Hocus Pocus 2 is happening – with a lesbian love story

The original Hocus Pocus cast are yet to sign on

A sequel to cult classic Hocus Pocus is in the works – and the plot reportedly includes a lesbian love story.

The Disney Channel movie is set to be released in the next few months, 25 years after the original film starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy.

It was reported last year that the film was being developed, but now Disney has released a novelised version of the sequel – complete with a queer teen romance.

Hocus Pocus

The sequel is set in 2018, 25 years after the original (Disney)

Hocus Pocus 2, named Hocus Pocus & the all-new sequel, recounts the original plot – which sees Max, his sister Dani and Allison accidentally release three Salem, Massachusetts witches who are back and want to become immortal – before entering new territory.

In the sequel, which the new film is reportedly based on, Allison and Max are married and still living in Salem, but their 17-year-old daughter Poppy is mortified that her parents and aunt Dani are so superstitious about witches.

The only issue with this is that Isabella, a popular, beautiful black girl from Poppy’s school who she has a massive crush on, is fascinated with witches, and specifically with the Sanderson sisters, as reported by Autostraddle.

Man, Allison and Dani in the 1993 classic Hocus Pocus

Man, Allison and Dani in the 1993 classic Hocus Pocus (Disney)

Since Max and Allison still keep a hexed candle in a safe in their attic, you can probably guess what happens next (it involves the wonderful line “The witch is back”) but the key part for us is the blossoming love story between Poppy and Isabella.

So here’s an excerpt, just for you.

Isabella gives me a smile that makes my stomach flip a little. “There’s no way I’d leave you hanging.”

“It’s not fair that you’re so nice.” I take another piece of pizza. “People aren’t supposed to be smart and popular and nice. What’s your weakness, Isabella Richards?”

Hocus Pocus 2: The Hocus Pocus and the all-new sequel cover

Hocus Pocus 2: The Hocus Pocus and the all-new sequel cover (Disney)

Her smile flags a little, and for a second she looks mystified — but then it’s gone. “Halloween candy,” she says, matter-of-factly, then grins and takes another sip of soda.

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