Bette Midler on potential ‘Hocus Pocus 3,’ song lyrics everyone gets wrong


Hold onto your broomsticks, we could be “running amok” for a third time!

Stars of the upcoming Disney+ film “Hocus Pocus 2,” the sequel to the 1993 cult classic, revealed their thoughts about a potential third installment in the “Hocus Pocus” series during the Tuesday premiere.

Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker told Entertainment Weekly that they would love to continue playing the witchy Sanderson Sisters who terrorize present-day Salem, Massachusetts.

“I’m envious of other actors who have franchises, and I was hoping for a sequel to ‘First Wives Club’, but we never got that,” Midler, 76, said. “After 30 years with no sequel to ‘Hocus Pocus,’ I’ve always been envious of people who get to do their favorite character more than once.”

“The fact that we got to do this finally, after 30 years of promoting the idea, I’m glad we got to do it. I’d love to have a franchise — especially a character I love playing.”

Kathy Najimy, 65, said that while she is grateful to return in the sequel, she believes that Anne Fletcher’s sequel “pulled every story you could pull out of this” series — though she will “never say never” to a trilogy.

Parker, 57, also spoke about the possibility of an animated sequel, an idea floated by Najimy.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, all confirmed that they would be interested in doing a third installment of "Hocus Pocus."
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy revealed some interest in doing a third installment of “Hocus Pocus.”
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“Kathy had a good idea that the third one should be animated. That would be cool and a smart idea. It’s fun, funny, and could be interesting and innovative, like old-fashioned or new [animation],” said the “And Just Like That” actress.

“Of course, I’d be happy to have a conversation [for a third film], it just depends on what Kathy and Bette want!”

The Post has reached out to Midler, Parker and Najimy for comment.

All three star expressed their gratitude of doing a sequel nearly 30 years after the original film premiered.
All three star expressed their gratitude for doing a sequel nearly 30 years after the original film premiered.
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Over the weekend, Midler also revealed that people have been singing the wrong lyrics to the iconic song, “I Put a Spell on You.”

The “Beaches” actress posted an Instagram photo as her “Hocus Pocus” character Winifred Sanderson to hype up the sequel, captioned with the misspoken lyrics.

“Hello, sailors,” wrote Midler.

Bette Midler (Center) revealed in an instagram post that we have been singing the lyrics to the iconic "I put a spell on you" wrong.
Bette Midler (center) revealed that fans have been singing the lyrics to the iconic song incorrectly.
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“My name’s Winifred, what’s yours?”

The revelation cast a stunning spell on “Hocus Pocus” fans who long believed the lyric was “Salem” referencing the town where the film takes place.

“Wait… it’s sailors not Salem,” commented one user.

“I was today years old when I learned she says ‘Sailors’ instead of ‘Salem,’” said another.

“Hocus Pocus 2” will fly onto Disney+ on September 30.