History Literature / TheWitches

28th Sep '17 2:38:35 PM Hedging
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* TooSmartForStrangers: A number of children the witches dispose of certainly weren't, accepting presents from them or going with them to unknown locations, which led to their demises.
20th Sep '17 7:37:50 PM GF93
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-->'''Witch Mouse''': Don't drink the soup! [[KilledMidSentence Don't drink the]]-- (''splat'')

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-->'''Witch Mouse''': Don't drink the soup! [[KilledMidSentence Don't drink the]]-- (''splat'')(''[[SickeningCrunch crunch]]'')
20th Sep '17 7:36:48 PM GF93
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Witches. [[spoiler:Subverted in the movie where one does a HeelFaceTurn]].

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Witches. [[spoiler:Subverted in the movie movie, where one does a HeelFaceTurn]].



* CompositeCharacter: In the book Grandmamma tells five stories about different children who were attacked by witches. The movie combines them all into her friend Erica.

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* CompositeCharacter: In the book book, Grandmamma tells five stories about different children who were attacked by witches. The movie combines them all into her friend Erica.



* CulturalTranslation: (Movie) While the movie still takes place in Norway and the United Kingdom, and Luke's grandmother, Helga, is still Norwegian, Luke becomes American. This raises the question: Why did his parents want him brought up in England (in the book, it's implied that the boy is of Anglo-Norwegian descent)? Also at the end of the book, the boy and his grandmother plan to kill off the next Grand High Witch in Norway and use the information at her castle to track down all the Witches in the world. In the movie, Luke gets an address book with the names and addresses of all the Witches in the United States.

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* CulturalTranslation: (Movie) While the movie still takes place in Norway and the United Kingdom, and Luke's grandmother, Helga, is still Norwegian, Luke becomes American. This raises the question: Why did his parents want him brought up in England (in the book, it's implied that the boy is of Anglo-Norwegian descent)? Also at the end of the book, the boy and his grandmother plan to kill off the next Grand High Witch in Norway and use the information at her castle to track down all the Witches in the world. In the movie, Luke gets an address book with the names and addresses of all the Witches in the United States.



* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: This happens to one of the witches who samples the cress soup doped with Formula 86. After being turned into a mouse, she runs back into the dining room attempting to warn them... only to promptly get [[SquashedFlat crushed under someone's foot]], complete with green vital fluids splattering on the carpet.
-->'''Witch Mouse''': Don't drink the soup! [[KilledMidSentence Don't drink the]]-- (''splat'')



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: If the Grand High Witch hadn't refused to let Ms Irvine attend the RSPCC dinner, Irvine would have been turned into a mouse along with the other witches and Luke would have remained a mouse forever.]] As it happens, [[spoiler: Irvine is able to find him and restore him to human form, and also sends him the Grand High Witch's trunk of money and address book, so they can hunt down the witches of America.]]

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If the Grand High Witch hadn't refused to let Ms Irvine attend the RSPCC dinner, Irvine would have been turned into a mouse along with the other witches and Luke would have remained a mouse forever.]] As it happens, [[spoiler: Irvine [[spoiler:Irvine is able to find him and restore him to human form, and also sends him the Grand High Witch's trunk of money and address book, so they can hunt down the witches of America.]]



* ShapeshiftingExcludesCloding: In the movie adaptation, when someone is turned into a mouse, they leave their clothes behind. When this happens to Luke, the witches stomp on his clothes in an effort to kill him before he can escape.

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* ShapeshiftingExcludesCloding: ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: In the movie adaptation, when someone is turned into a mouse, they leave their clothes behind. When this happens to Luke, the witches stomp on his clothes in an effort to kill him before he can escape.
19th Sep '17 7:47:09 AM Hedging
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* OffingTheOffspring: The suggested fate of Bruno. When the grandmother wonders aloud what happened to Bruno, the narrator theorizes that Bruno's parents didn't want a mouse for a son and had the Hotel Conceirge drown him in the fire bucket. This is never confirmed, but his Grandmother sadly admits that he's probably correct and sympathesies for Bruno.
16th Sep '17 3:21:23 PM Jayalaw
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* AdaptationAlternateEnding: It seems that [[spoiler:Luke and Bruno are trapped in mouse form, only to be subverted when Ms. Irvine turns Luke back to a boy. [[TastesLikeDiabetes Roald Dahl did not take this well]].]]

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* AdaptationAlternateEnding: AdaptationalAlternateEnding: It seems that [[spoiler:Luke and Bruno are trapped in mouse form, only to be subverted when Ms. Irvine turns Luke back to a boy. [[TastesLikeDiabetes Roald Dahl did not take this well]].]]
13th Sep '17 6:30:30 PM Snowsky
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* BondVillainStupidity: The Grand High Witch releases Bruno and the hero after [[spoiler:she polymorphs him. Justified in that the hotel staff are mortally afraid of mice.]]

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* BondVillainStupidity: The Grand High Witch releases Bruno and the hero after [[spoiler:she polymorphs him. Justified in that the hotel staff are mortally afraid of mice.]]mice, and the Grand High Witch assumed the boys-turned-mice would be killed on sight by the first adult they saw]].



* KidHero: The young protagonist, [[spoiler:who eventually wipes out all the witches in Britain in one fell swoop]].



* PoliceAreUseless: Notable subversion, when one witch states that she's going to poison the children that buy sweets from her candy store, the Grand High Witch berates her for her stupidity, telling her that it wouldn't take long for the authorities to catch onto them if she did so.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The first witch the narrator meets tries to give him a snake as a present.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Notable subversion, when Notably subverted. When one witch states excitedly shouts that she's going to poison the children that buy sweets from her candy store, the Grand High Witch berates her for her stupidity, telling her that it wouldn't take long for the authorities to catch onto them if she did so.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The first witch the narrator meets tries to give him a snake as a present. He's smart enough not to take it.
* RiddleForTheAges: The origin of the witches is never explained. Neither are their methods of reproduction, but it can be assumed they are replenishing their numbers somehow since the Grand High Witch fries at least one every meeting.
13th Sep '17 6:16:13 PM Snowsky
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** It's then taken UpToEleven when he realizes he's locked in a room with nearly one hundred witches at the Hotel Bournemouth, and the only way to evade detection is stay quiet and hope his lack of washing means they won't smell him. They almost don't detect him, if not for a witch named Mildred.

