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Soman Chainani’s five favourite villains


If you’re a fan of Soman Chainani’s bestselling fantasy series, The School For Good and Evil, you’ll be thrilled to know that the fifth instalment, A Crystal of Time, is out on 7th March and features some awesome villains! Check out the author's five favourite villains below:

Growing up I always loved the villains more than the heroes so here are my top five favourite villains:

1. Ursula – from The Little Mermaid

One of my favourite villains is Ursula from The Little Mermaid because Ursula is just minding her business in her cave, no one is bothering her and then Ariel comes and actually disturbs her and really sets the whole thing in motion. So Ursula is almost like the opposite of the villain – if you think about it, Ariel is the villain in The Little Mermaid and Ursula, to me, is the hero.

2. Willy Wonka – from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 

Another favourite villain of mine is Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, and it’s because we often see Willy Wonka as a hero, or somebody that we root for or we think is cool and we want to meet, like the Wizard of Oz, but actually Willy Wonka is a terrible person! He’s exploiting children, to make money, and then he’s also exploiting this indigenous of the Oompa Loompas who are working for him in his factory. He has a cool fashion sense, I will give him that, but ultimately it’s all those shades of grey that make me consider him as a cool villain.

3.The Grinch – from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

My favourite kinds of villains are the ones who have a plan and so the Grinch from Dr Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

is one of my all-time favourites. He just hates Christmas (I’m not the biggest fan of holidays either, so I can empathise with that), but he actually has a plan to ruin it so he’s absolutely one of my favourites.

4. Draco Malfoy – from the Harry Potter books

My favourite character from Harry Potter is actually Draco Malfoy because I feel like if you read the books closely you don’t really get Draco’s side of the story, you get Harry’s cartoonish version of who Draco is. I wish somebody would write Harry Potter from Draco’s point of view because then we would actually see what a cool anti-hero he is.

5. Cruella De Vil – from The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Another favourite villain of mine is Cruella De Vil, because I’m a sucker for any villain that has a great fashion sense and yes, I know they’re made from puppies, and I should not like her! But I do anyway, so sorry…


Soman Chainani’s five favourite villains
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A Crystal of Time

In this fifth instalment in Soman Chainani's New York Times bestselling fantasy series, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie, Agatha, and their friends must find a way to overthrow the sinister evil that twists lies into the truth and seeks to rewrite their story.

A false king has claimed the throne of Camelot, sentenced Tedros to death, and forced Sophie to be his queen. Only Agatha manages to escape.

Now Agatha and the students at the School for Good and Evil must find a way to restore Tedros to his throne and save Camelot . . . before all of their fairy tales come to a lethal end.


1st March 2019

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