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Antonella Giannini (Original/Italian)
Grey DeLisle (Nickelodeon)
Carol Jacobanis (4Kids)
Powers and Abilities
Griffin is the Headmistress of Cloudtower, 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.
Despite her stern, no-nonsense and seemingly indifferent demeanour, Griffin was a genuinely caring Headmistress who would defend her students willingly if threatened.
In season three, it is revealed that as a young witch, she once teamed with Valtor to work for the Ancestral Witches. She was saved by Faragonda, with who she apparently was already friends even when she still served the Ancestresses, and went on to help defend the planet of Domino alongside Headmistress Faragonda and Headmaster Saladin of Red Fountain as part of the Company of Light. Griffin is one of the three points of magic, the others being Faragonda and Saladin. Griffin is powerful but Valtor did defeat her at times.
Headmistress Griffin is very tall with pale greenish white skin. She has purple hair that is pulled up with two lighter purple strands on either side. She wears heavy makeup around her eyes and wears an ankle length black dress with a high collar and dark purple shoes.
She first appeared to welcome new students into Cloudtower. Later when Alfea and Red Fountain had their dance party, Griffin collected ideas from young witches to ruin their party. Of course Trix's idea was the best one, though she didn't know that they had plans to steal Stella' s ring. The plan was unsuccessful, which made Griffin angry.
Later when Winx broke into Cloudtower in order to take back Stella's ring from Trixs, Griffin noticed their presence and started to play dangerous tricks on them and later informed Faragonda about their break in. Faragonda grounded Winx's and limited their powers. Trix then broke into Alfea in turn to find the Dragon Flame, but were caught and sent to Griffin by Faragonda with a letter, much more to Griffins annoyance. However, she didn't punish Trix, but instead gave them a mission to break the bonds between Winx and Specialists on Day of the Rose festival. Darcy managed to turn Riven against the others.
At the end of the year, she held a test of young witches and she embarrassed Mirta because of her wrong answers. After Mirta was turned into a pumpkin and was taken to Alfea, Griffin didn't seem to notice her absence. After Trix failed her again by getting caught at Alfea after sending a giant nightmare plant monster to attack Winx, Griffin had enough of them and expelled them.
She attended Red Fountains tournament, wondering if it was a good idea to expel Trix, since she can't now keep an eye on them.Soon she discovers the Trix's have the Dragon Flame and they intend to conquer the whole Magic Dimension, Griffin proves to have a deeper moral sense for what is right and wrong by then. She does what she can to fight off the Trix in order to help the Winx and Bloom, despite 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 Alfeas party, but Griffin denied this invitation.
Griffin assisted Musa's concert at the Red Fountain and was even seen dancing there.
When the Winx temporarily joined Cloudtower as exchange students, to help protect the second piece of the Codex found there, Griffin along with other teachers taught them dark arts of magic.
When the Trix though that Codex was inside the Heart of the Cloudtower, Griffin went to heart to take back the control of the tower from them. After Trixs retrieved, she made the Winx girls split into groups of 2, each composed of the girls who got along the least with each other so that they learn to work in teams better. When asked by one of her teachers why she had done this, her answer was that it was to make them grow. She returned back to the Heart and soon managed to regain whole control of tower and attempted to imprison Trixs inside it. As Trixs stole the Codex, Griffin watched the Winx and Mirta return to Alfea and knew that their friendship might have weakened a bit.
She later participated in the final battle in which Darkar was defeated. She helped Faragonda and Codatorta to fight Karborg and she and Faragonda powered up Codatorta and he defeated Karborg for good.
It's 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 later joined the Company of Light. She stated that since then she has spent most of her life in trying to repent herself for her errors and correcting them.
She was in her office doing work, when she suddenly though someone was behind her door. As she peeked, she saw no one but instead saw Valtor sitting in her chair when turning around. Valtor tells Trixs about his and Griffins past with the Ancestral Witches. After that she was imprisoned, while her students were possessed and her spells were stolen by Valtor.
Later when Winxs attempt to take revenge on Valtor because of what happened to Tecna in Andros, Stella and Aisha discovered Griffin in the dungeons and Stella used her fairy dust to break the barrier spell in the door. Griffin was free, but Trixs 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 uses their powers to create an barrier around Valtor while Winxs free Bloom with their fairy dust. As Bloom is free, Griffin along with others backs up when fire spells burns Valtor badly. She is then teleported to Alfea along with others by Stella.
