In Season 2 of The Owl House, viewers learn just how devastating the curse was to Eda’s life. It hurts her father, causes Eda to withdraw from her friends, and eventually causes her to lose her powers. She finds a treatment to keep the curse at bay and learns to deal with the remaining effects, but still sees it as the root of most of her problems.
However, Eda’s curse seems to have a deeper meaning. As the YouTube channel Toon Ruins suggests, there are several parallels between Eda’s family’s response to her curse and people’s response to mental illness. Eda’s mother rejects the way her daughter is handling her curse and even the opinion of experts as she searches for a cure that may not exist. Lilith, on the other hand, doesn’t realize the pain the curse has caused Eda until she goes through it herself.
Eda has a breakthrough in the Season 2 episode “Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Hooty’s Door” when she is put into a magically enhanced sleep. During her dream, she initially tries to punish the Beast for causing so many troubles, ignoring her responsibility for actions like pushing people away. However, Eda realizes that the Beast is also bound to her against his will and decides to comfort it before asking for a truce. As a result, the sky becomes bright and colorful, indicating that she is feeling better, and after this eye-opening scene, Eda wakes up to find that she has assumed a powerful harpy form.
If you or someone you know needs mental health help, please contact the crisis text line by texting HOME to 741741 call National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.