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** It's then taken UpToEleven when he realizes he's locked in a room with nearly one hundred witches ''every single witch in England'' at the Hotel Bournemouth, Magnificent, and the only way to evade detection is stay quiet and out of sight (he's hiding behind a screen divider) and hope his lack of washing means they won't smell him. They almost don't detect him, if not for but a witch named Mildred.Mildred smells him out just as the meeting ends and everyone is leaving.



* AmbiguousSyntax: When the Grand High Witch proposes her plan to wipe out all the children in England, one witch exclaims, "We can't possibly wipe out ''all'' of them!" Depending on the interpretation of the sentence, she could either be unwilling to kill so many children at once, or just worried that such a plan would be outright impossible. Either way, the Grand High Witch fries her for insubordination.



* AndTheAdventureContinues: Grandma and the boy conclude that they probably have eight or nine years left, and they also got rid of all the witches in England. Having been a witch-hunter in her prime, Grandma uses a lead from the Hotel Bournemoth to get the Grand High Witch's address and contact information. Since the boy remembers the mouse-making formula by heart, they decide to go and get rid of the Grand High Witch's replacement, as well as any witches in the castle, using the formula to turn them into mice and cats to eat them. Then they'll use the information in the castle to track down all the witches in the world and wipe them out, one by one.

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* AndTheAdventureContinues: Grandma and the boy conclude that they probably have eight or nine years left, and they also got rid of all the witches in England. Having been a witch-hunter in her prime, Grandma uses a lead from the Hotel Bournemoth Magnificent to get the Grand High Witch's address and contact information. Since the boy remembers the mouse-making formula by heart, they decide to go and get rid of the Grand High Witch's replacement, as well as any witches in the castle, using the formula to turn them into mice and cats to eat them. Then they'll use the information in the castle to track down all the witches in the world and wipe them out, one by one.



* AngstWhatAngst: In-universe Grandma claims that in Norway parents and families are used to witches and thus don't raise a fuss when a child disappears or transforms. It's averted when she finds out her grandson has changed into a mouse, however; after she hides him and Bruno, she sits in a chair and cries for a few minutes.

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* AngstWhatAngst: In-universe In-universe, Grandma claims that in Norway Norway, parents and families are used to witches and thus don't raise a fuss when a child disappears or transforms. It's averted when she finds out her grandson has changed into a mouse, however; after she hides him and Bruno, she sits in a chair and cries for a few minutes.
13th Sep '17 3:29:14 PM Jayalaw
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* AdaptationAlternateEnding: It seems that [[spoiler:Luke and Bruno are trapped in mouse form, only to be subverted when Ms. Irvine turns Luke back to a boy. [[TastesLikeDiabetes Roald Dahl did not take this well]].]]



* AdaptationalNiceGuy:
** Bruno Jenkins is most certainly ''not'' a nice boy (let alone the narrator's friend) in the book, given in his free time he fries ants with a magnifying glass and boasts about his father.
** Likewise, rather than being a RichBitch and a {{Jerkass}}, Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins are shocked and willing to believe that their son has been turned into a mouse. At the least Mr. Jenkins doesn't ramble about how Topsy the cat is his wife's favorite pet.



* AndIMustScream:
** In the beginning of the book, when the grandmother is telling Luke stories that she's heard about children abducted by witches, one of the stories is about a girl that appeared [[PhantomZonePicture in a painting in her home.]] According to the grandmother, the painting changed constantly, from the girl being in the farmhouse to feeding ducks in the lake. She even grew up in the painting. [[spoiler:And it's implied that she also died in the painting.]] The fact that her position in the painting changed means that the girl was probably conscious throughout [[spoiler: her lifetime in it.]]
** There's also the boy who was turned to stone. His parents used him as a hat rack.
** And the three toads at the Grand High Witch's hotel room, implied to be cursed children, too. [[spoiler: They are fed to seagulls.]]
* AntagonistTitle
* AuthorAvatar: Possibly the nameless protagonist, given that he shares Dahl's Norwegian ancestry and love for the country (then again, this could just be a classic case of WriteWhoYouKnow).
* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: The Grand High Witch incinerates a witch who dares to question her orders.
* AuthorTract: Doahl hated children's homes that were actually abusive. Hence the witches posing as a children's charity.
* BalefulPolymorph:
** The main character and Bruno are turned into mice.
** In the book, the Grandmother tells the boy about a child who a witch turned into a porpoise. He did seem to enjoy his new form and gave his family rides in the water while they were on vacation, [[DownerEnding but they never saw him again after they went home...]]
** The Grandmother also tells stories about children who get turned into fleas, slugs, hot dogs, pheasants, and (in one case) a chicken.
* BadBoss: The Grand High Witch, she kills so many witches that speak up for the smallest argument, making you wonder why that there are any left.
** In the movie, she mistreats Miss Irvine, her assistant, throughout her service. The final straw comes when [[spoiler: she refuses to let Irvine attend the RSPCC dinner, causing her to quit. Ironically, this enables Irvine to be the only witch to escape the mouse massacre]].
* BaldOfEvil: The witches
* BaldWomen: The witches, again.
* BigBad: The Grand High Witch.
* BigEater: Bruno Jenkins, who is described as always eating something. Even as a mouse, he's always more interested in whatever food is present.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The Witches typically disguise themselves so that they can trick children into their clutches,
* BittersweetEnding: Book only. [[spoiler: The main protagonist must remain a mouse for the rest of his life, since there is no cure for the Grand High Witch's potion. The protagonist's grandmother predicts that, since he is a magical-enhanced mouse-person, his lifespan may be longer than that of an ordinary mouse--perhaps as long as nine years. However, they are comforted that this means they have roughly the same amount of time to live, meaning that they will never be without each other.]]
** In the movie, [[spoiler:seemingly played straight, only to be subverted when Ms. Irvine turns Luke back to a boy. [[TastesLikeDiabetes Roald Dahl did not take this well]].]]
* [[BizarreAlienBiology Bizarre Witch Biology]]: Seriously, you'd have to wonder what exactly makes these female... ''things'' tick.
* BlackHumor: One of the stories of the protagonist's grandmother tells him involves a boy who was turned to stone. His parents subsequently use him as an umbrella stand.
* BodyHorror: Bruno's transformation and the Grand High Witch's face in both book and film, arguably worse in the latter, as it seems that both the nose and chin were forcibly shoved in order to get the mask to fit.
* BondVillainStupidity: The Grand High Witch releases the hero after [[spoiler:she polymorphs him. Justified in that the hotel staff are mortally afraid of mice.]]

