Sabrina the Teenage Witch is back! The brand new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has just launched on Netflix in time for Halloween, and this spooky new telling of the teen witch’s adventures is a whole new take on the Sabrina we all knew and loved back in the 1990s.
As a devout fan of the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch I’m excited to watch the new series, but I’m also relieved they are not attempting a full-on remake of the original series, which would be impossible to replicate. For me, Melissa Joan Hart will always be Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
With the release of the new series I have seen a number of articles talking about this new Sabrina being an inspiring female role model for young girls – which is great, but let’s not forget that Melissa Joan Hart’s Sabrina, and her kooky aunts, were also exceptional female role models, well before their time.
Sabrina Spellman was intelligent, ambitious, funny, brave and unique, and she taught me a lot of life lessons that still hold true today.
Embrace Your Uniqueness
Sabrina was not one of the cool kids at school, and in fact head cheerleader Libby took a distinct dislike towards Sabrina. Aside from her magical powers, Sabrina was unique in many other ways including being one of the smartest kids at school and having a mature sense of wit. While Sabrina definitely worried at times about fitting in, and let’s not forget the time her face turned bright red from embarrassment, generally Sabrina embraced her quirks and was proud to be herself and not part of Libby’s clique. She also inspired her less confident friends such as Valerie to embrace their own uniqueness too.
Always Stand Up For Yourself
Ok, so turning your (literally) mortal enemy into a goat – or a pineapple, isn’t the best way around it, but Sabrina never let Libby’s jibes get to her. Sabrina always stuck up for herself and her friends against Libby, using her wit and at times her powers to put Libby in her place.
You Can’t Magic Up Everything
Sabrina was a witch but that didn’t mean she got everything handed to her on a plate, well except from these cookies. Sabrina still had to attend school and was one of the most hard-working students there. As she got older she also took up a job at the local coffee shop and went on to attend university and start a career as a journalist. Sabrina learned multiple times that she couldn’t use her powers to take the easy route in life. She had to work hard to earn her successes, and whenever she did try to use her powers to her advantage – such as the time she magics her way into being a martial arts champion – she was quickly left facing the consequences of her actions.
True Love Does Exist
Sabrina Spellman and Harvey Kinkle is a seriously underrated TV romance. The high-school sweethearts face a number of obstacles along their journey together, including a frog transformation, a jealous troll, and the dashing Dashiell, to name just a few. Sabrina and Harvey part ways as they head toward their college years but *spoiler alert* in the final episode of the show, as Sabrina is set to walk down the aisle with Aaron, she realises that Harvey is her true soulmate and the pair end up together.
But It’s Important to Have Your Own Dreams Too
While Sabrina and Harvey share a special journey, and end up together in the end, Sabrina never bases her life choices around men. Sabrina is ambitious and chases after her own goals to be successful academically and in her career as a journalist. Throughout the entire series Sabrina dates different guys and learns about herself from each relationship. When it comes to choosing which college to go to, Sabrina ultimately doesn’t let Harvey or Josh influence her decision and chooses to go to Adams, with neither of the boys by her side.
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