Friday 22nd January 2021 at 11:15 a.m.

For its next fantasy drama, Netflix is ​​trying to reinvent the popular children’s cartoon The Winx Club for young adults that follows a group of fairies who rule their powers in a magical boarding school

Fans of the original series were quick to point out the changes Fate: The Winx Saga had made to its main cast, from new recruits to replaced characters and more serious concerns about the lack of diversity

The six-part series has also expanded the history of The Winx Club, notably the introduction of the terrifying new villains The Burned Ones, who can turn even the noblest soul into a grizzly monster

Read on for a full rundown of the biggest differences between Nickelodeon’s The Winx Club and Fate: The Winx Saga on Netflix

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Perhaps the most noticeable absence from Fate: The Winx Saga is that the fairies lack the brightly colored wings with which they are often seen in the animated series

A number of fans expressed disappointment with this change in the trailer’s comments section, but the lack of flight is explained by the Alfea College Headmaster upon Bloom’s arrival

“We’ve had wings in the past as we evolved, transformation magic was lost, “she reveals

It’s not ruled out that the fairies may regain their wings at some point in the future, especially if The Winx Saga is popular enough to deserve a second season

The nature fairy Flora, who lives in the Winx Club, cannot be seen in Fate: The Winx Saga, which is a big loss for die-hard fans of the original series

In her place, however, is a new character named Terra (Eliot Salt, above), who reveals in the first episode that she is indeed Flora’s cousin, which apparently leaves room to introduce the character later

Meanwhile, Terra’s powers are very similar to Flora’s, showing a natural ability to let plants grow at their will

In this incarnation of The Winx Club, two members from the cartoon series are also missing: the technology fairy Tecna and the animal fairy Roxy

Roxy was only introduced in the fourth season and does not always accompany the group on their adventures It’s understandable, therefore, that it wasn’t a priority inclusion, but the absence of Tecna has been a disappointment for some longtime fans

In the animated series, Musa is the fairy of music and comes from the appropriately named planet Melody, but this was changed drastically for Fate: The Winx Saga

Musa (played by Elisha Applebaum) is now an empath whose special power is to be able to sense the emotional states of everyone around her at all times.As expected, it is exhausting and sometimes makes her aloof

Arguably the most memorable recurring enemies in the cartoon were The Trix, a trio of witches who use their mighty powers to carry out insidious plans against Winx Club

In the original series, its members were Princess Icy (Witch of Ice), Darcy (Witch of Illusion) and Stormy (Witch of Storm), but their personalities have been merged into one character: Beatrix (played by Sadie Soverall)

Netflix has been criticized by some Winx Club fans for concerns that its live-action reboot has a less different cast than the original animated show

The controversy centered on the casting choice for Musa, who was previously portrayed as an Asian character, and the lack of the Latina fairy Flora, who was replaced with a new white character named Terra in the first cast

A tweet pointing out this issue received more than 90000 likes and was also a regular topic of conversation in the comments of the two trailers published so far

Netflix does not whitewash the Asian and Latin American characters of their live-action Winx Club 🤡 picTwittercom / UghzpbkcM7

Much like the original cartoon, Fate: The Winx Saga has romantic subplots for its main characters – but since it’s a teen drama, things are of course more complicated

Rather than each fairy having her own romantic interest, we can expect to see some love triangles, and the most prominent one focuses on the character of Heaven from the start

In the cartoon, Sky is Bloom’s boyfriend and they’re in a relationship from the start. In The Winx Saga, however, Sky comes out of a relationship with Stella and the two of them haven’t exactly had a clean break

In the animated series, Riven is Musa’s friend, but in the opening episodes of Fate: The Winx Saga, we are introduced to a completely different version of the character

Here Riven is more of a disturbing outcast and finds his attention divided between provoking the new students and chasing Beatrix

To achieve its darker tone, Fate: The Winx Saga has introduced a deadly new racial enemy that its protagonists can face

The Scorched appear to be ruthless monsters who want to kill everything they intersect, and their reappearance after 16 years of absence is terrible news for the faculty at Alfea College

Aside from being formidable fighters, the creatures also have the ability to infect humans, eventually turning them into a scorched man without remembering their previous life

The main purpose of the magical barrier around Alfea is to protect the school from attacks that the burned could suffer if they were to come back into force

Fate: The Winx Saga can start Friday the 22nd January, streamed on Netflix Still looking to watch? Check out our guide to the best TV shows on Netflix and the best movies on Netflix, or check out our TV guide

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