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Groosham Grange[ edit ] Groosham Grange is a school of evil magic. It acts as a GCSE school to fool the authorities and even the parents who put their children in Grange are not informed about the involvement of magic. The school consists of teachers who are all mythical creatures. Kilgraw is the Deputy Headmaster and is a vampire. Windergast teaching the subject of "General Witchcraft" is an elderly witch.
The school only enrolls the seventh son of a seventh son, or the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, because they can perform magic. After the son or daughter is found to have been competent enough to continue, they are given a black ring, signifying they can control magic. In fact, all the pupils are forced to sign the admission register with their blood. He has been at Groosham Grange for almost a year and at first hated it upon discovering its dark secret about evil magic.
He had fought with the school authorities and tried to escape but in vain. He also despised the teachers. Note that the teachers were all mythical creatures. Some of them were wizards, witches, werewolves and vampires. After a year at the school, he realizes that he was destined to come here as he was the seventh son of a seventh son and thus suitable to possess magic.
He now accepts the school and tries to come first on the league table by getting the most points. However, Eliot still had a points lead. David thinks all the mistakes he made were nothing but intricate traps laid by Vincent.
In the end, he realizes it was all a misunderstanding. Helliwell Mr. Helliwell is the voodoo teacher at Groosham Grange. He is the actual antagonist of the novel.
Helliwell had joined the school at around the same time as Vincent King. He is the one who is the secret agent of the Bishop of Bletchley. He was actually an evil black magic wizard, however when he went to Haiti for a vacation, he met the Bishop who then drastically reformed him and asked him to destroy the school hosting evil magic, Groosham Grange. He had then laid traps and then designed them in such a way, that David always thought Vincent was responsible.
He had actually pushed David out of the tower window. He was the one who sent those wax models to attack him. And he was the one who had actually opened the safe and kept the question papers of the test on the desk to frame David.
He had also managed to ship the Unholy Grail out of Skrull Island onto Canterbury but at the last moment David defeated him. She also supported Vincent, righteously where he was actually not responsible but still David suspected him. Teagle and Mr. Fitch — They are the school headmasters.
They possess the same body but have two distinct heads. Kilgraw — The deputy headmaster. Kilgraw had the idea of making the tie-breaker. She came the matron after her husband died. She is the "General Witchcraft" teacher. She was burned at the stake two times, once during the reign of King John and another time in Miss Pedicure — Miss Pedicure is a mummy who existed since time began. It was her blue statuette which was to be recovered from the British Museum. Plot[ edit ] After initially hating Grange when David arrived almost a year ago, he has decided to accept it.
David now realizes that he belongs to this school and has a new goal. Throughout the year, David had worked hard to earn the most points so he could walk away with the Grail.
But three months ago, Vincent King - a new student, had joined the school. Vincent being adaptive, quickly earned points and then stood second in line behind David to win the prize. Seeing Vincent as a rival, David had an instantaneous dislike to the new boy, even though Vincent became very popular.
Finally, when the year was coming to an end and only one test was left i. One day, David witnesses Vincent exiting a tall tower.
When David tries to enter the tower, he is spotted by Gregor, the school porter and is thus forced to return to his classes. Convinced that Vincent is up to something, David wants to know what is inside the tower. Being held up by Gregor causes David to be late in class and he loses three points, which gives him a point lead over Vincent. Afterwards, David starts a fight with Vincent and loses nine more points.
In the hallway, he thinks he sees Vincent sneak into Mr. Fitch and Mr. When David enters the room, no one is there except Mr. Teagle who are sleeping on the bed. David spies some paper and picks them up and sees that they are the questions for the "Advanced Cursing" test he is supposed to take the next day.
Just as he is putting them down, the office door flies open and Mr. Helliwell caught him. David loses fifteen points, and now Vincent is right behind him in the race for the top prize, with just a lead of one point.
The correcting teacher, Mr. In the end, he manages to solve the cryptic message given by Mr. Kilgraw and finds it. But at the end, wax models from Madame Tussauds attack him and he loses the statuette. Later, he discovers that Vincent got the statuette.
As usual, he suspects Vincent of treachery as he believed Vincent made those wax models to attack him. When David does finally get into the tower, he finds evidence which claims that someone is trying to destroy Groosham Grange. He also sees homing bats in the tower - which he deduces must be sending secret messages to the Bishop of Bletchley.
David realizes that he must prevent the destruction from happening. On the day of prize-giving, Vincent is finally awarded the Grail but as soon as the parents leave from the prize-giving ceremony, sudden destruction starts. And David thinks Vincent is responsible. Then he finds himself face-to-face with Jill Green, his best friend and Vincent King, his rival. The only reason he entered the tower that day was because he smoked. By that time, Eliot had guessed who did this.
He took off on Mrs. Helliwell near the Canterbury Church. The pieces of the puzzle start fitting in together. It was Mr. Helliwell who was collecting the test papers - so he just removed the sheet with the answer.
He had met the Bishop of Bletchley at Haiti who had reformed him and under his instructions had tried to destroy Groosham Grange. Somehow, formulating a plan, David manages to get the Grail and returns it to the school. However, for personal purposes, he leaves the school.
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