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* AndIMustScream:
** In the beginning of the book, when the grandmother is telling Luke stories that she's heard about children abducted by witches, one of the stories is about a girl that appeared [[PhantomZonePicture in a painting in her home.]] According to the grandmother, the painting changed constantly, from the girl being in the farmhouse to feeding ducks in the lake. She even grew up in the painting. [[spoiler:And it's implied that she also died in the painting.]] The fact that her position in the painting changed means that the girl was probably conscious throughout [[spoiler: her lifetime in it.]]
** There's also the boy who was turned to stone. His parents used him as a hat rack.
** And the three toads at the Grand High Witch's hotel room, implied to be cursed children, too. [[spoiler: They are fed to seagulls.]]
* AntagonistTitle
* AuthorAvatar: Possibly the nameless protagonist, given that he shares Dahl's Norwegian ancestry and love for the country (then again, this could just be a classic case of WriteWhoYouKnow).
* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: The Grand High Witch incinerates a witch who dares to question her orders.
* AuthorTract: Doahl hated children's homes that were actually abusive. Hence the witches posing as a children's charity.
* BalefulPolymorph:
** The main character and Bruno are turned into mice.
** In the book, the Grandmother tells the boy about a child who a witch turned into a porpoise. He did seem to enjoy his new form and gave his family rides in the water while they were on vacation, [[DownerEnding but they never saw him again after they went home...]]
** The Grandmother also tells stories about children who get turned into fleas, slugs, hot dogs, pheasants, and (in one case) a chicken.
* BadBoss: The Grand High Witch, she kills so many witches that speak up for the smallest argument, making you wonder why that there are any left.
**
Witch. In the movie, she mistreats Miss Irvine, her assistant, throughout her service. The final straw comes when [[spoiler: she refuses to let Irvine attend the RSPCC dinner, causing her to quit. Ironically, this enables Irvine to be the only witch to escape the mouse massacre]].
* BaldOfEvil: The witches
* BaldWomen: The witches, again.
* BigBad: The Grand High Witch.
* BigEater: Bruno Jenkins, who is described as always eating something. Even as a mouse, he's always more interested in whatever food is present.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The Witches typically disguise themselves so that they can trick children into their clutches,
* BittersweetEnding: Book only. [[spoiler: The main protagonist must remain a mouse for the rest of his life, since there is no cure for the Grand High Witch's potion. The protagonist's grandmother predicts that, since he is a magical-enhanced mouse-person, his lifespan may be longer than that of an ordinary mouse--perhaps as long as nine years. However, they are comforted that this means they have roughly the same amount of time to live, meaning that they will never be without each other.]]
** In the movie, [[spoiler:seemingly played straight, only to be subverted when Ms. Irvine turns Luke back to a boy. [[TastesLikeDiabetes Roald Dahl did not take this well]].]]
* [[BizarreAlienBiology Bizarre Witch Biology]]: Seriously, you'd have to wonder what exactly makes these female... ''things'' tick.
* BlackHumor: One of the stories of the protagonist's grandmother tells him involves a boy who was turned to stone. His parents subsequently use him as an umbrella stand.
* BodyHorror: Bruno's transformation and the Grand High Witch's face in both book and film, arguably worse in the latter, as it seems that both the nose and chin were forcibly shoved in order to get the mask to fit.
* BondVillainStupidity: The Grand High Witch releases the hero after [[spoiler:she polymorphs him. Justified in that the hotel staff are mortally afraid of mice.]]
massacre]].



* ChildHater:
** As usual, Roald Dahl applies his favorite trope to the villains. And they're an EXTREME example.
** And as usual for a Dahl book, the majority of adults come off this way to at least a mild degree (see: the examples of parents who just sort of go "oh well" when the witches do horrible things to their offspring).



* CoolOldLady: The grandmother is an awesome and wise former Witch Hunter who [[CigarChomper smokes cigars]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: After one witch exclaims her astonishment at how big the Grand High Witch's plan is, she burns her alive with her eye beams...and threatens to do the same with her other followers.



* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:The Grand High Witch and the British witches, child-haters extraordinaire, meet their end at the hands (paws?) of a child they turned into a mouse by being turned into mice and then being killed by adults]].
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The witches are a rare evil example -- justified because of the shape of their feet.
* TheDreaded: The Grand High Witch is feared by all. Even the other witches are terrified of her.
* EvilMatriarch: The Grand High Witch of All The World.
* EyeBeams: The Grand High Witch has this power, which she uses to disintegrate (or, as the witches put it, "fry") people. She makes a point of frying at least one witch during every Annual Meeting, to make sure the others don't slack off.
* Fainting: Luke quite understandably collapses when he realises he's hidden in a room full of women who would gladly do horrible things to him if they catch him. He's not wrong.
* FatBastard: Bruno is the requisite mean gluttonous child found so often in Dahl's works. He's not nearly as bad as the Witches themselves, but he does seem to enjoy frying ants with magnifying glasses. This aspect of his personality is toned down considerably in the film, thus making what the witches do to him all the more horrifying.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The witches are fond of inflicting these on unsuspecting children.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: That one witch who got "fried" by the Grand High Witch's EyeBeams. Not to mention the witch who gets turned into a mouse and is ''stepped on'' by the Grand High Witch herself.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The witches. Especially in the way they lure and catch children.
* FemmeFatalons: The witches.
* FisheyeLens: The witches, in closeup, when from a child POV.
* FinalSolution: The Grand High Witch plots the genocide of the children in England.



* ForTheEvulz: We don't know much why all the witches want to kill all children outside the fact that [[DisproportionateRetribution they smell like dog droppings.]]

