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The Sanderson Sisters’ Origins Will Finally Be Revealed in the Hocus Pocus Sequel

Late next month, a sequel to the film that was released in 1993 will hit theaters, marking the witches’ return to the big screen for the first time in nearly three decades. According to what we’ve been told, the storyline of Hocus Pocus 2 will finally shed light on the mysterious origins of the three witchy sisters.

The official summary of the movie had earlier provided moviegoers with a few pleasures (there were no tricks), but in the end, it left them wanting more. (As a side note, I want to encourage anyone who hasn’t seen the trailer for Hocus Pocus 2 to do so as soon as possible).

According to a press statement issued by Disney, “It has been 29 years since someone lighted the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are searching for retribution.” Now, it is up to three high school kids to prevent the gluttonous witches from wreaking a new type of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.


In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Anne Fletcher (Dumplin’ and The Proposal), who will also be directing the next Hocus Pocus sequel, revealed a few more of the long-awaited specifics on the movie.

In it, Fletcher set the scene for the picture, which will reportedly open with a flashback to 1600s New England. There, child actors Taylor Henderson, Juju Journey Brener, and Nina Kitchen will portray younger versions of Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Mary (Kathy Najimy). In addition, viewers will get to know a younger version of Billy Butcherson, who will be portrayed by Doug Jones, and will finally have the opportunity to piece together the connections that exist between him and the Sanderson Sisters.

In the film’s introductory segment, we are given some background information on the witches and Billy. We get a glimpse, or a “kiss,” of the Billy side of it, as well as the environment that they lived in and what happened to the witches. Forgive the pun. That was always lost on me in the initial one. Such as, “Why are the witches the way that they are?” As Fletcher put it.


The filmmaker then proceeded, saying, “I did have that question, and when the script came, I adored the opening in the year 1600.” I pushed that a little bit harder because I really wanted to point at, ever so slightly…. the idea that the 1600s and the present are the same. I did this by pushing the idea that the same things are happening. There is no discernible change. I only bring this up to point out the irony of the situation. However, the highlight of the movie is when you get to see them when they were younger. You’ll laugh a lot, learn a lot, and have a better understanding of what happened to them and why.

Not only will there be new information, but there will also be a comprehensive timeline of events. Fletcher also shared with the press that the live-action comedy will feature “some lovely shocks in the mythology” regarding the origins of the sisters’ narrative.

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