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The Battle of the Broomsticks
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Episode Number

Season 1, Episode 1

Written by

Martin Riley

Directed by

Andrew Morgan

Produced by

Angela Beeching

Original Airdate

22 October 1998

Run Time

25 Minutes

Suceeded By

When We Feast at the Midnight Hour

The Battle of the Broomsticks is episode 1 of season 1 of The Worst Witch TV series. It is the very first episode. The Battle of the Broomsticks was followed by When We Feast at the Midnight Hour.


The strains of the school song can be heard echoing through the vaulted halls of the converted Gothic castle, which is Cackle's Academy. The young witches fly in on their broomsticks across the dark wooded slopes and over the school gates for the start of another year.

Mildred Hubble is on her way to Cackles Academy for the start of her first year, only to get lost on the way there. She comes across Ethel Hallow, who takes an imediate dislike to her and leaves her behind at once.

Miss Hardbroom is taking a register of the first years as they arrive. She is very pleased to see Ethel Hallow come flying in and make a perfect landing, but has to inform Miss Cackle that Mildred Hubble hasn't yet arrived. Miss Cackle wonders if Walker's Gate can be left open a little longer, but Miss Hardbroom is a stickler for discipline and insists that it be closed on time. Mildred arrives breathless, at the other side of the gate as it shuts. Deciding to give her broomstick a try, she flies over the wall.

The First Years Enter walker's gate

Inside the courtyard, Miss Cackle is making a speech of welcome to the girls. At that moment Mildred, in full flight, rises up over the gates, swoops along the courtyard and crashes straight into the school dustbins, breaking her broomstick in half. Everyone has a laugh at her expense, but Maud Moonshine comes to her rescue.

The next few days are full of madness and mystery as Mildred comes to terms with all the rules and age-old traditions of Cackle's Academy. The first two weeks are devoted to broomstick flying, unfortunately for Mildred, who is afraid of heights. She is warned that, though she may be a scholarship girl, if she doesn't pass her Broomstick Aptitude Test, Miss Cackle will be forced to ask her to leave.

Fortunatly for Mildred, Mr. Blossom has come up with a virtual reality device for broomstick flying, but Miss Hardbroom imediatly orders it to be locked away. Not one to give up, Mildred and her new friends (Maud, Ruby, and Jadu) sneak downstairs in the middle of the night and try to operate the device.

Disaster ensues and Mildred (who is terrified of heights) glumly awaits the test, certain that she will fail. It's then that she gets the brilliant idea to communicate with Ruby by radio and fly with her eyes closed. However, things go awry and Miss Hardbroom discovers their plan and subsiquently foils it.

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But Mildred manages to save herself at the last second, and with a little bit of magic from somewhere unexpected, Mildred stays the course and passes the test. Much to the distaste of Miss Hardbroom and Ethel, Miss Cackle gives her the "benefit of the doubt", and allows her to stay on at the Academy.


Miss Hardbroom: "I don't want to know your name girl, I want to know what that thing is in your ear!" ZAP! Ruby screaming, then HB goes back to reading the names off the list.

Mildred: “There's no window pane.”
Fenny: ”A window pane!”
Gris: “Fresh air. Part of the great Cackle's tradition.”
Fenny: “Along with cold feet, runny noses and goosebumps.”

Miss Hardbroom: "Any questions girls? (handful of girls raise their hand) No, good."

Miss Hardbroom: (in broomstick class) "There is nothing soft about broomsticks - giving them silly names like some people do with cars, like- "
Mildred: "Bobo."
Miss Hardbroom: “I beg your pardon?"
Mildred: “My mum calls her car Bobo, miss."
Miss Hardbroom: "Somehow, Mildred Hubble, that is not surprising. Broomsticks however, unlike Milldred's mother's car..."

Miss Hardbroom: “Plugged into the beat again, are we, Ruby Cherrytree?” ZAP!

Everyone yelling: “BANANA BROOM, BANANA BROOM!”
Miss Bat: "You stick to your banana; it has a lot of character."

Miss Cackle: “Now it's time to say-“
Miss Hardbroom: “unfortunately-“
Miss Cackle: “that-“
Miss Hardbroom: “that-“
Miss Cackle: “we're only going to give you one more chance!”

Spells Used

Here is a list of spells featured in the episode, along with who performed them, who they were performed on (when applicable) and, if given, the incantation used.

  • When Miss Hardbroom sees Ruby Cherrytree listening to music during role call, she uses a spell with an unknown incantation to vanish her headphones.
  • Miss Hardbroom is also seen using a materialising spell with an unknown incantation to enter Potions.
  • In Spells, Miss Cackle teaches the levitating spell to her students. Together, they chant "Altus, Alta, Alto, Altissima!" to levitate Mildred.
  • Miss Cackle then teaches the spell to bring her back down again, and the class bring Mildred back to the earth with "Altma, Agba, Sansiba Calendula!"
  • Miss Cackle casts an unknown spell to make a big, hairy spider appear in Mildred's hand, believing her to be scared of them and trying to make her get over her fear. She gets rid of it with an unknown incantation.
  • Miss Hardbroom uses an unknown stopping spell to stop the broomstick simulation that Mildred was on, as it was going haywire. Afterwards, she breaks the machine with an unknown incantation.
  • When Miss Hardbroom spots Ruby guiding Mildred through the Broomstick Test, she confiscates the microphone with an unknown spell.


The Worst Witch TV Series
Season 1

1-1 1-2 1-3 1-4 1-5 1-6 1-7 1-8 1-9 1-10 1-11 1-12 1-13

Season 2 2-1 2-2 2-3 2-4 2-5 2-6 2-7 2-8 2-9 2-10 2-11 2-12 2-13

Season 3 3-1 3-2 3-3 3-4 3-5 3-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 3-10 3-11 3-12 3-13 3-14