The witches are back for Hocus Pocus 2, and several fresh faces are joining them in the long-awaited follow-up to the beloved 1993 Disney movie. Featuring the return of the Sanderson Sisters, the Disney+ sequel releasing for the Halloween season comes 29 years after Hocus Pocus. While the witches in focus of the cult classic movie are once again at the center of a ritual gone wrong, Hocus Pocus 2 attempts to balance the nostalgia with a handful of franchise newcomers.

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Following the timeline of the original movie, Hocus Pocus 2 is set nearly three decades after the Sanderson Sisters were accidentally brought back to Salem. Though Max, Dani, and Allison aren't tasked with protecting Salem from the Sanderson Sisters this time around, there's a new group that takes on the dangerous mission. The sequel, which was in the works for nearly a decade, gives the original Hocus Pocus witches–Winifred, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson–another chance to wreak havoc on modern-day Salem while expanding their backstories.

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Of course, Hocus Pocus couldn't return for a sequel without its trio of veterans starring as the Sanderson Sisters. In addition to another returning character, Hocus Pocus 2 features several young up-and-comers alongside some very familiar names with ties to titles like Veep and Ted Lasso. That said, here's the character guide for Hocus Pocus 2, including where viewers would know the cast.

Bette Midler As Winifred "Winnie" Sanderson

Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson in Hocus Pocus 2

Bette Midler reprises his 1993 role as Winifred or "Winnie" Sanderson, the oldest of the three sisters. Not only is Winnie the most powerful witch, but she's also the leader of the group, with a focus on taking over Salem. The actress has an extensive catalog in TV, movies, and theater, in addition to a career as a singer. Aside from Hocus Pocus, some of Midler's most notable roles include The Rose, Beaches, For the Boys, Gypsy, The First Wives Club, and The Stepford Wives.

Kathy Najimy As Mary Sanderson

Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson in Hocus Pocus 2

Joining Midler in a grand return is Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson, the middle sister. Though Mary has her own unique power in her ability to track children through scent, she suffers from confidence issues when it comes to living up to Winnie's high standards. Before Hocus Pocus, Najimy starred in 1992's Sister Act. The actress then followed those two cult classics with memorable performances in titles like Veronica's Closet, The Wedding Planner, King of the Hill, and WALL-E.

Sarah Jessica Parker As Sarah Sanderson

Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson in Hocus Pocus 2

The powerful Sanderson Sisters wouldn't be complete without Sarah Jessica Parker, who is back in her role as Sarah Sanderson for Hocus Pocus 2. Sarah is the youngest witch known for her bubbly personality, which often gets on Winnie's nerves. Along with her portrayal as Sarah, Parker is best known for playing Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, including the show's spinoff movies and sequel series, And Just Like That..., which is returning for season 2. The actress has also appeared in titles like Footloose, The First Wives Club, The Family Stone, Failure to Launch, and Divorce.

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Whitney Peak As Becca

Whitney Peak as Becca in Hocus Pocus 2

As for newcomers, Whitney Peak stars as Becca, a student celebrating her 16th birthday before a Halloween ritual ends up bringing Hocus Pocus' Sanderson Sisters back to Salem. Becca turns to her closes allies to protect Salem against the vengeful sisters. Before Hocus Pocus 2, Peak appeared in Gossip Girl, Home Before Dark, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Belissa Escobedo As Izzy

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

Becca's closest friend is Izzy, played by Belissa Escobedo in Hocus Pocus 2. The fellow teenager helps perform the ritual that inadvertently brings Winnie, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson back. Viewers would recognize Escobedo for her past roles in American Horror Stories and The Baker and the Beauty.

Sam Richardson As Gilbert

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Sam Richardson is another new cast member with a crucial part in Hocus Pocus 2. The actor portrays Gilbert, a superfan of the Sanderson Sisters, who happens to own Olde Salem Magic Shoppe, the sisters' former home. Richardson has dozens of acting credits to his name, but some of his most notable include Veep, Detroiters, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Werewolves Within, Ted Lasso, and The Afterparty, where he played the character Aniq.

Doug Jones As Billy Butcherson

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Doug Jones rounds out the Hocus Pocus originals, returning as fan-favorite character Billy Butcherson. The former Salem resident was killed by Winnie centuries earlier before being brought back as a zombie in the original movie and again in the sequel. Jones has a long history of portraying inhuman creatures on-screen with parts in titles like Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Crimson Peak, The Shape of Water, The Strain, and Star Trek: Discovery.

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Every Supporting Actor In Hocus Pocus 2

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Hannah Waddingham as Mother Witch: An ancient witch who gave the Sanderson Sisters the powerful spellbook when they were young. Waddingham memorably appeared in Game of Thrones and Les Misérables before starring as Rebecca in Ted Lasso.

Lilia Buckingham as Cassie Traske: Becca and Izzy's friend who has recently grown apart from the group. Buckingham previously appeared in Crown Lake, Zoe Valentine, Total Eclipse, and Dirt.

Tony Hale as Jefry Traske: Cassie's father and the mayor of Salem who has a connection to the Sanderson Sisters' former enemy. Hale is best known for his roles in Arrested Development, Veep, Toy Story 4, and The Mysterious Benedict Society.

Froy Gutierrez as Mike: Cassie's jock boyfriend who gets involved in the return of the witches. Guiterrez would be recognized for his past performances in Cruel Summer, Teen Wolf, and One Day at a Time.

Taylor Paige Henderson, Nina Kitchen, and Juju Journey Brener as young Winnie, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson: The trio depicting the sisters during Hocus Pocus 2's flashback.

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