History Literature / TheWorstWitch

17th Aug '16 12:02:30 PM Saveelich
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Incidentally, the movie features a young Creator/FairuzaBalk as Mildred, with [[Series/TheAvengers Diana Rigg]] as Miss Hardbroom, Charlotte Rae as Miss Cackle and her EvilTwin, and Creator/TimCurry as a positively-creepy Grand Wizard. The TV series features a young Felicity Jones as Ethel Hallow in the first season.

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Incidentally, the movie features a young Creator/FairuzaBalk as Mildred, with [[Series/TheAvengers Diana Rigg]] Creator/DianaRigg as Miss Hardbroom, Charlotte Rae as Miss Cackle and her EvilTwin, and Creator/TimCurry as a positively-creepy Grand Wizard. The TV series features a young Felicity Jones as Ethel Hallow in the first season.
17th Aug '16 9:48:47 AM fearlessnikki
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Incidentally, the movie features a young Creator/FairuzaBalk as Mildred, with [[Series/TheAvengers Diana Rigg]] as Miss Hardbroom, Charlotte Rae as Miss Cackle and her EvilTwin, and Creator/TimCurry as a positively-creepy Grand Wizard.

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Incidentally, the movie features a young Creator/FairuzaBalk as Mildred, with [[Series/TheAvengers Diana Rigg]] as Miss Hardbroom, Charlotte Rae as Miss Cackle and her EvilTwin, and Creator/TimCurry as a positively-creepy Grand Wizard.
Wizard. The TV series features a young Felicity Jones as Ethel Hallow in the first season.



* AlwaysFemale: Per the canon, witches are always female. Wizards are male. Charlie briefly entertains the idea of joining Cackle's as a student, and they find a clause in the school charter that would allow for a male to enrol.



* BewitchedAmphibians: Among many other transformations. Turning someone into a frog seems to be the most popular.

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* BewitchedAmphibians: Among many other transformations. Turning someone BewitchedAmphibians:
** Jadu complains that she hasn't turned anyone
into a frog seems yet in a letter home.
** Ethel dares Mildred
to be turn her into one, but due to a mix-up, Millie turns her into a pig instead.
** Agatha Cackle's evil plan is to turn
the most popular.whole school into frogs.
** Ethel also turns Mildred into one in retaliation for scaring her sister. Through the experience, Mildred discovers that the frog in the school pond is a bewitched wizard.



* BrotherChuck: No explanation is given (on-screen) as to where Miss Bat went after season 2 of the television series, although apparently CITV explained she went to live in Inner Mongolia.

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* BrotherChuck: No explanation is given (on-screen) as to where Miss Bat went after season 2 of the television series, although apparently CITV explained she went to live in Inner Mongolia. Mrs Tapioca also vanishes in the middle of Season 2.



** Drucilla shows she does have her own Achilles Heel when she's confronted with a lizard.



* MarsVenusGenderContrast: Discussed in the 'Witch vs Wizard' debate in "Sweet Talking Guys".



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After Mildred proves her talents for art and drawing, Maud becomes jealous and feels overshadowed. She eventually tells Mildred that she feels stupid next to her, in response to which Mildred angrily destroys her own work, saying she wouldn't want Maud to feel like a fool for anything, and storms off to her room. In a likely {{TearJerker}} moment, Maud realises what a jerk she has been, and breaks down in tears for the first and only time in the series.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
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After Mildred proves her talents for art and drawing, Maud becomes jealous and feels overshadowed. She eventually tells Mildred that she feels stupid next to her, in response to which Mildred angrily destroys her own work, saying she wouldn't want Maud to feel like a fool for anything, and storms off to her room. In a likely {{TearJerker}} moment, Maud realises what a jerk she has been, and breaks down in tears for the first and only time in the series.series.
** Earlier in the TV series, Maud ignores Mildred after she crashes into the Grand Wizard. In contrast to the books - where Maud doesn't make up with Mildred until after she's saved the school from danger - she regrets it instantly and goes into Millie's room to apologise. Of course Millie has already run away at this point, but it's the thought that counts.



