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The Best Fictional Witches 

Lisa Waugh
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Updated May 4, 2020 63.7k votes 4.3k voters 49.7k views 72 items

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 McGona... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe
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Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Craft
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Winifred Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Hocus Pocus
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Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe
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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty
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Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe
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Charmed Witches is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Charmed Witches Charmed
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Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Buffyverse
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Luna Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe
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Molly Weasley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe
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Misty Day is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Ayla Stephens added American Horror Story
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Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Bewitched
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Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
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Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Marvel Universe
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Ginny Weasley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
dark wish added Harry Potter universe
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Sarah Bailey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added The Craft
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MWM added American Horror Story
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Cordelia Foxx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Ms.green added American Horror Story
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Mary Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Ms.green added Hocus Pocus
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Endora is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Bewitched, Bewitched
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Glinda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Oz universe
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Sybill Trelawney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Ms.green added Harry Potter universe
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Grand High Witch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
carlawless added The Witches
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Zelda Spellman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Zelda Spellman Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
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Sally Owens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Practical Magic