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Wizards of Waverly Place - The Final Episode

Updated on January 12, 2012

Who Became the Family Wizard?

After more than one hundred episodes, Disney channel's popular series, "Wizards of Waverly Place," wrapped up its ongoing story line by finally announcing who became the family wizard. As viewers know, teasers given in the past pitted Justin, the older brother character, against his sister Alex, while their younger brother Max never seemed to have much of a chance against them. The children are of mixed heritage, being part-Mexican, and part-Italian. Disney producers did a great job highlighting each different ethnicity just as they highlighted the various magical races, like werewolves, vampires, and the minotaur.

Justin Vincenzo Pepe Russo

The mature older brother, Justin was always a perfectionist. He tried hard to avoid being included in Alex's mischief. However, she often bamboozled him, getting him too involved to quit before he even realized he was involved in the first place! Alex preferred books to activities, and what activities he did participate in were academic in nature. His grades were top notch, and he was valedictorian of his high school class. But even stronger than his desire to do the right thing was Justin's loyalty to his family.

Alexandra Margarita "Alex" Russo

The mischief-maker of the family, Alex is proof that girls just want to have fun! She can come off as rude to her family and friends, but they all love her so much that it doesn't seem to matter. A real people person, Alex would rather hit the pop culture scene than hit the books any day, choosing to hang out with her friends and doing just enough schoolwork to get by. All her work to irritate Justin is only because she admires his hard work and wishes she were more like him. Most people with a hard working sibling can appreciate this trait. Despite her carefree nature, Alex does have good qualities, too! She is generous and compassionate, and none of her magical tricks do any kind of real harm.

Maximilian Alanzo Ernesto "Max" Russo

The youngest of the Russo siblings, Max is unsurprisingly the most immature of the three. He studies even less than Alex, and is the furthest behind in his wizard studies. Despite these underachieving traits, he is quite witty and charming. His cuteness came into play the most when a spell gone wrong turned Max into a girl, Maxine. He's so cute that the children's father, Jerry, devotes all his time to the new Max, causing Alex to become jealous. Like all good Disney families, they communicate their troubles and Jerry admits that Max reminded him of Alex when she was a young child. Fortunately Alex is able to make a potion in a later episode that brings the original, male Max back to his normal, obnoxious self.

The Russo Family Wizard

After a nail-biter of a competition, Justin is declared the winner and titled Russo Family Wizard. Remember how I said he is more loyal than academic? He reveals that Alex is the true winner, because if she hadn't helped him, he never would have won. So therefore, Alex is declared the winner and titled Russo Family Winner, thus keeping his powers. Justin is made the Headmaster of Wiztech, a move that allows him to keep his powers as well.

And what about Max? He's made the future owner of the Waverly Sub Station! Max is such an easygoing guy, this turns out to be the perfect future for him as he never really cared much about magic in the first place.

What to Watch Now

So what are you watching now that Wizards of Waverly Place wrapped up its series finale and named the Russo Family Wizard? If you're tired of outdated repeats of this enchanting show, here are some suggestions.

  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch - This plot of this endearing show requires Sabrina, the title character, to receive training from her two amusing aunts in order to get her witch's license. One of the best characters on the show? The talking cat!
  • Bewitched - This classic sitcom features the daily mis-happenings of the Stephens family. Darrin, a mortal man, fell in love with Samantha, who is a witch. Their lives would be nearly perfect and almost magic-free if not for the mischievous meddling of Samatha's mother, who disapproves of their otherwise happy union.
  • Once Upon a Time - Set in the fictional town of Storybrook that suffers under the curse of an evil queen, this new series from ABC follows the story of a young woman named Emma. A young boy lures her to the town by claiming to be the son she gave up for adoption years before. He tells her all the tales in his book of stories are real, and she should know more than anyone because -- she is in the book! Check out the video below for a peek at this intriguing new drama.

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