The Night of Wishes

Or the Satanarchaeolidealcohellish Notion Potion

New Year’s Eve is passing quickly. The Sorcerers’ Privy Councillor Beelzebub Irrwitzer and his aunt, the money witch Tyrannja Vamperl, are running out of time. They have not yet fulfilled their target of evil deeds, and that is not something their boss will be amused about. Jakob the raven and Maurizio the tom-cat witness how the pair of them come up with a satanic plan: With the help of the Notion Potion, the witch and sorcerer could still catch up on their backlog. Maurizio and Jakob have only a few hours left to prevent a disaster.
They are planning to poison rivers, to bring pandemics to the world and to manipulate the climate … Twenty years after it was first published, Michael Ende’s magic adventure is more relevant than ever. First and foremost, however, it is a great read full of sparkling humour and adventurous ideas.


  • First publication: Thienemann Verlag 1989
  • Original title: Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch
  • Translations:
    American English, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English, Estonian, Finnish, Galician, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Catalan, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Slovenian, Spanish, Czech, Turkish, Hungarian
  • Current English edition:
    The Night of Wishes or The Satanarchaeolidealcohellish Notion Potion
    Hardcover, 224 pages, The NYR Children's Collection 2017
    ISBN: 9781681371887

Press Reviews

"A comic adventure spiced with rambunctious wordplay ... Clever and highly imaginative."

Kirkus Reviews


"Refreshing and irreverent and silly."

The New York Times Book Review


Other Editions

  • Current German edition:
    Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch
    Hardcover, 240 pages, Thienemann Verlag, 2019

Audio Book

  • Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch – Author's Reading
    Abridged reading by the author Michael Ende, Silberfisch 2019
  • Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch
    Unabridged reading by Christoph Maria Herbst, Silberfisch 2014 / Osterwold 2017

Animated Picture

  • Der Wunschpunsch, Animated Series
    Germany/France 2001, Director: Philippe Amador, 3 parts. (currently not available)