History Literature / TheWorstWitch

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.
8th Oct '15 6:07:16 AM fearlessnikki
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# ''The Worst Witch All at Sea''

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# ''The Worst Witch All at Sea''Sea''[[note]]The last book to be published before the TV series had aired. The next book was not published until 2005, long after the series had finished.[[/note]]



* 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.
** Miss Drill is a hard-faced BrawnHilda in the books, but played by the young and kinder looking Claire Porter.
** Algernon Rowan Webb is considerably less old and haggard in the TV series than he was in the books.



* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: 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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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: AdaptationInducedPlotHole:
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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.



* {{Adorkable}}: Miss Drill dancing at the end of the season 3 premiere.

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* {{Adorkable}}: {{Adorkable}}:
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Miss Drill dancing at the end of the season 3 premiere.



* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The first spin-off, ''Weirdsister College'', gives us recurring male characters, one of whom is the dark and mysterious Nick Hobbes, who both Millie and Ethel both get a crush on.
** In Millie's case, this turns to SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan as she does end up going for that nice boy at the cafe, Ben.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The first spin-off, ''Weirdsister College'', gives us recurring male characters, one of whom is the dark and mysterious Nick Hobbes, who both Millie and Ethel both get a crush on.
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on. In Millie's case, this turns to SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan as she does end up going for that nice boy at the cafe, Ben.



* 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.

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* 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.



* BewitchedAmphibians: Among many other transformations.

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



* CanisLatinicus: The show was using this to make spells sound cool before Harry Potter was a gleam in JK's eye

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* CanisLatinicus: The show was using this to make spells sound cool before Harry Potter was a gleam in JK's eyeeye. In the books, the spells' words were never actually mentioned.



* LettingHerHairDown: Tradition for the Halloween celebrations - all the girls and teachers have their hair down (Miss Cackle is the only one who wears it down normally since it's too short to tie up). It's the only time of year the girls spot Miss Hardbroom without her PrimAndProperBun.

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* LettingHerHairDown: LettingHerHairDown:
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Tradition for the Halloween celebrations - all the girls and teachers have their hair down (Miss Cackle is the only one who wears it down normally since it's too short to tie up). It's the only time of year the girls spot Miss Hardbroom without her PrimAndProperBun.



* NamedByTheAdaptation: In the books, Maud's last name wasn't revealed until ''The Worst Witch All at Sea'' where she is called Maud Spellbody. The TV series gave her the last name "Moonshine". Drucilla was also given the last name "Paddock". The teachers' first names weren't revealed in the books but the TV series says Miss Cackle is Amelia, Miss Hardbroom is Constance, Miss Bat is Davina and Miss Drill is Imogen.

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* NamedByTheAdaptation: NamedByTheAdaptation:
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In the books, Maud's last name wasn't revealed until ''The Worst Witch All at Sea'' where she is called Maud Spellbody. The TV series gave her the last name "Moonshine". Drucilla was also given the last name "Paddock"."Paddock", and that became her name in the books too. The teachers' first names weren't revealed in the books but the TV series says Miss Cackle is Amelia, Miss Hardbroom is Constance, Miss Bat is Davina and Miss Drill is Imogen.



* PlotHole: TheTwoTeacherSchool 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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* PlotHole: TheTwoTeacherSchool 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.
25th Sep '15 4:38:04 AM Morgenthaler
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