Willow – The Powerful Witch – Redemption

Willow does not have long to improve the Wards, that “clamp down” upon her Witchcraft, as her magic is soon required to assist Buffy: raising a “force field” (to help keep an “Uber Vampire” at bay), performing locator spells (to find other potential slayers, before The First can eliminate them), reopening a space/time portal (after Buffy jumped through one) and using a crystal/charm (to help a reformed Andrew remember more about The First).

Willow's Redemption Spell - In balance, with the Goddess

Willow’s Redemption Spell – In balance, with the Goddess

The final test of Willow’s reformed character occurs when Buffy asks Willow to change the “Slayer” spell: so that all potential slayers shall have the same strength as Buffy (and Faith). Willow is initially scared by the request, as she believes the spell could take her beyond Evil Willow: into a total loss of self control. Fortunately, this turns out not to be the case: and after researching the spell, she is able to cast it with the help of Kennedy (a potential slayer), resulting in Willow glowing in white (and thus being equated with a Goddess). After the “Slayer” spell is successfully cast, Willow collapses from exhaustion; but is able to savour the fact that she has helped to defeat The First, and in doing so, has fully redeemed herself.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – An Introduction

In this series, Buffy is a vampire slayer, who encounters various mythical creatures (such as vampires and demons) that want to take over Sunnydale, California.  Buffy is the guardian of the local “Hell Mouth”; and as such, is responsible for ensuring the balance between good and evil.  Although Buffy is extremely powerful, she receives assistance from a close group of friends: the “Scoobie Gang”.

Two Views of Buffy - A Vampire Slayer with an Axe to Grind!

Two Views of Buffy – A Vampire Slayer with an Axe to Grind!

Two of her friends happen to be witches (Willow and Tara), who are able to aid Buffy through their witchcraft (and spells).  Buffy also has encounters with another witch (Amy), who does not specifically aid her.  Each of these three witches shall now be considered (from the point of view of their character and plots), together with a look at the witchcraft they undertake (and how it is portrayed).