Today we look at WW&Y book 3, Who Kidnapped Princess Saralinda to see what the Wizard is up to.
But that does not answer our question, which is, of course, just what in the hell in the Wizard doing here?
Following up his awesome dragon riding appearance with the lightning bolts he's just sort of standing there, making sparkles. He looks grim and is he aware of the monstrous shadow? I'm going to assume he is and he's making a smokey princess illusion to...scare the monster? She looks like she's from a soap opera, does she not?
Clearly this sparkle dropping is great magic since some infernal wind is blowing his cloak all Batman-like about him. This is that subtle wizardry we are always hearing about. Either that or he's just run of out good spells and figures, "What the hell, I'll summon a frightening giant lady to scare away the monster."
Fear the alabaster skin and ruby lips of my giant woman, oh fiend from the pit!
If you are the observant type, you might remember this image from somewhere, like as though it was stolen and modified.
I claim innocence.
I think it is also possible that the Wizard realized he was getting a starring spot on the cover this time, full image and just wanted to strike a great pose and he thought nothing says it like glitter.