Our Favorite Witchesby IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 3 weeks ago
Are you a good witch or a bad witch? Whether you're a fan of White or Black Magic, it wouldn't be Halloween without our favorite movie and TV witches, would it? Here are some of the most memorable spell-casters who ever bewitched an audience. -- Sharon Knolle
The Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dorothy (Judy Garland)'s cackling, green-skinned foe (memorably played by Margaret Hamilton) haunted generations of children with the immortal line, "I'll get you, my pretty ... and your little dog, too!" Her army of creepy flying monkeys and heavily guarded castle made her that much more fearsome.
The Witches of The Craft (1996)
Peer pressure is so much more dangerous when witchcraft is involved, as new prep school student Sarah (Robin Tunney) discovers when she and her new friends take up the hobby. Queen Bee Nancy (Fairuza Balk) takes it all too far and must be stopped by Sarah in a climactic, furniture-flying, mirror-smashing magical showdown.
Willow, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997 to 2003)
When we first met Willow (Alyson Hannigan), she was a geeky, shy nerd. Soon, her dabbling in magic leds to her becoming a powerful, if sometimes reckless, witch. A tragedy sent her over to the dark side. But by the series end, she had managed to work her way back from being a Big Bad to good, kind Willow once again.
The Witches of Hocus Pocus (1993)
On the 20th anniversary of this Halloween favorite -- in which Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker play witch sisters who wreak havoc on modern Salem -- Midler told Katie Couric she loves it just as much as the fans do: "Oh, I love it. I love it. We had a great time making it ... we laughed the whole time." Sarah Sanderson (Parker) has the ability to bewitch people with her siren song, Winnie (Midler) can shoot lighting from her fingertips and even raise the dead, while Mary (Najimy) can sniff out children from a great distance -- the better to suck out their souls.
Bonnie, "The Vampire Diaries" (2009 to 2017)
This naturally psychic Mystic Falls teen (played by Kat Graham) first used magic to help out her friends. Her explorations of Expression, a form of Dark Magic, led to her becoming so powerful she was able to defeat two Originals and the immortal Silas and seemingly conquer death itself.
Ursula, The Little Mermaid (1989)
In her big musical number, "Poor Unfortunate Souls," this tentacled underwater enchantress offers Ariel a diabolical bargain: She can become human temporarily to be near her beloved Prince, but the price is her voice ... and possibly her soul. Trivia: Joan Collins and Bea Arthur turned down the theatrical part, which went to Pat Carroll, who continued to voice Ursula in subsequent TV shows and video games.
The Queen, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
This evil fairy-tale Queen, who ordered a huntsman to cut out Snow White's heart, still casts a long shadow as one of Disney's greatest villains. When the huntsman doesn't get the job done, this vain beauty dramatically transforms herself into a hook-nosed old witch to tempt the young princess with a poisoned apple.
Samantha, "Bewitched" (1964 to 1972)
How many girls grew up twitching their noses like Samantha Stevens (Elizabeth Montgomery) in the hopes that they, too, could make magical things happen? In the not-so-enlightened '60s and '70s, this happy homemaker was discouraged from casting spells by her husband, who failed to see the upside of having married a witch. But Samantha's endless parade of witch and warlock relatives ensured that magic was always afoot.
The White Witch, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
In the first big-screen version of the famous C.S. Lewis fantasy series, Tilda Swinton made a strikingly ruthless White Witch, who has enslaved all of Narnia and seeks to destroy benevolent ruler Aslan. The actress opted to emphasize the character's coldness, as opposed to all those "cackling, shouting, hot-under-the-collar witches" of earlier films.
The Haliwell Sisters, "Charmed" (1998 to 2006)
San Francisco sisters Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Prue (Shannen Doherty), and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) are known as "The Charmed Ones," who use their powers to defeat evil demons and a host of supernatural villains. When Doherty left the series in 2001, Rose McGowan joined the show as their equally magical half-sister Paige.
Gillian 'Gil' Holroyd, Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
Kim Novak made a very bewitching witch in this romantic comedy, where she resists falling for human James Stewart: If she loses her heart, she'll also lose her powers for good! Set in Greenwich Village, the film also featured Jack Lemmon as her beatnik, bongo-playing warlock brother.
Cassandra Nightingale, "Good Witch" (2015 to present )
After playing Good Witch Cassie in several highly rated-Hallmark TV movies, Catherine Bell signed on to a full series as the kind-hearted owner of the Bell, Book & Candle shop. Among her many charms, Cassie can tame savage beasts, whip up an aphrodisiac, and quell troublesome dreams.