This weekend sees the fantasy series ‘The Witches of Oz’ back on Syfy from 3pm on Saturday and as this magical journey is carried out, we ask who are your favourite witches?
Compiling a list of just five was a challenge in itself, but these truly are the witches I would love to put in a room together and be that magic-proof fly on the wall....
5. Sabrina Spellman (Melissa Joan Hart) in ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’
The teenage witch that graced our screens for seven whole seasons. Sabrina; partnered with her cat Salem and a pair of interfering aunts never left you lost for a few giggles as she tackled teenage life and being an apprentice witch all at the same time. It was her previous role in 1994 ‘Clarissa Explains It All’ with a dash of added magic when ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ premiered in 1996.
Studying for that witch’s license couldn’t be more difficult when you have to keep the fact you’re a witch secret from not only your school, but your boyfriend too. The most hilarious episode has to be ‘Boogie Shoes’, where her aunts summon a dancing wizard to help out Sabrina’s boyfriend Harvey with his dancing skills and as the school dance approaches his new ‘shoes’ have a certain glitch, meaning he dances without warning whenever he’s near music. Poor kid.
4. Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) in ‘Harry Potter’
Part of the ‘Black’ family, Bellatrix is related to Harry Potter’s godfather Sirius, who she subsequently kills without remorse in ‘Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix’. This makes her one of the most feared witches in the series and if a part was made for anyone it was created to be played by Helena Bonham Carter, who has an affinity with all things creepy and kooky.
She is the ultimate death eater and most loyal to ‘he who must not be named’ (Voldemort for those of us brave enough to speak the dark lord’s name). Can you tell I’m a massive Harry Potter fan? I’ll try not to talk all muggle and wizard-worldly if I can contain myself. Bellatrix definitely deserves praise for sticking to the dark side so willingly till the bitter end and is a witch you don’t want to mess with.
3. Sarah Sanderson (Sarah Jessica Parker) in ‘Hocus Pocus’
Possibly one of the craziest witches you’ll ever meet and teamed up with her sister’s Winifred and Mary, nothing is going to stop them from staying young and beautiful than a virgin who lit a black flame candle on all hallows eve. What are the chances!
Her role as part of the terrible trio was to lure children back to their lair with her gift of song, so they can feast on the young…
‘Come little children, I'll take thee away, into a land of enchantment. Come little children, the times come to play, here in my garden of magic.’
A beautiful, but deadly witch who isn’t the brightest star in the sky, but we love her because that’s the way we like her and of course you would never guess she’s evil as she smiles so much!
2. The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) in ‘The Wizard of Oz’
A witch with issues, but can you blame her when Dorothy dropped a house on her sister and stole her shoes too. That would make any woman angry.
Best known for her lines…
‘Just try and stay out of my way. Just try! I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!’
‘I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness? Oooooh, look out! I'm going! Oooooh! Ooooooh!’
1. The Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston) in ‘The Witches’
Making it to the top of the list, we have Angelica Huston’s portrayal of the grand high witch in Roahl Dahl’s ‘The Witches’. This film scared a generation of children including myself out their wits, as we watched innocent kids get trapped inside paintings because a witch thought they smelt like dogs droppings and with the grand high witch revolutionising the process by turning them into mice.
Angelica really did pull off being the most evil, cruel and hated witch of all time and will live on in our nightmares, especially when we remember her taking off her human mask to unveil the grotesqueness that lay beneath.
Tell us who your favourite witches are in the comments section below.