** When Mildred and Jadu were about to be expelled for creating a clandestine newspaper and organizing a secret student meeting instigating the rebelliousness of the whole school, Maud, Ruby, Enid and Drucilla tried to help their friends go back to Cackle's graces by invoking an unicorn that turns out to be Morgana, the evil witch from The Sleeping Beauty. The woman ends up mistaking Mildred for a princess and Miss Hardbroom for one of the Fairy Godmothers (The others being Miss Crotchet and Miss Drill).
* PlotHole: The TwoTeacherSchool element creates this sometimes. Notably in "The Great Outdoors", Ruby and other students are on a bird-watching trip for half term. It's implied that Miss Cackle and Miss Bat supervise them - as Miss Drill and Miss Hardbroom chaperone Mildred's trip. But in the next episode "The Heat Is On", Ruby and the other girls are still on their trip - but Miss Cackle and Miss Bat are at the school. So that begs the question of which teacher is supervising these girls.

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** When Mildred and Jadu were about to be expelled for creating a clandestine newspaper and organizing a secret student meeting instigating the rebelliousness of the whole school, Maud, Ruby, Enid and Drucilla tried to help their friends go back to Cackle's graces by invoking an unicorn that turns out to be Morgana, the evil witch from The Sleeping Beauty. The woman ends up mistaking Mildred for a princess and Miss Hardbroom for one of the Fairy Godmothers (The others being Miss Crotchet and Miss Drill).
* PlotHole: The TwoTeacherSchool element creates this sometimes. Notably in "The Great Outdoors", Ruby and other students are on a bird-watching trip for half term. It's implied that Miss Cackle and Miss Bat supervise them - as Miss Drill and Miss Hardbroom chaperone Mildred's trip. But in the next episode "The Heat Is On", Ruby and the other girls are still on their trip - but Miss Cackle and Miss Bat are at the school. So that begs the question of which teacher is supervising these girls. There are also numerous other scenes of one teacher taking Mildred's classes, but the others walking around the school or in the staff room - begging the question of who was taking classes for the other years.
4th May '16 8:17:46 AM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationalVillainy: Ethel in just one case - when it comes to pushing the boat out to sea. In the book, Mildred has said she was considering using it to find the lost treasure, and Ethel pushes it out to stop her from doing so. She didn't know Tabby was on board. In the TV show, she and Drucilla push the boat out because Tabby is on board.



* BrotherChuck: No explanation is given (on-screen) as to where Miss Bat went after season 2 of the television series, although apparently CITV explained she went to live in Inner Mongolia
** Arguably the students featured in ''The New Worst Witch'', which introduced a whole new cast of characters - including a previously unmentioned cousin of Mildred, and another sister for Ethel and Sybil - for no purpose other than returning to the magic (high) school format.

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* BookEnds: The Season 3 premiere opens and ends with the girls dancing to the same song. In the opening, they unsuccessfully try to get Miss Drill to join in. At the end, she does.
* BrotherChuck: No explanation is given (on-screen) as to where Miss Bat went after season 2 of the television series, although apparently CITV explained she went to live in Inner Mongolia
** Arguably the students featured in ''The New Worst Witch'', which introduced a whole new cast of characters - including a previously unmentioned cousin of Mildred, and another sister for Ethel and Sybil - for no purpose other than returning to the magic (high) school format.
Mongolia.



* CaliforniaDoubling: As this was a joint UK-Canada production, a few episodes were filmed in Canada. These usually take place outside the school, explained away as special trips for Mildred and friends. They're all still implied to take place in the UK though.



* CousinOliver: Arguably the students featured in ''The New Worst Witch'', which introduced a whole new cast of characters - including a previously unmentioned cousin of Mildred, and another sister for Ethel and Sybil - for no purpose other than returning to the magic (high) school format.



* DeadpanSnarker: Miss Hardbroom, big time.
** Drusilla's grumpy personality makes her a prime example. Ethel also has her moments, but is generally more of a {{Smug Snake}}.

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* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
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Miss Hardbroom, big time.
** Drusilla's Drucilla's grumpy personality makes her a prime example. Ethel also has her moments, but is generally more of a {{Smug Snake}}.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Drusilla has a number of moments when she disagrees with Ethel over her nasty tricks. These include expressing doubts about cheating in the summer drink project and being downright shocked at the idea of Ethel turning Mildred into a statue for no less than a few weeks, all for the purpose of winning an art competition.

