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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432 151
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

2
394 134
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

3
318 153
Luna Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

4
316 154
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

5
271 127
Molly Weasley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

6
294 143
Winifred Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Hocus Pocus

7
276 133
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty

8
358 189
Charmed Witches is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Charmed Witches Charmed

9
277 137
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Craft

10
291 154
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Buffyverse

11
227 113
Wicked Witch of the West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Witches

12
261 138
Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Sabrina the Teenage Witch

13
237 121
Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Bewitched

14
220 125
Ginny Weasley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
dark wish added Harry Potter universe

15
201 115
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

16
187 112
Ursula is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Little Mermaid

17
168 101
Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Marvel Universe

18
177 110
Glinda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Oz universe

19
175 111
White Witch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Chronicles of Narnia

20
192 126
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Once Upon a Time

21
158 101
Cordelia Foxx is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
American Horror Story

22
136 84
Morgan le Fay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Merlin, Excalibur, Dr. Strange

23
137 85
Sally Owens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Practical Magic

24
129 78
Gillian Owens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Practical Magic

25
149 101
Zelda Spellman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

26
132 85
Tia Dalma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

27
134 87
Sarah Bailey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added The Craft

28
90 49
Mary Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Ms.green added Hocus Pocus

29
141 99
Endora is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Bewitched, Bewitched

30
105 69
Circe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added

31
135 100
The Witches of Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Witches of Eastwick The Witches of Eastwick

32
125 92
Queen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

33
96 67
Sybill Trelawney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Ms.green added Harry Potter universe

34
115 87
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MWM added American Horror Story

35
94 66
Storm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Dimos Dicoudis added X-Men universe

36
129 106
Tara Maclay is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
dark wish added Buffyverse

37
113 92
Mad Madam Mim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added

38
106 88
Elphaba is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Wicked

39
101 83
Grand High Witch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Witches

40
67 46
Morgan le Fay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Dimos Dicoudis added A Twist in the Tale, Merlin, Arthur the King

41
100 86
Yzma is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added The Emperor's New Groove

42
89 77
Aunt Frances is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Aunt Frances Practical Magic

43
106 97
Melisandre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire

44
101 92
Kiki is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Kiki Kiki’s Delivery Service

45
98 92
Nanny McPhee is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added

46
88 81
Lafayette Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added True Blood

47
94 89
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
79 73
Enchantress is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Thor: Tales of Asgard, Marvel Universe

49
64 57
The Witch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Brave

50
53 46
Hela is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Dimos Dicoudis added Marvel Universe