Who is Diaval?

Diaval is a fictional character in the recent Disney movie “Maleficent.” He is portrayed by actor Sam Riley. Diaval is a shapeshifter and is considered to be Maleficent’s right hand man, and he is originally a raven.

Maleficent and Diaval (the crow)

Maleficent and Diaval (the crow)

Diaval in Maleficent

Diaval was a crow who randomly landed on Maleficent’s refuge at one time, annoyed by the bird, Maleficent drew him away. The second time Maleficent met Diaval (he was still a crow by this time) he was caught in a net initiated by the mortals. Maleficent who was witnessing the capture in progress from afar cast a spell and muttered, “Into a man!” The black crow slowly turned into a human, a man specifically, and that became Diaval. Maleficent turned him into a man so that he can be saved from the humans captivity.

Who named Diaval?

It wasn’t Maleficent who named Diaval. She asked him what he wanted to be called and he said “Diaval”, so from then on he was known as Diaval. In gratitude to Maleficent’s help, Diaval vowed to serve Maleficent with his life. Little did he know, Maleficent would turn him into many shapes and objects. Sometimes Diaval is a wolf, sometimes a horse, but most of the time he is turned into a man. Well, I think that’s more convenient for Maleficent.

Is Diaval Aurora’s Prince Charming?

In the movie, I would have first thought that Aurora’s Prince Charming was Diaval all because Diaval was obviously concern of the child’s well-being. But he wasn’t the Prince Charming! When Aurora was still a baby it was Diaval (the crow one) who fed her hungry stomach with some flower juice since the three pixies failed to do so, he even moved the swing for her and I find that cute for a black bird.

Diaval looking worried at Aurora.

Diaval looking worried at Aurora.

diaval and aurora

Aurora’s first meeting of Diaval (though Diaval and Maleficent have been always with her)

Diaval’s Character

Diaval’s personality is complaining and though he is a bird he brings out to himself a human nature, well, Disney and movie do anything they want. He complains a lot whenever Maleficent turns him into anything, but despite this, he still loyally serves the hero-witch. Because of his servitude to Maleficent, I think it’s still better that Diaval didn’t end up with Aurora, so that he can end up with Maleficent in the long run, aha!

Diaval’s “Into a Dragon!”

In the final fighting scenes in the movie, Maleficent turned Diaval into a dragon. That’s the biggest and the strongest shape Diaval has ever become. I feel sorry for Diaval though, because he gains a lot of wound scars all over his body due to his servitude towards Maleficent. Well, it can’t be helped, he’s a servant.

Diaval "Into a Dragon"

Diaval “Into a Dragon”

I don’t think that this is the best movie of the year though. And honestly, I think that this movie ruins my childhood perspective towards the evil witch Maleficent, haha. But nah, just a movie. Here’s the awesome actor who portrayed Diaval by the way. Take a good look!

The Actor behind Diaval

Sam Riley as Diaval

Sam Riley as Diaval

Here’s a little humorous comic I found somewhere in the internet, it’s Diaval, Aurora, and Maleficent’s comic. It’s not mine okay, credits are due to the respective owners.

diaval comic


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