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Good Witch Series: Eglantine

By Zan

The Witch is seen as a national (British) Patriot- a valiant Defender of her homeland, moved to Witchcraft against foreign invasion- in one of the most delightful Witchcraft films that I have ever seen: Disney’s 1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks. (Dating myself horribly: I was in the First Grade when this came out, which I remember seeing, because it made such an impression upon my seven year-old mind that I spent hours in my backyard pretending to be a Witch enchanting various objects Magickally to fly me to Magickal places, inhabited by animated animals.) The film (pretty obviously inspired by the success of Mary Poppins) was derived from English author Mary Norton’s two books The Magic Bedknob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons (1943) and Bonfires and Broomsticks (1945): Ms. Norton is otherwise known for penning The Borrowers series. Set in a seaside English village during World War II (fraught with the threat of Nazi invasion from Nazi-held France), the movie’s delicious premise (and kind of ironic one, in light of what we have heard about Gerald Gardner and the New Forest Coven during the same period) is that Miss Eglantine Price has been studying Witchcraft through Professor Emelius Brown’s Correspondence College of Witchcraft, in order to use the ancient Art of Witches to protect England from the Germans.

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