By Dina Cifelli & Phoebe Scholl


Fairies come in all different shapes and sizes. Fairy magic can be friendly and helpful but it can also be mischievous, malicious or downright bad. Fairies had been blamed for many things that went wrong around a home, such as animals dying, food spoiling and going bad, and tangles in the hair of a person who’d just woken up. Payment from a fairy can never be trusted, because fairy gold is often a substance with no value enchanted to look like gold. Fairies have been known to kidnap children and babies and take them to fairyland. In fairyland one day there can be one hundred days here. Things to do to protect yourself from malicious fairies include: using an iron, running water or four-leaf clovers, and wearing your clothes inside out. Avoid paths that fairies are known to use, and never dig in or enter a fairy mound (a grass-covered mound, often said today to be a human burial mound).



Author J.M. Barrie originally introduced tinker Bell in 1904, in his original play “Peter Pan” or “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.” When Barrie’s 1911 novel was published, “Peter and Wendy” the character was put in, but with more detail.

Throughout the next four decades Tinker Bell was portrayed in smaller stage shows and books, but Tinker Bell is most famous for her appearance in Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan.” She has also been shown in more recent years in the 1991 movie “Hook” and even more recently in the 2008 DVD movie “Tinker Bell.”



Tinker Bell’s most notable ability is to help people fly with her fairy dust, but the dust will only work if the person believes they can fly and thinks good thoughts. Her name, Tinker Bell, was given to her for her ability to fix and mend pots and kettles. Her voice sounds like a ringing bell in earlier movies and books, making it difficult to hear her voice unless she is nearby. Tinker Bell likes to pull hair or pinch and uses offensive language because she does and says what she wants, and does not care what people think. She is very jealous of other females, especially Wendy, the mermaids, and Princess Tiger Lily.



In an essay by Pat Hardesty about the "Tinker Bell Syndrome," Hardesty explains how she has now made a "quiet declaration in being magic." In this article she speaks about growing up all her life knowing that if she clapped her hands and said "I believe," a little sparkling fairy might suddenly appear and make some magic. Even now, as a grandmother, she still believes. She believes in the magic of fairies, fairy dust, and someone making magical things happen for her. It has been hard for her to believe in her own magic, but she has a quiet declaration to be magical. She hopes that in her times when her imagination is gone, she hopes a little fairy will come and help give her that magic. She has held the self-image of a believer in magic for long enough, it is now time for her to form her own magic.


The article on how to make grown-ups believe again is very interesting. Even though its short it makes me think. It says that as a child it was perfectly acceptable to believe unbelievable things. But, as you grow up its not quiet acceptable anymore, because as a grown-up you think of what this "fairy" really is. As you grow older you begin to realize that Santa Claus could be a "predator" or the Tooth Fairy should be charged for "breaking and entering." The loss of the ability to believe in magical things is the worst part of growing up. The writer says that when "When we re-engage with our stories, folklore and legends, we reconnect with something we didn't even know we've left behind: the magic of belief." We completey agree with this thought. We hope as we grow up we are able to keep the belief in magic.



We definitely believe in fairies and the power of magic. We believe that it is important to have an imagination. Something that comes along with an imagination is the power of magic and fairies. Nobody ever wants to lose the child inside of them. By having the belief in fairies and being faithful in the power of magic you are keeping alive the child inside of you.


Do you believe in magic?
In a young girls heart
How the music can free her
whenever it starts
And it's magic
if the music is groovy
It makes you feel happy like an old time movie
I'll tell ya about the magic
It'll free your soul
but it's like trying to tell a stranger 'bout rock n roll
If you believe in magic, don't bother to choose
If it's jug band music or rhythm and blues
Just go and listen
It'll start with a smile
It won't wipe off your face no matter how hard you try
Your feet start tapping
And you can't seem to find
How you got there
So just blow your mind
If you believe in magic
Come along with me
We'll dance until morning, just you and me
and maybe, if the music is right
I'll meet ya tomorrow
so late at night
We'll go a dancin' baby then you'll see
all the magic's in the music and the music's in me, yeah
Do you belive in magic? Yeah.
Believe in the magic in a young girl's soul
believe in the magic of rock n roll
Believe in the magic that can set you free
Ohhhh, talkin' bout magic
Do you believe like I believe?
Do you believe in magic?