"Which Witch?" is a
children's novelwritten in 1979 by Eva Ibbotson.
The main character, a wizard named Arriman the Awful, finds himself bored one day with his dastardly doings. When it is prophesized that one day a wizard whose power is darker than Arriman's will take over the burden of smighting and blighting, Arriman is overjoyed. Nine hundred and ninety days, later, however, the wizard hasn't shown up. Arriman's secretary, Mr. Leadbetter, and his butler, a one-eyed, sword-swallowing
ogrenamed Lester, suggest that he marries so he could have a son, Arriman is not pleased. ("A great black crone with warts and blisters in unmentionable places from crashing about on her broom! You want me to sit opposite one of those every morning eating my cornflakes?") In the end, however, he consents.
He decides to invite witches from his hometown of Todcaster to take part in a contest that will decide whom he will marry. Whichever witch performs the blackest act of magic will be his bride. However, most of the witches of Todcaster are downright revolting and nasty. The exception to this is Belladonna, who, even though she is beautiful and secretly loves Arriman, is a white witch.
While walking about town by herself one afternoon, she passes by an
orphanageand sees a small boy crying. His name is Terrence Mugg and his only friend, an earthworm he calls Rover, was hurt by the orphanage's wicked Matron. Belladonna heals Rover, and when Matron confronts Terrence, Belladonna suddenly roots Matron to the ground. Belladonna realizes that Rover may be her familiar, an animal that accompanies witches everywhere and helps them perform their magic. She takes Rover and Terrence home with her and together with Mr. Leadbetter and Lester they plan to win the contest.
While the other witches' magic goes hilariously or horribly wrong when it is their turn in the competition, there is one problem Belladonna didn't count on. Madame Olympia, an truly evil enchantress from London joins the contest and is willing to do anything to make sure she will win the hand of Arriman. Olympia wears a necklace of teeth, all of them from her former husbands, who "mysteriously disappeared after they wrote their wills leaving all their money to her".
After spending time with Arriman, Terrence discovers the perfect piece of magic for Belladonna to do: raise the ghost of Sir Simon, Arriman's friend. Will the whitest witch be able to pull off the blackest magic?
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Which Witch — is a musical written by Norwegian Singer/composers Benedicte Adrian and Ingrid Bjørnov. The storyline for Which Witch was found in the witch finder s manual Malleus Maleficarum , and the original script was written by Adrian and Bjørnov s manager … Wikipedia
which / witch — Which means what particular choice : Which witch put the spell on you? A witch is a person who believes in or practices magic: Not all witches have warts on their noses (some have them on their chins) … Confused words
Which Witch? (board game) — Which Witch? is a children s board game published in 1970 by the Milton Bradley Company and designed by Marvin Glass. The board is shaped like a haunted house with four large rooms, assembled before play into a three dimensional model house with… … Wikipedia
Witch School — is a Wiccan school offering both online courses as well as on their campus in Rossville, Illinois. It was founded by Rev. Ed Hubbard [ [http://www.correllian.com/edhubbard.htm Correllian.com website] ] . Original content of the site was provided… … Wikipedia
witch n — Which witch wished which wicked wish? … English expressions
Witch-hunt — Witch trial redirects here. For the song by Rush, see Fear series. For the novel by Ian Rankin, see Witch Hunt (novel). A witch hunt is a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic, mass hysteria and mob lynching,… … Wikipedia
Witch house (music genre) — Witch house Stylistic origins Chopped and screwed, hip hop, shoegaze, industrial, noise, darkwave, ethereal, dubstep, gothic rock, chillwave, horrorcore Cultural origins Late 2000s, primarily North America … Wikipedia
Witch Hunter Robin — The cover of Volume 1 of the Witch Hunter Robin DVDs released by Bandai Entertainment. ウィッチハンターロビン (Wic … Wikipedia
Witch smeller — Witch smellers, almost always women, were important and powerful people amongst the Zulu and other Bantu languages speaking peoples of Southern Africa, responsible for rooting out evil witches in the area, and sometimes responsible for… … Wikipedia
Witch hazel (astringent) — Witch hazel is an astringent produced from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch Hazel shrub ( Hamamelis virginiana ) which ranges from Nova Scotia west to Ontario, and south to Florida, and Texas… … Wikipedia