Spells, enchantment, magic, whatever you may call it, has always attracted people. The movies based on magic, in fact, are a favorite of not only kids but also teenagers and adults alike. In those 60-90 minutes being in a world where anything can happen give us immense pleasure and for this short period we forget everything else and get completely engrossed. Such is the power of magic and this is why movies based on magic do really well. And, here we present you the top 10 of them right below.
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This perhaps is the only Disney movie in our list of magic movies. The film, in which the classic fairytale meets the present day reality when the evil queen Narissa casts a magic spell on the bride-to-be and princess Giselle and she lands in the modern day New York City. She then gets to meet Edward Philips, the lovable lawyer with whom she falls in love with. The movie is a fantasy, comedy musical, filled with old-school magic.
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9. Practical Magic
A curse is cast on a family of witches which does not let them fall in love as it otherwise will take the lives of their beloveds. Two sisters of this family fight with all their courage and magic skills to battle against the supernatural force and end the curse. Though the movies did not do as well compared to most others in this list it still does manage to entertain because of the great performance of the artists, particularly the insane aunts who managed to make everybody laugh their hearts out.
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Asa Butterfield did full justice to the character of the twelve-year-old boy who lives all by himself in Paris in the walls of 1930s railway station and steals food to satiate himself. After the death of his loving watchmaker father, he had no option but to repair clocks for his alcoholic uncle. Also, Hugo would spend time working on the last project of his father, the automaton – a mechanical man who could write. He was very keen on finding out if his dad had left behind any message in the automaton and thus he did everything possible, even stealing, to attain the parts he required. During one such theft, he met the owner’s daughter, Isabelle, who planned to help him in his projects. An adventurous journey begins with a key that will help them disclose a secret from a magician’s past.
Directed by Andrew Adamson, the series is made in three parts, each of them equally amazing. The Chronicles of Narnia has its focus on the life of three kids who belong to the time of World War II and are sent to the home of a relative so they could be safe. It is here that their adventure starts when the youngest kid, Lucy, finds a parallel world in one closet. This is basically the world of Narnia but the Evil White Witch has brought it under her control. Now the children and the real ruler of the world, Aslan, plan to save Narnia.
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6. Spirited Away
Spirited Away is the story of a young girl, Chihiro, who gets trapped in the world of spirits. After the witch Yubaba transforms her parents into pigs, Chihiro had to work in her bathhouse so that she could free her family and go back to her world. The English-version of this movie was spearheaded by John Lasseter. It was the highest grossing movie ever in Japan and had even won the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
5. Oz the Great and Powerful
This is a fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi. The film is about a magician who is driven out from Kansas and then comes to stay in the land of Oz. People think he is the great wizard who has come to Oz to bring an end to their sufferings, and the magician takes advantage of their belief. Soon after, three witches come to Oz to destroy his plans of taking advantage of the innocent people.
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4. The Craft
This is one of the most famous films about witches. The Craft is remembered for the realistic portrayal of spell-casting consequences. Though most witches’ movies made for Disney channel is a morality tale, this one bravely gets dark. It is the story of 4 high school girls who have incredible powers and thus is also about spells, curses, and more than one murder. The great acting and great story paved the way to a huge success.
3. Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson, takes you to an amazing mystical and adventurous journey that is undertaken by Frodo, Elijah Wood. The film is about his adventure to reach a mysterious ring that he came across just by chance. He undertook the dangerous mission for a noble cause that is to prevent the rule of the Dark Lords.
2. Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus is a Halloween film for children of all ages. It is full of extravagant costumes, buck teeth, and silly spells and you will thoroughly enjoy watching it. The performances are quite campy but if you have enjoyed watching Halloweentown or Sabrina the Teenage Witch then you will love watching this one as well.
1. Harry Potter
Talking about movies based on magic and not mentioning Harry Potter is just not possible. J. K. Rowling’s world-record-setting and award-winning movie on a wizard boy of Hogwarts turned into eight series and is mainly about Harry Potter and his dear friends Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasely. The series was extremely popular as were the books and this also resulted in video and computer games being made, which are loved and played till date.
Each of these 10 movies based on magic is stunning, fun, and you are going to have a thoroughly amazing time watching them. If you have not seen either of them yet, then you have the perfect weekend plan.