Kayleigh Roberts
May 05, 2016 10:01 am
Warner Bros. / Central Independent Television

If you love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, then you’re just about guaranteed to love the Bewitching World of Mildred Hubble (which also deserves to be a theme park). Why? Because our universally-beloved Harry Potter series shares a lot (a whole lot) in common with the world of fellow magical-children’s-book-series-turned-movie The Worst Witch (specifically the 1986 adaptation).

Let’s go through the evidence:

Both series are about children learning magic in awesome castles in the middle of nowhere.

Harry Potter: 

Warner Bros.

The Worst Witch: 

Central Independent Television

Both schools have, um, interesting names.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:

Warner Bros. / 33.media.tumblr.com

Miss Cackle’s International Academy for Witches:

Central Independent Television

Both have main characters who, thanks to some sort of magic, appear as confused, floating heads at some point in the story.

Harry Potter:

Warner Bros.

Mildred Hubble (aka a young Fairuza Balk):

Central Independent Television

Both feature a very stern Potions teacher.

Professor Snape:

Warner Bros.

Miss Hardbroom:

Central Independent Television

And both of those stern Potions teachers don’t much like their book’s protagonist. In fact, they both prefer another student from a “good” magical family.

Snape:

Warner Bros.

Hardbroom:

Central Independent Television

And both of those preferred students from respected magical families happen to be rich, blonde-haired jerkfaces.

Draco Malfoy:

Warner Bros.

Ethel Hallow:

Central Independent Television

At both schools, students love to hang around a Great Hall.

Hogwarts’ Great Hall:

Warner Bros.

Miss Cackle’s Great Hall:

Central Independent Television

And the teachers at both schools love to watch the students in said Great Halls while standing (or sitting) in a straight line.

The Hogwarts professors:

Warner Bros.

Miss Cackle’s faculty:

Central Independent Television

Both schools are run by wise, good-hearted, white-haired, bespectacled old magic types.

Professor Dumbledore:

Warner Bros.

Miss Cackle:

Central Independent Television

Who both have offices full of eclectic baubles, including lots of glass/spherical objects.

Dumbledore’s office:

Warner Bros.

Miss Cackle’s office:

Central Independent Television

And both of them are super fond of their book’s protagonist, which is great, because both protagonists would probably be expelled otherwise.

Dumbledore and Harry:

Warner Bros.

Miss Cackle and Mildred:

Central Independent Television

Flying lessons (complete with broomsticks) are a BFD at both schools.

Harry Potter: 

Warner Bros.

The Worst Witch: 

Central Independent Television

Both schools make a very big deal out of Halloween.

Harry Potter: 

Warner Bros.

The Worst Witch: 

Central Independent Television

Both series feature a wizard whom all the female characters swoon over, but who is objectively creep city.

Gilderoy Lockhart:

Warner Bros.

The Grand Wizard (yes, that’s Tim Curry):

Central Independent Television

They are basically the same. But that’s okay, because the more of this kind of magic in the world, the better.

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