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"It Begins" and "It Resumes" acts as the two-part first episode of the series W.I.T.C.H. It first aired December 18, 2004.

Synopsis

It Begins

A new girl, Will Vandom, arrives in Heatherfield and introduces herself to Irma Lair, Taranee Cook, Cornelia Hale and Hay Lin. Meanwhile, all of them see something wrong on them. Meanwhile on the evil world, Meridian, which was good in the past, a rebel leader, Caleb and his friend Aldarn try to take the weapons which the evil Prince Phobos stolen. Caleb and Aldarn are spotted and run away. They arrive at Hoogong Gorge and escape by the Hoogongs.

Back on Earth, Hay Lin takes Will, Irma, Taranee and Cornelia to her house inside the restaurant, Silver Dragon. Her grandmother, Yan Lin, arrives. She tells them about the Meridian and the Veil in which the portals are opening. Yan Lin says there are the Guardians who are closing the portals by using their powers. Yan Lin shows the Heart of Kandrakar and says they've got the powers. Irma sees she can control water, Taranee sees she can control fire, Cornelia sees she can control earth and Hay Lin sees she can control air. Yan Lin gives Will the Heart saying the one of the five unites the others. Now the Guardians are Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin. Back on Meridian, Caleb and Aldarn escaped and go to Infinite City. Caleb says he can't go because he must go to Earth to find the real taker of the throne. While trying to find the portal, Caleb is attacked by Phobos' minion, who turns into a lizard, Lord Cedric.

Back on Earth, the girls decide to exercise their powers under the bridge. Will transforms and unites the others. The girls are surprised with their Guardian look. The girls play with their powers. It's getting dark and Will un-transforms the others. Back on Meridian, Cedric chases Caleb and Caleb spots the portal. Back on Earth, Hay Lin spots the portal. Caleb appears and Cedric soon shows up. The girls transform and fight with Cedric. Caleb yells to close the portal and Will uses the Heart to do this, but, as Will closes the portal, Caleb is kidnapped. After what had happened, the girls reported to Yan Lin about what had happened under the bridge. Hay Lin draws a photo of Lord Cedric and recognizes it as Lord Cedric. The next day, the girls went to school. They wondered what had happened to Caleb after Cedric took him. When walking back home. Will went into an alley, while the other girls went straight. As she was walking into the alley. A portal appeared and Will accidentally went in the portal. All was left was her backpack, with the Heart of Kandrakar in it.

It Resumes

Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin must travel to Meridian after Will is captured by Cedric and Vathek. But they cannot transform without Will who dropped the Heart of Kandrakar in the struggle, and now the Heart leads them to find its Keeper. The girls make their way through Meridian, finding Will's pit-like prison, where she is being kept with Caleb and a smelly creature, Blunk. They throw the Heart down and transform, escaping the castle.

A one-eyed Gargoyle ambushes them at the portal, grabbing Irma through the portal but Will closes it on his hand. In the end, Hay Lin decides to have a name for the girls: W.I.T.C.H. In the B-story, the girls struggle to be Will's new friends.

Trivia

  • Two scenes from the international version were cut from the US version of this episode.
  • In the US version, this episode and "It Resumes" aired together as a one-hour special to introduce the series. Internationally, the two episodes aired as two separate episodes.
  • It is revealed that Yan Lin was the previous Air Guardian.
  • It is revealed that Will's real name is Wilma, but she prefers to be called Will.
  • In the comic books, Yan Lin faked her death the day after revealing to the others about being guardians, and in the novels, she dies in book two and becomes a member of the council of Kandrakar, but in the show, she does not die and remains a starring character in almost every episode.
  • The colors on Irma's top and skirt were reversed in the opening sequence.
  • In one scene, when Taranee talks, we hear Hay Lin's voice.
  • This episode bares similarities to issue #1, with Will moving from Fadden Hills to Heatherfield, the W.I.T.C.H. girls randomly experiencing their powers and Yan Lin revealing to the W.I.T.C.H. girls that their destiny is to become the new Guardians of the Veil.
  • Before going to rescue Will, Taranee said she moved to Heatherfield one year ago, but in the comics, she moved there only a few days before Will.
  • In the comic books, only Hay Lin can fly, because she is the guardian of air, while here all of the girls can fly.
  • Throughout the season, Hay Lin doesn't wear the trademark goggles on her head like she does in the comics.
  • In the comics, Caleb didn't appear until issue #7 but in the TV show he is the first main character to be seen (not including the titles).
  • This episode marks Blunk's first appearance. It should be noted that he never made an appearance in the comic books.
  • In the comics, Vathek first appeared as an evil monster. In the series, the plotline has been skipped to the part where he is a good guy spying on Phobos for the rebel army.
  • In the US version, this episode and "It Begins" aired together as a one-hour special to introduce the series. Internationally, this episode and "It Begins" aired as two separate episodes.
  • This episode marks the first time Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin are in Meridian.
  • Hay Lin points out in this episode that she and each of the girls' initials spell out "W.I.T.C.H."
  • There are hints of romance between Caleb and Corenlia.
  • George of the Jungle, Tinkerbell and The Wizard of Oz are referenced in this episode.
  • Throughout this episode, various outfits are seen to always change appearance in a small way (i.e. something is missing or something is reversed).
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Arcs: Arc 1: The Twelve PortalsArc 2: Nerissa's RevengeArc 3: A Crisis on Both WorldsArc 4: Trials of the OracleThe Book of ElementsArc 6: RagorlangArc 7: New PowerArc 8: Teach 2b Witch100% WitchLadies vs W.I.T.C.H.Arc 11: Magical Sovereign

