Practical Magic

Corrected entry: In the movie they use Belladonna to help them sleep. In real life Belladonna is poisonous, and one lick could kill someone instantly.

Correction: Belladonna is poisonous in the right dosage but it is, even today, used in very small doses to aid in sleep and in unguents/ointments to treat many other things. It is a member of the nightshade family along with tomatoes and potatoes.

Corrected entry: In the earlier scene, when Gillian is leaving they cut their hands and place them together, then Gillian hugs Sally there is no sign of the blood on Sally's shoulder.

Correction: Gillian is the one who cut both her own and Sally's hands saying, "My blood, your blood, our blood," (a sacred vow). The reason why there isn't any blood on Sally's shoulder is Gillian closed her hand when she hugged Sally, before she left with her boyfriend.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Sandra and Nicole are bringing the boyfriend back to life, they use whipped cream to put a star on his chest...and on the final line of the star, you see the line that she was following...which they hadn't drawn on first.

Correction: Actually, the star was pre-drawn - Sally's exact words are: "I need for you to get me something white to write on top of the star."

MoonFaery Premium member

Corrected entry: When little Sally is casting the love spell using the flower petals, she picks a flower from each plant as she lists a quality she wants in her perfect man. When it shows the bowl as she sends them into the sky, they are all the same type of white rose petal.

Correction: As Sally is listing the spell lines, she is picking white rose petals each time.

Correction: She picks a small white star shaped flower when she chants that "His favorite shape will be a star." Then continues picking white roses. When she started the incantation, you can't tell what flowers she's picking, only right before and after she picks the small star shaped flower.

Corrected entry: In the scene after the Aunts come back with the girls, Jet takes Kylie into the kitchen (you see them both leave), in one of the very next shots Kylie is still standing in the room looking out the window.

Correction: Kylie does not go inside the kitchen, you can see Kylie stop right at the door and turn around and look towards the window while the others keep walking into the kitchen.

Corrected entry: When Nicole and Sandra are finishing the boiling pot of whatever to throw on Nicole's boyfriend after the broom thing, they first use pot holders because the pot is boiling, and when the camera shows them pouring the pot on the dead guy, they are pouring the pot with their bare hands.

Correction: They have potholders the whole time.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Sandra and Nicole are going to bring Nicole's boyfriend back to life the spell says they need to pierce his eyes and both girls refuse to do this, but the spell seems to work without it being done.

Correction: The spell didn't work as it was supposed to (boyfriend came out unexpectedly zombie-like) because the eyes weren't piereced as they were supposed to have been.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Sandra Bullock is walking to her shop she is wearing a green dress, but once she is in the shop and she turns around the dress is blue.

Correction: Actually, the dress is brown as she goes into the shop, but when she turns around it is a different day that she is in the shop. With her wearing soemthing different, it signifies that she took her sister's advice and has slowly moved on with her life.

Corrected entry: When the detective is visiting Sandra and Nicole for the first time, Sandra is working in the garden, cutting some roses, and her knees are dirty (she wears blue jeans). A few minutes later, inside the house, when the detective is talking to both Sandra and Nicole, Sandra's knees are clean.

Correction: When you see Sandra a few minutes after she has talked to the detective, her jeans are not entirely clean there are still traces of dirt on her jean knees, it has obviously faded as she was moving up the stairs.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Sally is writing to Gilly, via voice over, telling her she and her husband have been together three years and all they have to show for it is two girls. Those two girls are awfully old for Mom and Dad being together for only three years.

Correction: In the movie it only says that they have been married for 3 years, they could have had the children before they were married.

I don't think they had the kids before they were married - I think we are meant to understand that still more time has passed since Sally wrote that letter and now the girls are school age.

Corrected entry: Gilly says to Sally that Jimmy is from Transylvania,Bulgaria. Transylvania is in Romania.

Correction: She doesn't say that, she says that his name is Bulgarian and that he is from somewhere near Transylvania.

Corrected entry: In the scene in town when Sandra Bullock goes to her store in the morning she is wearing socks. When she comes outside to see her kids the socks are gone.

Correction: It's actually a completely different outfit.

Corrected entry: Aidan Quinn's eye colours change. When Sandra Bullock was kissing him, she notices he has one blue eye and one green eye, like her spell said. However, for most of the rest of the movie, he has two blue eyes.

Correction: That's because he wore one blue colored contact to correct this condition. She would only be able to see his true eye color in a certain light.

Correction: As a person with 2 different colored eyes (one is blue and one is brown) it not very noticeable unless the camera, angle and the lighting is just right.

Continuity mistake: When Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are getting ready to bring back Nicole Kidman's jerk boyfriend from the dead, they are going to put him on a counter that has towels and other stuff on it. The camera shows them picking him up and putting him on the counter, and when they do, the towels and stuff are all gone, without them clearing it off. (00:36:40)

More mistakes in Practical Magic

Children: Witch! Witch! You're a bitch! Witch! Witch! You're a bitch.
Sally Owens: You'd think after three hundred years they'd come up with a better rhyme.

More quotes from Practical Magic

Trivia: The entire outside of the house is fake - it's just a shell. Even the blossoms on the trees are fake - they're silk.


More trivia for Practical Magic

Question: Near the end when Sally is in the circle with Gilly, there is a series of flashbacks. There is a shot of a woman with curly shoulder length hair surrounded by white. Who is she? She's not their mother as she has long straight hair.

Answer: She is the one from the opening sequence, their "great, great, great" grandmother who started the whole "curse" thing.

Bruce Minnick

More questions & answers from Practical Magic

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.