History Literature / TheWitches

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.]]
12th Mar '16 5:52:24 PM Aurelian
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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 ScaryScot.

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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 ScaryScot.[[ViolentGlaswegian scary Scot]].
12th Mar '16 5:45:55 PM Aurelian
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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 ScaryScot.
6th Mar '16 7:17:33 AM Aurelian
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* CrossCastRole: Many of the background witches at the 'RSPCC' meeting are played by bald male actors.
2nd Mar '16 1:00:48 PM dieseldragons
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* 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]].
23rd Jan '16 3:46:18 PM spirasen
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** Possibly intentional. A charismatic person delivering gleeful rallying speeches (in a Germanic accent) to her minions about genocide... DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Grand High Witch of All The World is thought by most humans to be a kind woman who gives lots of money to charity. In truth, she's anything but.
* WickedWitch: For the most part, although they are quite [[OurMonstersAreDifferent different]] as far as witches go.
* WitchSpecies: In the book, they're specifically called a group of all female demons.
* WouldHurtAChild: Each witch makes it their personal hobby to hex a child once every week. The Grand High Witch herself takes it to another level.
* YouHaveFailedMe: At every annual meeting of the witches, the Grand High Witch makes a point of subjecting one witch to "getting fried" (being incinerated with eye beams) so that the rest stay on their nonexistent toes. [[FridgeLogic Since we're never told how more witches come about, it's amazing any are left.]] ([[LampshadeHanging The main character himself wonders this.]])

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** Possibly intentional. A charismatic person delivering gleeful rallying speeches (in a Germanic accent) accent), to her minions about genocide... DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Grand High Witch of All The World is thought by most humans humans, to be a kind woman who gives lots of money to charity. In truth, she's anything but.
* WickedWitch: For the most part, although they are quite [[OurMonstersAreDifferent different]] different,]] as far as witches go.
* WitchSpecies: In the book, they're specifically called called, a group of all female demons.
* WouldHurtAChild: Each witch makes it their personal hobby hobby, to hex a child once every week. The Grand High Witch herself takes it to another level.
* YouHaveFailedMe: At every annual meeting of the witches, the Grand High Witch makes a point of subjecting one witch to "getting fried" (being incinerated with eye beams) beams), so that the rest stay on their nonexistent toes. [[FridgeLogic Since we're never told how more witches come about, it's amazing any are left.]] ([[LampshadeHanging The main character himself wonders this.]])

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7th Jan '16 5:23:40 AM Maniago
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* 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, 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.

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* 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.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.
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