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5th Feb '17 6:57:07 AM Aquila89
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A new TV adaptation began on 11th January 2017 on Creator/{{CBBC}. It will be available for international streaming on Netflix at some point during the year.

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A new TV adaptation began on 11th January 2017 on Creator/{{CBBC}.Creator/{{CBBC}}. It will be available for international streaming on Netflix at some point during the year.
18th Jan '17 12:21:24 PM talltalltree
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** In ''The New Worst Witch'', Belladonna Bindweed's distinguishing physical feature is her waist-length hair.



* TheNthDoctor: In season 2, Ethel Hallow has a "witch over" to explain the actress change from Felicity Jones to Katie Allen.

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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Both TV adaptations avert this by updating the books. The 1998 series has several mentions of computers and the internet (with at least two episodes where they are important to the plot) and Ruby Cherrytree is keen on gadgets. In the 2017 version Mildred has a mobile phone, although once she gets to Cackle's it is confiscated by Miss Hardbroom.
* TheNthDoctor: In season 2, Ethel Hallow has a "witch over" to explain the actress change from Felicity Jones to Katie Katy Allen.



** Deidre Swoop, in her one appearance in the fist TV series, wasn't the nicest of witches -- when she returns as a recurring character in ''Weirdsister College'' she's grown a lot friendlier, and as Cackle's newest teacher in ''The New Word Witch'' she's downright {{Adorkable}}.

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** Deidre Deirdre Swoop, in her one appearance in the fist TV series, wasn't the nicest of witches -- when she returns as a recurring character in ''Weirdsister College'' she's grown a lot friendlier, and as Cackle's newest teacher in ''The New Word Witch'' she's downright {{Adorkable}}.
13th Jan '17 6:55:40 PM scottishdreamergirl
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A new TV adaptation has been announced on Creator/{{CBBC}} for 2017.

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A new TV adaptation has been announced began on Creator/{{CBBC}} 11th January 2017 on Creator/{{CBBC}. It will be available for 2017.
international streaming on Netflix at some point during the year.



* AcademicAlphaBitch: Ethel Hallow, described as "one of those lucky people for whom everything goes right". The TV series upgrades her to a RichBitch, whose family has attended Cackle's for generations.
* AccentuateTheNegative: Used in the last episode of series 2 by the girls to prevent the school from being sold where they claim it's not just small, it's miniscule.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** Maud is frequently described as chubby in the books, to the degree that her parents put her on a diet during the holidays. In the TV series she's played by the slender Emma Brown.

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* AcademicAlphaBitch: Ethel Hallow, described as "one of those lucky people for whom everything goes right". The TV '98 series upgrades her to a RichBitch, whose family has attended Cackle's for generations.
* AccentuateTheNegative: Used in the last episode of series 2 of the '98 series by the girls to prevent the school from being sold where they claim it's not just small, it's miniscule.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
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AdaptationalAttractiveness: Maud is frequently described as chubby in the books, to the degree that her parents put her on a diet during the holidays. In the TV '98 series she's played by the slender Emma Brown.



* AdaptationalBadass: Miss Hardbroom gets shown doing a lot of incredibly powerful magic in the TV series. She's even referred to by Agatha as "the really dangerous one". Miss Cackle herself also gets to immobilise Agatha instantly without needing words.

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* AdaptationalBadass: Miss Hardbroom gets shown doing a lot of incredibly powerful magic in the TV '98 series. She's even referred to by Agatha as "the really dangerous one". Miss Cackle herself also gets to immobilise Agatha instantly without needing words.words.
** This would also appear to be the case for Miss Cackle herself in the 2017 series.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Enid Nightshade went from being blonde in the books to having brown hair in the '98 series. In the earlier television movie, Mildred (black hair) and Maud (blonde) both turned brunette.
* 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 '98 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).
** Sybil Hallow likewise only made one appearance in the books, but got her entire character expanded. In the '98 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.



** Drucilla was just a croney of Ethel's but becomes an IneffectualSympatheticVillain and pulls off a HeelFaceTurn eventually.

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** Drucilla Drusilla was just a croney of Ethel's but becomes an IneffectualSympatheticVillain and pulls off a HeelFaceTurn eventually.



* 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.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Enid Nightshade went from being blonde in the books to having brown hair in the tv series. In the earlier television movie, Mildred (black hair) and Maud (blonde) both turned brunette.
* 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).
** 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.



