We’re not saying we’re the most qualified people to judge a to-the-paint showdown of famous pop-culture witches, but we are featuring an excerpt of Alex Flinn‘s new novel, Bewitching. You can start reading right now about Kendra–the witch behind some of the most well-known acts of magic in the world. (Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, anyone?) We’re also hosting five days of flash fiction all about magical totems and items. We’ve ALSO watched every episode of Buffy. Twice. So, we’re not saying we’re the best qualified? But we’re not NOT saying that.
Who’s the best pop culture witch of all time? Get informed about each combatant and then vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom!
Sugar and Spiciest: Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Willow is crazy sweet and shy and nice and adorable and then OMG SHE ISN’T NICE ANYMORE AND DID SHE JUST SKIN A MAN ALIVE AND OMG SHE DID AND HER HAIR IS ALL BLACK AND I DON’T LIKE THIS ONE BIT.
Most Misunderstood: Elphaba from Wicked
It’s not easy being green, though I think Elphaba would agree that the pigment issue is only slightly less annoying than the part about how she’s unfairly persecuted just because she has incredible power and isn’t blonde. You have to give Elphie mad props for being all misunderstood and evil-not-evil while singing her pointy hat off (in the musical version, at least).
Hardest Working: The Halliwells from Charmed
Three sisters and the power of three! And then one sister gets killed and it’s all SURPRISE OTHER NEW SISTER, STILL THE POWER OF THREE. These siblings fight more Big Bads than any other witch we can think of! They’re conquering a new terror, like, every single day. It’s insane. In. Sane.
Brightest (Witch of Her Age): Hermione from Harry Potter
We can’t have a witch-off without mentioning Hermione! She’s super-legit. Like, in the future? It’s entirely possible she will become the Kleenex of witches. People will be like, “And then it was revealed that the character was a Hermione! Sorry, a witch.” In the same way people have to correct themselves now when they say “Kleenex” and instead say, “Excuse me, facial snot tissue.”
Most Wicked: Jadis, The Snow Queen from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
You can’t touch this with a 10-foot icicle. She’s conniving, greedy, and she peddles inferior snacks. (Seriously, I was so stoked to have Turkish delight for the first time and then was so un-stoked by what it actually tasted like.) She tried to kill Aslan. Aslan! He’s all that is good and shiny and perfect in the world! Plus, Tilda Swinton scares me.