After Valtor had all that he wanted from Cloudtower, he left and witches were freed from his grip. Griffin returned, but was troubled about Valtor's whereabouts. She then tells to her students that they need to unite with fairies and Specialists to end Valtor for good.When Valtor challenged Griffin, Faragonda and Saladin into battle, he made Cloudtower disappear much more to Griffin's anger. Griffin accepted the challenge, even though she didn't have anything to offer Valtor if she looses(though Valtor possibly challenged her to get revenge on her betrayal). Four of them met in the woods and Valtor cast an illusion spell, which made Griffin and others see each others as Valtor so they could finish each other off and Valtor would steal spells from Alfea. As Valtor failed by Bloom and Water Stars, his spell broke and Griffin, Faragonda and Saladin realized his trick. Griffin stated that if spell would have continued, she would have defeated Faragonda and Saladin for good.
The Winx soon went back to Cloudtower, realizing that Valtor actually hid it behind an invisible wall rather than destroy it. After Cloudtower was back, Griffin was glad to return there again.
When Valtor was angered by Trixs, he proved his powers by using a Spell of the Elements to destroy Maigx and three schools. He dried up the Lake Roccaluce and sent water to flood Cloudtower in order to make each witch drown. After his spell was broken, Griffin was astonished and annoyed to see how her school looked like a fountain after water started to return back to Roccaluce.
She appears at the beginning of the movie, as co-host, along with Faragonda, of the beginning of school year celebrations
Griffin was first seen in the second episode where she 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 crash the school, whom Griffin wasn't happy to see again. Despite her efforts to fight the three off, Griffin was defeated and transformed into a crow. Before she could get captured, she quickly flies off to escape. Unfortunately, Griffin gets struck down by a lightning bolt, but was saved by the Winx, who bring her to Alfea for treatment. With help from Roxy, Griffin managed to convey a bit of warning about the Trix to Faragonda.
Magic and AbilitiesBeing the Headmistress of Cloudtower and also one of the Three Points of Magic, Griffin is apparently a powerful witch. She was able to open massive portal tunnels for teleportation, creating magical barriers, and also using her magic to shoot powerful magic blasts that can even knock down the Dragon Flame-powered Trix sisters. She can even converge her magic with Faragonda, who is a fairy, to cast powerful spells to destroy enemies. This feat is almost impossible to achieve by normal standards as usually a fairy wasn't able to converge her power with a witch, specifically. Her level of magical strength is assumed as being on par with Saladin and Faragonda, the other heads of magical schools in Magix.
- 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 with a lion's body and the head, wings and front legs of an eagle found in Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Elamite, Minoan and Achaemenid Persian mythologies, where they were thought to protect from evil, witchcraft and evil slander. Many sculptures of griffins can be seen at the Achaemenid capital, Persepolis. In mediaeval folklore, its claws were said to have medicinal powers, and that its feathers the ability to give their sight back to the blind.
- The young Griffin looks slightly similar to Darcy .
- Griffin was revealed that she once helped Valtor at the Winx Club's first Movie.
- She is less antagonistic in the Nick dub.
- Her personality in Season 1 is similar to that of Professor Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by Rowling J.K. Rowling
- In the 4Kids version, it was stated that Griffin and Faragonda had both dated Saladin.
|Bloom - Stella - Flora - Musa - Tecna - Aisha - Roxy|
|Lockette - Amore - Chatta - Tune - Digit - Piff - Cherie - Caramel|
|Serena - Illiris - Desiryee - Sonna - Lithia - Lemmy|
|Sky - Brandon - Helia - Riven - Timmy - Nabu - Roy|
|Kiko - Artu - Lady - Pepe - Buddy - Peg - Belle - Ginger - Coco - Pepe - Chicko - Milly|
|Faragonda - Griffin - Saladin - Knut - Concorda - Discorda - Athena - Ninfea - Artu - Kiko - Minor Alfea Fairies - Minor Cloudtower Witches - Mitzi - Andy - Klaus - Vanessa - Jason Queen - Oritel - Marion - Daphne - Mike - Morgana - Earth Fairies - Nebula - Warrior Fairies - Aurora - Arctic Fairies - Diana - Amazon Fairies - Sibylla - Rustic Fairies - Diaspro - Cassandra - Chimera - Other Pixies - Other Selkies|
|Trix - Darkar - Valtor - Mandragora - Wizards of Black Circle - Ancestral Witches - Tritannus - Selina|