** Miss Gimlett from season 2. In the books we didn't see all the teachers or all the classes but the TV series makes it clear there are only four in the school. So everyone referencing a Miss Gimlett who just left becomes a plot hole.

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** Miss Gimlett from season 2.2 of the '98 series. In the books we didn't see all the teachers or all the classes but the TV series makes it clear there are only four in the school. So everyone referencing a Miss Gimlett who just left becomes a plot hole.



** The plot from ''A Bad Spell For The Worst Witch'' appears in season 2 of the show. Chief Wizard Hellibore says to Mildred "are you not the girl who ''ruined'' the Halloween celebrations last year!" at the climax. Except season 1 added an original story where Hellibore visited the school with his wizard students. In that episode he didn't question Mildred's identity and ended up being impressed by her at the end - so logically he shouldn't want to exclude her from his master class in season 2.
** Otherwise averted within the same plot. Griselda Blackwood's only appearance in the books is Mildred kidnapping her and tying her up so she can go to the Halloween celebrations in her place. Since the TV series makes Griselda one of Mildred's friends, this role is given to Drucilla instead. It also gives Ethel more motivation to expose Mildred, since she attacked her best friend.

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** The plot from ''A Bad Spell For The Worst Witch'' appears in season 2 of the show.'98 series. Chief Wizard Hellibore says to Mildred "are you not the girl who ''ruined'' the Halloween celebrations last year!" at the climax. Except season 1 added an original story where Hellibore visited the school with his wizard students. In that episode he didn't question Mildred's identity and ended up being impressed by her at the end - so logically he shouldn't want to exclude her from his master class in season 2.
** Otherwise averted within the same plot. Griselda Blackwood's only appearance in the books is Mildred kidnapping her and tying her up so she can go to the Halloween celebrations in her place. Since the TV '98 series makes Griselda one of Mildred's friends, this role is given to Drucilla Drusilla instead. It also gives Ethel more motivation to expose Mildred, since she attacked her best friend.



** Inverted in one case where the books had a PlotHole that the TV series fixed. In the book when Mildred turns Ethel into a pig, Ethel can still talk - and rats her out to Miss Hardbroom. This becomes odd when two books later, Mildred gets turned into a frog and can't communicate with her classmates. In the TV series, Ethel can't talk either when she gets turned into a pig.
** In the second book Mildred gets blamed for a spell Enid cast going awry - and is put on probation. In the book, Enid enchants a pole in the vaulting competition - and Millie ends up flying into Miss Cackle's office. In the TV show, they're on a marathon and Enid tries to teleport Millie to the end of the trek. She goofs and poofs her into Cackle's office and then into the music room. Except here it should be obvious that Mildred ''isn't'' the culprit because Cackle and Hardbroom are there and Mildred disappears without using an incantation - making it clear that she isn't the one casting the spell.
** Another minor one caused from adapting the second book. Maud gets jealous of Mildred having to show Enid around and ends their friendship temporarily. She ends up hanging around with Ethel because she doesn't have any other friends of her own. Except the TV series adds Ruby and Jadu, making Maud's line "well I've got no one else, have I?" rather odd. Indeed for the episodes in question, Jadu and Ruby are inexplicably in the background as if they don't hang out with Maud and Mildred.

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** Inverted in one case where the books had a PlotHole that the TV '98 series fixed. In the book when Mildred turns Ethel into a pig, Ethel can still talk - and rats her out to Miss Hardbroom. This becomes odd when two books later, Mildred gets turned into a frog and can't communicate with her classmates. In the TV series, Ethel can't talk either when she gets turned into a pig.
** In the second book Mildred gets blamed for a spell Enid cast going awry - and is put on probation. In the book, Enid enchants a pole in the vaulting competition - and Millie ends up flying into Miss Cackle's office. In the TV show, '98 series, they're on a marathon and Enid tries to teleport Millie to the end of the trek. She goofs and poofs her into Cackle's office and then into the music room. Except here it should be obvious that Mildred ''isn't'' the culprit because Cackle and Hardbroom are there and Mildred disappears without using an incantation - making it clear that she isn't the one casting the spell.
** Another minor one caused from adapting the second book. Maud gets jealous of Mildred having to show Enid around and ends their friendship temporarily. She ends up hanging around with Ethel because she doesn't have any other friends of her own. Except the TV '98 series adds Ruby and Jadu, making Maud's line "well I've got no one else, have I?" rather odd. Indeed for the episodes in question, Jadu and Ruby are inexplicably in the background as if they don't hang out with Maud and Mildred.Mildred.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: In the original books Miss Bat appears only in the second book and appears to be your average strict teacher. The '98 series has her as a CloudCuckooLander and much more emphatic to the students. Miss Drill is also written as a tough DrillSergeantNasty type of PE teacher in the books but is much more friendly in the '98 series, as well as being rewritten to be mortal (she is implied to be a witch in the books).
* 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.