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* DullSurprise: Jadu is notable for her monotonous and robotic way of speaking.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first book, Mildred turns Ethel into a pig and she's still able to talk. Two books later when Mildred is turned into a frog, she can't speak at all. It implies that all bewitched animals can't speak. As noted above, the TV series corrected this by having Ethel unable to speak when she was turned into a pig.
* EekAMouse:
** Invoked by Rowan-Webb during a wizards' duel. Hellibore turns Ethel into a goose girl and he counters by turning himself into a mouse to scare her.
** Ruby and the other girls have a fit at the sight of a beetle in Ruby's bed. Drucilla is the exception.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Drusilla Drucilla has a number of moments when she disagrees with Ethel over her nasty tricks. These include expressing doubts about cheating in the summer drink project and being downright shocked at the idea of Ethel turning Mildred into a statue for no less than a few weeks, all for the purpose of winning an art competition.



* FemaleFelineMaleMutt: Implied. Witches are said to be AlwaysFemale and it's tradition for them to be given cats. The only time a dog is seen in the TV series is when they turn a man into one.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Miss Hardbroom. Although a [[SternTeacher Stern]], bordrerline SadistTeacher, she ''does'' care for the well-being of her students, she just doesn't get why they can't simply be quiet and do as they're told.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
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Miss Hardbroom. Although a [[SternTeacher Stern]], bordrerline borderline SadistTeacher, she ''does'' care for the well-being of her students, she just doesn't get why they can't simply be quiet and do as they're told.



** Drusilla, despite being a nasty bully for most of the series, has a compassionate side and teams up with Mildred and her friends several times during the series.

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** Drusilla, Drucilla, despite being a nasty bully for most of the series, has a compassionate side and teams up with Mildred and her friends several times during the series.


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* SiblingYinYang: Ethel is a confident, snobby over-achiever. Her sister Sybil is clumsy, nice and timid.


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* TrademarkFavouriteFood:
** Miss Cackle's is cheese. The password to her safe is actually 'cauliflower cheese', to the girls' surprise.
** Mildred frequently says pizza is her favourite in the second episode, and is delighted that they get to have it on Saturdays.
** Maud's appears to be chocolate.
19th Mar '16 2:32:15 PM LordGro
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* TheWeirdSisters: In the HalloweenEpisode of the TV series HalloweenEpisode, Mildred runs into a trio of true {{Wicked Witch}}es.

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* TheWeirdSisters: In the HalloweenEpisode of the TV series HalloweenEpisode, series, Mildred runs into a trio of true {{Wicked Witch}}es.
19th Mar '16 2:30:58 PM LordGro
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* TheWeirdSisters: In the HalloweenEpisode of the TV series HalloweenEpisode, Mildred runs into a trio of true {{Wicked Witch}}es.
16th Mar '16 4:05:53 AM fearlessnikki
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* ItsPronouncedTroPay: Charlie pronounces the word 'duccio' in a reversal spell wrong. He pronounces it 'duck-ee-oh' (and Ethel is turned into a duck by accident) when it should be 'dooch-ee-oh'.



* LargeHam: Tim Curry as the Grand Wizard in the movie.

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* LargeHam: LargeHam:
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Tim Curry as the Grand Wizard in the movie.



** Miss Drill when she gets witch powers to become Hilary Hemlock.



* NoPronunciationGuide: Books only. Clarice's name is pronounced 'clarris' rather than 'cla-reece'.



* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The magic lamp Sybil creates. After she wishes for unlimited wishes, it draws energy from everything else in order to sustain all the wishes.

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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: The magic lamp Sybil creates. After she wishes for unlimited wishes, it draws energy from everything else in order to sustain all the wishes. Once it's run out of inanimate objects, it starts draining energy from the teachers and students.



