The story is about two kingdoms. The human kingdom is ruled by King Stefan, the fairy kingdom by Maleficent. Stefan became king by deceiving Maleficent. He had sworn love to her, but then drugged her on her 16th birthday and cut off her wings. Maleficent must now walk the earth and grows a hedge of thorns around the fairy kingdom. In revenge against Stefan, she later curses Stefan's daughter Aurora, who was born to him by another woman.
Maleficent and the Fairy Kingdom in Peril
In the fairy kingdom of the moors everything is alive and animated. Animals can speak and every plant has a little fairy. Aurora is educated outside the castle by three fairies, but they are overwhelmed with the task. Maleficent keeps an eye on her and protects her from misfortune. That is why Aurora thinks she is her fairy godmother and wants to live with her in the fairy kingdom. But there is a bitter war between the fairy kingdom and the human kingdom.
The fulfilment and lifting of the curse
But when Aurora realises that she is a princess and Maleficent had cursed her, she flees to her parents' castle. It is her 16th birthday and she promptly gets into the room where a spindle is hidden. Inevitably, she pricks herself on it and falls into a deep sleep.
Maleficent, bitterly regretting her curse, summons Prince Phillip from the neighbouring kingdom, who was looking for Aurora anyway. But his kiss unfortunately fails to wake the princess. Maleficent is deadly sad and therefore kisses Aurora gently. Surprisingly, Aurora wakes up.
War and victory
Meanwhile, a battle rages in the castle. Stefan uses the iron weapons he forged against Maleficent because he knows she cannot stand iron. Fortunately, however, Aurora manages to free Maleficent's wings from an iron cage, and so they get back to Maleficent. Now she is invincible and defeats King Stefan.
She then makes Aurora the queen of the fairy kingdom.
The wicked mother-in-law
Prince Phillip is the son of King Stefan's sister Ingrith. He wants to marry Aurora, but Maleficent is firmly against it. Against Maleficent's will, Aurora goes to the prince's castle and falls into the clutches of his treacherous mother Ingrith. She locks Aurora up, dresses her in tight dresses and corsets and gives her elaborate hairstyles. Aurora does not feel well. But now the wedding is announced. The whole fairy kingdom marches up, but Ingrith has planned a trap. She wants to wipe out the assembled inhabitants of the fairy kingdom with iron powder in order to rule over the kingdom of the moors.
The hidden fairy kingdom in the underworld
Maleficent fights for the fairy kingdom and is mortally wounded. Now other winged fairies come and take her down to their kingdom under the earth, from which Maleficent originally came. They help Maleficent in the fight against the realm of power on earth. Maleficent rises again like the phoenix from the ashes. The latter was the supreme prince of the fairy kingdom, and she thus becomes his successor.
Victory of the fairies and unification of the two realms
Finally, the fairies are victorious and the unjust rule of the king is overcome. After Maleficent has enchanted Ingrith into a goat, nothing stands in the way of the wedding.
Now Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip are finally united and with them the two kingdoms.