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* SequelHook: Not a blatant one, but Rose Rita's introduction in the movie has the same "AndTheAdventureContinues" overtones that it did in the book. Also, [[spoiler:the demon Azazel, who taught Isaac how to build the clock and work other evil magic,]] appears in the later book ''The Ghost in the Mirror'' (in which Rose Rita and Mrs. Zimmerman team up to fight evil). Considering the movie's lukewarm reception, it may or may not happen.

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* SequelHook: Not a blatant one, but Rose Rita's introduction in the movie has the same "AndTheAdventureContinues" overtones that it did in the book. Also, [[spoiler:the demon Azazel, who taught Isaac how to build the clock and work other evil magic,]] appears in could easily be adapted into the role of [[spoiler:the demon ''Aziel'']] from the later book ''The Ghost in the Mirror'' (in which Rose Rita and Mrs. Zimmerman team up to fight evil). Considering the movie's lukewarm reception, it may or may not happen.


* {{Shapeshifting}}: Selena Izard is shown to have this ability, which she uses to disguise herself as [[spoiler:Mrs. Hanchett and Lewis's mother.]]


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* SequelHook: Not a blatant one, but Rose Rita's introduction in the movie has the same "AndTheAdventureContinues" overtones that it did in the book. Also, [[spoiler:the demon Azazel, who taught Isaac how to build the clock and work other evil magic,]] appears in the later book ''The Ghost in the Mirror'' (in which Rose Rita and Mrs. Zimmerman team up to fight evil). Considering the movie's lukewarm reception, it may or may not happen.
* {{Shapeshifting}}: Selena Izard is shown to have this ability, which she uses to disguise herself as [[spoiler:Mrs. Hanchett and Lewis's mother.]]


** A minor one, but in the book Johnathan playing a saxophone in his yard at three in the morning is just a hypothetical example that Lewis comes up with, as something Johnathan would do if he felt like it.

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** A minor one, but in the book Johnathan Jonathan playing a saxophone in his yard at three in the morning is just a hypothetical example that Lewis comes up with, as something Johnathan Jonathan would do if he felt like it.



* DreadfulMusician: Johnathan and his saxophone.

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* DreadfulMusician: Johnathan Jonathan and his saxophone.



** And speaking of that ChaseScene, Johnathan has a similar CoolCar in the movie, even if it doesn't play as large a role.

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** And speaking of that ChaseScene, Johnathan Jonathan has a similar CoolCar in the movie, even if it doesn't play as large a role.


* AdaptationalBackstoryChange: Aside from what is mentioned below about Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman's families, this version of Isaac Izard [[EvilFormerFriend was once a good man and a friend to Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman]]. He was even part of a magic show with Jonathan for years, before [[spoiler:falling into despair and misanthropy thanks to his experiences in World War II and]] becoming the crazed, world-destroying warlock we know from the book. Additionally, it is shown that Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman actually tried to talk Isaac out of his plans, and tried to break into the house to end his spell/save his life, rather than simply being left in the dark as to his activities before his sudden demise. And finally, not only was a reason for Isaac's misanthropy never given in detail in the book, but here it was [[spoiler:the demon Azazel]] who gave him the plans for the clock, rather than it being something he invented and designed himself.

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* AdaptationalBackstoryChange: Aside from what is mentioned below about Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman's families, this version of Isaac Izard [[EvilFormerFriend was once a good man and a friend to Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman]]. He was even part of a magic show act with Jonathan for years, before [[spoiler:falling into despair and misanthropy thanks to his experiences in World War II and]] becoming the crazed, world-destroying warlock we know from the book. Additionally, it is shown that Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman actually tried to talk Isaac out of his plans, and tried to break into the house to end his spell/save his life, rather than simply being left in the dark as to his activities before his sudden demise. And finally, not only was a reason for Isaac's misanthropy never given in detail in the book, but here it was [[spoiler:the demon Azazel]] who gave him the plans for the clock, rather than it being something he invented and designed himself.


* SupernaturalRepellent: Jack O'Lanterns and iron are mentioned to be the two best methods of keeping out evil forces, Jonathan lining his front yard with jack o'lanterns and nailing iron horseshoes to anything that needs extra security. [[spoiler:Both methods fail when put to scrutiny,]. Isaac burns off every horseshoe in and out of the house and turns the jack o'lanterns into amber-spewing monsters.]]

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* SupernaturalRepellent: Pumpkins (especially when made into Jack O'Lanterns O'Lanterns) and iron (especially when made into horse-shoes) are mentioned to be the two best methods of keeping out evil forces, Jonathan lining his front yard with jack o'lanterns and nailing iron horseshoes to anything that needs extra security. [[spoiler:Both methods fail when put to scrutiny,]. Isaac burns off every horseshoe in and out of the house and turns the jack o'lanterns into amber-spewing glue-spewing monsters.]]



