Roald Dahl’s The Witches Switched Up for 2020

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: November 25, 2020  

The Witches (also known as Roald Dahl’s The Witches) is a dark fantasy comedy film based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl (author of childhood classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda).

The Witches, switched up from its original Nordic and English setting to 1960s Alabama, recounts the morbid story of Charlie, a black boy who moves in with his grandmother Agatha after the death of his parents. 

He soon encounters a witch at the store, and his mystical grandma initiates him into a world in which child-hating, dangerous witches are everywhere. These witches don’t look like anything he had read about in books. No pointy hats or ugly noses or flying brooms. They look like the typical woman of the ’60s; fancy wigs and nice shoes and they always wear gloves.

One day, Agatha takes Charlie to a fancy hotel, where it just so happens a massive coven of witches have assembled to discuss their plan to rid the world of pesky children.  Having been mentored by his mystical grandma, Charlie recognizes them for what  they are and it’s up to him and grandma to stop their villainous plan. 

Race, class and gender relations of America’s South in the 1960s play alongside this frightful flick. Note, it’s for kids 10 years older. If your children love a little thrill, watch out for tickets on KenyaBuzz.


About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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