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Statement of Anya Villette, regarding a cleaning job on Hill Top Road.


Anya Villette worked as a cleaner in Oxford and was employed by John Hector Lettings to clean out student housing units. She was glad to be sent to a new house on Hill Top Road, as tidying up a new construction was easier than dealing with the messes left behind by careless student tenants.

As Anya began to work, she noticed a terrifying eight-branched tree in the house's back garden and imagined its branches were legs reaching towards her. She dismissed the idea, but as she continued to clean she felt that the plastic-wrapped furniture was casting odd shadows, and she heard the sound of movement with no obvious source.

Finally, just as she was preparing to leave, she noticed a cupboard under the stairs. While it was not part of her instructions, she felt she should sweep it out just in case. When she opened the cupboard door, she found a set of stairs leading down into the house's basement. Following the stairs, she discovered a dark crack in the floor of the building's foundation. Eight spider-like arms pulled her into the crack, but a short while later she regained consciousness in a chair upstairs.

Since that night, Anya has found the world around her suddenly, inexplicably changed. She believes she went into the house on Hill Top Road on April 23rd, but when she left, it was somehow April 8th again. People are not sure how she knew them, and familiar landmarks have disappeared or changed. She has also never heard of the Magnus Institute, despite previously living in London and visiting the Tate Britain quite often.


There is no record of Anya Villette ever existing. John Hector Lettings is real, but they are not the owners of the house on Hill Top Road, and they have never employed anyone by that name. John has entertained visiting the house personally, but feels it would be a bad idea.

Tim enters the Archives through the trap door; John has been waiting for him. John wants to apologize for the mess he made of the staff, and asks Tim to share his research into the Circus. Tim remarks that John may be the only person on the staff he can still trust has not been replaced the way Sasha was.

Tim has traced the Circus to the House of Wax in Greater Yarmouth. He also reluctantly tells John that he believes the circus has recently robbed two graves and skinned the corpses - Gertrude Robinson, and a man named George Icarus. John promises that when the time comes to attack the Circus, he will bring Tim along.

Later, John meets Basira and Daisy in the tunnels. Daisy asks him about the shirt he is wearing before he shows her the plastic explosives. She confirms that they are real and she knows how to use them. They also start discussing another plan before Daisy reminds John to turn off the tape.


This section contains information from later episodes of The Magnus Archives and may contain major spoilers for the setting and plot. Continue at your own risk.

  • Related Entity: The Web
    • MAG 196 reveals that there is a gap in reality at Hill Top Road and agents of The Web have been actively working to widen it.
  • John has been in Daisy's dreams since she gave him a statement and she realises he is no longer fully human when they meet in the tunnels and she sees him wearing the same shirt that he has worn in her dreams. She reveals this in MAG 132.