History Literature / TheWitches

20th Jan '18 10:01:56 PM 64SuperNintendo
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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 Concierge drown him in the fire bucket. This is never confirmed, but his Grandmother sadly admits that he's probably correct and sympathesies for Bruno.

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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 Concierge drown him in the fire bucket. This is never confirmed, but his Grandmother sadly admits that he's probably correct and sympathesies sympathizes for Bruno.
20th Jan '18 10:01:23 PM 64SuperNintendo
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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.

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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 Concierge drown him in the fire bucket. This is never confirmed, but his Grandmother sadly admits that he's probably correct and sympathesies for Bruno.
20th Jan '18 9:46:39 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* PetTheDog: Meta-example. Roald Dahl hated the movie due to the [[TastesLikeDiabetes changed ending]], but even he could not deny that Angelica Huston's portrayal of the Grand High Witch was flawless.

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* PetTheDog: Meta-example. Roald Dahl hated the movie due to the [[TastesLikeDiabetes changed ending]], but even he could not deny that Angelica Anjelica Huston's portrayal of the Grand High Witch was flawless.
20th Jan '18 9:46:39 PM 64SuperNintendo
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20th Jan '18 9:45:11 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: [[spoiler: Ms Irvine's]] motivation behind her HeelFaceTurn in the movie.

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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: [[spoiler: Ms Ms. Irvine's]] motivation behind her HeelFaceTurn in the movie.



* 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 the Grand High Witch hadn't refused to let Ms 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.]]



* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Ms Irvine who pulls off a HeelFaceTurn wears a blonde wig]].

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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Ms Irvine Ms. Irvine, who pulls off a HeelFaceTurn HeelFaceTurn, wears a blonde wig]].
20th Jan '18 9:44:17 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* NamedByTheAdaptation: See NoNameGiven below. Additionally the Grand High Witch is named Ms Eva Ernst, though it isn't said if this is her real name or just an alias she uses checking into the hotel.

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* NamedByTheAdaptation: See NoNameGiven below. Additionally the Grand High Witch is named Ms Ms. Eva Ernst, though it isn't said if this is her real name or just an alias she uses checking into the hotel.
20th Jan '18 9:40:52 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* AdaptationDyeJob: In the book, all the [[BalefulPolymorph victims]] of "Formula 86" are described to turn into brown mice, but in the film, when Luke and Bruno are turned into mice, their fur stays their original hair color (blonde and dark brown respectively), probably as a means for the viewer to be able to tell the two apart better. [[spoiler: And when the witches [[HoistByHisOwnPetard become victims of the potion themselves]] in the climax of the movie, they all turn into mice with black-and-white fur. All of them except the Grand High Witch, who turns into what appears to be a hairless rat.]]



* AdaptationDyeJob: In the book, all the [[BalefulPolymorph victims]] of "Formula 86" are described to turn into brown mice, but in the film, when Luke and Bruno are turned into mice, their fur stays their original hair color (blonde and dark brown respectively), probably as a means for the viewer to be able to tell the two apart better. [[spoiler: And when the witches [[HoistByHisOwnPetard become victims of the potion themselves]] in the climax of the movie, they all turn into mice with black-and-white fur. All of them except the Grand High Witch, who turns into what appears to be a hairless rat.]]



* FurryConfusion: Addressed. Child-mice can talk. Real mice cannot, as Luke finds out when he encounters his pet mice as a mouse himself.



* FurryConfusion: Addressed. Child-mice can talk. Real mice cannot, as Luke finds out when he encounters his pet mice as a mouse himself.



* 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.



* 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.



* 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.



* 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.



* 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.

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* BlackHumor: BlackComedy: 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.



* 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.



* 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.



* FinalSolution: The Grand High Witch plots the genocide of the children in England.



* FinalSolution: The Grand High Witch plots the genocide of the children in England.



* 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]]



* 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]]



* 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]].



* 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]].



* ToiletHumor: The witches hate children because, to them, children smell like dog droppings. This is more heavily emphasized in the book than in the film, with the witches shouting "Poo!" repeatedly during their meeting.

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* ToiletHumor: ToiletHumour: The witches hate children because, to them, children smell like dog droppings. This is more heavily emphasized in the book than in the film, with the witches shouting "Poo!" repeatedly during their meeting.



* UnsatisfiableCustomer: Bruno's father spends most of his screen time complaining about the hotel's amenities and berating the staff. It doesn't help that he's also a [[ViolentGlaswegian scary Scot]].


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* UnsatisfiableCustomer: Bruno's father spends most of his screen time complaining about the hotel's amenities and berating the staff. It doesn't help that he's also a [[ViolentGlaswegian scary Scot]].
31st Dec '17 1:04:22 PM lakingsif
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The book starts with a introductory chapter on the subject of Witches written in third person (presumably narrated by Dahl himself), but switches to first person for the rest of the story as the tale is taken up by an unnamed boy (called Luke in the film). He tells the story of how, after the death of his parents, he moves in with his Norwegian [[BadassGrandma Grandmother]] who was once a great Witch hunter; she regales him with tales of Witches and their victims and how to tell the difference between a human woman and a Witch. They then are sent, on Doctor's orders, a British seaside holiday, as his Grandmother is too ill to return to Norway.

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The book starts with a introductory chapter on the subject of Witches written in third person (presumably narrated by Dahl himself), but switches to first person for the rest of the story as the tale is taken up by an unnamed boy (called Luke in the film). He tells the story of how, after the death of his parents, he moves in with his Norwegian [[BadassGrandma [[CoolOldLady Grandmother]] who was once a great Witch hunter; she regales him with tales of Witches and their victims and how to tell the difference between a human woman and a Witch. They then are sent, on Doctor's orders, a British seaside holiday, as his Grandmother is too ill to return to Norway.
27th Dec '17 4:49:04 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Witches. [[spoiler:Subverted in the movie, where one does a HeelFaceTurn]].


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* TokenHeroicOrc: [[spoiler:The Grand High Witch's secretary]] becomes this in the end.
23rd Dec '17 2:28:59 PM Jackie-Chaos-Bunny
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** It wasn’t just anyone who crushed that particular witch under their foot; it was ''The Grand High Witch herself'', because she had apparently mistaken her for a child. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain And by doing that, she sealed the fate of herself and every witch in England]].


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** She then proceeded to seal the fate of herself and the others by killing the witch chef who samples the cress soup doped with Formula 86. After being turned into a mouse, the chef runs back into the dining room attempting to warn the others... only to promptly get [[SquashedFlat crushed under The Grand High Witch's foot]] because she had mistaken her for a child.
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