Volumes: Issue 001: HalloweenIssue 002: The Twelve PortalsIssue 003: The Dark DimensionIssue 004: The Power of FireIssue 005: So Be It ForeverIssue 006: Illusions and LiesIssue 007: One Day You'll Meet HimIssue 008: The Black Roses of MeridianIssue 009: The Four DragonsIssue 010: A Bridge Between Two WorldsIssue 011: The Crown of LightIssue 012: The Challenge of PhobosIssue 013: I Know Who You AreIssue 014: The End of a DreamIssue 015: The Courage to ChooseIssue 016: Nerissa's SealIssue 017: Don't Close Your EyesIssue 018: Remnants of SummerIssue 019: The Other Side of the StoryIssue 020: A Gust of HateIssue 021: Shadows of TomorrowIssue 022: A Broken HeartIssue 023: Goodbye!Issue 024: Trust MeIssue 025: Water ShadowsIssue 026: BlackmailIssue 027: DividedIssue 028: So Close, Yet So FarIssue 029:The Lesser EvilIssue 030: The Chamber of TempestsIssue 031: The Voice of SilenceIssue 032: Behind the MaskIssue 033: The Greatest GiftIssue 034: The Scent of FreedomIssue 035: Mirrored LivesIssue 036: Rebel SoulsIssue 037: The DisputeIssue 038: Desires of the HeartIssue 039: On the Wings of RemembranceIssue 040: The Ultimate SecretIssue 041: The Whole TruthIssue 042: Beyond All HopeIssue 043: Tricks of LightIssue 044: Never Alone, Ever AgainIssue 045: Double DeceptionIssue 046: The Power of CourageIssue 047: The Sands of TimeIssue 048: New HorizonsIssue 049: Between Dreams and RealityIssue 050: Forever MagicIssue 051: Out of ControlIssue 052: The Eye of the BookIssue 053: A Whole New SongIssue 054: One More HugIssue 055: The Day AfterIssue 056: The RiddleIssue 057: The Isle Of EnchantmentIssue 058: IllusionsIssue 059: The The Fire WithinIssue 060: Earth and AirIssue 061: The World Inside The BookIssue 062: The Final ChapterIssue 063: Arrival and DepartureIssue 064: The Screaming ManIssue 065: When Hope BloomsIssue 066: ReflectionsIssue 067: On Your SideIssue 068: The Dark SideIssue 069: New FrontiersIssue 070: Stop the PressesIssue 071: Glimmers of FearIssue 072: The Green RayIssue 073: The Dark SummonsIssue 074: Whisked AwayIssue 075: As You Were, You Are NowIssue 076: EarthIssue 077: Of All the StarsIssue 078: FireIssue 079: WaterIssue 080: EmotionsIssue 081: AirIssue 082: EnergyIssue 083: Return to KandrakarIssue 084: Unique MovementsIssue 085: I Am YouIssue 086: In the HeartIssue 087: A Cold MagicIssue 088: Which One of You?Issue 089: The Key to SummerIssue 090: A Beating HeartIssue 091: So Much MoreIssue 092: No Longer AloneIssue 093: It Comes From Far AwayIssue 094: The SettlementIssue 095: Endless TearsIssue 096: Here On The HeartIssue 097: The Magic of the WorldIssue 098: Sweet After AllIssue 099: A Dive in the AirIssue 100: 100% WitchIssue 101: A Rising StarIssue 102: The First DayIssue 103: That Which You Aren'tIssue 104: Another WorldIssue 105: One Letter From a DreamIssue 106: ZodiacIssue 107: It Was FateIssue 108: A Father's HeartIssue 109: Green TruthIssue 110: Magical MomsIssue 111: TeamworkIssue 112: Early DaysIssue 113: The Long KissIssue 114: Return to SchoolIssue 115: A Special VoyageIssue 116: The Right DistanceIssue 117: The Best PartyIssue 118: All In A DayIssue 119: Music In The AirIssue 120: Lady GigaIssue 121: Ten Years LaterIssue 122: Mathematically PossibleIssue 123: Lady CrashIssue 124: A Puppy for a FriendIssue 125: The Other PartIssue 126: Lady KimikalIssue 127: EmbraceIssue 128: A Single WordIssue 129: Away From the HeartIssue 130: A New FriendIssue 131: The Magic of EmotionIssue 132: Together AgainIssue 133: Little MagicIssue 134: TomorrowIssue 135: Summer TimeIssue 136: Sportingly StylishIssue 137: I Love London!Issue 138: A Different WorldIssue 139: Forever in Our Hearts

