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5 Books to Read if ‘Hocus Pocus’ Put a Spell On You

Aside from the holiday season, I’d say Halloween is also one of the most wonderful times of the year. The buzz leading up to October 31st and all the spooky, fun things that come with it are exciting as hell. Everyone has a costume to plan and party invites are going out. Some of my best childhood memories from Halloween consist of going to the school Halloween party, then coming home to eat McDonald’s, candy, and watch movies. What bliss; those plans may even beat going to an adult party, but the movies are always necessary on the night of Halloween.


One of my all-time favorite Halloween movies isn’t a scary slasher, but the classic Hocus Pocus. I can watch it again and again and it never gets old. Kids and adults alike love this movie and I never would’ve guessed that 25 years later there would still be as big of a buzz as when it first premiered. It is classic. Don’t fight me on that. So if you’re as obsessed with it as we are, here are some similar books that may still put a spell on you.


1. How to Hang a Witch by Andriana Mather

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Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials—and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves the Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?


If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.



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Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.


3. The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw

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Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…


Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.


Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.


Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.


Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.


But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.



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For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin. Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. A calliope’s shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. Two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes…and the stuff of nightmares.



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It’s July in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.


As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose-petal lips and her entrancing glow. There’s just something about her that he can’t put his finger on, something faraway and otherworldly that compels him to fall even deeper. Annie’s from the city, and yet she seems just as out of place as Wes feels. Lost in the chaos of the busy city streets, she’s been searching for something—a missing ring. And now Annie is running out of time and needs Wes’s help. As they search together, Annie and Wes uncover secrets lurking around every corner, secrets that will reveal the truth of Annie’s dark past.



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‘Hocus Pocus’ Sequel Features Major LGBT Romance

The beloved Halloween classic Hocus Pocus is continuing its story in a brand new sequel, bringing the Sanderson sisters back to life! While the iconic witch trio will most certainly bewitch fans, a new character will be featured and she is likely to put a spell on you.



As we reported earlier this year, Hocus Pocus was revived via a book sequel published by Freeform, a Disney imprint that publishes YA fiction. The sequel, written by A.W. Jantha, will be set 25 years after the original film and will be depict the escapades of Max and Allison’s 17-year-old daughter, Poppy, as she attempts to save Salem from the recently resurrected Sanderson sisters. 





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According to Autostraddle, in the midst of the danger of saving her beloved town, Poppy finds herself falling for popular girl Isabella, her enchanting classmate who shares her interest in saving the town from the spell of the Sanderson sisters.



If the rumor is true (which, accompanied by an excerpt from the book, it certainly looks like), then that is a huge deal for LGBT representation. Hocus Pocus is an iconic Halloween film and the book is likely to garner a wide audience (it currently tops the Amazon chart for YA Gay & Lesbian Fiction). Therefore, the sequel offers a wide platform for exposure to LGBT romance which a huge plus for diverse representation which I’m sure will be much appreciated by many readers.



Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel was released on July 10, 2018 and is available for purchase now!




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The Witch is Back: Hocus Pocus Returns with Book Sequel

It seems like if you wish hard enough for something, it comes true. This goes for all you nostalgic folks out there. Those who can recall trick-or-treating or attending your school’s Halloween party only to come home, divide up your sweets, and watch Hocus Pocus all night. Nothing was as exciting on Halloween, I will fight you on that one. Now, if you can’t get enough Winifred, Mary, and Sarah or you need an excuse to obnoxiously squeal ‘sistahs!’ then keep reading.


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Nerdist has reported that good old Disney has blessed us with an official Hocus Pocus sequel… in book form! Fans of the 1993 classic have been pining for a sequel and it seems that with each passing year, its popularity grows. Through Oh My Disney, Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha is going to be a twist from the original film. Fast-forward twenty-five years and Max and Allison are married with a teenaged daughter named Poppy. When did this happen?! Since they’re still in Salem, it’s now Poppy’s turn to fight the Sanderson sisters. I guess they weren’t completely turned to stone?




This two-part book will first give an updated retelling then lead into the sequel and the later life of all the characters. I’m going to say that includes a grown-up Dani as well, which makes me feel old as heck. Despite her adulthood I’m hoping she still hasn’t lost her humor (“Max likes your yabbos. In fact, he loves ‘em”). All this lovely news comes after the announcement of a Hocus Pocus TV movie remake. It got mixed reviews from fans, but I think the books will (literally) create a new chapter for our beloved characters.




The sequel comes out at the perfect time on July 10th, right around the movie’s twenty-fifth anniversary. We still don’t know much about the TV movie remake, but Hocus Pocus in adult and book form just may be the magic we need.


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Bette Middler is Not in the Mood for Hocus Pocus Remake

It wouldn’t be Halloween without acknowledging the iconic film that is Hocus Pocus! While Hocus Pocus isn’t exactly book-related, it is a cultural classic that needs to be addressed.

If you haven’t heard already, there are rumors that Disney is in the early stages of developing a Hocus Pocus remake. Though it is unclear whether or not any of the original cast members will be involved, or if the remake will play on the original plot, one major original cast member will definitely be absent.


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It appears that none of the original witches may be involved, and Better Middler isn’t pleased. Middler allegedly criticized the upcoming film, calling it “cheap.”


“I know it’s cheap. It’s going to be cheap!” Middler told People Magazine.



“I’m not sure what they’re going to do with my character,” Middler said. “My character is very, very broad and I don’t know who they’re going to find to play that.”





While Middler’s comments may sound a little…well…pessimistic, she is kind of right. Middler’s iconic performance as the domineering witch-in-charge, Winifred Sanderson, is undoubtedly one of the best witches ever created.


While many fans (myself included) are excited to see a return of our favorite Halloween classic, no one can out-do this iconic character. 


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Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Starred in ‘Hocus Pocus!’

Everyone’s most beloved actor, environmental activist, and (eventual) Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio could have been even more beloved (if that’s possible) had he taken the iconic role of Max in the world’s most wonderful Halloween movie Hocus Pocus. Director Kenny Ortega explained that DiCaprio was up for two other movies at the time, and so Ortega was informed before he auditioned that he probably wouldn’t be able to take the roll. He told Entertainment Weekly:


The [casting] ladies called me up and they said, ‘We’re sending you an actor today but he’s not available but you’re going to fall in love with him but you can’t have him.’


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DiCaprio ended up taking on What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? instead, but Ortega said that meeting DiCaprio made him realise what exactly it was he was looking for.


Obviously, [Leo] left and incredible things happened for that young man and to this day, but meeting him awakened me to the kind of spirit and fun and sincerity that I was looking for in an actor and when Omri Katz came around, I fell in love again and he was our Max.


Recently, a sequel to Hocus Pocus was announced, but none of the original cast have been asked back and it will be a made-for-TV film. Maybe DiCaprio will finally get his chance this time?


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