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Practical Magic Practical Magic is a movie that was released in 1998 It is loosely based on the novel of the same title written by Alice Hoffman The director of the film is Griffen Dunn Akiva Goldsmen Robin Salicord and Adams Brooks wrote the screenplay The setting is New England late 21st century Practical Magic is the story of two sisters Gillian and Sally Owens descendents of Maria Owens a Puritan New England witch Though very different the two share a centuries old bloodline of magic that weaves its spells and a curse throughout their lives The overwhelming theme of the movie is the magical power of love The opening scene begins with a flashback to Puritan New England Maria Owens is almost hanged for being a witch but is saved by her magic The hanging committee consists mainly of the wives of her many lovers Marie heavy with child is banished to a remote Island Her lover does not come to rescue her In her despair and loneliness she casts a spell upon herself that she will never again know the agony of love This spell becomes a curse on the legacy of all Owens women Any man who falls in love with an Owens woman will be doomed to an untimely death For Sally and Gillian this was the fate bestowed upon their father While vacationing at the beach their father is killed though we dont see how Their mother heard the Death watch beetle ticking for him all
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