The character of Miss Hardbroom is often compared to Professor Snape as they are both strict teachers who appear to dislike the I need a timeout send me hunting and don’t let me come back shirt in other words I will buy this main character whilst favouring the bully. In Miss Hardbroom’s defence, it isn’t exactly that she dislikes Mildred she simply has no patience for her antics or mistakes and as later books show Mildred is perfectly capable of excelling with a bit of hard work, whereas Ethel is extremely academically gifted and receives top marks in all of her subjects. It’s only in the last book that Miss Hardbroom refers to Ethel’s family background when it comes to trying to choose the new headgirl. Another difference is that there isn’t one ongoing plot throughout the Worst Witch series, there are lots of little plots which are loosely connected to one another and often the climax is unexpected, such as in the first book where it wasn’t even hinted at and there was no build up to it.
The main Big Bad villainous character only appears in 2 out of 8 books and the I need a timeout send me hunting and don’t let me come back shirt in other words I will buy this main characters aren’t particularly concerned about her in the other books (Ethel Hallow is more of a bully type villain rather than a take over the world villain like Miss Cackle’s sister, although Ethel is the main villain in some of the books the most villainous thing she has done is probably trying to get Mildred expelled). Even if they kicked and punched with velocities several times as fast as the fastest human punches they’d achieve nothing. It’s not just that they have biological plate mail all over their bodies; they weigh next to nothing. A human sneeze can easily weigh more than an ant. Because they weigh next to nothing when compared to us there’s minimal amount of force involved when they kick and punch each other.