History Literature / TheWitches

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.]]
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]].
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