* AdaptationPersonalityChange: In the original books Miss Bat appears only in the second book and appears to be your average strict teacher. The TV series has her as a CloudCuckooLander and much more emphatic to the students. Miss Drill is also written as a tough DrillSergeantNasty type of PE teacher in the books but is much more friendly in the TV series, as well as being rewritten to be mortal (she is implied to be a witch in the books).



* AscendedExtra: Miss Drill, Drucilla, Fenella, Griselda, Sybil and Clarice all of whom made a grand total of one appearance in the books (although Drucilla got a larger role in the books after the television series) all of whom are expanded into recurring characters in the television series. Also, the character of Deidre Swoop, who made an appearance in one episode of ''The Worst Witch'' and became a recurring character in the two spin-offs. Likewise Pentangle's Academy was only mentioned offhand in one book. Season 3 of the TV series expands Pentangle's into being one of Cackle's biggest rivals.

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* AscendedExtra: Miss Drill, Drucilla, Drusilla, Fenella, Griselda, Sybil and Clarice all of whom made a grand total of one appearance in the books (although Drucilla got a larger role in the books after the television series) all of whom are expanded into recurring characters in the television series. Also, the character of Deidre Swoop, who made an appearance in one episode of ''The Worst Witch'' and became a recurring character in the two spin-offs. Likewise Pentangle's Academy was only mentioned offhand in one book. Season 3 of the TV series expands Pentangle's into being one of Cackle's biggest rivals.



* 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. Mrs Tapioca also vanishes in the middle of Season 2.

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* BookEnds: The Season 3 premiere of the '98 series 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 '98 series, although apparently CITV explained she went to live in Inner Mongolia. Mrs Tapioca also vanishes in the middle of Season 2.



* CanisLatinicus: The show was using this to make spells sound cool before Harry Potter was a gleam in JK's eye. In the books, the spells' words were never actually mentioned.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Happens in-show in season one, episode 11, ''Let Them Eat Cake'':

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* CanisLatinicus: The show was using this to make spells sound cool before Harry Potter was a gleam in JK's eye. In the books, the spells' words were never actually mentioned.
mentioned. It is explained that it is not necessarily needed, but since Cackle's is a traditional type of witch school, it teaches the girls in the tradition way. Which means saying your spells in Latin. The 2017 seems to partly do away with this, with some spells being said in English.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Happens in-show in season one, episode 11, 11 of the '98 series, ''Let Them Eat Cake'':



* CanonForeigner: The TV show adds a lot of characters who weren't in the books. Among the most important are Ruby, Jadu, Mr Blossom (both of them), Charlie, Miss Crotchet and Ethel's youngest sister Mona in ''The New Worst Witch''.
** The 2017 remake gives Ethel an ''older'' sister, Esmee Hallow; also introducing Miss Gull and Mildred's mother.
* CatStereotype: Tabby is the only non-black cat at Cackle's, and the only one not specifically bred as a witch's cat, and it's clear that he's not the ideal familiar for a young witch. It's more apparent in the books than in the TV show (probably because it's easier writing a cat behaving a certain way than it is directing a real cat to do what the script demands), but he's a klutz who can't stay on a broomstick to save his life, and (pretty par-the-course for fictional tabbies) also a dimwitted coward. He ''is'', however (another classic trait for fictional tabbies) very friendly and affectionate, and remains Mildred's faithful companion throughout.