''(A monster's tentacles suddenly appear from behind a door, with Jonathan forcing the door shut)''

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''(A monster's tentacles giant snake suddenly appear appears from behind a door, with Jonathan forcing the door shut)''


* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Tarby and his henchboy Woody Mingo are extremely xenophobic of "weirdos." This is prevalent, considering the time setting; in TheFifties, social class issues were occurring which resulted in such events like [[RedScare McCarthyism]] and the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement (even though African American students are shown attending Lewis and Tarby's school with no apparent hard feelings from others, and racial issues are never brought up) and being set at a time before geek culture and social deviance became acceptable and tolerable as they are today.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Tarby and his henchboy Woody Mingo are extremely xenophobic of "weirdos." This is prevalent, considering the time setting; in TheFifties, social class issues were occurring which resulted in such events like [[RedScare McCarthyism]] and the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement (even though African American students are shown attending Lewis and Tarby's school with no apparent hard feelings from others, and racial issues are never brought up) and being set at a time before geek culture and social deviance became acceptable and tolerable accepted as they are today.

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** A minor one, but in the book Johnathan playing a saxophone in his yard at three in the morning is just a hypothetical example that Lewis comes up with, as something Johnathan would do if he felt like it.


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* DreadfulMusician: Johnathan and his saxophone.


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** And speaking of that ChaseScene, Johnathan has a similar CoolCar in the movie, even if it doesn't play as large a role.


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* PetTheDog: The Izards make a evidently genuine offer to Lewis to join them in surviving the clock's doomsday.

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* ActorAllusion:
** Creator/JackBlack is once again teaching others the mystical arts, just like his animated character did in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3''. He also whistled a snippet of ''[[Music/JohannSebastianBach Bourrée in E minor]]'', the first part of ''[[Music/TenaciousD Classico]]''.
** Creator/KyleMacLachlan [[Series/TwinPeaks went missing in a forest, then came back evil.]]


* TheMillstone: Tarby peer pressuring Lewis to uses dark magic is [[spoiler:what brought Isaac back]].

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* TheMillstone: Tarby peer pressuring Lewis to uses use dark magic is [[spoiler:what brought Isaac back]].


* LogoJoke: The Universal Pictures logo is the 1970s version, from the era when the ''House With a Clock in its Walls'' story was first published (1973), and plays backwards, [[spoiler:mirroring the purpose of the clock.]] The Amblin Entertainment logo used is the 1980s version.

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* LogoJoke: The Universal Pictures logo is the 1970s version, from the era when the ''House With a Clock in its Walls'' story was first published (1973), and plays backwards, [[spoiler:mirroring the purpose of the clock.]] clock]]. (It also brings to mind ''E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial'', in which the Universal logo also goes backwards.) The Amblin Entertainment logo used is the 1980s original version.


* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jonathan Barnavelt and Florence Zimmerman, who are together almost constantly and are depicted as very close, yet are specifically noted to not be "anything kissy-faced."
** Jonathan and Isaac are implied to have been this as well, before the latter's descent into insanity.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jonathan Barnavelt and Florence Zimmerman, who are together almost constantly and are depicted as very close, yet are specifically noted to not be "anything kissy-faced."
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Jonathan and Isaac are implied to have been this as well, before the latter's descent into insanity.


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* PlatonicLifePartners: Jonathan Barnavelt and Florence Zimmerman, who are together almost constantly and are depicted as very close, yet are specifically noted to not be "anything kissy-faced."


* BrokenPedestal: Tarby becomes this to Lewis after the former reveals his true despicable colors. Lewis tragically becomes this to Jonathan after confessing [[spoiler:about accidentally bring back Isaac]]; however, after Mrs. Zimmerman talks to Jonathan, it's all water under the bridge.

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* BrokenPedestal: Tarby becomes this to Lewis after the former reveals his true despicable colors. Lewis tragically becomes this to Jonathan after confessing [[spoiler:about [[spoiler:to using Necromancy and accidentally bring bringing back Isaac]]; however, after Mrs. Zimmerman talks to Jonathan, it's all water under the bridge.



* CollectorOfTheStrange: The House is riddled with oddities and unusual content (justified, considering that the house's owners - Isaac and then Jonathan - are both warlocks who have worked as {{Stage Magician}}s). Such weirdness includes sentient furniture, a library of spellbooks, a cabinet with horseshoes nailed to it housing [[spoiler:a particularly dark TomeOfEldritchLore]], a living topiary winged-lion that poops dried leaves, a variety of humanoid animatronics[[note]]Something even Jonathan finds unnerving[[/note]], a purple snake creature locked in a closet, a stainless window that changes its contents every night, a massive collection of clocks[[note]]Something Jonathan has started to collect due to the foreboding nature of Isaac’s clock[[/note]] and [[spoiler:a TickTockTune DoomsdayDevice capable of reversing time itself if the right parameters are met]].

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* CollectorOfTheStrange: The House is riddled with oddities and unusual content (justified, considering that the house's owners - Isaac and then Jonathan - are both warlocks who have worked as {{Stage Magician}}s). Such weirdness includes sentient furniture, a library of spellbooks, a cabinet with horseshoes nailed to it housing [[spoiler:a particularly dark TomeOfEldritchLore]], a living topiary winged-lion that poops dried leaves, a variety of humanoid animatronics[[note]]Something even Jonathan finds unnerving[[/note]], a purple snake creature locked in a closet, a stainless stained-glass window that changes its contents every night, picture, a massive collection of clocks[[note]]Something Jonathan has started to collect due to the foreboding nature of Isaac’s clock[[/note]] and [[spoiler:a TickTockTune DoomsdayDevice capable of reversing time itself if the right parameters are met]].


