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The best witches of all time

The things the Charmed trio know.

  • The things the Charmed trio know.
  • Flat out favourite Halloween film, Hocus Pocus.
  • The Owens sisters have some perks in Practical Magic, but a major pitfall - use of the Owens' sorcery causes the men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death. Damn.
  • Let's ignore James Franco in a top hat and simply enjoy Michelle Williams playing a witch.
  • Based on John Updike's novel of the same name, The Witches of Eastwick, had a killer cast (Cher!) to tell the story of a three dissatisfied women living in the picturesque town of Eastwick and a mysterious man who moves into the neighbourhood.
  • We love Tilda Swinton in anything, even as the evil witch in Narnia who plies children with Turkish Delight and has a heart of, well, ice.
  • Alyson Hannigan as Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, kick ass.
  • In the midst of adolescent angst and acne didn't we all wish we were Sabrina the teenage witch, plus had a talking cat?
  • Firm, fair, can turn into a cat, Maggie Smith as Professor Mcgonagall in Harry Potter is a great witch.
  • Roald Dahl's classic book The Witches allowed for Angelica Houston to play the Grand High Witch.
  • Ursula the sea witch really doesn't have any scruples, and she engages in some slut shaming but she does have chutzpah and a velvet gown that can be worn underwater.
  • The cause of everybody wrinkling their noses in the hope of turning into Samantha from Bewitched.

Witches are so much more than warty broom stick riders. They put spells on people, and make potions and can often be very brave and sassy. Pop culture is awash in witches, in fact, according to the internet, witches are having a moment. They're popping up in new shows such as Sleepy Hollow and The Originals. In fact, they've been called the new vampire, but that doesn't seem to do witches justice.

As Callie Beusman points out in Jezebel, witches are totally empowering for women.

"Witches, conversely, have the potential to be all about female empowerment. All witch media automatically passes the Bechdel test, because witches gather in covens and talk about potion ingredients all the time."

Plus, there are so many cool witches to choose from, like smart, brave Hermione in Harry Potter to kick ass Willow in Buffy and you really can't deny the sheer chutzpah of Ursula the sea witch. Witches kind of rule. Vampires 'sparkle' and drink blood and combust in the sun and are always kind of moody. Witches have way more fun.

So, just in time for Halloween we've compiled our favourite pop culture witches of all time. Hubble, bubble ... 

Source: Jezebel