While witches usually play the bad guys in movies, they are usually the good guys in books. I wonder why that is? So without further ado, i bring you my top ten favorite witches!
Billy Burke aka Glenda the good witch from The Wizard of Oz is the earliest memory i have of these magical people. Whenever my sister and i would watch this fabulous show, we'd argue over whom would be which witch. Of course we both wanted to be Glenda, she's the one with the pretty dress! Which leads me to the next on my list....
"I'll get you my pretty and your little dog too!" (love that line!) The Wicked Witch of the West was played by Margaret Hamilton.
Now a lot of "bad" witches showcase green skin, but do you know why? It all leads back to the inquisition where women, who were supposedly practicing in what the Christians thought was "witchcraft". These women were persecuted and beaten in hopes that they'd confess to being a witch. Before they were hanged or burned, they were paraded through the streets and looked frightful due to the greenish bruises coloring their skin from the beatings and torture. This was the last image the people had of these women before they were killed.
My next fondest memories i have are of the Sanderson sisters. Sarah, Winifred and Mary. Played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy. Although bad, you can't help but love them! Their quirky, screwball personalities beg for our attention. While they suck at their respective field, they are still bad mamma jamma's. Don't let their humorous demeanor fool you into letting them steal your children! = )
Three sisters who descend from a long line of witches, receive their magic when Phoebe reads from the Book of Shadows! Because these three are so powerful, they seem to attract one demon after another. Although their lives are in constant danger, they stick together and fight evil. It's because of their strength and sisterhood that they made the list!
Cast includes: Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combes and Rose McGowan.
Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) makes the list due to the fact that if i were a witch, i'd be just like her. She tries to do good with her magic but always ends up messing up somehow. Of course if someone ticks her off, she's bound to turn them into a animal or something else unsavory.
The Owens sisters, Sally and Gillian, played by Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. These sisters are hexed by a centuries old curse which kills any man who dares enter their lives. Sally doesn't want anything to do with her magic and tries to live her life as a "normal" woman. Whereas Gillian embraces it which leads to a dead body, a resurrection and one mean ghost! They come together as one and in the end defeat the threat. I'm very close to my sister so maybe i have a soft spot for sister witches, but these two balance each other out so beautifully you can't help but love them!
What kind of list would this be without, Harry Potter? Enough said. I'm sure i don't have to sell you guys on how amazing this series is. He's awesome, powerful and loyal. His friends are there for him and the magical town, Hogsmeade is magically magnificent! I so wish it existed!!
Cast: Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
Alyson Hannigan played Willow Rosenberg, who was lovable and always willing to help out a friend. She studies and practices her magic until she knows the stuff by heart. This of course leads her down a dark path but with the help of her friends, she finds her way back.
Bonnie, to me, is like an updated version of Willow from Buffy. She's just learning her magic and uses it to help out her friends. The only difference is she has a little bit more of a backbone than Willow did. I can't help but wonder if Bonnie will also take a trip to the dark side. I can say though, she'd be a kickass friend to have!
This movie came out in 1990 and is based on the book, The Witches by Rolad Dahl. I loved this show when i was a kid. It was a different take on the witches i was used to. In Rolad Dahl's dipiction, the witches hate children. Not only that, they wear disguises. During the day they look normal (see first picture) But when they are alone, the skin comes off to reveal their true ugly selves (see second picture).
Tiffany A White