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The Worst Witch Strikes Again was first published in 1980 by Allison & Busby and features a new character, Enid Nightshade. Mildred unravels her pigtails to try out Maud's styling brush. Maud and Enid find her with her hair loose, and a chunk of her hair tangled up with the brush in a huge mess. Ethel comes in and volunteers to help. However, the "help" amounts to taking a pair of scissors and chopping off both the styling brush and the messy hair. Miss Hardbroom announces that Mr Rowan-Webb, the frog-magician whom Mildred saved from the lily pond the previous term, has invited all the second-years to spend a week's holiday at his castle, Gloom Castle at Grim Cove.

As a last request from Mildred, Mr Hellibore magics up a pot of tea and a plate of toast, crumpets, and butter. Algernon himself then conjures a pot of honey for the crumpets and the three head off to enjoy the supper. Other characters in the books include Ethel Hallow and Mildred's friends, Maud Moonshine and Enid Nightshade. Maud is a rotund girl and more sensible than Mildred, although usually finds herself caught up in her friend's problems. Enid (introduced in the second book) is a practical joker who is more likely than Mildred to get them all into trouble. The three of them have a strong rivalry with Ethel Hallow, their high-born, snobbish and vindictive classmate. In a flying lesson, Ethel steals Tabby (who has been suffering a nervous breakdown as a result of the hair incident) and hides him on the roof in front of Miss Granite's study's window. The Worst Witch books have been translated into a number of languages, including French, German, Spanish, Dutch and Czech. The TV series has also been dubbed into a number of languages. In “The Worst Witch Strikes Again,” Mildred Hubble has been asked to chaperone and befriend Enid Nightshade, a new pupil at the academy. But Enid is the worst pupil anyone could ever wish to be paired up with. Miss Hardbroom the class teacher is not impressed when the new student casts a spell to help Mildred succeed during sports day. However, she does not know that Enid was involved in casting the spell and lays the blame on Mildred who was not even aware of the spell. Mildred is also blamed when her newest friend makes a monkey out of her witch’s cat. When Enid forces her to skip a celebration to honor the headmistress, it seems certain that things will turn out very badly for her until fate unexpectedly and suddenly intervenes. The story comes with several lessons about friendship and peer pressure that are very relevant to the situations and experiences of many school children today.


Jill Murphy is a London-born English children's author, best known for The Worst Witch series and the Large Family picture books. She has been described as "one of the most engaging writers and illustrators for children in the land." On the way there, Mildred finds her friends Maud Spellbody and Enid Nightshade. When Mildred tells them about Ethel being nice for a change, Enid suggests she may have taken a "niceness course" during the holidays. Maud and Enid become suspicious when they catch Mildred talking to someone or something in her cat basket. The author Jill Murphy began writing The Worst Witch at the age of 15, while still at school, and based many points of the stories on her own school experiences at Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon, England, with Singing becoming Chanting, Chemistry becoming Potions and so on. [5] Recalling how the story was initially inspired by her own school experiences, [6] she said in an interview: "My two friends and I used to come home in our dark uniforms, looking very scruffy at the end of the day – my dark plaits sprouting tufts, with lost hair ribbons. My Mum used to say 'Look at you all. You look like the three witches!' and it gave me the idea for a witch's school – so that it was exactly like my school, but with a subtle touch of magic. All the characters are based on my school friends (and enemies) and teachers." [7]

a b c Flood, Alison (25 January 2017). "Jill Murphy: 'I just wanted to have a book on the shelf' ". The Guardian. The next day, in a lesson with Miss Hardbroom, the girls are presenting their projects to the class. Ethel goes first, but her project is the same as Mildred's. Mildred shouts to Miss Hardbroom that Ethel had stolen her project. Miss Hardbroom opens Mildred's project folder but finds only many sheets of paper with smiley faces drawn on them in different colours. Miss Hardbroom "transfers" Mildred to her room. The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star (Scholastic UK, ISBN 978-0-141351995; another(?), ISBN 978-0-141383996) was released by Scholastic UK on 3 October 2013. [11] Murphy began writing The Worst Witch at the age of 15, and based the Worst Witch books on her own experiences of school at Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon, England, [3] with Singing becoming Chanting, Chemistry becoming Potions and so on.

Mildred, much to her disappointment, has been chosen to work lantern monitor along with Drusilla and Ethel. On that first night, Maud spots a shooting star, and Mildred makes a wish, followed by Miss Hardbroom, who does the same reluctantly. On the first lantern monitor shift, Mildred is given a holdall containing safety objects in it. When she reaches the gates to finish the job, Mildred spots a stray dog, who she names Star. She takes him to her bedroom as a secret pet, much to the disapproval of Tabby.

Each book covers one term at the school. There are two terms each year: the Winter term, from September to January, and the Summer term, from March to July. In First Prize for the Worst Witch, the most recent book, Mildred is in the Summer term of her fourth year. A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch ( ISBN 978-0-7226-5763-8) was published in 1982. It features Ethel Hallow's little sister, Sybil Hallow, and her friend Clarice Crow.Millions of young readers have fallen under the spell of Jill Murphy's Worst Witch' - Sunday Express The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star by Jill Murphy: For ages 7 to 9". Scholastic Shop. Scholastic UK, 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.

In the next chapter, Mildred and Maud inadvertently make an invisibility potion instead of a laughing potion in their class test.


Publication of The Worst Witch finally came about, as Jill Murphy recalled, "thanks to a series of coincidences involving me spending time in Ghana, and a friend meeting Margaret Busby (Ghanaian herself, and considering starting a children's list for her imprint) at a publishers' party in London". [6] [8] [10] The Worst Witch was finally published in 1974, when Murphy was 24, by the small independent company Allison and Busby. The book is set in the summer term of the fourth year, where Mildred is competing with Ethel for who will be Head Girl in the fifth year. Its writing was delayed when Murphy underwent cancer treatment. [9] Setting [ edit ] When it was no longer realistic that Mildred would still be at school, the series relocated her to a magical university in Cambridge and was retitled Weirdsister College: The Further Adventures of the Worst Witch and saw the return of Felicity Jones as a reinvented Ethel Hallow.

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