* SisterBecky: The live action adapations saw three such changes.
** The first one saw Felicity Jones replaced as Ethel Hallow by Katy Allen for seasons two and three, which was [[{{Lampshaded}} explained away]] away as a "witchover." Jones later returned for the role in the fourth season (Weirdsister College).
** Fenella Feverfew was played by Julia Malewski for the first season and Emily Stride for the third.
** The character of Miss Hardbroom was also played by two different actresses: Kate Duchene in the first three seasons, and Caroline O'Neill in ''The New Worst Witch''.
** In fact, only Georgina Sherrington (Mildred) and Stephanie Lane (Deidre Swoop) have appeared in all three incarnations of the show.



* TookALevelInKindness: Ethel, kind of, in ''Weirdsister College.'' She's still haughty and stuck-up, but has become less actively antagonistic towards Mildred.

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* TookALevelInKindness: TookALevelInKindness:
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Ethel, kind of, in ''Weirdsister College.'' She's still haughty and stuck-up, but has become less actively antagonistic towards Mildred.



* [[TokenMinority Token Minorities]]: Ruby, a Token Black, and Jadu, a Token Asian in the tv series.
** Azmat Madari in ''Weirdsister College'' would also count.

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* [[TokenMinority Token Minorities]]: Ruby, a Token Black, and Jadu, a Token Asian in the tv series.
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series. Azmat Madari in ''Weirdsister College'' would also count.



* TroubledButCute: Hobbes in ''Weirdsister College.'' There's no doubting that he isn't an entirely pleasant person, but as the last episode reveals, he was bullied some point prior to coming to the college, and it could be argued much of his behaviour stems from that.

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* TroubledButCute: TroubledButCute:
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Hobbes in ''Weirdsister College.'' There's no doubting that he isn't an entirely pleasant person, but as the last episode reveals, he was bullied some point prior to coming to the college, and it could be argued much of his behaviour stems from that.
20th Feb '16 5:07:48 PM caffeinatedkate
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** The TV movie changes the Grand Wizard from a Professor Dumbledore type of very old man with long white hair and beard to, well..., Tim Curry and Miss Hardbroom, who is supposed to be plain, is Diana Rigg.
15th Feb '16 3:01:16 PM ObsidianFire
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* GenreSavvy: Miss Crotchet gains this towards the end of season 3. In ''The Unfairground'', she says that even though she has only been at the school for a year, she knows how arguments go between the teachers. Miss Hardbroom will argue for a change in the treatment of the pupils, Miss Drill will argue in favour of the pupils, she will say something and get ignored, then Miss Cackle will enter the argument and everything will revert to status quo.
** However, things don't pan out like that in that episode.
29th Jan '16 11:48:54 AM fruitstripegum
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* PoweredByAForesakenChild: The magic lamp Sybil creates. After she wishes for unlimited wishes, it draws energy from everything else in order to sustain all the wishes.

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* PoweredByAForesakenChild: PoweredByAForsakenChild: The magic lamp Sybil creates. After she wishes for unlimited wishes, it draws energy from everything else in order to sustain all the wishes.
1st Dec '15 9:38:27 AM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationExpansion: The series has gone through this several times over. The TV movie padded itself with sequences including a "scaring contest" and an early sequence with Punk Charlotte Rae, and the later series would pad the same adaptation by using the "Ethel's a pig" sequence as the basis for an entire episode (introducing a whole new character in Mr Blossom's nephew Charlie), while adding in a climactic chase through the school grounds. It's otherwise managed to incorporate adaptations of the next three books pretty much as-is (although ''The Worst Witch Strikes Again'' was made into two separate episodes).

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* AdaptationExpansion: AdaptationExpansion:
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The series has gone through this several times over. The TV movie padded itself with sequences including a "scaring contest" and an early sequence with Punk Charlotte Rae, and the later series would pad the same adaptation by using the "Ethel's a pig" sequence as the basis for an entire episode (introducing a whole new character in Mr Blossom's nephew Charlie), while adding in a climactic chase through the school grounds. It's otherwise managed to incorporate adaptations of the next three books pretty much as-is (although ''The Worst Witch Strikes Again'' was made into two separate episodes).episodes).
** Sybil Hallow likewise only made one appearance in the books, but got her entire character expanded. In the TV series she's viewed as Ethel's AnnoyingYoungerSibling and deeply resents her older sister's bullying ways - looking up to Mildred instead. She's also portrayed as more like Mildred; nervous and accident prone, further putting her in contrast to her confident older sister.
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