Willow Rosenberg – Sunnydale, CA

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Willow Rosenberg is a shy, computer whiz with red hair and green eyes who later became a witch on the WB/UPN fantasy drama BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1997-2003).

Willow Danielle Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) was born and raised in Sunnydale, California and attends Sunnydale High School [home of the Razorbacks football team]. Her Jewish parents are Ira and Sheila Rosenberg, a child psychologist.

After a teenager named Buffy Summers arrived in town, Willow joined forces with her to battle the evil of the Hellmouth that resided below the town.

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Her friends in this endeavor included:

  • Buffy Summers, student by day, vampire slayer by night.
  • Rupert Giles, the school librarian and group’s mentor.
  • Alexander ‘Xander’ Harris, Willow’s friend since childhood.
  • Cordelia Chase, a snobby, preppy high school student.
  • Daniel “Oz” Osborne, a musician with whom Willow gave up her virginity.

Collectively, Willow and her demon-hunting friends are called the “Scooby Gang” [a phrase coined to reflect the group’s occult activities of battling ghosts, vampires and other such demons].

Willow dislikes included frogs, spiders and people looking at her. However she likes rented shoes, ventriloquist dummies, colored pens to mark her homework, caffeinated mocha coffee, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ special and having her tummy rubbed.

While in high school, Willow was recruited by ‘the largest software company in America.’ Later, she was accepted into Harvard, Yale, Oxford and other universities, but she chose UC Sunnydale to be with her friend, Buffy Summers.

On the campus of UC Sunnydale, Willow lived in Stevenson Hall (Rooms 214 then 213) and then moved into the Summers residence at 1630 Revello Drive, Sunnydale, California to help Buffy care for her new sister, Dawn.

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Interested in the occult, Willow aspired to Wiccan beliefs. After Willow fell in love with a fellow Wiccan named Tara Maclay, a saddened Oz left town [he had turned into a werewolf and could no longer see a future with Willow].

When Willow became obsessed with dabbling into the dark side of witchcraft, Tara objected. She soon distanced herself from Willow until she stopped her dangerous tinkering with the unknown.

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But, when Tara was killed by a stray bullet meant for Buffy, Willow went berserk (her hair turned black) and she summoned the dark forces to hunt down and kill Tara’s murderer (She ripped the skin off his body with a flick of a hand).

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With the help of her friend, Xander, Willow renounced the dark forces that had consumed her and returned to her normal self.

When an apocalyptic battle loomed on the horizon, Willow cast a massive spell that shared the power of the Slayer with not only the recruits helping Buffy but to thousands of other girls around the world. The spell also manages to change Willow’s red hair momentarily to white (symbolic of her goodness).

At the conclusion of the conflagration, the town of Sunnydale was wiped off the map as the power of the Hellmouth was destroyed. Soon after, Willow left town. Reportedly, she is still out there somewhere, practicing her witchcraft and presumably helping others to battle evil.

NOTE: Willow did have a chance to visit California to see her old friends Angel, and Cordelia who now ran a detective agency.

Willow Rosenberg
c/o Buffy Summers
1630 Revello Drive
Sunnydale, CA

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (IMDB)

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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