Book:Wyrd Sisters

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Wyrd Sisters
Cover art by Josh Kirby
Publisher Victor Gollancz
Publication date November 1988
ISBN 0552134600
Pages 251
Main characters Esme Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick
Series Witches Series
Annotations View
Notes Book #06
All data relates to the first UK edition.


Witches are not by their nature gregarious, and they certainly don't have leaders.

Granny Weatherwax was the most highly-regarded of the leaders they didn't have.

But even she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more difficult than certain playwrights would have you believe ...


Main characters

Minor characters

Cameos and Mentions

  • Goodie Whemper, now dead witch who tutored Magrat
  • Former Lancre Kings and Queens
    • Champot
    • Queen Grimnir, the Impaler (1514*1553, 1553*1557, 1557*1562, 1562*1567 and 1568*1573) [note the 57 reference in her 2nd reign], a vampire queen
  • Bentzen, ruthlessly efficient killer
  • Havelock Vetinari


Sentient Species

Supernatural Entities

Things/etc Referenced

Roundworld References

  • Hamlet and Macbeth, plays by William Shakespeare (both in the main storyline and the play Hwel writes for Felmet)
  • Snakes and Ladders, a child's game (aka "Chutes and Ladders")
  • Gormenghast, a foreboding fictional castle (also mentioned in Equal Rites)
  • Zen, a philosophical system
  • The Marx Brothers (one of Hwel's discarded ideas)
  • Charlie Chaplin (one of Hwel's discarded ideas)
  • Laurel and Hardy (one of Hwel's discarded ideas)


Wyrd Sisters from Terry Pratchett's Discworld
ASIN B00004CV82
IMDB 0159931
First Broadcast 18 May 1997
Broadcast Channel Channel 4
Director(s) Jean Flynn
Writer(s) {{{writer}}}
Starring Christopher Lee, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield
Duration 147 minutes
Episodes 6
Series Witches Series
Annotations Annotations for Book:Wyrd Sisters
Preceded by Welcome to the Discworld
Followed by Soul Music
All data relates to the UK home release.


Wyrd Sisters became a six-part animated television adaptation of the book of the same name by Terry Pratchett, produced by Cosgrove Hall, and first broadcast on 18 May 1997. It was the second film adaptation of an entire Discworld novel (following the Welcome to the Discworld short, which was based on a fragment of the novel Reaper Man, and the Soul Music series). The VHS release spanned three tapes.



In 1991 Wyrd Sisters was the first ever Discworld novel to be adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. The script was published in 1996.


A 4-part dramatisation was performed for BBC Radio 4 in 1995. Adapted by Vince Foxall, directed by Claire Grove.



First Edition Cover by Josh Kirby
Book Proof
'Letterbox' Hardback
New American Library, Cover by Thomas Kidd
Paperback 2004
Audio Cassette
Audio CD
Paperback ROC Publishing
US Cover
Paperback 2012
Unseen Library Edition
Collectors Library Edition
Cover by Richard Ogle 2019
Paperback 2022

External links

Wyrd Sisters Annotations - The Annotated Pratchett File

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