Things happened to me that will probably make you scream when you read about them. That can't be helped. The truth must be told.
"Things happened to me that will probably make you scream when you read about them. That can't be helped. The truth must be told." - The Witches
Like his Grandmother, the young male narrator of Roald Dahl's 1983 story The Witches doesn't have a name, although in the later film adaptation he was called Luke. His mice have names though - William and Mary, which is itself the title of a short story in the Kiss Kiss collection, first published in 1960.
Like many of Roald Dahl's young heroes and heroines, he is resilient, resourceful and, above all, brave. His reaction when he discovers The Grand High Witch's terrible plan against the children of England is to do all he can to stop them - even after he gets some first-hand experience of Formula 86 Delayed Action Mouse-Maker...
In the 1990 film adaptation, "Luke" was played by Jasen Fisher. The film also differed from the book in that the ending was changed - in Roald Dahl's original story, The Grand High Witch's spell was never reversed, leaving The Boy to live out his days as a mouse, telling his Grandmother: "It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you."
In the film, however, the ending was amended so that Luke turns back into a boy.
I myself had two separate encounters with witches before I was eight years old.
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