- “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 in 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 dangerous. 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.
- The 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 fancy mansion located on a hill outside Bonesborough. It is the home of Amity Blight and her family.
- Emperor's Castle: The home of Emperor Belos and the base of his coven and followers.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- "ANNECY ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2019: THE OWL HOUSE". One Of Us. Retrieved on August 28, 2019.