* IncompletelyTrained: This is implied to be the case with Jonathan. While it is implied that magic is inherent in the family and that he was taught much of what he knows by Isaac, he is not nearly the same level as Florence (who he claims to have learned magic at a WizardingSchool).
* InsultOfEndearment: Jonathan and Mrs Zimmerman are best friends and PlatonicLifePartners who are constantly vollying affectionate insults (such as 'Mush Brush' and 'Weird Beard' from Mrs Zimmerman and 'Deranged Cuckoo' and 'Weird Purple Skeleton' from Jonathan) at each other.

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* IncompletelyTrained: This is implied to be the case with Jonathan. While it is implied that magic is inherent in the family and that he was taught much of what he knows by Isaac, he is not nearly the same level as Florence (who (whom he claims to have learned magic at has degrees from a WizardingSchool).
* InsultOfEndearment: Jonathan and Mrs Mrs. Zimmerman are best friends and PlatonicLifePartners who are constantly vollying volleying affectionate insults (such as 'Mush Brush' and 'Weird Beard' from Mrs Zimmerman and 'Deranged Cuckoo' and 'Weird Purple Skeleton' from Jonathan) at each other.



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Other then getting publicly humiliated by a basketball to the face K.O. by Lewis at the end, Tarby gets off unpunished for taking advantage of Lewis and making him bring back a wizard who tried to end the world. But that happened in the story too, and it just served to make Lewis become more mature and find better company.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Other then getting publicly humiliated by a basketball to the face K.O. by from Lewis at the end, Tarby gets off unpunished for taking advantage of Lewis and making him bring back a wizard who tried to end the world. But that happened in the story too, and it just served to make Lewis become more mature and find better company.]]



* LoopholeAbuse: Jonathan despairs after the Izards get away with the key, because they had revealed the clock is hidden by a "witch's hex" which no warlock or witch, no matter how powerful, can see through. But Lewis points out that since he isn't a warlock yet (because he hasn't passed the test of defeating an evil spirit), ''he'' can cast the spell to find the clock.

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* LongLostRelative: Jonathan is this to Lewis; their first meeting is when Lewis comes to New Zebedee to live with Jonathan. Lewis says that his mother spoke often of her big brother, who left home because he wanted to pursue magic and his father disapproved.
* LoopholeAbuse: Jonathan despairs after the Izards get away with the key, because they had revealed the clock is hidden by a "witch's hex" which no warlock or witch, no matter how powerful, can see through.penetrate. But Lewis points out that since he isn't a warlock yet (because he hasn't passed the test of defeating an evil spirit), ''he'' can cast the spell to find the clock.


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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: It's eventually revealed that Mrs. Zimmerman's husband and daughter died during World War II, quite possibly in a concentration camp. Mrs. Zimmerman has never fully recovered from the loss, and when Jonathan is thinking of sending Lewis away (albeit in part for his own protection), she angrily tells him that parenting is a full-time job, and that she would give anything to have her daughter back.


** The books eventually reveal that it was Lewis's father Charles who was brother to Jonathan; here Lewis's mother was Jonathan's sister. This leads to a minor instance of headscratching, since Lewis and Jonathan have the same last name - which should not be the case.

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** The books eventually reveal that it was Lewis's father Charles who was brother to Jonathan; here Lewis's mother was Jonathan's sister. This leads to a minor instance of headscratching, since Lewis and Jonathan have the same last name - which makes sense in the books, but should not be the case.case here.



* AdaptationDyeJob: Uncle Jonathan is a redhead in the books. Here, he's played by Jack Black, whose hair color matches his name.



** In the books, Florence Zimmermann was widowed long ago, and never had any children, but she's relatively happy. In the film, she's still mourning the loss of her husband and daughter in the war, and has lost access to her powers as a result.

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** In the books, Florence Zimmermann Zimmerman was widowed long ago, and never had any children, but she's relatively happy. In the film, she's still mourning the loss of her husband and daughter in the war, and has lost access to her powers as a result.


* JerkassHasAPoint: Tarby suggesting that Lewis stop wearing goggles to school. While Tarby is written to be a xenophobic HateSink, and this is framed as not respecting Lewis's individuality, it's genuinely good advice. [[LoserProtagonist Lewis]] [[SociallyAwkwardHero is desperate for friendship, and his most of his peers find the goggles off-putting]].

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Tarby suggesting that Lewis stop wearing goggles to school. While Tarby is written to be a xenophobic HateSink, and this is framed as not respecting Lewis's individuality, it's genuinely good advice. [[LoserProtagonist Lewis]] [[SociallyAwkwardHero is desperate for friendship, and his most of his peers find the goggles off-putting]].

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