witchcraft The Best Fictional Witches  

Lisa Waugh
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List Rules Witch characters from TV, film, books, and any works of fiction.

Witches in fiction are fascinating. On the large and small screen, across the pages of our favorite books, witch characters rule. They have wands, flowy robes, and amazing powers. They also tend to have good hair. Fictional witches are good, evil, and sometimes a little bit of both. Sometimes they sing about being wronged. Other times they turn the land black, and whinge on and on about how pretty they used to be. Fictional witches also tend to have a mean girl streak, pitting brunettes against the blondes. The ginger witches in fiction do their own thing. 

Witches in literature have been running amok for centuries, turning the land into ice, fire, and making it rain toads and such. Those particular witch characters are prone to children gobbling, cauldron brewing, and don’t seem to want anyone to be happy. Instead of making potions, or doing good in the community, witches in fiction are obsessed with thwarting a good-looking cousin. 

Shakespeare used witches in literature as prophets and harbingers of ill tidings. He also used them because they scared the Beelzebub out of theatre goers. The horrifying witches in film that mirror these kinds of nasty ladies can be found in films such as 1990’s The Witches or Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Other witch characters have embedded themselves into the bureaucratic systems where they are especially terrifying. They sometimes get promoted to high level positions at Hogwarts and out-Voldemort the Dark Lord himself with their tea, kittens, and pink sweater sets. These particular evil beings have appeared as witches in literature and as witches in film.

TV witches tend to be charming and trendy until someone hacks them off and then… black eyes and lightning hands it is (looking at you, here, Willow). Other television witches are just trying to get through high school with the help of their witch aunts and talking cat.

Who's your favorite fictional witch? The perpetually good Glinda or the misunderstood Elphaba? Upvote your favorite fictional witches to see who wins this witch battle royale. Don’t see your favorite witch? Add her and cast your own spell on this list.

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Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Professor Minerva McGonagall Harry Potter universe

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Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

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Luna Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Luna Lovegood Harry Potter universe

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Charmed Witches is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Charmed Witches Charmed

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Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Willow Rosenberg Buffyverse

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Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Bellatrix Lestrange Harry Potter universe

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Winifred Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Winifred Sanderson Hocus Pocus

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Molly Weasley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Molly Weasley Harry Potter universe

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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Maleficent Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty

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Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Nancy Downs The Craft

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Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Sabrina Spellman Sabrina the Teenage Witch

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Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Samantha Stephens Bewitched

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Ginny Weasley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
dark wish added Ginny Weasley Harry Potter universe

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Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Witches

The Best Fictional Characters Who Turn Evil

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Mary Poppins Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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Ursula is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Ursula The Little Mermaid

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Cordelia Foxx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Cordelia Foxx American Horror Story

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Glinda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Glinda Oz universe

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Morgan le Fay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Morgan La Fay Merlin, Excalibur, Dr. Strange

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Zelda Spellman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Zelda Spellman Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

The Best Howard Stern News Pranks Performed by Captain Janks

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Sarah Bailey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Sarah Bailey The Craft

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Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Scarlet Witch Marvel Universe

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Tia Dalma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Tia Dalma Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

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Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
dark wish added Tara Maclay Buffyverse

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White Witch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
White Witch The Chronicles of Narnia

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Endora is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Endora Bewitched, Bewitched

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Mad Madam Mim is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Mad Madam Mim

The Best Flying Pokemon of All Time

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MarylyleMcCue added Marie Laveau American Horror Story

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Circe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Circe

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Sally Owens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Sally Owens Practical Magic

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Mary Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Ms.green added Mary Sanderson Hocus Pocus

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The Witches of Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Witches of Eastwick The Witches of Eastwick

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Storm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Dimos Dicoudis added Storm X-Men universe

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Morgan le Fay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Dimos Dicoudis added Morgan le Fay A Twist in the Tale, Merlin, Arthur the King

23 People with the Worst Ideas of All Time

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Gillian Owens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Gillian Owens Practical Magic

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Queen Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Kiki is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Kiki Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Lafayette Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Lafayette Reynolds True Blood

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Yzma is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Yzma The Emperor's New Groove

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Nanny McPhee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Nanny McPhee

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Witch Hazel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Witch Hazel Bewitched Bunny, A Witch's Tangled Hare, A-Haunting We Will Go

The Best Anime Characters With Red Hair

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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added The Witch Brave

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Grand High Witch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Grand High Witch The Witches

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Sybill Trelawney is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Ms.green added Sybill Trelawney Harry Potter universe

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Elphaba is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Elphaba Wicked

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Enchantress is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Enchantress Thor: Tales of Asgard, Marvel Universe

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Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Melisandre Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire

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Aunt Frances is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Aunt Frances Practical Magic

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Enchantress is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Dimos Dicoudis added Enchantress