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You know, someone once told me you can do anything as long as you can dream it.

—Astrid to Leroy src

Nova, currently known as Astrid, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts, with her only appearance, in the fourteenth episode of the first season and is portrayed by guest star Amy Acker.


Before First Curse

Nova is a fairy whose greatest wish is to become a fairy godmother. She runs an errand for the Blue Fairy, carrying a large bag of fairy dust, and they meet in the clouds. The Blue Fairy warns her to be careful, as fairy dust is part of the magic that runs the world, and thus a year's supply of it is very precious. Though her dream is to become a fairy godmother in the succeeding year, the Blue Fairy wants her to start collecting fairy dust on her own starting next year. Nova is disappointed, but follows orders. That subsequent year, she flies into a mine to turn on a switch and fill her bag with fairy dust. She works herself into a panic when the machine switch jams until a dwarf named Dreamy comes to her aide. She thanks him for his help, but then her bag of fairy dust is scooped up by the assembly line heading for the furnace. Dreamy manages to save the bag in time. Incredibly grateful, Nova calls him her hero. They have a good rapport together, so Nova subtly invites him to accompany her to Firefly Hill that night. However, Dreamy does not understand the hint, and simply wishes her a good time. Nova leaves, albeit a little disheartened.

That night, she goes to Firefly Hill hoping Dreamy will show up as well, which he does. The two proceed to have a discussion about seeing the world. Suddenly, the fireflies light up and she becomes so excited at the sight of them that she kisses him. They fall in love, and agree to meet the next night after Nova has delivered the fairy dust and then sail away together to travel the world. The night they are set to leave, Nova gives Dreamy a spyglass to look at the sailing ship she procured for them to travel the world. Sadly, Dreamy states that they cannot be together. Nova quickly figures out that he spoke to the Blue Fairy and wants to know what she said to him, but Dreamy only replies that they need to stick with their own kind. Nova sobs in tears as he leaves her. ("Dreamy")

During First Curse

During Storybrooke's annual Miner's Day festival, Astrid is one of the nuns helping to set up light decorations around town. As Leroy walks past, she accidentally spills some glitter on him. Quickly, she gets off the ladder and apologizes for the mess. Love-struck, Leroy helps her fix the lights. As they get to know each other, she learns he is a janitor and his dream is to sail the world on his boat. Astrid urges him that anything is possible as long as it's a dream. Later, the head nun, Mother Superior, puts Astrid in charge of using their money to buy helium. However, she ends up spending the entire budget as well as the monthly rent for their landlord. Shocked, Mother Superior demands she fix the mistake as soon as possible. In a depressed stupor, Astrid is approached by Leroy, who promises to help her sell all the nuns' candles to get back the rent she owes. Though Leroy and Mary Margaret try their hardest to attract customers into buying candles, but it ends in failure. Rather than tell Astrid the truth, Leroy says he sold out all of them. Grateful for her new friend's help, Astrid goes to Leroy's docked boat and gives him a baked pie as thanks, however, she discovers the unsold candles hidden under a tarp. Disappointed in his lies, she leaves wordlessly. During the second night of the festival, Leroy deliberately causes a blackout so the townspeople will buy candles as their only light sources. After selling out completely, he delivers the money to Astrid, who is impressed by his efforts. When offered a chance to be his first boat passenger, she happily accepts. ("Dreamy")

Magical Abilities

  • Conjuration - Ability to conjure objects out of the blue.



  • Fairies are closely related to stars. Nova is named after a type of star characterized by a sudden large increase in brightness before slowly returning to its original state over a few months.[1]
  • Her cursed name, "Astrid", is similar to "astro", a combining form pertaining to stars.


  • Astrid says to Leroy, "Someone once told me, you can do anything as long as you can dream it", a paraphrase of a quote (wrongly) attributed to Walt Disney, "If you can dream it, you can do it." (Walt Disney never actually said this; the phrase was coined by a Disney employee for the Horizons ride at the Epcot theme park at Disney World.)[4] ("Dreamy")


Set Dressing


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


  1. nova. Oxford Living Dictionaries. Retrieved on December 30, 2018.
  2. Nova. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved on December 30, 2018. “Most novas are thought to occur in double-star systems in which members revolve closely around each other. Both members of such a system, commonly called a close binary star, are aged: one is a red giant and the other a white dwarf. In certain cases, the red giant expands into the gravitational domain of its companion. The gravitational field of the white dwarf is so strong that hydrogen-rich matter from the outer atmosphere of the red giant is pulled onto the smaller star. When a sizable quantity of this material accumulates on the surface of the white dwarf, a nuclear explosion occurs there, causing the ejection of hot surface gases on the order of 1⁄10,000 the amount of material in the Sun.”
  3. What are stars made of?. Cool Cosmos, an IPAC website. Retrieved on December 30, 2018. “Stars are made of very hot gas. This gas is mostly hydrogen and helium, which are the two lightest elements.”
  4. ASK DAVE: February 27 – March 12, 2013. D23. Archived from the original on May 30, 2015. “Q: I heard that Walt Disney did not, in fact, ever say the famous quote, "If you can dream it, you can do it." Is that true? If so, who did say it? Krystina, Avondale, Arizona A: He never said this quote. If you check my book, Disney Trivia from the Vault, you can find the true story: "Despite its frequent publication, that is not a Walt Disney quote. We checked with Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald for the definitive answer: 'I am very familiar with that line because I wrote it! It was written specifically for the Horizons attraction at Epcot and used in numerous ways, from dialogue in the ride to graphics. I find it amusing that the Science of Imagineering DVD series attributes it to Walt Disney, but I guess I should be flattered.'"”
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