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* ForTheEvulz: We don't know much why all HeelFaceTurn: In the witches want to kill all children outside movie, [[spoiler:the last surviving witch in England inexplicably turns good at the fact that [[DisproportionateRetribution they smell like dog droppings.end, and reverses (at least) Luke's mouse transformation.]]



* GenericDoomsdayVillain: The Witches themselves, as noted in the above DidNotThinkThisThrough example. So they succeed in turning all the children in England into mice. Then what? There's still billions of children all over the world, and the parents in England will still keep having children. Pretty much the only reason they want to kill all children is because...they smell like dog droppings. That's it.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the movie, [[spoiler:the last surviving witch in England inexplicably turns good at the end, and reverses (at least) Luke's mouse transformation.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: Oh yes.
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: There are Witch hunters in the world, who seek to root out and destroy witches wherever they find them, and Luke's grandmother in her younger years [[CoolOldLady was one of the very best]].
* FunetikAksent: It's not said where the Grand High Witch is from but it is implied she's from Norway. She [[VampireVords replaces her Ts with Zs and Ws with Vs]]. It doesn't in any way resemble a Norwegian accent, which is recognizable by more pronounced Rs and replacing Zs with Ss. Her accent resembles German more than anything else.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Ms Irvine who pulls off a HeelFaceTurn wears a blonde wig]].
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Their Own Petard]]: [[spoiler: The witches are all transformed into mice by the very potion that they hoped to use on children, especially the Grand High Witch]]
* InvincibleVillain: In-universe, the hero's grandmother sees the witches this way, mainly due to their leader. Fortunately, they are not, as the Grand High Witch kills them regularly, which makes one wonder why are any left, [[spoiler: and especially when they fall for their scheme]]
* KaleidoscopeEyes: The strange color-changing eyes of the Witches.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: The Grand High Witch is turned into a mouse and is then killed by the hotel staff, something she intended for all adults to do to their children.]]
* KarmaHoudini: According to the narrator, witches never get caught because they use magic to cover their tracks, so they can get away with killing children in disturbing ways [[spoiler: by the books' end, it looks like they'll all get what's coming to them, via mouse transformation soup]]
* KickTheDog: The incineration scene, which happened because the Grand High Witch took lethal exception to one poor witch's reservations about getting rid of ''all'' of the children. BadBoss indeed.
* LatexPerfection: This is how the Grand High Witch disguises her true form. Justified in that it's rather implied that her mask is magical.
* MagicPants:
** Oddly inverted in the book, as the mouse formula causes the clothes of its victim to disappear early on in the transformation.
** Completely averted in the 1990 film. [[spoiler:They even showed Luke naked when he gets turned back to human form.]]

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* GenericDoomsdayVillain: The Witches themselves, as noted in the above DidNotThinkThisThrough example. So they succeed in turning all the children in England into mice. Then what? There's still billions of children all over the world, and the parents in England will still keep having children. Pretty much the only reason they want to kill all children is because...they smell like dog droppings. That's it.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the movie, [[spoiler:the last surviving witch in England inexplicably turns good at the end, and reverses (at least) Luke's mouse transformation.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: Oh yes.
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: There are Witch hunters in the world, who seek to root out and destroy witches wherever they find them, and Luke's grandmother in her younger years [[CoolOldLady was one of the very best]].
* FunetikAksent: It's not said where the Grand High Witch is from but it is implied she's from Norway. She [[VampireVords replaces her Ts with Zs and Ws with Vs]]. It doesn't in any way resemble a Norwegian accent, which is recognizable by more pronounced Rs and replacing Zs with Ss. Her accent resembles German more than anything else.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Ms Irvine who pulls off a HeelFaceTurn wears a blonde wig]].
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Their Own Petard]]: [[spoiler: The witches are all transformed into mice by the very potion that they hoped to use on children, especially the Grand High Witch]]
* InvincibleVillain: In-universe, the hero's grandmother sees the witches this way, mainly due to their leader. Fortunately, they are not, as the Grand High Witch kills them regularly, which makes one wonder why are any left, [[spoiler: and especially when they fall for their scheme]]
* KaleidoscopeEyes: The strange color-changing eyes of the Witches.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: The Grand High Witch is turned into a mouse and is then killed by the hotel staff, something she intended for all adults to do to their children.]]
* KarmaHoudini: According to the narrator, witches never get caught because they use magic to cover their tracks, so they can get away with killing children in disturbing ways [[spoiler: by the books' end, it looks like they'll all get what's coming to them, via mouse transformation soup]]
* KickTheDog: The incineration scene, which happened because the Grand High Witch took lethal exception to one poor witch's reservations about getting rid of ''all'' of the children. BadBoss indeed.
* LatexPerfection: This is how the Grand High Witch disguises her true form. Justified in that it's rather implied that her mask is magical.
* MagicPants:
** Oddly inverted in the book, as the mouse formula causes the clothes of its victim to disappear early on in the transformation.
**
MagicPants: Completely averted in the 1990 film. [[spoiler:They even showed Luke naked when he gets turned back to human form.]]



* TheNapoleon: In the book the Grand High Witch is described as being shorter than the other witches, even the frail old ones. It's averted in the film, where she comes across as LargeAndInCharge.
* NeverSayDie. ... ''Averted''.



* NiceMice: The little boy gets a pair of mice from his grandmother as a present. Basically {{Foreshadowing}} events to come.
* NoNameGiven: (Book only) Luke and Helga only have names in the movie; in the book the protagonist is nameless and his Grandmother is [[UnnamedParent just Grandma]].
* NoodleIncident: We never learn why Grandma is missing a thumb, though the book implies it involved Witches doing something horribly traumatic to her during her childhood.
* NothingIsScarier:
** Part in-universe, part meta-example: We never find out why Grandma is missing a thumb, only that it involved a witch: how else would she know so much about witches? Her grandson's speculation includes such [[NightmareFuel lovely possibilities]] as having it pulled out "like a tooth" or stuck in the spout of a teakettle until it was "steamed away." With this kind of inspiration, the reader's imagination comes up with something far more terrifying than anything that could have been in the story.
** The fact that the Grand High Witch doesn't reveal her hands and feet in the book, implying she's got even more to hide, and going by her [[NightmareFace her worm eaten face]], it's probably even worse.
* ObviouslyEvil: Double subverted with the Grand High Witch. When we initially see her, she has a rather pleasant appearance...then she removes her mask.
* OhCrap: When the little boy realizes that he is hidden in the back of a room with ''every single witch in Britain.''
* OneGenderRace: Witches are all women; Dahl mentions other all-male monster races in the book (ghouls, barghests) but says none of the races are as evil as Witches. However, in ''Literature/TheBFG'', another race -- Giants, all male -- make children in particular their victims.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: They're described more like succubus, only more hideous, with the casual mention of the all male ghouls race. The fact [[spoiler: that they can't detect, let alone reverse the formula of their mouse changing soup]] proves that they aren't nearly as powerful as the narrator's grandmother makes them out to be
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: With the Witches, see above.
* ParentalAbandonment: Luke's parents die by car crash.