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* CanonForeigner: The TV '98 show adds a lot of characters who weren't in the books. Among the most important are Ruby, Jadu, Mr Blossom (both of them), Charlie, Miss Crotchet and Ethel's youngest sister Mona in ''The New Worst Witch''.
** The 2017 remake gives Ethel an ''older'' sister, Esmee Hallow; Esmeralda Hallow, commonly known as Esme. It also introducing introduces Miss Gull and Mildred's mother.
mother, Julie Hubble.
* CatStereotype: Tabby is the only non-black cat at Cackle's, and the only one not specifically bred as a witch's cat, and it's clear that he's not the ideal familiar for a young witch. It's more apparent in the books than in the TV '98 show (probably because it's easier writing a cat behaving a certain way than it is directing a real cat to do what the script demands), but he's a klutz who can't stay on a broomstick to save his life, and (pretty par-the-course for fictional tabbies) also a dimwitted coward. He ''is'', however (another classic trait for fictional tabbies) very friendly and affectionate, and remains Mildred's faithful companion throughout.



* ClarkKenting: Agatha in the final episode of season 1 who swaps places with Amelia by switching glasses. Justified as they are identical twins. It also doesn't completely work, as the girls notice the sudden odd squint Miss Cackle has suddenly picked up - and she bumps into things.

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* ClarkKenting: Agatha in the final episode of season 1 of the '98 series who swaps places with Amelia by switching glasses. Justified as they are identical twins. It also doesn't completely work, as the girls notice the sudden odd squint Miss Cackle has suddenly picked up - and she bumps into things.



** ''Weirdsister College'' became known as ''Eine Lausige Hexe in Cambridge'' ("The Worst Witch in Cambrige.")
* ContinuityDrift: "Up In The Air" suggests that Charlie is related to Frank through his sister. The ChristmasEpisode says that Frank's brother Ted is Charlie's father.

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** ''Weirdsister College'' became known as ''Eine Lausige Hexe in Cambridge'' ("The Worst Witch in Cambrige.")
")Fitting, as the show itself was ''Eine Lausige Hexe'', which would be ''The Lousy Witch''.
* ContinuityDrift: "Up In The Air" suggests that Charlie is related to Frank through his sister. The ChristmasEpisode says that Frank's brother Ted is Charlie's father. Though considering Charlie's surname was always Blossom, it would appear that the first appearance was the goof, rather than the later episodes.



* DecompositeCharacter: In the books it's mentioned that Miss Cackle doesn't believe in "any new-fangled nonsense" and prides herself on tradition. In the TV series this trait is given to Miss Hardbroom. While Miss Cackle is traditional, she's a lot more open to newer ideas and change.

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* DecompositeCharacter: In the books it's mentioned that Miss Cackle doesn't believe in "any new-fangled nonsense" and prides herself on tradition. In the TV '98 series this trait is given to Miss Hardbroom. While Miss Cackle is traditional, she's a lot more open to newer ideas and change.



* DramaticIrony: A small case but the episode "A Pig in a Poke" where Charlie steals a hat and cloak and pretends to be one of the girls. Just as his uncle asks Miss Drill where he is, she suggests he's probably in the library...right as she is directing Charlie unknowingly into the hall with the rest of the girls.

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* DramaticIrony: A small case but the episode "A Pig in a Poke" where Charlie steals a hat and cloak and pretends to be one of the girls. Just as his uncle asks Miss Drill where he is, she suggests he's probably in the library... right as she is directing Charlie unknowingly into the hall with the rest of the girls.



* 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.

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* 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 '98 series corrected this by having Ethel unable to speak when she was turned into a pig.



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

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



* FaceHeelTurn: Maud in "The Worst Witch Strikes Again". Carried over into the TV series in two episodes.

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* FaceHeelTurn: Maud in "The Worst Witch Strikes Again". Carried over into the TV '98 series in two episodes.



** A dog is seem more frequently in ''The New Worst Witch'' as due to a trick played by mean girl, Belladonna Bindweed, Hettie ends up with one instead of a cat. She's quite happy about it, preferring dogs, and names the dog Kitty. Miss Cackle is very amused at the idea of a witch having a dog, and Hettie is allowed to keep the pup instead of being made to get a cat. Kitty is not ever seem accompanying Hettie on her broom, however, so maybe there was a point about that.



* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Dyllis Mustardseed in ''The New Worst Witch'' is a sympathetic version of the trope. She's really just a lonely girl who [[IJustWantToHaveFriends just wants friends]] but remains the most unpopular student at Cackle's... perhaps because she keeps trying to get into Belladonna Bindweed's good grades and often follows her around like a lovesick puppy.
* GeniusDitz: Mildred Hubble. Although clumsy and scatterbrained, she almost invariably has the ideas that save the day.

