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How “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Is Different From “ Sabrina the Teenage Witch”

We all witch and wizard movies and series. From Harry Potter movies to Charmed. The fantasy and thrill of casting spells to solve mysteries always bring in some sort of excitement to viewers.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch was the first TV series aired in the 1990s from Archie Comics. A sitcom that was loved by many because of the humour it bore.

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is also based on the Archie Horror imprint.

Although both shows tell the adventurous story of the teenager Sabrina who is balancing a half-witch, half-human life they are different.

Here are some of the differences.

  1. Sabrina Discovering She Is A Witch

    In the 90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch, she only came to realize she was a witch after he aunts decided to tell her when she turned sixteen.

    They found her levitating while she was asleep. In the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Sabrina was aware she was a witch and would use her powers from time to time before she turned sixteen.

    Sabrina’s Rite Of Passage

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    Sabrina, in Sabrina the Teenage Witch had a rather subtle rite of passage. She had a quiz master who would guide her through and test her prowess in witchery, the guidance of her Aunt Hilda and Zelda, and her spellbook.

    She was also tasked to unravel her family secrets as part of her passage. In the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Sabrina had to undergo a rather eerie rite of passage.

    She went through “the dark baptism” on her sixteenth birthday and had to promise her dedication to Satan so as to retain her witchery powers.

    Salem The Familiar

    It is custom that all witches get to have a pet for a ‘familiar’ in most of the witch shows and movies. The Spellman’s had a cat by the name Salem.

    The difference is from the 90s sitcom, Salem is a smart witty talking cat. He was a witch punished to live like a cat and stripped of his powers.

    From the Netflix show Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Salem is Sabrina’s familiar. He is a goblin that takes any form to keep Sabrina safe from any harm fisted upon her.


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    All teenagers attend school. Being a teenage witch there are no exceptions for skipping school. In Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina went to Westbridge High School and Adams College as a normal teenager and got magic lessons from her Aunts.

    However, in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Sabrina Spellman attended two schools. Baxter High, a regular school as her mortal friends and The Academy of Unseen Arts where she would attend to perfect her knowledge in witchery.

    Sabrina’s Mortal Friends

    Every person has close friends in school. The joys of sharing experiences. Sabrina the Teenage Witch had blissfully oblivious friends who found the Spellman’s way of life weird and awkward but never knew the truth about them.

    She would once in a while invite them to her place and even show them the “other realm” through her closet but forget about it the following day.

    In the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Sabrina had mortal friends Susie who got bullied by college boys because of how she looked and Rosalind who proved to be vocal in championing a girl’s club.

    Both her friends have connections to the paranormal and find out later that their friend Sabrina is a witch.

    Harvey The Boyfriend

    Harvey Kinkle is the night in shining armor who sweeps Sabrina off her feet in both shows. In the 90s sitcom, Harvey is the chic magnet. He breaks up with his girlfriend for Sabrina.

    He is a car enthusiast and a sensitive guy. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina shows Harvey as an art enthusiast, sensitive, smart lad who has a fear of working in the mines as they do in his family.

    Later in the series, he finds out he is in a family of witch hunters.

    Aunt Zelda And Aunt Hilda

    Aunt Zelda and Aunt Hilda are Sabrina’s guardians. In the sitcom, they live amicably. Aunt Hilda is the free-spirited one while Zelda is the uptight one.

    In the Netflix series, their characters do not change much but they are divided. Zelda even kills Hilda and buries her even though she still comes back to life.

    They both run The Spellman’s mortuary which is in their mansion but in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the mortuary is in a different location.

    Cousin Ambrose

    Ambrose is Sabrina’s cousin who lives with the Spellman’s in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. He was punished by the council of witches because of attempting to attack the Vatican by staying in the confines of the house.

    Cousin Ambrose is not featured in Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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