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This Fan Theory Proves Glinda Is Actually The Villain Of 'The Wizard Of Oz'

Updated 11 Dec 2018 17.2k views8 items

The Wizard of Oz remains a cinematic classic decades after its 1939 release, no small feat for a film made during the burgeoning years of Hollywood. As everyone knows, the Wicked Witches of the East and West are evil, while Glinda the "Good Witch" of the North is, well, good. Right? Maybe not, as some fans think viewers watch the movie all wrong, and Glinda isn't as wholesome as she appears. In fact, these Wizard of Oz fan theories claim she's secretly the real villain of the story.

L. Frank Baum's book series is a lot darker and more complex than the sugarcoated, Technicolor production Hollywood presents, so the idea that such a two-dimensional character carries a lot more grit and depth underneath the surface makes sense. This is something that's also been explored more recently in the Oz prequels Wicked, the novel by Gregory Maguire that was adapted into the hit musical of the same name, and the 2013 Disney movie Oz the Great and Powerful. Regardless of how you view them, these Glinda fan theories certainly burst her big, pink bubble.

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