Chief/ Grand/ Great Wizard
Grand Wizard, Headmaster of Camelot College
Hellibore attends the Halloween celebrations at Cackle’s every year. In Mildred’s first year, she crashes into the Grand Wizard during the broomstick display, though this is later revealed to be Ethel Hallow’s fault. In Mildred’s second year, he bans Mildred and Ethel from attending the celebrations for causing the havoc the previous year. However, Mildred sneaks in to get Algernon Rowan-Webb changed back from a frog; It is revealed that Hellibore and Algernon are old friends and fellow magicians from the days when Cackle's Academy was used as a meeting place for wizards.
In the film, Hellibore is depicted as being much younger and good looking, and all the witches are in love with him, even Miss Hardbroom.
1998 TV SeriesHellibore attends the Halloween celebrations at Cackle’s every year. In Mildred’s first year, she crashes into the Grand Wizard during the broomstick display, though this is later revealed to be Ethel Hallow’s fault. In Mildred’s second year, he bans Mildred and Ethel from attending the celebrations for causing the havoc the previous year. However, Mildred sneaks in to get Algernon Rowan-Webb changed back from a frog; It is revealed that Hellibore and Algernon are old friends and fellow magicians from the days when Cackle's Academy was used as a meeting place for wizards.
Aside from the Halloween celebrations, Hellibore also visits Cackle’s to give lectures, and for other events such as debates and school plays. In Mildred’s first year he comes for a lecture, accompanied by three trainee wizards, Merlin Longstaff, Barry Dragonsbane, and Gary Grailquest . Hellibore then gets the bright idea to have a debate between the boys and girls on whether wizards are better than witches - though he makes it clear he thinks wizards are far superior to witches.
In Mildred’s Second year, Chief Wizard Hellibore, Algernon Rowan-Webb and three wizard apprentices Barry, Gary and Merlin turn up during a snowstorm, seeking shelter from the weather. Hellibore is a bit put out that Rowan-Webb started a snowball fight with him; Algernon is in a particularly mischievous mood and in order to cheer everybody up, pronounces the day to be an upside-down day. Everything is turned on its head; teachers and pupils change places and there are games instead of lessons.
The following term Hellibore goes to Cosie’s Café for demands a traditional English cream tea, but Mildred and Ethel are on work experience at the Café, and Ethel tries to give him some foreign, chocolaty pastry. Hellibore also attends Cackle’s pantomime of Cinderella at the end of the term, where Barry and Gary are playing the ugly stepsisters.
In the Summer term, Camelot College host a visit from Cackle’s Academy, to see how they would benefit from being taught in mixed-sex classes. It comes up in conversation that Grand Wizard Hellibore and Miss Cackle are planning to merge Cackle's with Camelot into a single, co-educational school for witches and wizards. The girls don't like idea and plan to stop it from happening. Enid asks what the teachers are afraid of. "That we won't get on with the boys?" "No. I think deep down, they're really afraid that we'll get on with the boys too well." The girls sneak into the boys' party, drawing the teachers attention, and Miss Cackle agrees that the merger is not such a good idea after all.
The New Worst Witch
2017 TV Series
The Great Wizard visits Cackle's in The Great Wizard's Visit, when he is dropped of by a confused taxi driver, who is then magicked back to where he came from. The students bow and greet the Wizard, but Mildred messes up her greeting when her hat falls of and she calls him 'Your Highness' instead of 'Your Greatness'. The Great Wizard tells her that magic is a serious business and self-control is essential for a witch.
The Great Wizard shows Miss Cackle a letter he received about incidents at the Academy, including pupils being turned into frogs and pigs. Miss Hardbroom says that those incidents were all linked to one student: Mildred Hubble. The Great Wizard is shocked to hear that Mildred is not from a witching family. It is decided that Mildred will perform magic for the Great Wizard, to prove she is worthy to be at the school. However, Mildred's musical potion display gets out of control and The Great Wizard, Miss Drill and Mr Rowan-Webb are splashed with potion, causing them to sing the tune loudly and uncontrollably until Miss Hardbroom, seeing that Miss Cackle is not doing anything, stops the spell.
The Great Wizard announces that he will be removing Miss Cackle as headmistress, and the school will go to the next Cackle in line - Agatha. However, Miss Hardbroom is able to talk him out of it with a speech in support of Miss Cackle. Miss Cackle then announces that the first years will perform a broomstick display, led by Mildred Hubble, and the teachers are left in shock.
Ethel goes to Miss Cackle thinking there's been a mistake as Mildred been given her spot on the broomstick team. Miss Cackle tells Ethel she wants Mildred to mess up so that the Great Wizard will see that it is not her fault and will let her stay as headmistress.
