- “I was a nobody back home. But becoming a witch is my chance to be someone.”
- ―Luz commenting on her desire to become a witch
Luz Noceda is the main protagonist of the animated series The Owl House.
She is a self-assured teenage human girl, who accidentally stumbles upon a portal that transports her to the Boiling Isles.
Upon arrival, Luz decides to make her dream of becoming a witch come a reality, after she befriends a witch named Eda and becomes her apprentice. This proves to be difficult due to Luz's lack of magical abilities as well as the local town's demons being very prejudiced towards humans which forces her to hide her real identity.
Luz is a Dominican-American fourteen-year-old girl with tan skin, dark, short titian hair, and hazel-brown eyes. Her clothing consists of a pair of black earrings, a white-and-purple hoodie with cat ears attached to the hood, short jean-shorts, dark gray leggings, and a pair of white slip-on shoes. Her nightwear consists of a light gray sleeveless top, purple shorts with an amber moon and star, and white-and-indigo socks.
Powers and abilities
- Magic: Since Luz lacks any natural magical abilities and has no magic sac attached to her heart, she had to learn magic a different way. In "The Intruder", she learns that when casting the Spell Circle there is a glyph pattern that needs to be included, which can be seen for a brief moment. By drawing a specific glyph within the circle and giving it a tap, she can cast spells.
- Light spell: Creates an illuminating orb of light and is the first spell Luz learns. To cast this spell, she needs to draw a large triangle in the spell circle with a smaller triangle and circle on top. Down the middle a long line with two smaller lines across, side by side in the triangle.
- Ice spell: Conjures ice. To cast this spell, Luz needs to draw a diamond with a line down the center, sat on another line across the bottom of the circle. A curved line must be drawn across the diamond and sometimes a smaller diamond is included at the bottom.
Luz admires Eda. Upon first meeting, she was immediately awestruck by her appearance and personality, believing that she was the greatest person ever. Since being taken under her wing, Luz has voiced nothing but pleasure and appreciation for her, borderlining on infatuation. In "The Intruder", she excitedly states that she admires Eda going as far as to describe her as being "magical, sassy, [and] surprisingly foxy for her age". As the series progresses, Luz begins to see some of Eda's flaws, but unlike others, she does not hold them against her and instead wants to help her resolve some of them. To her, Eda is not just a teacher, but almost a surrogate mother of sorts. Luz has shown to not agree with some of Eda's wisdom and will sometimes rebel against her, but by the end of the episode, learns that she is just trying to protect her from making mistakes that she, presumably, has made in the past. In "Hooty's Moving Hassle", Luz is shown to be afraid of Eda's judgment and tries to stick to her rules so as not to be horribly punished.
Upon first sight, Luz immediately fell in love with King; treating him as a pet and adoring him for his initially "cute" appearance. Despite King being much older than Luz, Luz tends to treat him like a pet or a baby, which he does not seem to mind much. While she does see him as cute, she knows that he does have a cool and intelligent side to him as well. She is very protective of him and his feelings and went out of her way to call out Amity Blight when she insulted him as seen in "Covention". King also acts as a confidant of sorts to Luz as she will voice her concerns to him whenever she is too nervous to tell Eda something. Luz will occasionally ask for King's advice, regardless of how useful it is.
Luz immediately became sympathetic to Willow upon her first encounter. Unlike Amity, Luz is very supportive of her endeavors as a witch in training and finds her gifts fantastic. Due to Luz being an extrovert, she is able to bring Willow out of her shell and have her accept her latent plant magic abilities.
Luz finds Gus amusing, mostly because he thinks that she is unique for being a human. She treats him like a little brother and, much like with Willow, looks out for his well being. In "Something Ventured, Someone Framed", Luz begins to admire Gus' rather advanced illusion magic and compliments him on his abilities.
Luz never intentionally wants to rival Amity, but their clashing personalities, as well as the constant rising situations, pushes her to challenge her behavior. Luz dislikes Amity's snobbish view of witches and wants to prove her wrong by showing that anyone is capable of mastering magical feats. However, Luz does not want to antagonize her and instead just wants her to accept her for who she is. In "Covention", it is implied that the two of them are beginning to reach an understanding of sorts. In "Lost in Language", Luz has a better grasp of Amity's issues and now openly wants to befriend her, which seems close once she decides to lend her copy of The Good Witch Azura to her. By "Adventures in the Elements", Luz and Amity are on much better terms, albeit still awkward with one another.
- Luz is of Hispanic descent.
- Her name means "light" in Spanish and Portuguese.
- It is also pronounced as "/luːz/ LOOZ".
- "Noceda" sounds like "no ceda (pronounced /ˈnəʊsɛɪdə/ NOH-say-də)" or "no cede (pronounced /ˈnəʊseɪdɛ/ NOH-say-deh)", which is Spanish for "doesn't give in", which describes her feisty, determined spirit.
- Together her name could simplistically mean "a light that does not go out".
- Luz is named after Dana Terrace's friend, Luz Batista, who works as a story artist and consultant for the show.
- In "A Lying Witch and a Warden", Luz states that she likes to edit anime clips to music. This implies that she is an Otaku, a person who is obsessed with Japanese culture, particularly anime.
- Luz can flip her eyelids inside out.
- Luz loves to stand in the rain.
- Luz has similar traits to Atsuko "Akko" Kagari from the anime series Little Witch Academia. Both desire to become witches despite having non-magical backgrounds, and like Akko, who is a fan of a witch named Shiny Chariot, Luz is a fan of a witch character named Azura. The Exception being Ursula (Shiny Chariot) is a real person in that anime.
- Luz is similar to Anne Boonchuy from Amphibia as they were both transported to different dimensions. However, unlike Anne, Luz isn't stuck there and has the choice to leave if she wants to.
- Luz can speak both English and Spanish.