30 day movie challenge

A movie you watched when you stayed at your Gran’s
“Bedknobs & Broomsticks”


This is one of many movies that I remember watching repeatedly when I stayed at my Grandparent’s house when I was wee! It was taped off the TV on a video in a yellow and was kept in a yellow and black cardboard box as most movies were back in the day. My Gran and I had lengthy discussion on what I watched when I was wee and there were some bizarre and fantastic things that came up, but we decided that Bedknobs & Broomsticks was the one for the blog!

Set in the Second World War,it’s the truly magical tale of Eglantine Price, an apprentice witch, who takes in three young evacuee children from London into her care in the small village of Pepperinge Eye, where they don’t quite see eye to eye.

Upon learning of her apprenticeship, Miss Price and the children, accompanied by Professor Emelius Browne embark on an adventure to find the Star of Astaroth in order to find the missing second half of the ‘Substitutiary Locomotion’ spell that Eglantine needs to learn so she can pass her apprenticeship!

One should mention that the mode of travel is a magical bed operated by one boy and his… magic… knob…

Moving swiftly on…

Travelling from Portobello Road via some adventures in the ocean and the Isle of Naboombu…


They eventually find the Star of Astaroth and the magic words…

Bedknobs and Broomsticks - Pomi Ottone Manici Scopa

Which leads to Eglantine learning how to cast the spell…

Making an army of suits of armour to chase away a gang of pesky Nazi invaders from her quaint little village…

And eventually becoming a real witch!


Bedknobs & Broomsticks is a glorious mixture of animation and live action which, as an adult, is just as magical as it was when I was a wee boy staying at my Gran’s house!


About johnmcblain

Scottish Musician, Artist and Lecturer in Music & Sound Production.

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