I am so excited to be kicking off the blog tour for this incredible series. Morgan Charmley, Teen Witch and Morgan Charmley Spells and Secrets are fabulously witchy and hilarious! This series is perfect for older readers just beginning to bridge that gap between Middle Grade and YA. Morgan is a superb character and author Katy Birchall outlines, all this week, some of her favourite and most iconic witches!
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Morgan Charmley: Spells and Secrets Blog Tour
Celebrating witches from popular culture
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996 TV series)
If I HAD to pick just one witch from popular culture who I believed to be the most iconic, it would be Sabrina Spellman from the genius 1990s TV series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Funny, hilarious and always getting into trouble, Sabrina is a half-witch, half-mortal teenager coming to terms with her supernatural abilities while also trying to survive high school. Cue plentyof mischief, mishaps and magic. This comedy show was the perfect pick-me-up after a yawn day of school. I loved it and it has been a huge inspiration behind the adventures of my own witch, Morgan Charmley.
The brilliance of Sabrina is that she’s absolutely NOT perfect. Having magical powers at school sounds awesome, right? Sure. But when it comes to magic, it’s never going to be simple. She constantly tries to cast spells to make life easier – who wouldn’t want to get revenge on the school bully? Or do chores and homework without having to lift a finger? – but they almost always go wrong with hilarious results.
For example, the first time she kisses her boyfriend, Harvey (genuine ‘90s heartthrob on equivalent level of Harry Styles), she turns him into a frog. In another classic episode, she can’t stop eating pancakes until it’s literally all she cares about. (We’ve all been there.)
But Sabrina wouldn’t be Sabrina without her fabulous supporting cast, all equally as iconic as the main witch herself. Synonymous with Sabrina is Salem, the sarcastic talking black cat. His snide comments and evil mastermind inclinations are the stuff of legend…and even though he’s hardly a bundle of joy, strangely you still end up wanting a Salem yourself.
And then there are Sabrina’s aunts, witches Hilda and Zelda, who have lived together for hundreds of years and do a fabulous job of bringing up Sabrina, imparting (occasionally questionable) nuggets of wisdom, but always there for her no matter what. Talk about girl power.
Through her comic misadventures, Sabrina learns a lot of life lessons, namely the importance of friendship and family, how life won’t always go your way, and why it’s OK to make mistakes. Sabrina won our hearts because, witch or no-witch, she was simply muddling through, just like the rest of us.
And knowing you’re not the only one is always that little bit magical.
Thank you so much Katy for this brilliant blog piece introducing us to Sabrina Spellman- luckily I am old enough to remember this series fondly and wishing I were a bit more like Sabrina!
Morgan Charmley, Teen Witch and Morgan Charmley Spells and Secrets are published by Scholastic and available at all brilliant independent bookstores as well as Waterstones and WH Smith.