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Mistress Hecketty Broomhead
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Magical Status

Witch

Gender

Female

Hair Colour

Brown

Eye Colour

Occupation

Witch Tutor, School inspector, Member of The Witches' Guild, Temporay Headmistress

Actress

Janet Henfrey (1998 TV Series)

Wormwood

Whilemena Wormwood, the young Mistress Broomhead

Mistress Hecketty Broomhead (born Wilhelmina Wormwood) is the school inspector and a member of The Witches' Guild. She took over briefly as headmistress of the Academy while Miss Cackle was away visiting her ill Aunt Gertrude. She terrifies Miss Hardbroom as she was Miss Hardbroom's tutor at Witch Training College.

Story

1998 TV Series

Mistress Broomhead was born Wilhelmina Wormwood, and attended a witches' school in her childhood, along with Amelia Cackle. She terrorized the other students, turned teachers into snakes and lizards, and when she was caught she tried to freeze the whole school into ice until she was expelled. Wormwood apparently gave the excuse that "a bat bit her when she was young".[1]

After being expelled, she changed her name to Hecketty Broomhead, and became a tutor at the Witch Training College, where she was Miss Hardbroom’s personal tutor; she taught Miss Hardbroom "Everything she knows" (including how to appear from thin air). Miss Hardbroom encounters Mistress Broomhead twice at Cackle's, first as a Witches' Guild inspector, and then as acting Headmistress.

Broomhead rose through The Witches’ Guild, becoming an OFWITCH inspector, during which she visits Cackle’s to carry out an OFWITCH inspection. After announcing her intention to close Cackles Academy by cutting off their GAS (Guild Approved Status), Sybil Hallow turns her back into a child using "a spell to turn bullying adults back into their younger selves". Miss Cackle then recognises Broomhead as a girl she went to Witch Academy with, and that her real name is Wilhelmina Wormwood.

Miss Cackle: “you’re not Mistress Broomhead, you’re Wilhelmina Wormwood, you terrorized the other students, turned teachers into snakes and lizards, and when you were caught you tried to freeze the whole school into ice until you were expelled. All because you were bitten by a bat when you were young-that was your excuse anyway.”[2]

Miss Cackle promises to turn her back into Hecate Broomhead as long as she agrees that Cackle's Academy has passed the inspection.

Mistress Broomhead returns to the Academy the following year, to stand in for Miss Cackle as Acting Headmistress while Cackle is away visiting her sick aunt.

Broomhead is a stickler for saving time, and orders large clocks to be put up around the school. She also makes Mildred wear an electronic tagging device so she can monitor where she is at all times. The others go and complain to Miss Crotchet and Miss Drill, but, even though they loathe Broomhead, there's nothing they can do about it. In class Miss Hardbroom passes them out a time sheet to record their productivity, and a time card (the kind you punch in a machine). The point is to figure out who's habitually late for class.[3]

Mildred overhears Mr Hallow planning to give Miss Cackle early retirement and make Mistress Broomhead the permanent Headmistress. This does not happen thanks to Miss Hardbroom, who contacts Miss Cackle and persuades her to come back.

Personality and Traits

Miss Hardbroom describes Broomhead as "the most thorough and relentless witch I've ever met"). Broomhead constantly criticises everyone and everything, especially Cackle’s Academy and Miss Hardbroom.

Mistress Broomhead has been terrified of bats since she was bitten by one when she was young.

Abilities and Skills

Mistress Broomhead is a powerful witch. Like Miss Hardbroom, Broomhead has the ability to appear from thin air - a skill which is revealed she taught to Hardbroom. Mistress Broomhead: "But only a witch like me could appear out of thin air whenever I want to."

Relationships

Mistress Broomhead was a teacher herself before she became an OFWITCH inspector, and she was Miss Hardbroom's tutor at Witch Training College. Broomhead is both surprised and disappointed when she discovers Hardbroom is a teacher, and believes that she is wasting her talent working at Cackles.[4] She taught Miss Hardbroom "Everything she knows", including how to appear from thin air. Miss Hardbroom encounters Mistress Broomhead twice at Cackle's, first as a Witches' Guild inspector, and then as acting Headmistress. Broomhead constantly criticises Miss Hardbroom:

HB: “The dragon! I’ve had some dealings with her in my time, but this is the limit! Mistress Broomhead has been going through my teaching records. She thinks they show glaring deficiencies. My lesson plans aren’t through enough! What right has she to say that! I get the best results of virtually every potion teacher in the country! How dare she question my methods!”

Lavinia: “I’m afraid she’s been doing that to everyone.”

HB: "yes, But MY methods are the ones I learnt from HER!!"[5]

Trivia

  • Broomhead’s name is spelled ‘Hecketty’ in the episode’s credits, but the name is more usually spelled ‘Hecate’.
  • It is implied that Broomhead never finished her education at Witch Academy. (Although it is not mentioned, it could also be that Broomhead and Cackle attended Weirdsister together).
  • It appears that Witches can change their names, as mentioned by Miss Cackle. Miss Drill later - briefly - does this in "Power Drill"
  • Miss Hecketty Broomhead’s name in other languages:

German: Frau H. Brummschädel - Mrs H. Hangover. In her first appearance, (The inspector Calls) her first name was Ernestine. In her second appearance (Just like clockwork) it was Hinriette. He birth name in German was Wilherlmina Wurmholz.

Appearances

References

Appearances

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