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captain_mills January 16th, 2012 5:07 am

Bewitched & Harry Potter
 
So, my wife and I had the TV on and the Will Ferel show Bewitched was on. I remember watching the old reruns of the TV show from the 60's. I am not old enough to have seen them the first time, but I remember watching the old black-and-white reruns along with reruns of I Dream of Genie...

Anyway, I got to thinking, there are a lot of connections between Bewitched (the original one...) and the Harry Potter universe. I'm gonna share some of the connections I see between them, and open it up for others to bring up other connections they see... and discuss the possibility that they might exist together!

I see the marriage between Samantha, a witch, and Darrin as her being a pureblood (or close) and a muggle. The show calls them mortals, though, and not muggles... They have two children, Tabitha and Adam, and both are magical. We never get to see them grow to age eleven, but they can both do magic, like Harry does as he is growing up.

Samantha's mother, Esmeralda, can't stand the "mortals" including Darrin and often uses her magic to make a fool of him. This is a bit like someone who does not wand half-blood grandchildren... Samantha wiggles her nose and does not use a wand, but the things that are done are just like spells from the Potterverse.

There is even a character in the show called High Priestess Hephzibah, and based on the dating of the show, it could be the Hufflepuff descendant that Tom Riddle wooes and later kills. This suggests that Samantha Stephens could be an American version of a Hufflepuff, being very loyal to the man she marries, regardless of whether he's magical or not...

So, could Bewitched be a documentation of an American wizarding family linked to the HP universe? Minus the use of wands in lieu of wiggling noses, I see lots of connections! What about you!? :)

snugglepot January 16th, 2012 7:34 am

Re: Bewitched & Harry Potter
 
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Originally Posted by captain_mills (Post 5965367)
So, my wife and I had the TV on and the Will Ferel show Bewitched was on. I remember watching the old reruns of the TV show from the 60's. I am not old enough to have seen them the first time, but I remember watching the old black-and-white reruns along with reruns of I Dream of Genie...

Anyway, I got to thinking, there are a lot of connections between Bewitched (the original one...) and the Harry Potter universe. I'm gonna share some of the connections I see between them, and open it up for others to bring up other connections they see... and discuss the possibility that they might exist together!

I see the marriage between Samantha, a witch, and Darrin as her being a pureblood (or close) and a muggle. The show calls them mortals, though, and not muggles... They have two children, Tabitha and Adam, and both are magical. We never get to see them grow to age eleven, but they can both do magic, like Harry does as he is growing up.

Samantha's mother, Esmeralda, can't stand the "mortals" including Darrin and often uses her magic to make a fool of him. This is a bit like someone who does not wand half-blood grandchildren... Samantha wiggles her nose and does not use a wand, but the things that are done are just like spells from the Potterverse.

There is even a character in the show called High Priestess Hephzibah, and based on the dating of the show, it could be the Hufflepuff descendant that Tom Riddle wooes and later kills. This suggests that Samantha Stephens could be an American version of a Hufflepuff, being very loyal to the man she marries, regardless of whether he's magical or not...

So, could Bewitched be a documentation of an American wizarding family linked to the HP universe? Minus the use of wands in lieu of wiggling noses, I see lots of connections! What about you!? :)

Very interesting!
I am old enough to remember this show when it was originally on TV. I loved it and still do! I have all eight seasons on DVD.

Just a correction.
Samantha's mother is Endora, Esmerelda is one of Samantha's many relatives who ends up as housekeeper/childminder for the Stevens.

Samantha's Uncle Arthur reminds me of Neville's Great Uncle Algie, or Ron's Great Uncle Billius.
The Stevens' next door neighbours, Abner and Gladys could be Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia.
Dr Bombay is the Gilderoy Lockhart, vain and self absorbed, whose "spells/potions" never seem to work properly.

captain_mills January 17th, 2012 5:16 am

Re: Bewitched & Harry Potter
 
Thanks for the corrections and the input Snugglepot! :)

GrimeldaDursley January 17th, 2012 5:39 am

Re: Bewitched & Harry Potter
 
This is interesting. I notice a pattern in these shows and HP, if one is magical, it is kept secret from nonmagical folks, Endora obviously dislikes "mortals" and is so contemptuos towards Darrin she deliberately calls him by the wrong name [Durwood comes to mind], some of the older witches and wizards dress very flamboyantly.All but Samantha seem to be very eccentric also.

I think they really are supposed to be immortal, which raises a question, Aunt Clara, poor befuddled Aunt Clara! She obviously old and kind of dotty! So they do age, but maybe slower? I would hate to spend eternity in the state she was in!

snugglepot January 17th, 2012 8:14 am

Re: Bewitched & Harry Potter
 
I loved Aunt Clara! She was one of my favourite characters. I was so sad when she was no longer in it.
I loved Darrin's parents and Samantha's father Maurice. The episodes with the two families coming together were the ones I really enjoyed!

LyannaS October 22nd, 2012 5:30 am

Re: Bewitched & Harry Potter
 
I saw the reruns of the old 60's show, and the movie with Nicole Kidman, but never made the connection with HP. Good catch, Captain Mills! :tu:

Yes, there is definitely some parallels, that previous posters pointed out.

Oh and it was "I Dream of Jeannie", not "Genie". Play on words, since they sound exactly the same. :) I watched reruns of that one too. Also a magical being and a Muggle male counterpart who's clueless about magic. :lol:

AldeberanBlack July 13th, 2016 7:00 pm

Re: Bewitched & Harry Potter
 
It's amazing how well it fits into the Potterverse.

twinsrule26 July 14th, 2016 10:02 am

Re: Bewitched & Harry Potter
 
Great catch.
Magical illnesses solved with magic . strange potions , aperation and disaperation, a wizards council that hands out punishments for rule breaking . all of these were part of the show and were also found in HP.

AldeberanBlack July 14th, 2016 4:57 pm

Re: Bewitched & Harry Potter
 
I find it ironic that America's religious right reacted with such hostility towards HP when a TV show about witchcraft and wizardry was on air for eight years and 250+ episodes decades before HP was even written.

Anhelda July 14th, 2016 10:51 pm

Re: Bewitched & Harry Potter
 
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Originally Posted by AldeberanBlack (Post 6105607)
I find it ironic that America's religious right reacted with such hostility towards HP when a TV show about witchcraft and wizardry was on air for eight years and 250+ episodes decades before HP was even written.

Well, no one ever accused the Religious Right of logic or consistency, so...not that surprising, really. :lol:

Never really caught the connections between HP and Bewitched, but when you think about it, there are some definite similarities! I did, however, use a Bewitched-related pic as part of a Battle of the Sexes thread that used to run on COS:

http://www.cosforums.com/picture.php...pictureid=6986

:rotfl: Gotta love Endora... :elaugh:

AldeberanBlack July 15th, 2016 1:20 pm

Re: Bewitched & Harry Potter
 
Endora was a married man's worst nightmare.

A mother in law with magical powers.


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