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.


  • Pages: 240
  • First published in: 1989
  • ISBN: 352217948X
  • Edition: Hardcover
  • Illustrator: Regina Kehn
  • Original publisher: Thienemann Verlag
  • 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

Press Reviews

'The Night of Wishes' is a witty book that creates a good mood. A “Commedia infernale” with an enjoyably clear construction, and even though it tells us once more about the salvation of the world, it does so cheerfully and with a wink in the eye.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Other Editions

  • Paperback:
    Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch
    (The Night of Wishes)

    several editions, most recent: Goldmann 2003, 235 pages
  • New Edition:
    Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch
    (The Night of Wishes)

    Bibliothek der Süddeutschen Zeitung/Junge Bibliothek Volume 17 (205 S. with Illustrations by Regina Kehn), 2005.

Audio Book

  • Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch
    (The Night of Wishes)

    Shortened reading, 2 audio book CDs, DerAudioVerlag 2006. Speaker: Tommi Piper.
  • We recommend:
    Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch
    (The Night of Wishes)

    3 parts, Karussell 1999. Also available as MC.

Animated Picture

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