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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350 121
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

2
377 140
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

3
284 135
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

4
269 126
Winifred Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Hocus Pocus

5
335 171
Charmed Witches is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Charmed Witches Charmed

6
259 123
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Craft

7
282 142
Luna Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

8
241 116
Molly Weasley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

9
249 122
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty

10
222 105
Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Bewitched

11
268 141
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Buffyverse

12
231 126
Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Sabrina the Teenage Witch

13
199 104
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Witches

14
177 101
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

15
188 112
Ginny Weasley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
dark wish added Harry Potter universe

16
168 101
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Little Mermaid

17
180 112
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Once Upon a Time

18
160 99
Glinda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Oz universe

19
149 91
Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Marvel Universe

20
157 98
White Witch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Chronicles of Narnia

21
145 89
Cordelia Foxx is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
American Horror Story

22
127 76
Sally Owens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Practical Magic

23
119 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
135 88
Zelda Spellman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

26
119 75
Morgan le Fay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added Merlin, Excalibur, Dr. Strange

27
132 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
95 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
106 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

37
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
86 68
Aunt Frances is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Aunt Frances Practical Magic

40
95 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
88 76
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added The Emperor's New Groove

43
97 87
Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire

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
82 72
Lafayette Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MarylyleMcCue added True Blood

47
88 80
Witch Hazel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Bewitched Bunny, A Witch's Tangled Hare, A-Haunting We Will Go

48
71 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
73 79
Bonnie McCullough is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Vampire Diaries