Walpurgis Night (alternately referred to as "Walpurgisnacht" or "Walpurgis" both in the series and among fans) is supposedly the strongest witch current Magical Girls would have to fight. Her real name is unknown, while "Walpurgis Night" is a common moniker given to it by magical girls. Her nature had been kept mysterious during most of the series, which led to a lot of speculation from fans during the original broadcast. This article's first purpose is, as with the other witches, to provide information about her.
The witch first appeared in the prologue "dream" sequence of Episode 1, although it wasn't called by any name back then. This led to some speculations about the witch's identity before it was finally revealed in Episode 10.
She will flood the earth with magic,
and take all of humankind into her play.
A moving stage construction.
If everything is a play, no unhappy things will exist.
It may be a tragedy, but it'll all be part of the script.
The play stops on Walpurgisnacht,
and the earth does not turn even once more.
The story will not change.
Tomorrow, and the day after, is the night of Walpurgis.
For a compilation of historical, mythological, and literary information concerning Walpurgisnacht (ワルプルギスの夜 Warupurugisu no Yoru, Night of Walpurgis), a term first mentioned by Homura in Episode 6, see Speculah:Walpurgis Night.
The stage-constructing witch (alias: Walpurgis Night / real name: unknown); her nature is helplessness. She symbolizes the fool who continuously spins in circles. The witch's mysteries have been handed down through the course of history; her appellation is "Walpurgis Night." She will continue to rotate aimlessly throughout the world until she completely changes the whole of this age into a drama. When the doll's usual upside-down position reaches the top part of the witch, she completely roils the civilization on the ground in a flash through her gale-like flight.
The stage-constructing witch's minions. Their duty is to be clowns. Countless souls drawn to her vast magical power. Nobody knows whether Walpurgis Night was initially a single person, or if it was a phantom born from the gathering of many spirits.
- Official description from July 2011 Megami interview with Urobuchi: In the last episode we saw the "Walpurgis Night", but what kind of witch is it specifically?
It has the destructive power to bring about natural disasters powerful enough to blow away an entire town, but originally it was a single witch. It's a witch that has grown from the combination of countless other witches. Walpurgis Night combines with other witches in the same way two powerful tornadoes are able to combine and become larger. It's essentially a "conglomeration"-type witch. Because it's so powerful, it rarely shows itself.
- Walpurgis Night is named for Walpurgisnacht, a traditional spring festival celebrated on 30 April or 1 May in large parts of Central and Northern Europe. For more information on the festival's history, cultural and literary impacts, and connection to witchcraft, see Speculah: Walpurgis Night.
- Kyoko Sakura confirmed that Walpurgis was the most powerful witch in Episode 9; in Episode 10, however, Madoka Kaname eclipsed her in power in two of the timelines created by Homura Akemi, becoming the god-like Kriemhild Gretchen. Episode 11 showed that Walpurgis can withstand repeated attacks from heavy artillery, and her mere appearance can cause hundreds of deaths.
- While Walpurgis does not need to hide in a barrier, like other witches, her arrival in Mitakihara Town is preceded by a carnival-like procession of familiars. This is apparently a reflection of her theatrical theme, and possibly also evidence of her desire to transform the world into a giant "stage."
- The Guidebook describing the Witch's labyrinth design contains the line, "Everything in this world is fake. My life is nothing more than a drama that you penned. Please, prove it. "Faust" is on show." （この世界はすべて嘘でした。私の人生はあなたの書いた戯曲にすぎません。それを証明して下さい。「ファウスト」が上演中）
- The witch's most prominent familiars take the form of former magical girls, as evidenced by their resemblance to the magical girls shown in the final scene of Episode 12.
- The manga version even takes this one step further by explicitly featuring the deceased Sayaka, Kyouko and Mami, all of which are main characters, as Walpurgis's minions. It turns out that this depiction was in the original storyboard of Episode 11. It is unknown why this was changed.
- They also bear similiarity to characters from the music video of Maaya Sakamoto's Universe. This is unsurprising as both the MV and witch sequences are designed by animators Gekidan Inu Curry.
- Walpurgis never drops a Grief Seed in any of the timelines. Whether this is because she doesn't have one or because the Grief Seed is always lost in the confusion of battle is unknown.
- The exterior view of Homura's residence resembles a scene from Shadow of Memories (Shadow of Destiny for North America). Interestingly, it went through several title changes before release, among them The Day and Night of Walpurgisnacht, Days of Walpurgis, and Time Adventure.
- According to witch animator and designer InuCurry, Walpurgis Night's and Kriemhild Gretchen's silhouettes are supposed to make a pair. The significance of this is unknown.
- Puella Magi Production Note further reveals that Walpurgis Night is meant to look like the upper half of a sand timer, while Kriemhild Gretchen looks like the lower half. Interestingly, Homura's shield has also been described as a sand timer.
- According to Walpurgis Night's page in the Guidebook, the top part of the gear can turn into a stage where her familiars hold performances.
- Also according to the Guidebook, the familiars become as heavy as rocks when grabbed, like a Konaki-jiji.
- The mandala surrounding the witch has a tomoe pattern on it.
- Walpurgis Night was voiced by... Kaori Mizuhashi-san!!
- Many fans believed that the witch in the first episode was Sayaka, citing similarities in their clothing. It was proven false in Episode 9 when Oktavia von Seckendorff was shown.
- Homura's documents shown in Episode 6 contain illustrations of Walpurgis Night. This led to another speculation that it is the witch from the prologue. It was confirmed in Episode 10.
- Homura may have been tracking down several other magical girls to figure out which one of them became Walpurgis Night. She may also have been trying to figure out what the witch might look like; however, the visuals she has depict several magical girl appearances.
