Spellbook 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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705 271
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

2
715 324
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

3
603 263
Nancy Downs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Craft

4
598 270
Winifred Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Hocus Pocus

5
617 347
Charmed Witches is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Charmed Witches Charmed

6
495 268
Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Sabrina the Teenage Witch

7
571 292
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

8
533 301
Luna Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

9
502 267
Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty

10
484 255
Molly Weasley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Harry Potter universe

11
445 240
Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Bewitched

12
504 296
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Buffyverse

13
336 176
Sarah Bailey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added The Craft

14
379 252
Ginny Weasley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
dark wish added Harry Potter universe

15
327 184
Sally Owens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Practical Magic

16
273 185
Zelda Spellman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

17
293 175
Gillian Owens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Practical Magic

18
371 249
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

19
314 217
Glinda the Good Witch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Oz universe

20
280 175
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MWM added American Horror Story

21
279 182
Tia Dalma is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
311 213
Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
MWM added Marvel Universe

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270 206
White Witch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Chronicles of Narnia

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263 207
Endora is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
Bewitched, Bewitched

25
246 191
The Witches of Eastwick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Witches
The Witches of Eastwick The Witches of Eastwick