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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346 121
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

2
374 139
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

3
282 134
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

4
268 125
Winifred Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Hocus Pocus

5
331 170
Charmed Witches is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Charmed Witches Charmed

6
257 123
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Craft

7
278 142
Luna Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

8
247 121
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty

9
238 116
Molly Weasley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

10
220 105
Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Bewitched

11
265 141
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Buffyverse

12
198 102
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Witches

13
229 126
Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Sabrina the Teenage Witch

14
176 101
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

15
186 112
Ginny Weasley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
dark wish added Harry Potter universe

16
167 101
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Little Mermaid

17
178 112
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Once Upon a Time

18
159 98
Glinda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Oz universe

19
148 91
Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Marvel Universe

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145 89
Cordelia Foxx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
American Horror Story

21
154 97
White Witch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Chronicles of Narnia

22
126 76
Sally Owens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Practical Magic

23
118 70
Gillian Owens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Practical Magic

24
124 77
Sarah Bailey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added The Craft

25
133 88
Zelda Spellman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

26
118 75
Morgan le Fay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Merlin, Excalibur, Dr. Strange

27
131 89
Endora is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Bewitched, Bewitched

28
78 39
Mary Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Ms.green added Hocus Pocus

29
118 77
Tia Dalma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

30
129 89
The Witches of Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Witches of Eastwick The Witches of Eastwick

31
94 60
Circe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added

32
114 81
Queen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

33
84 53
Storm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Dimos Dicoudis added X-Men universe

34
105 76
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MarylyleMcCue added American Horror Story

35
119 98
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
dark wish added Buffyverse

36
78 55
Sybill Trelawney is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Ms.green added Harry Potter universe

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102 81
Mad Madam Mim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added

38
92 74
Grand High Witch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Witches

39
85 68
Aunt Frances is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Aunt Frances Practical Magic

40
94 78
Elphaba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Wicked

41
57 38
Morgan le Fay is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Dimos Dicoudis added A Twist in the Tale, Merlin, Arthur the King

42
97 86
Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire

43
87 76
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added The Emperor's New Groove

44
92 83
Kiki is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Kiki Kiki’s Delivery Service

45
92 83
Nanny McPhee is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added

46
88 80
Witch Hazel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Bewitched Bunny, A Witch's Tangled Hare, A-Haunting We Will Go

47
81 72
Lafayette Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added True Blood

48
70 67
Enchantress is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Thor: Tales of Asgard, Marvel Universe

49
56 51
The Witch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Brave

50
72 78
Bonnie McCullough is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Vampire Diaries