- Walpurgis Night could be the witch of a magic girl who defeated the previous most powerful witch. As QB mentioned in Episode 10, the only choice left for a magic girl after defeating the most powerful witch "is to become a (even more powerful) witch herself".
- Given the nature of Walpurgis Night and the presence of gears and the "falling" figure of the witch, Walpurgis Night could be the witch form of Homura. Although Homura's magic is very limited, her experience in multiple timelines makes the witch a formidable foe.
- Walpurgis Night could be Homura's witch form from the future, where she despairs with the fact that her involvement with Madoka only made her suffer some more. This would make sense if Timeline 1 was the best possible ending and the witch's goal is to kill Madoka alone (Timeline 1) or to kill Homura and end her fate or Kyubey to prevent him from making more contracts so other girls won't suffer a similar fate.
- Evidence supporting this theory are the gears and cogwheels, as well as the fact how her arrival is always extremely vague (ie. time travel, Homura Akemi's power as a magical girl).
- Also by her theme of helplessness and her being 'the fool who continuously spins in circles' (referencing the time loop Homura has created)
- This theory is now disproven by the reveal of Homulilly in the Portable game.
- But It is still disputed whether or not the Portable Game is canon.
- The game is canon since Gen himself supervised the scenario
- Not necessarily. "Walpurgis Night" is a class of Witch, not the specific name of this Witch; it is "a witch that has grown from the combination of countless other witches". We have no idea whether such a Witch would retain the same appearance and abilities as the original Witch(s) from which it was born, if a single Witch among those "countless Witches" may gain dominance over others, etc. It's possible that Homulilly is Homura's actual Witch form, and the Walpurgis Night that we see in the anime is the result of Homulilly's eventual conglomeration with other Witches.
- But It is still disputed whether or not the Portable Game is canon.
- Some fans speculate that Kazumi might be Walpurgis Night, because of her appearance. Since Walpurgis is a combination of countless other witches, probably Kazumi combinated with the Pleiades Saints and/or the girls trapped in the Freezer
- In the guidebook, the Witch's labyrinth design contains the line, "Everything in this world is fake. My life is nothing more than a drama that you penned..." it could be referring to the fact that Kazumi was actually a clone so she has no memories of her own and her life is fake.
- After the airing of Chapter 18, fans believe that Kazumi and/or Kanna Hijiri might be Walpurgis. Notice what Kanna says during the episode: I'm just a doll that's living in a story she made..., which is similar to the Witch's labyrinth design notes.
- The exact time of Walpurgis Night's appearance may be midnight at the Brocken mountain in Germany, the site of real Walpurgisnacht festivities. This is approximately 8 AM in Japan. When Madoka defeats Walpurgis in Episode 12, a blue daytime sky is revealed. The sun is not shown, so is most likely close to the horizon, as it would be at 8 AM.
- The city's order to evacuate was announced at 7 AM in the Portable game.
- It is speculated that a Walpurgis Night event has taken place before in the past, and perhaps it has visited different places during the night of the festival of witches. In Episode 8, Kyoko is surprised to hear that Walpurgis Night will visit Mitakihara for the first time, since it has never done it before.
- Since the festival of witches takes place once a year, it is possible to speculate a Walpurgis Night event takes place at least once a year in different places. People could have confused hurricane events or other natural disasters to be the work of nature instead of a witch.
- The preview pages for Oriko Magica reveal that the title character, Oriko, is a magical girl able to the future; in this future, she sees Walpurgis Night, not upside down, wrecking Mitakihara Town. Then she sees the magical girl from the cover art, and believes that she might be the key to stopping Walpurgis Night, suggesting to Kyubey that he go recruit her. As such, speculah: either Oriko or the girl from the cover will become Walpurgis Night, as either one of them becoming that Witch would illustrate Oriko's helplessness at changing the future.
- Volume 2 of Oriko Magica reveals that Oriko had actually seen Kriemhild Gretchen.
- The witch's card refers to the humanoid part of Walpurgis Night as a doll, and the gear as the "top part" of the witch. Therefore, the lower half is probably only a decoy body, similar to Charlotte's first form. This is further enforced by the fact that while the doll body is destroyed by Madoka's attack, the gear is unaffected and continues to approach her.
- Until Madoka destroys it, thus killing Walpurgis Night for good.
- Let us say that "Walpurgisnacht" is the product of the amalgamation of several Witches. Considering that the festival goes back to ancient times, we can only assume that a New "Walpurgisnacht" emerges during the time of the Witches festival to replaced the old one if it gets defeated. It is unknown what happens to "Walpurgisnacht" after the witches festival ends. We can only assume that it either disassembles back to "normal" or perhaps it goes to slumber until the next festival. Considering there is little evidence, this speculation could be completely wrong.
- Perhaps Walpurgis Night appears to absorb new magical girls/witches into its power. That could be why she came to Mitakihara - to find Madoka.
A silhouette of an upside-down Walpurgis Night is accompanied by the text "Ein Narr," which translates to "a fool" in German; the witch's informational card also refers to her as a "fool." However, the torn part of the image shows a part of what appears to be a letter K. "Kein narr" translates to "no fool"
Official Confirmation and Comparison
Walpurgis Night's Grief Seed, from Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable
Fanart and speculation
Other fans speculated the identity of the witch to be Suleika.
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Comparison between the design of the witch and Ultima from Final Fantasy XII
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Fanart of Kriemhild Gretchen on the bottom and Walpurgis Night on top. The two of them together are suppose to form an hourglass shape.
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Walpurgis Night in human form
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Walpurgis-chan is gonna pound your ass!
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