History Literature / TheWitches

14th Sep '16 6:42:03 PM Wanderwolf
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** 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.
11th Sep '16 10:35:14 AM mlsmithca
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The US release of the film has your typical happy kids movie ending:
[[spoiler: A Witch who had been forced to stay upstairs during the "RSPCC" dinner and thus escaped the massacre, does a HeelFaceTurn and turns Luke back into a boy, who reminds her to change Bruno back, too. She also seems to become more human, getting real hair and normal fingers, which delights her as throughout the film it was hinted she was dissatisfied with her life as a witch. And she's even played by Jane Horrocks, who is universally nice]].

The book has an altogether more [[BittersweetEnding melancholy ending]], which the European release of the Henson-produced film had:
[[spoiler: The boy asks his Grandmother how long mice live, she tells him only about three years but that she estimates he being a magical mouse might have about nine. He accepts this with astounding dignity for a seven year old and says he wouldn't want to outlive his Grandmother anyway. The two then decide to spend the rest of their time hunting and killing witches. It's also speculated that Bruno Jenkins' parents may decide to kill him, by drowning him in a bucket no less]].



There have been announced plans for Guillermo Del Toro to make a stop-motion remake, presumably (given Del Toro's other work -- remember ''PansLabyrinth''?) with the book's more bittersweet ending intact.

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There have been announced plans for Guillermo Del Toro to make a stop-motion remake, presumably (given Del Toro's other work -- remember ''PansLabyrinth''?) ''Film/PansLabyrinth''?) with the book's more bittersweet ending intact.
7th Aug '16 7:53:06 AM ArtiscaIIy
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* ObviouslyEvil: Double subverted with the GrandHighWitch. When we initially see her, she has a rather pleasant appearance...then she removes her mask.

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* ObviouslyEvil: Double subverted with the GrandHighWitch.Grand High Witch. When we initially see her, she has a rather pleasant appearance...then she removes her mask.
1st Aug '16 12:07:36 PM cpslck
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* HumanoidAbomination: Oh yes.


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* 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".
** Witches detect children by scent and dirt and grime covers up the smell. So don't shower or wash because witches will get you.


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* VillainBall: The Witches seem married to this. Between killing off a steadily dwindling speeches to killing kids in highly unusual and public ways, it's surprising that they're still alive.
17th Jul '16 11:25:01 AM BobTanaka
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* 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.
2nd Jul '16 2:32:08 PM Cheapsunglasses
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* ParentalAbandonment: Luke's parents die by car crash

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* ParentalAbandonment: Luke's parents die by car crashcrash.
* 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.
26th May '16 2:23:10 AM Chrispang
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The book starts with a introductory chapter on the subject of Witches written in third person, 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 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.

It is at a seaside hotel that Luke is trapped at the annual British Witch meeting and meets the hideous (but disguised) Grand High Witch. It is at this meeting he and another boy (Bruno Jenkins) are turned into talking mice. After escaping and returning to his Grandmother they hatch a plan to kill all the Witches in England and the Grand High Witch. With great courage he manages to spike the soup the Witches are eating (having posed as the phony child protection agency the RSPCC, and getting special treatment from the Hotel) with their own mouse potion which leads to them being killed (in the form of mice, obviously) by the Hotel Staff.

Afterwards, Luke and his grandmother find and steal a magical device that allowed the witches to print unlimited currency, the recipe to the mouse potion and a possible lead to the locations of every known witch, granting them a powerful weapon to use against them.

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The book starts with a introductory chapter on the subject of Witches written in third person, 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 parents, he moves in with his Norwegian Grandmother [[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.

It is at a seaside hotel that Luke is trapped at the annual British Witch meeting and meets the hideous (but disguised) [[BigBad Grand High Witch.Witch]]. It is at this meeting he and another boy (Bruno Jenkins) are turned into talking mice. After escaping and returning to his Grandmother they hatch a plan to kill all the Witches in England and the Grand High Witch. With great courage he manages to spike the soup the Witches are eating (having posed as the phony child protection agency the RSPCC, and getting special treatment from the Hotel) with their own mouse potion which leads to them being killed (in the form of mice, obviously) by the Hotel Staff.

Afterwards, Luke and his grandmother find and steal a magical device that allowed the witches to print unlimited currency, currency (said to be a modified money press), the recipe to the mouse potion and a possible lead to the locations of every known witch, granting them a powerful weapon to use against them.
18th Mar '16 3:29:35 PM dieseldragons
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* [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]]: The Grand High Witch.
18th Mar '16 3:28:44 PM dieseldragons
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* [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]]: The Grand High Witch.
12th Mar '16 6:10:32 PM Aurelian
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* 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]].

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* 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]].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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