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To prefer The Worst Witch to Harry Potter?

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YouDoTheMath Sat 06-Aug-11 17:13:53

Maybe it's what you grew up with... but I grew up with the former and I still love it now blush

AdelaofBlois Sat 06-Aug-11 17:20:17

There is something much more engaging and perilous about Mildred's struggles than Harry's-she will always be nice, but might not succeed; he will always succeed by being nice (and the reader knows it).

I should have got Potter as a kidult but never did-Pullman, Reeve, Pratchett's 'kids' works yes; Horrid Henry and Captain Underpants yes, but Potter no, neither characters nor writing did it for me.

Thankyou!!! I was mad when I saw the Harry Potter books, so much seemed a rip off of The Worst Witch... much better children's books in my opinion.

YouDoTheMath Sat 06-Aug-11 17:35:50

Agree flying - I refused to read them for years for the same reason, but eventually gave in to the hype (as I always do sad )

stardustn Sat 06-Aug-11 18:46:40

Nooo Harry Potter is awesome! (Though admittedly so is The Worst Witch grin)

I can't agree that HP is awesome, but I will concede that it is better than the Twilight drivel... a friend bought me the books as a gift so I had to read through them... I like to think even as a 14 year old leaving a bedroom window open each night in hopes of a nocturnal visit from a Lestat or similar, I would have found them badly written and dull...

Groovee Sat 06-Aug-11 19:18:27

I love both. Dd loved the worst witch too.

Grockle Sat 06-Aug-11 19:21:06

I love the Worst Witch too. I still wish I could go to their school. I always liked Maude.

BertieBotts Sat 06-Aug-11 19:25:05

They're basically the same story though, aren't they? Ethel = Draco Malfoy. Mrs Hardbroom = Snape. 3 main characters who are friends. Mrs Cackle = Dumbledore. Mrs Bat = I have no idea but there are plenty of batty characters in HP. Boarding school. Of course WW came first.

I think YABU though. I love both! The TV adaptation of The Worst Witch was fantastic, too. The characters were all spot on and even the things they changed were perfectly fitting to the series. I can still sing the school song/theme tune word for word smile

pointydog Sat 06-Aug-11 19:28:11

Worst Witch - better written, a more satisfying read
Potter - top marks for exciting plot and associated details

EttiKetti Sat 06-Aug-11 19:28:54

Growing up isn't easy.....oh me and eldest dd watched the movie again.the other day....she's almost 18 grin

Empusa Sat 06-Aug-11 19:30:53


I adored Worst Witch, HP just sounds like a weak re-imagining. Cannot bring myself to read it.

There was a TV version of WW?! Must watch it!

kiery Sat 06-Aug-11 19:30:59

I liked both. Eva Ibbotson even better. Agree with Adelofablois that Pullman and Pratchett kids is good.

AdelaofBlois Sat 06-Aug-11 19:54:33

Yeah, Tiffany Aching kicks other witches arses!

BahHumPug Sat 06-Aug-11 19:55:47

YANBU. I loved Mildred and Maude...and Ethel was just so infuriating!

I might have to dig those books out again, I think.

jeckadeck Sat 06-Aug-11 19:57:43

YANBU. I never understood why so few people have picked up on this until now. With no disrespect intended to JK Rowling, the Worst Witch was the original and imo the best. I don't understand why it doesn't get name-checked more.

AdelaofBlois Sat 06-Aug-11 19:58:09

Ethel was my first crush-is that horribly revealing about my values?

BertieBotts Sat 06-Aug-11 20:34:58

The 1998-2001 version was the one I was referring to. There were earlier TV film adaptations but I can't speak for those, as I haven't seen them.

BertieBotts Sat 06-Aug-11 20:35:59

This one

BertieBotts Sat 06-Aug-11 20:38:39

Look! There's an episode on Youtube!

YouDoTheMath Sat 06-Aug-11 21:04:03

There are loads of episodes on YouTube! Can't wait to introduce it to DD (she's too young atm) - just hope she likes it!

khaliwali Sun 07-Aug-11 08:31:54

Yes Worst Witch is much better. For a start, the author could write.

GothAnneGeddes Sun 07-Aug-11 10:23:11

There was also the Worst Witch film with Tim Curry as the Grand High Wizard.

pointydog Sun 07-Aug-11 12:04:53

Don't underestimat e plot.

rainbowtoenails Sun 07-Aug-11 12:25:13

Now that hp is over it is only a matter of time until hollywood 'does' the ww.(I hope)

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