Other Comic Books: Core of KandrakarCornelia and Caleb: A Love Not Meant to BeElyon: Return of the QueenPlanet BoysThe Year BeforeOrube SpecialTwo Hearts for a Ball (World Cup Special)Christmas Special 2004Christmas Special 2005Christmas Special 2006Caleb and Elyon - Two DestiniesHalloween Special 2007Witch on Stage

Characters
Will VandomHay LinIrma LairCornelia HaleTaranee CookElyon BrownLord CedricMirandaPrince PhobosAlchemyNerissa CrossnicCalebSandraThe MageEric LyndonNigel AshcroftAnna LairMatt OlsenMs. KnickerbockerJoan LinLillian HaleBess and Courtney GrumperNapoleonSusan Vandom-CollinsCassidyMartin TubbsLaurent ClubbermanUriah DunnChris LairChen LinHalinorKurt Van BurenFrost The HunterTrackerGargoyleSandpitKadmaYan LinJulianTheresa CookAldarnJeekHoward HaleDean CollinsLionel CookPeter CookRaythorTynarElizabeth HaleBlunkTom LairEleanor Brown/MiriadelRaphael SyllaTony VandomAndrew HornbyGalgheita RudolphHerbert OlsenJoel WrightThomas Brown/AlbornShagon, the HateTridart, the DespairEmber, the PainOrubeShinobu TakedaWilliam CollinsStephenEdward FolknerMariko TakedaForeman TakedaErin PeytonMr. HugglesLuke PraddTecla IbsenHenryArdehAriEndarnoMaqiLaura SteedsonNashter
Episodes
Season 1: It Begins and It ResumesThe KeyHappy Birthday WillA Service to the CommunityThe LabyrinthDivide and ConquerAmbush at Torus FilneyReturn of the TrackerFramedThe Stone of ThrebeThe Princess RevealedStop the PressesParents' NightThe MudslugsGhosts of ElyonThe MogriffsWalk This WayThe Underwater MinesThe Seal of PhobosEscape from CavigorCaleb's ChallengeThe Battle of Meridian PlainsThe Rebel RescueThe Stolen HeartThe Final Battle

Season 2: A is for AnonymousB is for BetrayalC is for ChangesD is for DangerousE is for EnemyF is for FacadesG is for GarbageH is for HuntedI is for IllusionJ is for JewelK is for KnowledgeL is for LoserM is for MercyN is for NarcissistO is for ObedienceP is for ProtectorsQ is for QuarryR is for RelentlessS is for SelfT is for TraumaU is for UndividedV is for VictoryW is for WitchX is for XanaduY is for YieldZ is for Zenith

Groups
W.I.T.C.H.Uriah's GangC.H.Y.K.N.Knights of DestructionGuardians of KandrakarThe Runics
Objects
Heart of KandrakarHeart of MeridianHeart of ZamballaAurameresSeal of PhobosSeal of NerissaHorn of Hypnos
Locations
Sheffield InstituteHeatherfieldMeridianArkhantaZamballa
Songs
We Are W.I.T.C.H.W.I.T.C.H. (Theme)
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