Asterix - Musing Getafix Figurine
Getafix the Druid - 2 3/4" (7cm) plastic figurine. Please note this is not a toy and not intended for children.
Getafix is the village druid. In appearance he is tall with a white beard, white robe, red cloak. He is usually seen in possession of a small golden sickle. Although known for his strength-enhancing magic potion, he has many other magical and medicinal potions at his disposal — including a potion to make hair grow quickly, a potion to cure a man who has been poisoned with a drug that would kill him in a matter of days, and a potion that restores a person to full health after injury (although this potion also causes the person who takes it to lose their recent memories while also interacting badly with the magic potion) — and acts as the village doctor and occasional teacher. Getafix is very similar to many wise old men who act as mentors and father-figures to the heroes, including Merlin, Gandalf, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Albus Dumbledore. Asterix (and most other villagers) will consult him whenever anything strange occurs.
The name Getafix, is a pun on "getting a fix" — a dose of a drug taken by an addict; the phrase can also mean to perceive or to get a solid sense of something. In the short-lived American version of the series, he was called Magigimmix ("magic gimmicks"). He was called Readymix (the name of a British cement firm) in newspaper comics during the 1970s, as Getafix was considered inappropriate for children. In the English version of the Asterix the Gaul.
Depending on which language the books are written in, here are a few other examples of Getafix's name:
French: Panoramix ("panoramic" or "wide view" or "he who sees everything") — in most European translations this name is used, including Bulgarian Dutch, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Slovene, Spanish, Indonesian, Czech and Greek.
In Danish, German, Norwegian, and Swedish he is called Miraculix a pun on "miracle".
In Finnish, he is Akvavitix, from "akvavit", a Scandinavian distilled beverage (derived from Aqua vitae).
In Turkish, his name is Büyüfiks (büyü meaning "magic"). Previously it was Hokusfokus, from the magic word Hocus Pocus.
In Hungarian, he is Magicoturmix, which is a composition of "magic" and "shake", thus meaning "Shake of Magic". Actually this is a reference to the potion he is brewing, which gives the villagers their wondrous superhuman strength.
In Icelandic, he is Sjóðríkur, roughly meaning "one who boils". In comparison, Asterix is Ástríkur, "one who loves".
In Welsh, he is Crycymalix, a pun on the phrase cryd cymalau which means "arthritis" or "rheumatism", referring to his old age.