* ShapeshiftingExcludesCloding: In the movie adaptation, when someone is turned into a mouse, they leave their clothes behind. When this happens to Luke, the witches stomp on his clothes in an effort to kill him before he can escape.
* TransformationTrauma: Bruno's transformation [[BodyHorror is downright horrifying]] and [[spoiler: Grand High Witch turns into a mix of a reptile and rat before completely into a mouse]]



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* AdultsAreUseless:
** Grandma mentions that in Norway it's quite normal for parents to lose their children to witches, and they haven't been able to form a countermeasure against it except to warn their boys and girls to stay away from women with gloves and blue spit.
** Averted with Grandma herself, whose ChekhovsLecture keeps her grandson alive, if not human. She also quickly plans with him to stop all the witches in the hotel.
** Bruno's father doesn't realize that his son goes missing in a hotel and assumes that the old woman that claimed his son was a mouse was playing a prank on him.
** The Grand High Witch's plan relies on this, that the teachers seeing their students turn into mice immediately wouldn't realize what happened, especially since the kids can still ''talk''. This ends up playing out in the hotel's dining room, when everyone in the hotel is more focused about getting rid of the mice then the fact that nearly a hundred women transformed.
* AdultFear:
** The boy is orphaned at the beginning of the book, and the Quentin Blake illustrations show him hugging his grandmother tightly. He describes being in the car when it crashes, and surviving with only a small cut.
** Later on Grandma gets ill from pneumonia, and the doctor says that while younger people handle it well, older people are more prone to getting ill. He forbids them from taking a summer trip to Norway because the trip could very well kill her.
** Take away the magic, and the grandmother is describing Stranger Danger to her young child.
* AloneWithThePsycho:
** The boy freaks out when he's working on a treehouse in his backyard and a witch appears below, attempting to lure him down with a snake. He hides in the tree and stays there until it's dark and his grandmother appears, reassuring him that the witch is gone.
** It's then taken UpToEleven when he realizes he's locked in a room with nearly one hundred witches at the Hotel Bournemouth, and the only way to evade detection is stay quiet and hope his lack of washing means they won't smell him. They almost don't detect him, if not for a witch named Mildred.
** Bruno too late realizes that he's been lured in to serve as living proof that the mouse-making formula works. Even so, it doesn't hit him what happened until the other boy points out that Bruno now has a tail and fur.
* AndIMustScream:
** In the beginning of the book, when the grandmother is telling Luke stories that she's heard about children abducted by witches, one of the stories is about a girl that appeared [[PhantomZonePicture in a painting in her home.]] According to the grandmother, the painting changed constantly, from the girl being in the farmhouse to feeding ducks in the lake. She even grew up in the painting. [[spoiler:And it's implied that she also died in the painting.]] The fact that her position in the painting changed means that the girl was probably conscious throughout [[spoiler: her lifetime in it.]]
** There's also the boy who was turned to stone. His parents used him as a hat rack.
** And the three toads at the Grand High Witch's hotel room, implied to be cursed children, too. [[spoiler: They are fed to seagulls.]]
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Grandma and the boy conclude that they probably have eight or nine years left, and they also got rid of all the witches in England. Having been a witch-hunter in her prime, Grandma uses a lead from the Hotel Bournemoth to get the Grand High Witch's address and contact information. Since the boy remembers the mouse-making formula by heart, they decide to go and get rid of the Grand High Witch's replacement, as well as any witches in the castle, using the formula to turn them into mice and cats to eat them. Then they'll use the information in the castle to track down all the witches in the world and wipe them out, one by one.
* AndThenWhat:
** After the Grand High Witch details her plan and asks if there are questions, a witch asks what happens if a grownup rather than a child eats the cursed chocolate. GHW only says it's too bad for the grownup.
** While Grandma and the boy discuss how to get rid of the replacement Grand High Witch and her servants, the boy brings up that a mouse-witch would be more dangerous than a regular witch because they could get anywhere. They decide to fill the castle with cats, keeping the boy-mouse out of harm's way, until all the witches are eaten.
* AngstWhatAngst: In-universe Grandma claims that in Norway parents and families are used to witches and thus don't raise a fuss when a child disappears or transforms. It's averted when she finds out her grandson has changed into a mouse, however; after she hides him and Bruno, she sits in a chair and cries for a few minutes.
* AntagonistTitle
* AuthorAvatar: Possibly the nameless protagonist, given that he shares Dahl's Norwegian ancestry and love for the country (then again, this could just be a classic case of WriteWhoYouKnow).
* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: The Grand High Witch incinerates a witch who dares to question her orders.
* AuthorTract: Doahl hated children's homes that were actually abusive. Hence the witches posing as a children's charity.
* BalefulPolymorph:
** The main character and Bruno are turned into mice.
** In the book, the Grandmother tells the boy about a child who a witch turned into a porpoise. He did seem to enjoy his new form and gave his family rides in the water while they were on vacation, [[DownerEnding but they never saw him again after they went home...]]
** The Grandmother also tells stories about children who get turned into fleas, slugs, hot dogs, pheasants, and (in one case) a chicken.
* BadBoss: The Grand High Witch, she kills so many witches that speak up for the smallest argument, making you wonder why that there are any left.
* BaldOfEvil: The witches
* BaldWomen: The witches, again.
* BigBad: The Grand High Witch.
* BigEater: Bruno Jenkins, who is described as always eating something. Even as a mouse, he's always more interested in whatever food is present.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The Witches typically disguise themselves so that they can trick children into their clutches. The boy at first mistakes them for being part of the Royal Society to Prevent Cruelty to Children and initially hopes they can talk at his school.
* BittersweetEnding: Book only. [[spoiler: The main protagonist must remain a mouse for the rest of his life, since there is no cure for the Grand High Witch's potion. The protagonist's grandmother predicts that, since he is a magical-enhanced mouse-person, his lifespan may be longer than that of an ordinary mouse--perhaps as long as nine years. However, they are comforted that this means they have roughly the same amount of time to live, meaning that they will never be without each other. They also decide to use their remaining years to get rid of all the witches in the world.]]
* [[BizarreAlienBiology Bizarre Witch Biology]]: Seriously, you'd have to wonder what exactly makes these female... ''things'' tick.
* BlackHumor: One of the stories of the protagonist's grandmother tells him involves a boy who was turned to stone. His parents subsequently use him as an umbrella stand.
* BodyHorror: Bruno's transformation and the Grand High Witch's face in both book and film, arguably worse in the latter, as it seems that both the nose and chin were forcibly shoved in order to get the mask to fit.
* BondVillainStupidity: The Grand High Witch releases Bruno and the hero after [[spoiler:she polymorphs him. Justified in that the hotel staff are mortally afraid of mice.]]
* ChekhovsGun:
** The boy's obsession with training his mice for the circus. It allows him to navigate the restaurant kitchen and pour potion into the witches' soup when he is changed into a mouse.
** The bottles of prepared mouse-making formula that the Grand High Witch whipped up for the elderly witches. The boy manages to steal one from her bedroom to put into their soup.
* ChekhovsLecture: The stories that Grandma tells the boy about witches, as well as how to identify them, keep him alive if not human by the end of the book.
* ChildHater:
