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Espella Cantabella
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The Great Witch Bezella (by herself, Kira, Darklaw, and others)

One-off nicknames

Goldilocks (by Johnny Smiles)
Occupation Bakery assistant
Names in other languages
Japanese (romanization written with the given name first) マホーネ カタルーシア (Mahoney Katarucia)
French Aria Novella
German Sophie de Narrateur
Spanish Aria Fable
Italian Luna Minstrel
Dutch Maeve Cantabella
Biological information
(this is for age comparison purposes, and so may look odd; click on the question mark for details)? Unknown
(as recorded in court record profiles and case files) 18 (The Final Witch Trial)
Status (last known) Alive
Eye color Gray
Hair color Blonde
Height (from official guidebooks) ~ 5'1"; 154 (roughly the same as Maya Fey) cm
Family Arthur Cantabella (father)
An unnamed mother (deceased)
Friends Eve Belduke (childhood friend)
Patty Eclaire ("aunt", mother-figure, landlady, and employer)
Eve (pet cat)
Carmine Accidenti (rescuer)
Hershel Layton (investigative partner)
Luke Triton (investigative partner)
Phoenix Wright (defense attorney and investigative partner)
Maya Fey (investigative partner)
Affiliates None mentioned
English Joanna Ruiz
Japanese (romanization written with the given name first) Aoi Yūki
French Caroline Mozzone
German Cynthia Micas
Spanish Meritxell Ribera
Italian Tiziana Martello
Debut episode On a Dark and Stormy Night
Leitmotif "Espella's Theme No. 1 ~ Memory"
"Espella's Theme No. 2 ~ Truth"
Espella Cantabella
Are you...Mr Hershel Layton?

Espella Cantabella is an inhabitant of Labyrinthia who sought out Hershel Layton's help after she found herself pursued by witches.

Meeting Layton and Wright Edit

Main article: On a Dark and Stormy Night and English Turnabout

Reunion Edit

Main article: Mysterious Labyrinthia and The Fire Witch

Accused of being the Great Witch Edit

Main article: The Great Witch and The Golden Court

Investigating Labyrinthia Edit

Main article: A Taste of Despair and Secrets of the Underground Ruins

The story's end Edit

Main article: The Story's End, The Final Witch Trial, The Last Inquisitor and The First Story


Espella Cantabella is kind, gentle, and well-intentioned. She places a great deal of trust in others and is willing to sacrifice herself if it means putting an end to the suffering of other people.

Before her trial as the Great Witch Bezella, Espella had many suppressed memories, particularly concerning the so-called "Legendary Fire". When presented with any duress related to her being "Bezella", she would enter a trance-like state where her gaze becoming unfocused and distant. In this state, she was susceptible to suggestion, and it was believed that if pushed even farther she would reach an almost catatonic state. This condition persisted from childhood until the interference of Layton and Phoenix Wright allowed her to confront and make sense of her memories of the Legendary Fire that was the source of her trauma.


  • Her Japanese name, "Mahoney", is probably derived from the word "mahō" (魔法), meaning "magic".
  • Her English given name could come from the Italian verb "espellere", which means "to expel". It could also be a play on "spell". Additionally, it could be a reference to "cantrip", meaning a witches' spell or trick.
  • "Cantabella" is derived from her original Japanese surname as well as from the Italian for "sings" (canta) and "beauty" (bella).
  • "Aria", her given name in both the French and Spanish localization, is the Italian word for "air", as well as a term for a piece of music usually performed by one singer.
  • Her French surname "Novella" comes from the Italian for "story".
  • Her German given name "Sophie" comes from the Ancient Greek word for "wisdom". Her surname "de Narrateur" is French for "of narrator". This is likely meant to be a hint to her relationship with the Storyteller.
  • Her Spanish surname "Fable" comes from the English word for a story with a moral or lesson (e.g., Aesop's Fables). Combined with the end of her given name, her surname also sounds somewhat like the Spanish word "afable" ("affable" in English), which means "friendly" or "good-natured".
  • Her given Italian name "Luna" comes from the Latin/Italian word for "moon", which is sometimes associated with witchcraft. Her surname "Minstrel" refers to a type of medieval travelling entertainer, and continues the singing theme prevalent in the other localizations.
  • Her Dutch given name "Maeve" is of Irish origin and means "she who intoxicates". In Irish mythology the name is rooted in the legend of Queen Maeve, but is also the name of a fairy queen mentioned in William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.


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