Wizards of Waverly Place

Last Updated on: February 14th, 2023

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“Wizards of Waverly Place” is a popular live-action television series that aired on the Disney Channel from 2007 to 2012. The show was created by Todd J. Greenwald and became a significant success, appealing to a wide audience of children, teenagers, and families.

The series revolves around the Russo family, who live in New York City and run a small sandwich shop named the Waverly Sub Station. However, there’s a magical twist: the three Russo siblings are wizards and come from a long line of wizards. Alex, Justin, and Max Russo are learning magic from their father Jerry, who is also a former wizard. They attend a magical school hidden in the basement of a movie theater called WizTech to hone their magical skills.

The main characters of “Wizards of Waverly Place” are:

  1. Alex Russo (played by Selena Gomez) – The middle child and the main protagonist. She is known for her rebellious and mischievous nature but has a good heart and often uses magic to help her friends and family.

  2. Justin Russo (played by David Henrie) – The eldest child and the responsible and studious one of the siblings. He takes his magical studies seriously and strives to be a great wizard.

  3. Max Russo (played by Jake T. Austin) – The youngest child and the laid-back and carefree member of the family. He often surprises everyone with his unexpected moments of wisdom.

  4. Jerry Russo (played by David DeLuise) – The father of the Russo siblings, who gave up his powers to marry their mortal mother, Theresa.

The show combines comedy, family dynamics, and fantasy elements as the Russo siblings balance their everyday lives, school, and friendships while keeping their magical abilities a secret from the non-magical world. The series explores themes of responsibility, family, friendship, and the challenges of growing up with magical powers.

“Wizards of Waverly Place” received critical acclaim and won numerous awards during its run. Selena Gomez’s portrayal of Alex Russo contributed to her rise to fame as an actress and singer. The show’s success led to a made-for-TV movie and a successful merchandise line.

Additional Details:


  • Selena Gomez: Alex Russo
  • David Henrie: Justin Russo
  • Jake T. Austin: Max Russo
  • Jennifer Stone: Harper Finkle
  • Maria Canals Barrera: Theresa Russo
  • David DeLuise: Jerry Russo

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