** As usual, Roald Dahl applies his favorite trope to the villains. And they're an EXTREME example.
** And as usual for a Dahl book, the majority of adults come off this way to at least a mild degree (see: the examples of parents who just sort of go "oh well" when the witches do horrible things to their offspring).
* ComplexityAddiction: The Grand High Witch has this problem. She outlines a detailed plan where all the witches of England will resign from their jobs to open sweet shops, and host grand opening galas where each child who attends will receive a chocolate bar infused with potion. The potion itself requires rare ingredients and an alarm clock set to a particular time, ideally to the time when school starts. This plan requires that the teachers would be stupid enough to not see their students turning into mice, especially when the transformed kids will be able to ''talk'', or that the new mice would fall for mouse traps, something the boy lampshades. The boy manages to change her and the other witches into mice by simply emptying a bottle of one of her prepared formulas into soup for all the witches at dinner.
* CoolOldLady: The grandmother is an awesome and wise former Witch Hunter who [[CigarChomper smokes cigars]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: After one witch exclaims her astonishment at how big the Grand High Witch's plan is, she burns her alive with her eye beams...and threatens to do the same with her other followers.
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:The Grand High Witch and the British witches, child-haters extraordinaire, meet their end at the hands (paws?) of a child they turned into a mouse by being turned into mice and then being killed by adults]].
* DidntThinkThisThrough: The Grand High Witch's plan in spades, to get rid of all the children in England. The boy even lampshades this; after he's changed into a mouse, he can still talk and communicate like a human. GHW assumes that the transformed children will be stupid enough to not cry for help or to go to mousetraps for the cheese. In fact, he's able to undo her plan because not only can he still talk to his grandmother, and they form a plan of counterattack, but also because he still is smart enough to avoid mousetraps.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The witches are a rare evil example -- justified because of the shape of their feet.
* TheDreaded: The Grand High Witch is feared by all. Even the other witches are terrified of her.
* EvilMatriarch: The Grand High Witch of All The World.
* EyeBeams: The Grand High Witch has this power, which she uses to disintegrate (or, as the witches put it, "fry") people. She makes a point of frying at least one witch during every Annual Meeting, to make sure the others don't slack off.
* Fainting: Luke quite understandably collapses when he realises he's hidden in a room full of women who would gladly do horrible things to him if they catch him. He's not wrong.
* FatBastard: Bruno is the requisite mean gluttonous child found so often in Dahl's works. He's not nearly as bad as the Witches themselves, but he does seem to enjoy frying ants with magnifying glasses. This aspect of his personality is toned down considerably in the film, thus making what the witches do to him all the more horrifying.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The witches are fond of inflicting these on unsuspecting children.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: That one witch who got "fried" by the Grand High Witch's EyeBeams. Not to mention the witch who gets turned into a mouse and is ''stepped on'' by the Grand High Witch herself.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The witches. Especially in the way they lure and catch children.
* FemmeFatalons: The witches.
* FisheyeLens: The witches, in closeup, when from a child POV.
* FinalSolution: The Grand High Witch plots the genocide of the children in England.
* ForTheEvulz: We don't know much why all the witches want to kill all children outside the fact that [[DisproportionateRetribution they smell like dog droppings.]]
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: The Witches themselves, as noted in the above DidNotThinkThisThrough example. So they succeed in turning all the children in England into mice. Then what? There's still billions of children all over the world, and the parents in England will still keep having children. Pretty much the only reason they want to kill all children is because...they smell like dog droppings. That's it.
* HumanoidAbomination: Oh yes.
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: There are Witch hunters in the world, who seek to root out and destroy witches wherever they find them, and Luke's grandmother in her younger years [[CoolOldLady was one of the very best]].
* FunetikAksent: It's not said where the Grand High Witch is from but it is implied she's from Norway. She [[VampireVords replaces her Ts with Zs and Ws with Vs]]. It doesn't in any way resemble a Norwegian accent, which is recognizable by more pronounced Rs and replacing Zs with Ss. Her accent resembles German more than anything else.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Ms Irvine who pulls off a HeelFaceTurn wears a blonde wig]].
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Their Own Petard]]: [[spoiler: The witches are all transformed into mice by the very potion that they hoped to use on children, especially the Grand High Witch]]
* InvincibleVillain: In-universe, the hero's grandmother sees the witches this way, mainly due to their leader. Fortunately, they are not, as the Grand High Witch kills them regularly, which makes one wonder why are any left, [[spoiler: and especially when they fall for their scheme]]
* KaleidoscopeEyes: The strange color-changing eyes of the Witches.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: The Grand High Witch is turned into a mouse and is then killed by the hotel staff, something she intended for all adults to do to their children.]]
* KarmaHoudini: According to the narrator, witches never get caught because they use magic to cover their tracks, so they can get away with killing children in disturbing ways [[spoiler: by the books' end, it looks like they'll all get what's coming to them, via mouse transformation soup]]
* KickTheDog: The incineration scene, which happened because the Grand High Witch took lethal exception to one poor witch's reservations about getting rid of ''all'' of the children. BadBoss indeed.
* LatexPerfection: This is how the Grand High Witch disguises her true form. Justified in that it's rather implied that her mask is magical.
* MagicPants: Oddly inverted in the book, as the mouse formula causes the clothes of its victim to disappear early on in the transformation.
* TheNapoleon: In the book the Grand High Witch is described as being shorter than the other witches, even the frail old ones. It's averted in the film, where she comes across as LargeAndInCharge.
* NeverSayDie. ... ''Averted''.
* NiceMice: The little boy gets a pair of mice from his grandmother as a present. Basically {{Foreshadowing}} events to come.
* NoNameGiven: (Book only) Luke and Helga only have names in the movie; in the book the protagonist is nameless and his Grandmother is [[UnnamedParent just Grandma]].
* NoodleIncident: We never learn why Grandma is missing a thumb, though the book implies it involved Witches doing something horribly traumatic to her during her childhood.
* NothingIsScarier:
** The first story Grandma tells, how a little girl named Ranghild disappeared. As her sister tells their mother, a woman with white gloves took Ranghild by the hand, and no one saw either again.
** Part in-universe, part meta-example: We never find out why Grandma is missing a thumb, only that it involved a witch: how else would she know so much about witches? Her grandson's speculation includes such [[NightmareFuel lovely possibilities]] as having it pulled out "like a tooth" or stuck in the spout of a teakettle until it was "steamed away." With this kind of inspiration, the reader's imagination comes up with something far more terrifying than anything that could have been in the story.
** The fact that the Grand High Witch doesn't reveal her hands and feet in the book, implying she's got even more to hide, and going by her [[NightmareFace her worm eaten face]], it's probably even worse.
* ObviouslyEvil: Double subverted with the Grand High Witch. When we initially see her, she has a rather pleasant appearance...then she removes her mask.
* OhCrap: When the little boy realizes that he is hidden in the back of a room with ''every single witch in Britain.''
* OneGenderRace: Witches are all women; Dahl mentions other all-male monster races in the book (ghouls, barghests) but says none of the races are as evil as Witches. However, in ''Literature/TheBFG'', another race -- Giants, all male -- make children in particular their victims.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: They're described more like succubus, only more hideous, with the casual mention of the all male ghouls race. The fact [[spoiler: that they can't detect, let alone reverse the formula of their mouse changing soup]] proves that they aren't nearly as powerful as the narrator's grandmother makes them out to be
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: With the Witches, see above.
* ParentalAbandonment: Luke's parents die by car crash.



* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: In the movie adaptation, when someone is turned into a mouse, they leave their clothes behind. When this happens to Luke, the witches stomp on his clothes in an effort to kill him before he can escape.
** Thoroughly averted in the book, where the clothes are explicitly said to disappear. After all, piles of clothing might lead to questions...

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* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: In the movie adaptation, when someone is turned into a mouse, they leave their clothes behind. When this happens to Luke, the witches stomp on his clothes in an effort to kill him before he can escape.
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Thoroughly averted in the book, where the clothes are explicitly said to disappear. After all, piles of clothing might lead to questions...



* TechMarchesOn: Grandma claims that witches use their spit like ink and lick old-fashioned pen nibs. When the boy eavesdrops on the witches in the hotel, GHW orders them to get out pencils and paper.



* TookALevelInKindness: Bruno Jenkins is most certainly ''not'' a nice boy (let alone the narrator's friend) in the book.
* TransformationTrauma: Bruno's transformation [[BodyHorror is downright horriflying]] and [[spoiler: Grand High Witch turns into a mix of a reptile and rat before completely into a mouse]]


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* UnreliableExpositor: Grandma isn't completely accurate about her witch information; it's justified in that witches are secretive and most of Grandma's information is secondhand, and she's in her eighties with her memory fading. The boy calls her out for saying the five children who disappeared were actually four, since Birgit turned into a chicken and lived with her family for years.
* UnreliableNarrator: Due to his terror, the boy miscounts the witches as two hundred. When Grandma later counts them at dinner, she says there are ninety-eight.
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* Fainting: Luke quite understandably collapses when he realises he's hidden in a room full of women who would gladly do horrible things to him if they catch him. He's not wrong.
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* {{Bowdlerise}}d: See above. Apparently, Dahl hated the ending of the film and stood outside cinemas with a megaphone, telling people not to see the movie. He was in his seventies at the time so he must have really hated it. Especially when you consider that he died later the same year, so he was probably ill at the time. He loved that Anjelica Huston was the Grand High Witch, though.\\
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It's generally accepted in hindsight that you could never have gotten the original ending onto theater screens, which has slightly improved the film's standing. And his daughter is reported to have loved [=DelToro's=] script for the new movie, so there's that.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}d: See above. BondVillainStupidity: The Grand High Witch releases the hero after [[spoiler:she polymorphs him. Justified in that the hotel staff are mortally afraid of mice.]]
* {{Bowdlerise}}:
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Apparently, Dahl hated the ending of the film and stood outside cinemas with a megaphone, telling people not to see the movie. He was in his seventies at the time so he must have really hated it. Especially when you consider that he died later the same year, so he was probably ill at the time. He loved that Anjelica Huston was the Grand High Witch, though.\\
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It's generally accepted in hindsight that you could never have gotten the original ending onto theater screens, which has slightly improved the film's standing. And his daughter is reported to have loved [=DelToro's=] script for the new movie, so there's that.



* ChildHater: As usual, Roald Dahl applies his favorite trope to the villains. And they're an EXTREME example.

