The Witches: 9 Variations Between the Anne Hathaway Film and the Roald Dahl Ebook
Bruno is reunited with his parents in the book
In the book, Bruno’s parents are pretty terrible, and Bruno isn’t that personable himself. His parents are portrayed as pretty stuck, unlikely people, and Bruno is a brat. The film shows a more likable portrayal of Bruno and his parents aren’t around enough to not like them.
In the film, he stays with Daisy, grandmother, and the boy, but in the book, grandmother makes Bruno’s parents understand what happened to him and in the excitement of the witch-rat transformation, she forces them to take him away. Later, grandmother and boy discuss that Bruno will likely face a cruel fate.
They believe his parents won’t just accept their new mouse son and speculate that he might eventually drown from them. It is clear that for a film aimed at families, it is a little too dark to leave Bruno with his bad parents.