- “Every myth you humans have is caused by a little of our world linking into yours.”
- ―Eda explaining the Boiling Isles to Luz[src]
The Boiling Isles is the main setting of the animated series The Owl House.
The Boiling Isles is populated by all sorts of magical creatures with a town located on the remains of a dead titan. The Boiling Isles is considered by many as a "cesspool of despair". People live in poverty, and the environment is filled strange and perilous dangers. Instead of natural weather, the Boiling Isles experiences plagues, such as boiling rains, gorenados, shale hail, and painbows that turn people inside out when they look at one.
The locals are very prejudiced towards humans, which forces Luz to hide her identity once she arrives. Located outside the town of Bonesborough on a cliff is the Owl House, home to Eda and her sidekick King.
Over the years, the witches of the isles learned to wield the wild magic of the isles freely until a mysterious witch appeared who declared that he alone could speak to the island. He told the witches of the isles that they were using the magic wrongly. His teachings came into place, and became Emperor Belos. He taught that mixing magic was wrong and created the coven system to restrict the usage of magic. Those who refuse to comply with the coven system are declared wild witches and face harsh punishment.
Places of interest
- The Owl House: A small cottage located on the cliffs outside the Demon Town. It is the home of Eda, King, and currently Luz.
- Bonesborough: A lively town in the Boiling Isles filled with creatures, witches, ghosts and monsters.
- The Marketplace: Where Eda Clawthorne runs a stand and sells objects found in the human world.
- Bonesborough Public Library: A hulking structure that is home to the largest collection of magical books on the Boiling Isles.
- Hexside School of Magic and Demonics: The prestigious high school for witches, demons and magic folk.
- Witch Arena: A gathering place located on the most mysterious part of the Boiling Isles: the Knee. Set within the ruins of a castle, groups will meet here for rituals and social functions.
- The Covention Center: An arena for magical entertainment and competition. It is the site of the annual COVENTION, in which the covens of the Isles vie for new recruits.
- The Playground: In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Bonesborough. It is a popular destination for kindergarteners, their parents and King.
- The Conformatorium: A heavily-guarded prison. It was built to hold dissident witches, demons and oddballs who are too weird (even for the Boiling Isles).
- Blight Manor: A mansion located on a hill outside of Bonesborough. It is the home of Amity Blight and her family.
- Blight Industries: An abomination factory owned by Alador and Odalia Blight. Located not so far from Blight Manor.
- Emperor Belos' Castle: The home of Emperor Belos and the base of his coven and followers.
- Looking Glass Graveyard: A cemetery for the illusionists.
- Eclipse Lake: A subterranean lake located in the abandoned mining tunnels on the Knee. It was known to be souce of titan's blood, which could cause leaks between realms when leaks into the water. Because of overmining, Eclispe Lake's became depleated over the years.
- The design of the Boiling Isles was inspired by various European painters including Remedios Varo, John Bauer and definitely Hieronymus Bosch, who was best known for his surrealistic depictions of hell. Dana Terrace also took a lot of inspiration from Russian architecture as well as medieval church art.
- Similar concepts within the isles are the river that leads to the titan is an exact resemblance of the Chicago river, and the church in the town of Bonesborough is silmilar to the church of Notre Dame in Paris.
- The main reference point for the architecture in the series was from the work of Belgian painter Charles Leickert and the other artistic inspirations were drawn from the work of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, Russian illustrator Ivan Bilibin and Spanish artist Remedios Varo
- A page about the Isles can be seen inside Journal 1 in the comic book Gravity Falls: Lost Legends, which was released two years before The Owl House began airing.
- The design of the woods was originally going to be much more dominated by black colors, but since it was "melting" with Luz's hair too much, the creators went with "bloody red" for the trees.
- Dana Terrace mentioned in a livestream that there is no homophibia or transphobia on the Boiling Isles.
- "ANNECY ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2019: THE OWL HOUSE". One Of Us. Retrieved on August 28, 2019.