Russo Family – Greenwich Village, NY


The Russo Family are a family of wizards featured on the Disney Channel fantasy series THE WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE (2007-2012).

The Russo’s live on Waverly Place in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Patriarch Gerardo Pepe “Jerry” Russo, an Italian and former wizard, and his wife,  Theresa Magdalena Margarita Russo, a Mexican-American mortal (María Canals Barrera) own and operate Waverly Sub Station, a sandwich shop. Jerry gave up his wizarding career to wed Theresa, because it was not permitted for a wizard to marry a mortal.

The Russo’s live above the Sub Station with their three children: Alexandra “Alex” Margarita (Selena Gomez), a shy, rebellious underachiever in school; Justin Vincenzo Pepe (David Henrie), a nerdy overachiever who knows over 5000 spells and subscribes to “Wizards Weekly” magazine; and Maximillan “Max” Alanzo Ernesto (Jake T. Austin), the youngest of the clan. They attend  Tribeca Preparatory School, supervised by Principal Mr. Herschel Laritate (Bill Chott).


When not doing their normal homework for school the Russo siblings practice their wizard skills with the assistance of their father, Jerry who gives them wizard lessons and quizzes. They compete among themselves to see who will become the keeper of the Family Wizard Powers. There can be only one winner. Those who lose become mortals.

To hone their skills as wizards, the Russo kids hang out in a store’s food storage locker (their Wizard’s lair) where they have access to a magical Portal that allows them to travel to the wizard world. Professor Crumbs (Ian Abercrombie), the headmaster of WizTech keeps an eye on the teen’s progress.

Non-wizard friends of the family include:

  • Harper Roseanne Evans Finkle (Jennifer Stone), Alex’s best friend, who knows Alex is a wizard, even though it’s supposed to be a secret to mortals.
  • Ezekiel ‘Zeke’ Beakerman (Dan Benson), Justin’s best friend , who also discovers the Russo family secret.
  • Mason Greyback (Gregg Sulkin) Alex’s boyfriend, who is a purebred werewolf.
  • Juliet van Heusen (Bridgit Mendler), Justin’s girlfriend who is a teenage vampire.

In the series finale, Justin and Alex had to run a race to win the Family Wizard Powers. Justin wins the race, but refuses to accept the honor because his sister Alex stopped to help him along the way. Because of his honesty, both Justin and Alex were given permanent wizard powers. And Professor Crumb who was retiring appointed Justin the head of the WizTech. And even though, Max’s powers are taken away, his parents decide to give him The Sub Station, which he happily accepted.
The Russo Family
c/o Waverly Sub Station
Greenwich Village, Manhattan, NY

The Wizards of Waverly Place – Intro (Video)
The Wizards of Waverly Place (IMDB)
The Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (IMDB)
The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex (IMDB)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, 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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