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Oktavia von Seckendorff (OKTAVIA VON SECKENDORFF) is the witch form of Sayaka Miki. She briefly appears at the end of Episode 8 and battles with Kyoko Sakura in Episode 9. Her Labyrinth is filled with calls for attention — probably to Kyosuke Kamijo. Initially, the outer areas of her Labyrinth are filled with train tracks, perhaps a reflection of the train station where she became a witch. Later on, the entrance area becomes a long corridor filled with concert posters. The center of the Labyrinth appears to be a distorted concert hall, where the seats fill the domed ceiling. Her weapons appear to be manifested wheels, and the concert hall is populated with a spectral string orchestra. Oktavia also appears in one of the alternate timelines of Episode 10.
Oktavia appears again in Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion. Sayaka Miki has gained the power to summon and control Oktavia due to being part of the Law of Cycles.
人魚の魔女。その性質は恋慕。 在りし日の感動を夢見ながらコンサートホールごと移動する魔女。 回る運命は思い出だけを乗せてもう未来へは転がらない。 もう何も届かない。もう何も知ることなどない。 今はただ手下達の演奏を邪魔する存在を許さない。
Oktavia (Main timeline)
|Nature||Falling in love|
|Episodes||Episode 8, Episode 9|
The mermaid witch; it is in her nature to fall in love. Looking for the feeling that moved her so long ago, she moves with the entire concert hall. Her fortune only turns under the weight of memories and no longer moves toward the future. Nothing will reach her any longer. She will come to know nothing more. She simply allows no one to disturb her minions' playing.
Oktavia (Timeline 3)
|Nature||Falling in love|
The mermaid witch. Her nature is to fall in love. The witch continues to dream of a guitar resounding in the middle of a concert hall, a deeply moving impression from past days. Repeating within that time with little but sure differences, her wheels of fate move around calmly.
The mermaid witch. Once dreamt of love. This witch was cut loose once again from a part of the Law of Cycles. Unlike the witch of sweets, the human and witch's body can act independently. She can appear anywhere as long as there is water.
The mermaid witch. Once dreamt of love. The Law of the Cycle split off some of its souls and sent them to the earth. One of them took the form of sweets. Another took on the form of a mermaid. And the Law of Cycles itself descended upon the surface, more reverently than the morning dew. Her form was like that of a magical girl who once was.
人魚の魔女の手下。その役割は演奏。 魔女のために音楽を奏で続ける虚ろな楽団。 その音を長く聞き続けた者は魂を抜き取られてしまう。 この楽団は魔女のためだけに存在し、魔女には楽団が全て。
The mermaid witch's minion, whose duty is to perform. Several of them form a hollow orchestra that continually plays music for the witch. People who listen to their music for long enough will lose their soul. This orchestra only exists for its witch; to her, the orchestra is everything.
Klarissa (Timeline 3)
|Type||Mermaid witch's minion|
The mermaid witch's minion, whose duty is a backup dancer. She only exists to dance cheerfully behind the witch.
Servants of the rose garden witch (rental ver.). They take the role of gardeners. As they are relatively docile and numerous, as far as familiars go, the rose garden witch dispatched them as the main combat force for saving Homura. As they are under the direct command of the mermaid witch, the influence of her magic has changed their appearances. The medals on their chests are a treasure added by the rose garden witch.
Observations and Facts
- Sayaka's witch name is Oktavia von Seckendorff. Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff was a German poet who wrote a book called "The Wheel of Fate" (Das Rad des Schicksals), and could explain Sayaka's wheel attack.
- Seckendorff was also the name of a Frankish knight from a noble family.
- Oktavia is the German form of the Latin name Octavia which means "the eighth" (child, month or musical interval) or "from the family Octavia". It is the direct root of octave in English (an octave being the eight interval of a scale). The name was most likely chosen because of the link between Sayaka and music.
- It might also reflect how her first appearance was in episode eight.
- The entrance to her barrier has the sayings Love Me Do, which is, incidentally, a Beatles song.
- In Episode 9 when Kyouko is shown to pass through Sayaka's barrier, it is shown that when Oktavia shouts, a distorted scream is also heard and is known to be Sayaka's voice. This most likely meant Sayaka wanted to express her feelings but she could not because of her broken state. As seen before her transformation to be a witch, she had issues speaking to Kyouko. With her life reaching its end, she could not help herself in the situation.
- Oktavia's barrier shows rail tracks (as well as wheels, that may be there for the same reason), what is possibly due to what Sayaka heard from two men in the train right before she turned into a witch.
- Holger is a Scandinavian masculine given name derived from the Old Norse name Hólmgeirr, the prefix hólmr meaning "island", and the suffix geirr meaning "spear". It is most common amongst Danish people. 
- ‘Herr Holger’ is an old Swedish song  performed by the dark folk band Garmarna. Its central character, Sir Holger, gets beheaded for his crimes and buried, but then turns undead and goes back to his wife to warn her against going to Hell. Yet the lady won't listen to the warning: ‘Go to Hell with your squires, … And I will follow with my maidens’.
- The specific runic font used for Oktavia and Holger's cards resembles musical instruments and notation.
- One of the alternate timelines shown in episode 10 gives her barrier a slightly different appearance with familiars that resemble Hitomi. Some design documents also indicate that Kamijou is a guitarist rather than a violinist in the alternate timeline.
- Oktavia appears in all timelines in which Sayaka makes a contract.
- In the beginning of episode 9 near the name of the witch, there are floating notes of "Symposium Magarum"
- The Movie version has new runes, in it Oktavia's barrier has runes that read, "Desiderantes Affectibus": Summis desiderantes affectibus (Latin: "Desiring with supreme ardor") was a papal bull issued by Pope Innocent VIII on December 5, 1484. The bull was written in response to the request of Dominican Inquisitor Heinrich Kramer for explicit authority to prosecute witchcraft in Germany, after he was refused assistance by the local ecclesiastical authorities. The bull recognized the existence of witches.
- The bull, which synthesized the spiritual and the secular crimes of witchcraft, is often viewed as opening the door for the witchhunts of the early modern period.
Oktavia in Kazumi Magica
Oktavia is briefly shown in Kazumi Magica as background when Juubey explains how a magical girl becomes a witch.