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The Worst Witch (1986)

Mildred Hubble (Fairuza Balk) is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of ... See full summary »


Robert Young


Jill Murphy (book), Mary Pleshette Willis (adapted for television)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Rigg ... Miss Hardbroom
Charlotte Rae ... Miss Cackle / Agatha
Tim Curry ... The Grand Wizard
Fairuza Balk ... Mildred Hubble
Sabina Franklyn ... Miss Spellbinder
Su Elliot Su Elliot ... Delilah
Danielle Batchelor Danielle Batchelor ... Maud Warlock
Anna Kipling Anna Kipling ... Ethel Hallow
Kate Buckley Kate Buckley ... Donna
Leila Marr Leila Marr ... Pixie Brown
Liz May Brice ... Zoe Chant-Vestry (as Lisa Brice)
Katrina Heath Katrina Heath ... Sophie Hattrick
Tara Stevenson Tara Stevenson ... Gloria Hobgoblin
Laura Heath Laura Heath ... Misty Meadow
Sophie Cook Sophie Cook ... Natalie Sinister


Mildred Hubble (Fairuza Balk) is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of the school, Miss Cackle (Charlotte Rae), has an evil twin sister (Agatha) who plans to destroy the school. Can Mildred foil the plan before the Grand Wizard (Tim Curry) comes to the Academy for the Halloween celebration you'll never forget? Written by Evan Shenkman <ejs15@cornell.edu> and Elyssa Cohen__<esc10@cornell.edu>>>

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Things never go right for Mildred Hubble...


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The film is based on "The Worst Witch" series of children's books, written by Jill Murphy. The series started in 1974 and concluded in 2018, with 8 books written. They cover 4 years in the life of protagonist Mildred Hubble. See more »


At times you can tell they are using a green screen effect for the flying that the cast does and Miss Spellbinder when she is conducting a flying class when the group have got their kittens and learning to fly. Also when Mildred has turned the bad witches into snails in the TV version of the film they had squeaky voices dubbed for the snails but in the film if you watch the same scene when Mildred, Miss Cackle and Miss Hardbroom are talking to the snails the squeaky voices are not there! Just silence. See more »


[first lines]
Miss Constance Hardbroom: Morning, Miss Cackle.
Miss Cackle: Good morning, Miss Hardbroom. Lovely morning.
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Referenced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »


Wizard Song (Anything Can Happen on Halloween)
By Charles Strouse and Don Black
Performed by Tim Curry
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Great for youngsters and the adults may like it as well.
24 September 1999 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

The kids love this movie so much that I finally had to sit down and give it a beginning-to-end look. It's no wonder they love it but the odd adult who sees it will like it, too; a lot if you're disposed toward good children's entertainment, maybe a little less if you're approaching curmudgeonhood. But you'd have to be a real sourpuss to actively dislike it.

Charlotte Rae and Diana Rigg are fun to watch and I imagine they enjoyed these none-too-subtle roles. Rigg is especially wonderful, playing the unlovable mistress of a witch's academy for all it is worth. The young ladies boast several fine actresses as well. Fairuza Balk was an excellent performer at an early age, as anyone who saw 'Gas, Food, Lodging' will know, but my favorite here is Anna Kipling, who plays Ms. Balk's nemesis.

Some parents have religious concerns about showing children anything connected with the supernatural. I would encourage them to try to remember when they were children and think how they would have reacted to a film like this. It's probably the same way your kids will. Have some faith in them and give them a little credit for intelligence. If a parent watches this movie with a child and talks to him or her about their concerns, I don't think there will be any problems.

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31 October 1986 (USA) See more »

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