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** Though arguably this could be a case of magic cannot be used to solve all your problems, a lesson which Mildred often learns in the books and the adaptations. We're also told that things like magical food are not as filling, so it could be a case that a magical repair would not have been as effective as repairing the instrument the traditional way.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Dyllis Mustardseed in ''The New Worst Witch'' is a sympathetic version of the trope. She's really just a lonely girl who [[IJustWantToHaveFriends just wants friends]] but remains the most unpopular student at Cackle's... perhaps because she keeps trying to get into Belladonna Bindweed's good grades and often follows her around like a lovesick puppy.
puppy.
* GeniusDitz: Mildred Hubble. Although clumsy and scatterbrained, she almost invariably has the ideas that save the day. Though there is contention on whether is more BrilliantButLazy. See AlternateCharacterInterpretation.



* HeelFaceTurn: Drucilla toward the end of season 3 of the television series
* HeroesWantRedheads: Played straight and averted, all with Mildred. She's liked by at least four boys in the original series - Merlin Langstaff, Barry Dragonsbane, Garry Grailsquest, and Charlie Blossom - when she is a brunette. In the spin off, ''Weirdsister College'' this trope is played straight, with Ben Stemson and Nick Hobbes (though the latter isn't really a 'hero')
* HugeSchoolgirl: Enid Nightshade in the book series was described as very large and shy, though really she had a secret evil (ish) spark that she used her size and relative newness to the school to disguise, much to Worst Witch Mildred's chagrin. In the live action series, however, Enid was played be a very small (and more visibly spunky) actress.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Drucilla Drusilla toward the end of season 3 of the television '98 series
* HeroesWantRedheads: Played straight and averted, all with Mildred. She's liked by at least four boys in the original series - Merlin Langstaff, Barry Dragonsbane, Garry Grailsquest, and Charlie Blossom - when she is a brunette. In the spin off, ''Weirdsister College'' this trope is played straight, with Ben Stemson and Nick Hobbes (though the latter isn't really a 'hero')
'hero'. Byronic Hero, perhaps, but not a traditional hero.)
* HugeSchoolgirl: Enid Nightshade in the book series was described as very large and shy, though really she had a secret evil (ish) spark that she used her size and relative newness to the school to disguise, much to Worst Witch Mildred's chagrin. In the live action '98 series, however, Enid was played be a very small (and more visibly spunky) actress.


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** To further complicate this: the 2017 series - in which Jill Murphy was involved in the production - confirms the spelling as "Dru'''s'''illa", and that is the more common spelling in the UK where the books and shows are set.
10th Jan '17 3:12:46 PM talltalltree
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* CanonForeigner: The TV show adds a lot of characters who weren't in the books. Among the most important are Ruby, Jadu, Mr Blossom (both of them), Charlie, Miss Crotchet and both Ethel's younger sisters (Sybill from the second season onwards and Mona in ''The New Worst Witch'').

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* CanonForeigner: The TV show adds a lot of characters who weren't in the books. Among the most important are Ruby, Jadu, Mr Blossom (both of them), Charlie, Miss Crotchet and both Ethel's younger sisters (Sybill from the second season onwards and youngest sister Mona in ''The New Worst Witch'').Witch''.
** The 2017 remake gives Ethel an ''older'' sister, Esmee Hallow; also introducing Miss Gull and Mildred's mother.



* OneSteveLimit: Belladonna Bindweed is the antagonist in ''The New Worst Witch''. Bindweed was also the last name of one of Agatha Cackle's associates.

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* OneSteveLimit: Belladonna Bindweed is the antagonist in ''The New Worst Witch''. Bindweed was also the last name of one of Agatha Cackle's associates. Justified in that she is made out to be Belladonna's grandmother.
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A new TV adaptation has been announced on Creator/{{CBBC}} for 2017.
1st Dec '16 7:52:48 AM Saveelich
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Incidentally, the movie features a young Creator/FairuzaBalk as Mildred, with 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.

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Incidentally, the movie features a young Creator/FairuzaBalk as Mildred, with 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 Creator/FelicityJones as Ethel Hallow in the first season.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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