!! From the Roal Dahl novel and film adaptation:
* 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 the Witches in England 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 UsefulNotes/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 ''Film/TheGrifters''.)
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad The Grand High Witch]] is the ruler of all the [[WickedWitch witches]], and the most malevolent of them all. Holding a hatred of all children, the Grand High Witch has spent decades teaching her followers ways to [[WouldHurtAChild dispose of them]]. At her meeting with the witches of England, she wastes no time berating them for only getting rid of one child per week, and reveals a plan to wipe out every child in England. When one witch gives a shocked exclamation of how impossible that is, the Grand High Witch [[ManOnFire incinerates her]], a practice [[BadBoss she makes a habit of]] at every meeting she attends to cow the other witches into submission. The Grand High Witch's plan is to [[TransformationTrauma utilize a potion]] to [[BodyHorror transform every child]] in England [[BalefulPolymorph into mice]], and trick their parents and teachers into killing them. She demonstrates by transforming one hapless boy into a mouse, and soon afterwards abducts the main character and does the same to him. When he enters her room to steal the potion, he encounters several frogs, and realizes that they were children that the Grand High Witch had transformed. She later makes plans to feed the children to seagulls. Among a ChildHater race, the Grand High Witch surpasses the other witches in sheer cruelty, and everyone who meets her, from the young hero, to his retired witch-hunter grandmother, to her fellow witches, are absolutely terrified of 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. [[spoiler: Luke and his grandmother find the main register to all the Witches in the world and intend to turn them into mice, but Luke is still a mouse, with absolutely no prospect of ever turning back into a boy. It's even mentioned that he's only going to live another nine years at the most before he dies, because he's a mouse.]]
%%* MagnificentBastard: The Grand High Witch.
* 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.
* 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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