History Literature / TheWitches

4th Apr '17 10:20:24 AM OlfinBedwere
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* MagicPants: Completely averted in the 1990 film. [[spoiler:They even showed Luke naked when he gets turned back to human form.]]

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** Oddly inverted in the book, as the mouse formula causes the clothes of its victim to disappear early on in the transformation.
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Completely averted in the 1990 film. [[spoiler:They even showed Luke naked when he gets turned back to human form.]]
31st Jan '17 11:58:54 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CoolOldLady: The grandmother is an awesome and wise former Witch Hunter who smokes cigars.

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* CoolOldLady: The grandmother is an awesome and wise former Witch Hunter who [[CigarChomper smokes cigars.cigars]].
1st Jan '17 12:58:03 PM Anderling
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** [[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]].

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** [[spoiler: Seemingly In the movie, [[spoiler:seemingly played straight, only to be subverted when Ms. Irvine turns Luke back to a boy]].boy. [[TastesLikeDiabetes Roald Dahl did not take this well]].]]
18th Dec '16 9:03:07 AM Aurelian
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* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: The Grand High Witch incinerates a witch who dares to question her orders.
19th Oct '16 12:18:58 AM CJCroen1393
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* TheDreaded: The Grand High Witch is feared by all. Even the other witches are terrified of her.
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.
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