Belissa Escobedo as Izzy and Whitney Peak as Becca in Hocus Pocus 2

Hocus Pocus 3 Is Happening, Just Like Magic

Come sistahs, we fly! Again!

by Ani Bundel
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Hocus Pocus 2 was a sequel nearly three decades in the making, as the original film went from box office failure to cult classic by sheer force of repetitious airing every Halloween. The new sequel is also expected to be a major Halloween watch on Disney+ for years to come, but it also raises an important question: Will Disney wait another 29 years before making Hocus Pocus 3? Thankfully, the wait won’t be nearly as long.

Warning: Spoilers for Hocus Pocus 2 follow. The original Hocus Pocus ended with the sun rising. The Sanderson sisters, having failed in their mission to become young again, evaporated at first light. They were gone, but not permanently. There was always a chance someone could accidentally light another Black Flame candle and bring them back. And that’s basically what happened in Hocus Pocus 2.

However, the Sanderson sisters’ exit in Hocus Pocus 2 seemed more final. Having cast the Magica Maxima spell, Winnie lost the thing she loves most: her sisters. When Becca sent her to join them, Winnie’s spells started coming undone (like Billy Butcherson’s inability to pass on), suggesting the three witches are gone for good.

But the post-credits scene revealed there is a second Black Flame candle still waiting to be lit, hinting at another sequel to come. And it didn’t take long for Disney to confirm it. On June 4, Disney Studios president Sean Bailey revealed Hocus Pocus 3 is in development, with Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker reprising their roles as the Sanderson sisters.

Hocus Pocus 3 Cast Predictions


The threequel announcement confirmed Midler, Najimy, and Parker will be back, despite the Sanderson sisters’ apparent demise at the end of Hocus Pocus 2. Although no other casting decisions have been revealed, it’s also likely the new witchy trio introduced in the sequel will also return. In an interview with Elite Daily, Belissa Escobedo, who played Izzy in the new movie, said she’s up for another movie, and suggested both Whitney Peak and Lilia Buckingham (who played Becca and Cassie) would also agree to come back.

Hocus Pocus 3 Release Date Predictions

It has yet to be revealed when fans can expect the third movie. However, it’s not too difficult to predict when it may fly onto Disney+. Hocus Pocus 3 will almost assuredly be a Halloween release, and while it may be too tight of a turnaround for this fall, it could very well be primed for an October 2024 premiere.

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