If you have noticed a similarity between the Worst Witch and Harry Potter you’re not alone. Jill Murphy has too and has reportedly said J.K. Rowling should thank her.
I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us here, or at least a good 90% of us have read Harry Potter. After all, this is a fan sire for Wizarding Word fans, so why would you be here if you hadn’t read the books or watched the movies? But, how many of you have read, or watched, the Worst Witch?
Now, if you haven’t, don’t worry. Personally I haven’t either. The premise of the story however is fairly straight forward. A young girl named Mildred is the main focus of the overall story as she attends Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches with the aim of becoming a witch, despite being rather accident prone.
Based on that slight premise above, similarities to Harry Potter can be drawn. Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Mildred and Harry, potion classes, broomsticks, etc.
Those who have actually read the original novels or watched the TV show can probably draw many more similar conclusions than I can from my very limited knowledge.
Jill Murphy, who wrote the Worst Witch novels in 1974, obviously feels that the similarities are not by sheer coincidence but are in fact the result of Rowling being inspired by the series. In an interview with The Telegraph she is reported to have said thank you would be nice.
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Now, I am in no position to really voice an overall opinion over if this is truly justified or not, because I do no know enough about the Worst Witch. Rowling has not made comment herself so maybe she does not feel as though there is any justification to these words.
Personally, I don’t think there is. Like I said, I don’t know enough to give a full argument here, but from my basic knowledge, what story that involves witches and wizards doesn’t involve broomsticks, potions, and spells?
There is bound to be an overlap between the stories.
But let’s here what you have to say. If you know both stories well does J.K. Rowling owe Jill Murphy thanks?
Drop a comment just below sharing your thoughts.