Amity Smooches Luz as “The Owl House” Breaks More Disney Ground

Disney’s The Owl House was a very bright spot on a very cloudy 2020, and I’m here to tell you the series is just as goofy, kind, lovable, and queer in season two. The most recent episode, “Through The Looking Glass Ruins,” which was penned by bisexual show creator Dana Terrace and super queer super nerd Molly Knox Ostertag, is the gayest one yet. It opens with Luz ever-so-casually seeking out Amity in the library, stretches its legs with some they/them pronouns, and closes with a lil’ cheek smooch that leaves Luz in a blushing heap on the ground and me squealing like a manic little bird. Like this:

Luz blushes at Amity who blushes and looks down at the ground

Luz doesn’t know how to get back to the human realm, and all the messages she’s trying to send her mom to tell her not to worry aren’t going through. She doesn’t want to leave the magical realm, exactly, but she doesn’t want her mom to worry either, so when she finds out there was another human in the magical realm a long long time ago, she decides to try to find his old journal to see if he was able to figure out how to move between worlds. It turns out he donated his diary to the library, so Luz asks Amity to help her dig it up in the FORBIDDEN STACKS.

But before her ask, Luz takes a good minute to peep on Amity doing her readings with the little magical kids in the children’s section, blushing when she sees her putting her hair up, blushing EVEN HARDER when Amity’s older siblings find her, and nearly bursting into flames when Amity pops up and Luz says that no, her brother and sister aren’t bothering her, she just came here to see Amity — “… and, uh, here you are!”

Luz and Amity clasp hands and blush furiously

(Edric, Amity’s brother, is there to research skincare tips for a date that night. Emira, Amity’s sister, says, “He needs all the help he can get, after he texted a poem TO THEIR MOM.” Can’t wait to meet them!)

Amity’s not much of a rule-breaker, and if she gets caught in the FORBIDDEN STACKS she could lose her job. Plus, um, the last time she broke the rules — to save Luz’s life — she got in big time trouble. But when Luz suggests that finding the diary might allow her to show Amity around the human realm one day (like a date), Amity grabs her arm and they’re off! Every time they brush up against each other or say anything even mildly or accidentally flirty to each other, they blush like sunsets and turn away. When they inevitably get caught, and Amity gets fired, Luz starts rattling off a plan to help her get her job back, but Amity says she’s gotta go. Being around Luz makes her do stupid things, and she wishes it didn’t. “It’s okay,” Luz says, with tears in her eyes, “I do stupid things around you too, Amity.” OH MY MAGICAL BABY KITTENS, THAT’S LOVE. YOU’RE FALLING IN GAY LOVE.

Amity leaves Luz on the steps of the library, but Luz has never met a problem she chooses to leave alone. So she marches back in there, goes through a whole bunch of dangerous magical trials, and gets Amity’s job back from the Master Librarian.

When she arrives on Amity’s doorstep to give her her employee badge and apologize, Amity is so overwhelmed, she kisses Luz on the cheek, which nearly gives both of them a heart attack. Amity rushes back inside yelling, “Okay good to see you farewell forever!!!!!” (GAY!) (LOVE!)

Amity with newly purple hair kisses Luz, with her eyes closed, on the cheek

There are so many brilliant queer characters on animated TV these days, but one thing that really sets The Owl House apart is that it’s on the Disney Channel, which is aimed at younger viewers (six to eleven) than, say, She-Ra on Netflix or Steven Universe on Cartoon Network. And! Luz is a queer Latinx character, who speaks Spanish freely and frequently, written by a queer Latinx writer. It’s doubly groundbreaking!

There are eight more episodes of The Owl House in season two, then three 44-minute specials in season three. I can’t wait to see where Luz and Amity go next. HOOTIE HOO!

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Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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11 Comments

    • Me gustó cuando Amity, le dio un beso a luz, me quedé paralizada.

      Mi mente: Porfin amity tuvo valor de darle un beso y que luz se diera cuanta

      YO: AQUÍ HAY AMOR, AQUI HAY AMOR, EL LUMITY ES CANON

      MI HERMANA MENOR:…..

  1. I am constantly blown away that there’s this show on Disney Channel that follows the budding relationship between two young sapphic girls! It’s just so adorable and it has become my primary source of happiness.

  2. No mainstream gay rep has EVER made me squeal in delight the way the Owl House does, and idk why, but I’m so thankful for it! Sure, She-Ra and Steven Universe are pretty sweet. But this……… this is just The Best

    • This cheek kiss has been prominent all over Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and in the headlines of multiple posts from other LGBTQ publications which have been tweeted out by the show’s writers and creators and also shared by GLAAD. It’s 2021; if you’re unable to watch something right away and you don’t want to know what happens, you’ve gotta curate your own internet viewing experience with that in mind. Also, this is a Disney Channel cartoon aimed at pre-tweens; I didn’t spoil some kind of Marvel movie or HBO show that dominates the cultural zeitgeist. Your response seems aggressively outsized for this situation.

  3. Ahh, I’m finally caught up with the show and able to read all of these spoiler-y articles haha. Whenever an episode of the L Word Gen Q is coming out, I just avoid AS until I’ve managed to watch it :'(

    The Owl House is freakin’ adorable! The secondary characters all have a great sense of humor and full backstory (Hooty is the best and the worst…whenever he detaches himself from the house, I die a little inside). I love that Luz gets to speak Spanish randomly as a bilingual kid would in real life- altho I think subtitles would be helpful for people watching who don’t (luckily I do). Amity moved pretty quickly out of being an enemy…I kind of would have liked to see her have more of a background as a bully and have to go through more growth. But honestly, I also like how matter of fact & competent she is about things and then completely have GAY PANIC and do silly things because of her crush on Luz! I also want to learn more about Eda’s backstory. As a 30-something yr old myself, I’m fascinated by an adult who is still getting her sh*t together but also being badass & a mentor! I may have to get her “30 & flirty” mug for myself haha.

    So much love for this queer & magical kids show, I’ve recommended it to a bunch of my adult friends. There are also terrible Hooty compilations on youtube that I have gleefully shared *sorrynotsorry XD

    Now that I’m caught up, I’m looking forward to more articles about TOH! Thanks Heather!

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