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Casper Meets Wendy is a Direct-to-Video film released on September 22, 1998. The film is a Broad Strokes sequel to Casper: A Spirited Beginning and the 1995 Casper; this film and A Spirited Beginning were produced by Saban Entertainment and released by 20th Century Fox. This was the first major film for Hilary Duff, who was nearly 11 years old when this film was released.

After drawing the ire of a nefarious warlock named Desmond Spellman (George Hamilton), Wendy the Good Little Witch and her aunts seek sanctuary in a resort in order to stay off the radar. There, Wendy meets Casper the Friendly Ghost, who is vacationing with his quarrelsome uncles. Despite their families' prejudiced warnings, Wendy and Casper become fast friends. Before long, this high-spirited duo decides to team up to take down the bullying warlock.

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Tropes in this film include:

  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Near the end of the film, Fatso strokes Casper on the head after his uncles and the witches save him and Wendy.
  • And I Must Scream: What happens if someone is tossed in the Mystic Abyss, which is what Desmond has planned for Wendy. It is a vortex that is magically opened and used to throw victims into which drags them away. After it's closed, very few people can open it again, so a later rescue is out of the question. And it'll work on humans, witches, and ghosts. It's particularly horrific for the ghosts, since a human might be lucky and get bashed in the head, but someone already dead wouldn't have that option.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The Ghostly Trio and Wendy's aunts may bully and restrict the kids respectively, but when Casper and Wendy end up in trouble from Desmond and about to be trapped in the Mystic Abyss, they don't hesitate to save them. They're also very sad when they think they lost their niece/nephew.
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  • Big Bad: Desmond Spellman
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Ghostly Trio, of all people, end up fulfilling this role near the end.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Wendy's aunts
  • Cute Witch: Wendy. Casper even describes her as such.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Discussed. Desmond Spellman wanted to kill Wendy to prevent her from becoming more powerful than him as predicted at a prophecy and, to make sure nobody would try to avenge her, he intended to kill her family.
  • Disney Villain Death: Of sorts. A monster (revealed to be the Ghostly Trio) pops up and scares Desmond, causing him to fall into the Mystic Abyss himself.
  • Extreme Doormat: Casper.
  • Fantastic Racism: Witches, like all the living, don't like ghosts. And ghosts don't like witches because "they're fleshies with power."
  • Flying Broomstick: The witches have them. Wendy's seems to be sentient.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Desmond ends up falling into the very abyss he planned to send Wendy to.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Just about every character gets involved in at least one pun.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Casper the ghost and Wendy the witch.
  • Interspecies Romance: Casper and Wendy try to invoke this with their uncles and aunts.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: A rude lady at the resort is transformed into a goat so that the witches can take her reservation.
    • Josh accidentally turns himself and his friend into horses by dropping Wendy's wand.
  • Jerkass: The boy, Josh, seems to briefly be semi-nice and cute during Wendy's first meeting with him. By the second, he's shown his true colors as a huge self-centered jerk. He even briefly steals Wendy's wand and tries to destroy it because she wouldn't go on a date with him.
  • Magic Mirror: Desmond owns one.
  • Magic Wand: Seems to be needed for any major acts of magic from the witches (especially Wendy), but they can't risk using their wands while in hiding.
  • Meaningful Name: Someone named "Spellman" is a man with magic. Who would have guessed?
  • Nice Guy: Both Casper and Wendy are really nice. And that's why their respective relatives have so many issues with them.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Lampshaded by Casper when he goes to scare Josh and his friend to get Wendy's wand back.
  • Poor Communication Kills
  • Portal Door: How the Mystic Abyss seems to function. It can be opened or closed anywhere with magic, exposing a swirling vortex of power.
  • Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: The Oracle of the Mirror makes a prophecy about Wendy ended up greater than Desmond and since it speaks in rhymes anyway...
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Casper is the blue to Wendy's red.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Seems to be a requirement for most spells.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Much of the plot is driven because Desmond Spellman was told by the Oracle that Wendy will one day surpass him, and attempts to dispose Wendy to prevent her from becoming more powerful than him. Ironically it is his attempts to avert the prophecy that end up fulfilling it, as he ends up imprisoning himself in the Mystic Abyss that he intended to trap Wendy in; thus making her the most powerful witch of all.
  • Shout-Out: The first few minutes involve the Ghostly Trio disguising themselves as a flying saucer that communicated with music. Sound familiar?
    • There's also a little girl who says "They're back".
    • One of Wendy's aunts makes a joke about being the original Spice Girl before quickly making a pun about Madonna
  • Terrible Trio: Two sets of them. The Ghostly Trio and Wendy's aunts.
  • Toilet Humor: The Ghostly Trio flush Casper down the toilet at one point.

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