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The Worst Witch
The Worst Witch
The YA Series by author Jill Murphy
The Worst Witch series follows the misadventures of Mildred Hubble, a student at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. Mildred is clumsy and tries her best but things usually end up in disaster. She feels she's the "worst witch" in the Academy. Along with Mildred, the stories feature her best friends Maud Moonshine and Enid Nightshade, Ethel Hallow who is the snobby rival of the girls, and Miss Hardbroom, who thinks Mildred is a disaster and will never be a witch.
Jill Murphy, the author, began to write the series at age 15 and based them on her school experiences at Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon, England. The series has six books, following a wide array of adventures Mildred has.
The books are: The Worst Witch, The Worst Witch Strikes Again, A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch, The Worst Witch All at Sea, The Worst Witch Saves the Day and The Worst Witch to the Rescue.
The series have sold more than 3 million copies and inspired a television movie and series. Both are available on DVD.
The Worst Witch (1986)
Starring Fairuza Balk, Diana Rigg and Tim Curry
The Worst Witch came to life in the 1986 television film. Filmed on location in St. Michael's College in Tenbury Wells, it starred Diana Rigg as Miss Hardbroom, Charlotte Rae as Miss Cackle, Tim Curry as The Grand Wizard, and Fairuza Balk as Mildred Hubble.
The film follows the events of the first book in the series. It originally aired on ITV in the UK and HBO in the US, and was later aired on the Disney Channel through the 1990s during the Halloween season.
The filmed made extensive use of green screen for the witches flying on their brooms and had its own theme song "Growing Up Isn't Easy", sung by Bonnie Langford.
Growing up isn't easy!
Mildred Hubble is the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. Everything she does goes wrong! She flunks her potions test and turns a classmate into a pig. But when a group of wicked witches threatens to take over the Academy, can Mildred stop them?
The Worst Witch on TV
Three British Television Series
The Worst Witch television series ran from October 1998 to January 2001 and aired for 40 episodes. It starred Georgina Sherrington as Mildred Hubble and Felicity Jones as Ethel Hallow. The first season followed the events of the first two books and the second followed the the next two. The final season was comprised of original material.
The series aired on ITV in the UK and later aired on HBO in the US. The series also expanded upon the books, adding new characters and staff to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. It was generally well received and was later released on DVD.
After it was unrealistic to keep Mildred in school, it was expanded into Weirdsister College: The Further Adventures of the Worst Witch. This series ran for 13 episodes and featured Mildred at college in Cambridge.
The New Worst Witch television series debuted in 2004, centering on Mildred's cousin Henrietta "Hettie" Hubble (played by Alice Connor) and her adventures at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. It aired from January 2005 to December 2006 and featured 26 episodes. The series drew from the first Worst Witch television series and carried on story lines and characters.
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