* AntiClimaxBoss: Despite being described as a nigh undetectable race capable of horrible deeds, yet never getting caught, [[spoiler: it was very easily to turn all of them into mice without the possibility of them using magic to reverse the transformation.]]
** Somewhat justified, in that the witches of the piece mainly employ potions to destroy children. The only act of magic we actually see in the book or movie is the Grand High Witch "frying" one of her subordinates. With no sign of defensive magic, turning their own potion on them makes a degree of sense.
* AwesomeMusic: The score is particularly memorable.
* AwardSnub: The film failed to get any AcademyAward nominations, especially for Angelica Huston's role. It did receive numerous other awards, including Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards and National Society of Film Critics Awards giving Huston the prize (in a dual nomination for ''TheGrifters''.)
* CompleteMonster: [[WickedWitch The Grand High Witch]], the witches' [[BigBad leader]], and easily the most vile and cruel witch that we see. At her meeting with her followers, she wastes no time berating the witches of England for only getting rid of one child a week. She has a plan to [[WouldHurtAChild get rid of all of the children in England]]. When one witch gives a shocked exclamation of how impossible that is, the Grand High Witch [[ManOnFire incinerates her]]- a practice she makes a habit of at every single meeting she ever attends to keep the other witches on their toes. Her plan is simple: [[TransformationTrauma utilize a potion]] to [[BodyHorror turn every child]] in England [[BalefulPolymorph into mice]], and watch their own parents kill them. If a grown up is caught up in it, she says it's too bad for them as well. Amongst a ChildHater race, the Grand High Witch utterly outstrips the other witches in evil and cruelty, and everyone who meets her, from the young hero, to his retired witch hunter grandmother, to her fellow witches, are absolutely terrified by her.
* EvilIsSexy: The Grand High Witch, although averted when she's not wearing her mask.
* EsotericHappyEnding: Subverted. The book seems to be coasting to a happy ending, but turns out more bittersweet.
* MoralEventHorizon: In the film, if the plan to turn all children in England into mice wasn't horrible enough for you, the Grand High Witch pushes a baby in a carriage down a cliff to draw Luke out.
* MostAnnoyingSound: Luke's voice in the film. Especially the point where he keeps shrieking "Grandma!"
* NightmareFuel: Both versions of the Grand High Witch, the book version is filled with heavily implied FridgeHorror of hiding even worse things under her dress just by the fact her face looks rotten. The movie has her being a very hideous depiction of a hag.
** Any woman can be a witch, can capture you at anytime and smell you out if you try to hide.
** The PainfulTransformation of Bruno in the film.
** The Grand High Witch's ClippedWingAngel form in the movie.
* ParanoiaFuel: Any woman at all could be a witch. Any one.
** Particularly when female teachers read the book, as Dahl includes a passage that starts something like "perhaps even your lovely teacher is a witch... she might even be smiling!" And every kid in the room suddenly starts inspecting her nostrils and the color of her teeth.
* {{Squick}}: In the film version, Bruno's father flirting with the Grand High Witch. He hasn't seen what she really looks like but the audience has.
* UnfortunateImplications: "Sensible shoes" is code for lesbians.
* WTHCastingAgency: Creator/RowanAtkinson (Mr. Bean) plays a ''very'' serious innkeeper in the movie.
** [[Disney/TheLionKing That actually isn't too surprising.]]
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