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Characters

Meet the Cast

The Narrator

Our nameless narrator certainly makes a name for himself. As a seven-year-old, he defeats the entire witch population of England. Fancy. This isn't an accident. This guy has all the qualities it ta...

Grandmamma

An 86-year-old chubby Norwegian lady with a walking stick who smokes cigars and tells witch stories – let's face it, that's just about the coolest grandma on the planet. Roald Dahl Version 2.0In...

The Grand High Witch

Give this lady a bike and a theme song and she might as well take over for the Wicked Witch of the West – except, instead of your little dog, she'll get your little mouse, too. When we first meet...

The Witches

A Witch-Hunter's Field GuideIt's very important that you are able to identify a witch, if you ever run into one (which you very well may). That's why we're going to include Grandmamma's tips on how...

Witch with Snake

This is the very first witch we meet. In a book titled The Witches, this is kind of a big deal. She fits the bill for a witch according to Grandmamma's stories: peculiar looking, and trying to lure...

Bruno Jenkins

Bruno Jenkins is the dictionary definition of an oaf. He's big, he's greedy, he's slow-witted, he's just... oafy. (We made that word up, but we're allowed to after all the made-up words in The Witc...

Mr Jenkins

Mr Jenkins (Bruno's dad) is only featured in two scenes, but in our brief time with him, we get a pretty clear idea of the kind of dude he is: rude, pushy, and full of himself. Sound like a guy who...

Mrs Jenkins

Bruno's mom is not a very interesting character. All we know about Mrs Jenkins is that she knits mustard-colored things (16.15) and that she's scared of mice (20.20). Having her as a character, tho...

The Doctor, The Nurse, and Mrs Spring

These three helpful characters take care of Grandmamma when she's sick with pneumonia. More notably, though, they take care of our narrator. The Nurse and Mrs Spring move in to help care for Grandm...

Mr Stringer

Mr Stringer, like Mr Jenkins, is an adult character who's less than likeable. Mr Stringer, the manager of the Hotel Magnificent, is described as being a "bristly man" (5.41). This means he's kind o...

The Chambermaid

Adults are party poopers. That's what we learn from the Chambermaid. We know nothing about her except that, when she sees our narrator with his pet mice, she has a total cow and reports him to the...

The Cooks

These guys are hard-working, that's for sure. And you know what they say: work hard, play hard. The cooks serve as comic relief in this book – in what's otherwise a very suspenseful moment, they...

William (The Waiter)

There's nothing too special about William, the waiter. He seems to be a nice guy – noticing that our narrator is absent from dinner, being polite to Grandmamma, and doing his job. But wait, doesn...

Taxi Driver

Ah, the getaway car. The taxi driver who takes Grandmamma and our narrator away from the hotel is an old man with a mustache. He's kind of an over-sharer. He tells Grandmamma that he used to have m...

The Vanished Children

The Vanished Children...spooky. All we know about Ranghild Hansen, Solveg Christiansen, Birgit Svenson, Harald, and Leif is that they disappeared because of witches. We never learn anything about t...

Narrator's Mother and Father

Our narrator's mom and dad don't get a lot of face time in The Witches. They both died in a tragic car accident, which our narrator survived. The only description given to us by our narrator is tha...
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