lloyd accuses her of loving her first-born son more than him, and his grudge against her intensifies after she takes away his magic.

Story Edit

1. The Wishing Spell Edit

The Fairy Godmother gives the twins the Land of Stories Book for their 12th birthday.[14] When the twins fall into the book and go on their adventure, she tries to find them, but doesn't manage to do so until the very end of the story, where she reveals herself to the twins.

2. The Enchantress Returns Edit

When their mother is kidnapped, the Fairy Godmother arranges for Alex and Conner's protection, but does not anticipate that they activate a portal and go to the Land of Stories themselves to find their mother. She seems to be aware of their presence at the Happily Ever After Assembly despite their disguise and gives them her veiled support to fight Ezmia.[15] At the end of the book, after Ezmia is defeated, she calls the Fairy Council together and they decide to close the gateway between the worlds for good. She agrees to letting Alex stay and become the next Fairy Godmother-in-training.

3. A Grimm Warning Edit

The Fairy Godmother is training Alex to be her successor, but admits to feeling very tired- a result, she says, of finally having found the right person for the job. Her magic is failing and her latest spells become undone, because she is dying. Before she does, she fights and defeats the Masked Man's dragon. She then says goodbye to Alex and Conner and "returns to magic".[16]

4. Beyond the KingdomsEdit

The Fairy Godmother does not physically appear in the book except in flashbacks, but she sends a magical moth to Alex to help her understand that the Masked Man is not her father. The flashbacks show how she created the portal potion to make Lloyd happy, and failing that, how she took away his magic to protect the Land of Stories.

Quotes Edit

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[Alex about her grandmother] "It's funny how different you look in every book I read."[17]

"No matter how hard you try, you can't help everyone. And you're beginning to learn that some people can't be helped, not because they're helpless, but because they don't want to be helped."[18]

"To know someone's deepest desires is to risk knowing them more than they want to be known."[19]

"We wouldn't want to live in a world where no one believed in themselves enough to make their own dreams come true."[20]

"The key to slaying a dragon is to always remember you're much smarter and more powerful than he is. He may seem scary, but he's really nothing but a large winged reptile with horrid breath."[21]

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References Edit

  2. TLOS I, ch 3, p. 53
  3. TLOS 1, ch 3, p. 53
  4. TLOS II, ch 8
  5. TLOS I, ch 24
  6. TLOS I, ch 24, p. 429
  7. TLOS II, ch 22 p 402
  8. TLOS III, ch 21, p. 344
  9. TLOS IV, ch 10, p. 154
  10. TLOS IV, ch 9
  11. TLOS II, ch 12, p. 193
  12. TLOS I, ch 24, p. 430
  13. For more discussion on this topic see the Blogpost : TLOS Talk 2
  14. It is unclear if she gives it to them because she means for them to go through the portal; most likely, it was just meant to be read as a book they both enjoyed so much as kids.
  15. TLOS II, ch 12, p. 201
  16. TLOS III, ch 29, p. 444
  17. TLOS II, ch 3, p. 41
  18. TLOS III, ch 2, p. 48-49
  19. TLOS III, ch 2, p. 51
  20. TLOS III, ch 2, p. 51
  21. TLOS III, ch 29, p. 442
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