However, Mildred realises that Miss Cackle is really Agatha and tells Maud and Enid. Maud pretends to be sick so she can skip the broomstick display and go and find Miss Cackle. As the display gets underway, Maud finds Miss Cackle in an enchanted sleep and reverses the spell. Outside, Mildred's broomstick goes out of control. Miss Cackle arrives, and both her and Agatha claim they are Ada. However, Ada saves Mildred from her aerial predicament, revealing that she is the real headmistress as Agatha no longer has magical powers and so cannot perform magic. It is revealed that Agatha used a mirror to bounce Ada's own spell back at her, and that Ethel put a spell on Mildred's broom, but everything is forgiven, and Agatha is banished. The Great Wizard tells Mildred that he thinks she does indeed deserve her place at Cackle's.
Miss Cackle contacts the Great Wizard in Out of Bounds to let him know that Agatha has escaped banishment. He arrives in The Worst Headmistress to find that Agatha has taken over. Agatha has learnt that she is the elder daughter and says she is the rightful headmistress. The Great Wizard burns the birth scroll and implies that he will rewrite the code to reinstate Ada Cackle. Upon hearing this, Agatha summons Miss Gullet and Miss Hardbroom. Together, their magic captures the Great Wizard. The Great Wizard can't understand why Miss Hardbroom would turn on him and she tells him it is because otherwise Agatha will destroy the school. The three witches then turn the great wizard into a blue balloon with his face drawn on in marker pen. When Mildred and the others save the school, the Great Wizard is turned back to himself. He forgives Miss Hardbroom and traps Agatha and her accomplice Miss Gullet in a painting.
Grand Wizard Hellibore is a traditional wizard, with a long beard, and wears a purple robe embroidered with moons and stars, and a wizard’s hat.
In the 2017 series, the Great Wizard's hat and robes are in shades of blue trimmed with silver. He has a short beard in the first series and a very long white beard in the second series, which is truer to his description in the books.
Personality and Traits
The grand wizard is a "pompous, old windbag" who's status in the magic community has automatically earned him the revere of all those around him, including the frightening Miss Hardbroom. He's also the head master of a school for young wizards called Camelot College.
The staff of Cackle's tries hard to please him by distributing snacks and listening to endless boring tales about his great career. Yet they are not too fond of him and his chauvinist attitudes about differences between witches and wizards (according to him, wizards are better in any respect). When dealing with the Cackle’s pupils and staff, however, the Grand Wizard has to admit that this motto won´t be able to hold its ground against the combined witch-power. His pupils, especially Barry and Gary, adopt this idea - and have soon to regret it when dealing with the Cackle's Girls.
He is nicknamed 'Helli-boring' by most of the pupils and teachers at Cackles, due to his habit of droning on and his belief that wizards are superior to witches. He is a big fan of crumpets, scones and cream tea.
- Hellibore is known as the Grand Wizard in the TV series , and the Chief Magician or Chief Wizard in the Books.
- In the Telemovie, Hellibore is depicted as being much younger and good looking, and all the witches are in love with him, even Miss Hardbroom:
Mildred: Miss Hardbroom hates me.
Maud: Miss Hardbroom hates everyone.
Mildred: I heard that she was once madly in love with the chief wizard.
Maud: Yeah, but a prettier witch cast a spell over him, and every time he looked at HB he thought she was a slimy frog.
Mildred: Imagine kissing that.
Maud: Imagine kissing HB.
(Hardbroom appears suddenly)
Hardbroom: Is that so?
- Egbert Helibore’s name in other languages:
German: Egbert Helibore (stays the same)
Dutch: Egbert Hellerook– Hellsmoke
- The Worst Witch (Book)
- A Bad Spell For The Worst Witch
- The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star
- The Worst Witch (1986 Telemovie)
- The Worst Witch (TV Series) (A Mean Halloween, Sweet Talking Guys, Crumpets for Tea, Animal Magic, An Unforgettable Experience, Better Dead than Co-Ed, Cinderella in Boots)
- The New Worst Witch (Trick or Treat)
- The Worst Witch (2017 BBC Series)
- ↑ A Mean Halloween,The Worst Witch (Book)
- ↑ Crumpets for Tea, A Bad Spell For The Worst Witch
- ↑ The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star
- ↑ A Mean Halloween,The Worst Witch (Book)
- ↑ Crumpets for Tea, A Bad Spell For The Worst Witch
- ↑ Sweet Talking Guys
- ↑ Animal Magic
- ↑ An Unforgettable Experience
- ↑ Cinderella in Boots
- ↑ Better Dead than Co-Ed
- ↑ Trick or Treat