Billy Butcherson’s Hocus Pocus 2 Fate Tears A Plot Hole In The Original Movie

Billy’s curse is lifted in Hocus Pocus 2 after the Sanderson sisters are defeated, but that begs the question of why it didn’t happen in the original.

Warning! SPOILERS for Hocus Pocus 2.Billy Butcherson finally freed from his curse Hocus Pocus 2 creates a pothole for the first movie. Winifred Sanderson’s former “lover” Billy is one of the returning characters in Hocus Pocus 2, with his hatred for witches still intact. After being turned into a zombie hundreds of years ago, he is finally freed, but the intricacies surrounding the event confuse how magic works in the Hocus Pocus world.


However Hocus Pocus 2 Set 30 years after the original, the film’s flashbacks provide insight into the story of the Sanderson sisters and their magic. The film features Hannah Waddingham as The Witch Mother, responsible for providing the girls with the iconic spell book. The spellbook is responsible for much of the terror the sisters inflict on the town of Salem and its residents, including Billy Butcherson. The added background changes the view of Hocus Pocus‘ The Sanderson sisters, making them less evil than in the original film.

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In hocuspocus, when the witches are defeated, their curses are broken, which frees Thackery Binx from his curse of being a cat. However, this is not the case for Billy Butcherson, who instead returns to his grave to sleep. As Hocus Pocus 2 reveals, Billy was actually awake the entire time. When the Magicae Maxima curse is lifted at the end of the film and Winifred once again turns to dust with her sisters, this time Billy is also freed from their previous curse. This creates a plot hole between the two films as it does not explain why Thackery was initially freed in the first film, but not Billy.

Why Billy Butcherson is freed from his curse in Hocus Pocus 2

However Hocus Pocus 2 ends similarly to the first movie, there are a few key differences that may explain why Billy was released this time around. Billy’s mouth was sewn shut so he couldn’t tell the truth about what really happened between him and Winifred, which turned out to be just a kiss. In the following film, he was finally able to spill his truth about being Sanderson’s older sister’s lover, potentially allowing his soul to finally rest. Notably, Thackery was able to make up for not saving his sister by saving Dani, also allowing his soul to rest. Billy was also a key part of the Magicae Maxima spell, so when the spell was undone by Becca, it likely affected Billy as well.

Similar to the first movie, Hocus Pocus 2 ends with the Sanderson sisters seemingly gone forever. The end credits scene in Hocus Pocus 2 reveals another black candle, hinting at a potential third movie. The Sanderson sisters being described as less evil than before, they could return in the sequel by supporting the protagonists.

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Andrea G. Henderson