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* ChildHater: ChildHater:
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As usual, Roald Dahl applies his favorite trope to the villains. And they're an EXTREME example.



** The Witches don't really care about adults, either. They just don't ''actively'' seek to kill them.



* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:The Grand High Witch and the British witches, child-haters extraordinaire, meet their end at the hands (paws?) of a child they turned into a mouse.]]
** [[spoiler: Of course, the Witches' plot of children being turned into mice and then being killed by adults is what they planned for children, not them]].
* DidntThinkThisThrough: The witches' plan, when you really think about it, has some glaring flaws in it. What about kids who can't eat chocolate or other candy because of health reasons? Or assuming the kids transform right in front of their parents or teachers, do you really think they would still kill them? And the fact that the kid-mice would still be able to talk. Furthermore, right now most adults most likely don't believe in witches, but a grand plan like this would no doubt expose their existance to the general public, and it wouldn't be very difficult for the police to see a pattern and figure out what was causing the transformations. And even if the witches did manage to pull it off, the adults would just give birth to more children. Simply put, the Grand High Witch's plan would only be a temporary solution to a permanent problem. The only way that witches would ever be free of children would be to wipe out the whole human race.
** At least the flaw that kid-mice can still think and talk like humans is pointed out in the book by Luke, who tells his grandmother that no child turned into a mouse would ever be so stupid as to fall for a mousetrap, thus ruining that part of the Grand Witch plan.
** Likewise, the transformation formula is actually a timed release, and is to be set to go off at a time when children are on their way to school (and thus out of parental supervision one way or another). The only reason the transformations we see are immediate is because (and it's mentioned) the massive overdose overpowers the time delay.

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* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:The Grand High Witch and the British witches, child-haters extraordinaire, meet their end at the hands (paws?) of a child they turned into a mouse.]]
** [[spoiler: Of course, the Witches' plot of children
mouse by being turned into mice and then being killed by adults is what they planned for children, not them]].
* DidntThinkThisThrough: The witches' plan, when you really think about it, has some glaring flaws in it. What about kids who can't eat chocolate or other candy because of health reasons? Or assuming the kids transform right in front of their parents or teachers, do you really think they would still kill them? And the fact that the kid-mice would still be able to talk. Furthermore, right now most adults most likely don't believe in witches, but a grand plan like this would no doubt expose their existance to the general public, and it wouldn't be very difficult for the police to see a pattern and figure out what was causing the transformations. And even if the witches did manage to pull it off, the adults would just give birth to more children. Simply put, the Grand High Witch's plan would only be a temporary solution to a permanent problem. The only way that witches would ever be free of children would be to wipe out the whole human race.
** At least the flaw that kid-mice can still think and talk like humans is pointed out in the book by Luke, who tells his grandmother that no child turned into a mouse would ever be so stupid as to fall for a mousetrap, thus ruining that part of the Grand Witch plan.
** Likewise, the transformation formula is actually a timed release, and is to be set to go off at a time when children are on their way to school (and thus out of parental supervision one way or another). The only reason the transformations we see are immediate is because (and it's mentioned) the massive overdose overpowers the time delay.
adults]].



* HeelFaceTurn: Movie only, [[spoiler:the last surviving witch in England inexplicably turns good at the end, and reverses (at least) Luke's mouse transformation.]]
** [[spoiler: Her dissatisfaction with her life as a witch was hinted at throughout the movie, but still it changed the message entirely, as Roald Dahl's outburst showed]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: Movie only, In the movie, [[spoiler:the last surviving witch in England inexplicably turns good at the end, and reverses (at least) Luke's mouse transformation.]]
** [[spoiler: Her dissatisfaction with her life as a witch was hinted at throughout the movie, but still it changed the message entirely, as Roald Dahl's outburst showed]]
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* BondVillainStupidity: The Grand High Witch releases the hero after [[spoiler:she polymorphs him. Justified in that the hotel staff are mortally afraid of mice.]]



* TheNapoleon: In the book the Grand High Witch is described as being shorter than the other witches, even the frail old ones.
** Averted in the film, where she comes across as LargeAndInCharge.

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* TheNapoleon: In the book the Grand High Witch is described as being shorter than the other witches, even the frail old ones. \n** Averted It's averted in the film, where she comes across as LargeAndInCharge.



* NothingIsScarier: Part in-universe, part meta-example: We never find out why Grandma is missing a thumb, only that it involved a witch: how else would she know so much about witches? Her grandson's speculation includes such [[NightmareFuel lovely possibilities]] as having it pulled out "like a tooth" or stuck in the spout of a teakettle until it was "steamed away." With this kind of inspiration, the reader's imagination comes up with something far more terrifying than anything that could have been in the story.

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* NothingIsScarier: NothingIsScarier:
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Part in-universe, part meta-example: We never find out why Grandma is missing a thumb, only that it involved a witch: how else would she know so much about witches? Her grandson's speculation includes such [[NightmareFuel lovely possibilities]] as having it pulled out "like a tooth" or stuck in the spout of a teakettle until it was "steamed away." With this kind of inspiration, the reader's imagination comes up with something far more terrifying than anything that could have been in the story.



** Averted as both are shown in the film, which makes her all the more monstrous.



** Though it probably wouldn't take long for the authorities to understand that the witches had been giving the children transforming sweets, either (see DidntThinkThisThrough)



** Thoroughly averted in the book, where the clothes are explicitly said to disappear. After all, piles of clothing might lead to questions . . .

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** Thoroughly averted in the book, where the clothes are explicitly said to disappear. After all, piles of clothing might lead to questions . . .questions...



* SpaceWhaleAesop: Witches usually kill children by feeding them potions that slowly give them a FateWorseThanDeath. Most examples of witch killings show a kid accepting a gift from a nice old lady. The lesson seems to be "Don't accept stuff from strangers, it might kill you".

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* SpaceWhaleAesop: SpaceWhaleAesop:
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Witches usually kill children by feeding them potions that slowly give them a FateWorseThanDeath. Most examples of witch killings show a kid accepting a gift from a nice old lady. The lesson seems to be "Don't accept stuff from strangers, it might kill you".



** Possibly intentional. A charismatic person delivering gleeful rallying speeches (in a Germanic accent), to her minions about genocide... DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything.
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