I still remember the year my grandmother carefully crafted a hand-stitched, hand-painted witch’s costume for my Halloween trick-or-treating. I think I was 9 or 10 years old. Oh, how we fought over that costume! I wanted to be a pretty witch, like Samantha or Glenda. As far as my Grandmother was concerned, every witch had crow’s feet, green skin and a huge wart on her nose. Otherwise, who would know I was supposed to be a witch?!?
In that same vein, I do not like the way witches are depicted by Hollywood. As a general rule, films about witches are NOT my favorites. But there are a few exceptions…
Here’s the Top 10 List of My Favoritest Film Witches of All Time:
10 – Samantha Stephens (Bewitched TV Series 1964 – 72) While I hated Darwood…er, Darren (in all of his incarnations) and also hated the fact that Samantha was willing to subjugate herself to her husband’s inexplicable shame over of her witchcraft, I still love Samantha. Who does not love a woman who can wiggle her nose to produce Ben Franklin?
9 – The 3 Witches (Macbeth) In case yesterday’s post didn’t warn you, I think these three hags are the best part of the Shakespeare drama.
8 – Morgaine (Mists of Avalon) Julianna Margulies as Morgaine? Yeah…nuf said.
7 – Esmeralda (Bewitched TV Series 1964 – 72) With her mod hairdo, thick blue eyeshadow and flowing psychedelic wardrobe…who would not want to be Esmeralda?
6 – The Sanderson Sisters (Hocus Pocus) OK – yes they are evil and out to suck the living essence out of innocent children. But it’s Bette, Kathy Najimy & SJP!
5 – Gillian Holroyd (Bell, Book and Candle) Come on! Kim Novak as a witch with a fatal attraction for Jimmy Stewart? (SIGH) And Pyewacket! Oh, Pyewacket!!! I have spent my life looking for my very own Pyewacket.
4 – Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series) Do I really need to explain this one? Hermione is the best witch of our age!
3 – Alexandra, Jane & Sukie (The Witches of Eastwick) Heh, heh, heh…one of my favorite mistakes! I highly recommended this movie to my dear, sweet, VERY Christian cousin..without telling him any of the details (Hey, I was in high school! And had no idea he would take a girl to see this movie on a FIRST DATE. Doh!) Still, I love this movie. Why? (Hint: It’s not really a movie about witches and the devil. It’s an allegory.)
2 – Mary Poppins (do I really need to tell you the movie?) What is that you say? Mary Poppins is not a witch? I beg your pardon! She communicates with animals, jumps into cartoons, teaches lessons with a crystal ball, totes a carpet bag full of impossible wonders and flies through the air with an umbrella. Yeah, kids, last time I checked that’s a witch. And she might just be the most wonderful witch in the history of literature or movies!
1 – Aunt Frances & Aunt Jet (Practical Magic) I love this movie. Love, love, LOVE it!! And while I cheer for Sally and her impossible true love, it is the allure of the outrageous Aunts and their magical house by the sea that draws me back to this story over and over.
This list is personal, highly subjective and entirely open to debate. Did you notice I have a bias for the Good Witches? What about you? Who are your favorite witches (good or bad) that I missed and why do you love them?