The Spiderwick Chronicles boss reveals a secret character is hidden in plain sight

From ogres to faeries to unicorns (oh my!), there is certainly no shortage of mythical creatures popping up around the Spiderwick estate in the newest television adaptation of Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black’s beloved fantasy series. However, there’s one special character that viewers may have missed the first time around — and he’s actually hidden in plain sight throughout the entire Roku Channel show.

“There are a lot of references to Lorengorm from Book Three and even there’s a shot of him within the show,” series creator, writer, and showrunner Aron Eli Coleite tells Entertainment Weekly. “Blink and you’ll miss it!”

First introduced in the third installment of the series, Lorengorm is one of the very first elves that Jared, Simon, and Mallory encounter after entering the woodland realm. He demands that the Grace children turn over the Field Guide, their great uncle Arthur Spiderwick’s compendium of magical creatures, so that the elves can destroy it before it can fall into the evil Mulgarath’s hands.

The tree in ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’. Courtesy of the Roku Channel

In the television series, Coleite says Lorengorm can be spotted “stuck within the tree” that was planted by Arthur Spiderwick in the estate’s colorful foyer.

“There’s a vague shape of a human body in that tree and that is Lorengorm. He’s stuck there this whole time. He’s been cursed to be there,” he confirms. “In the very first episode, there’s an amazing push-in shot on the tree and you can kind of see the shape of a face.”

Although they wanted to make Lorengorm’s design “really subtle,” Coleite says that viewers should be able to spot the way that his arm is “raised up” to form one of the tree’s branches and that his head is “very, very present.”

Lorengorm being trapped within a tree is strangely fitting for the elf given that he uses thick tree roots to temporarily hold Jared hostage in exchange for the Field Guide in the third Spiderwick Chronicles book. While Jared is ultimately able to outsmart Lorengorm and escape, he leaves with the knowledge that Arthur Spiderwick may also be trapped somewhere within the Elven grove too.

A faerie in ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’. Courtesy of the Roku Channel

But it’s not just Lorengorm who secretly appears in the series — Coleite says that there are “faeries hidden everywhere in the house” too. “It’s a nice game to play,” he adds. “They’re in windows, they’re in the wallpaper, they’re lurking all over the place. And that attention to detail is what really brings it to life.”

He also credits the work of production designer Elena Albanese, costume designer Ann Foley, and DiTerlizzi’s creature designs with helping to bring a sense of “whimsy and wonder” to the series.

“That was a really amazing experience to design all that, and to find the whimsy and the wonder, because so much of what we want is for people to believe in magic again,” Coleite says. “I want families to go into their backyards, or go into parks, and look for fairies and creatures. That’s the goal. And that happens by creating a design in a world that feels grounded, that feels real.”

The Spiderwick Chronicles is available to stream on The Roku Channel now.

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