Happy Halloween! The 31 Most Wicked and Wonderful Witches from TV and Movies

When I was in kindergarten, I dressed up as a witch for Halloween. I also was a witch for Halloween in third grade, sixth grade and two years ago at a family Halloween party. So, yes, I’ve had a fair amount of practice playing a witch.  I’ve also dressed my darling daughter as a witch several times as well. I love Roald Dahl’s book The Witches and anything by Ruth Chew, one of my favorite shows ever is Bewitched, and on occasion I convince myself I have secret powers. So, as you may have guessed, witches are near and dear to my heart, from black pointy hatted ones to wives of ad execs. Give a girl some special powers, a broom, and a tendency towards trouble, and I am sold. XOJane seems to be in total agreement in their piece “Who’s the Best, Most Badass Witch in All of Pop Culture?” saying, “Witches are having a pop culture moment, says everyone in the universe. Witches are currently more popular than Congress.”

In honor of the season of the witch (aka Halloween), we’ve put together a list of our favorite 31 witches from screens small and big ranking them from “Sweetest” to “Creepiest” to “the Witch with the Worst Luck.” Check out our witch list from the wicked to the wonderful right here:


  • 31 Wicked and Wonderful Witches 1 of 21

    Check out the 31 most wicked and wonderful witches from TV and movies!

  • The Creepiest: Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz 2 of 21

    One of the most iconic witches EVER. The green-hued Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz was played by the marvelously menacing Margaret Hamilton. She set the standard for pretty much ALL witches (of the bad variety) forever.


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  • The Most Beloved: Samantha Stevens from Bewitched 3 of 21

    TV's most famous and beloved witch has got to be Samantha Stevens of Bewitched. Trying to live life like a mortal, Samantha always seemed to have to dip into the dark arts, with just a twitch of her nose. Elizabeth Montgomery was perfect in the role. Sure Nicole Kidman tried to fill her shoes in the film adaptation of the show, but there will only be one Samantha Stevens in our hearts.


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  • The Wackiest Dressed: Endora from Bewitched 4 of 21

    Samantha Stevens wasn't the only witch in town in Bewitched. Her mother Endora, played by Agnes Moorehead, was a total scene-stealer and she was always, and I mean always, up to something. And let's not forget that her outfits were always outrageous.


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  • The Sweetest: Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer 5 of 21

    Sunnydale didn't just have demons, vampires, and those who slayed them, but there were also a few witches in the mix. Buffy the Vampire Slayer's BFF was one such witch, a sweet good-hearted wiccan named Willow, played by the always adorable Alyson Hannigan.


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  • The Most Animated: The Witch from Brave 6 of 21
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    The woodcarving witch in Pixar's Brave changed the fate of the young Merida, but even though her spell was a bit wonky, Merida was able to save her mother and restore what damage the witch's spell had done.


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  • The Most Glamorous: Glenda, Evanora, and Theadora from Oz: The Great and Powerful 7 of 21

    The witches of Oz: The Great and Powerful were an interesting array of witches. There was Glenda the good witch, Evanora the evil, and the naive Theadora who becomes very, very bitter.  But one thing is for sure, each one is gorgeous and alluring in her own unique way!


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  • The Most A-List Crowd: Alexandra, Jane, and Suki from The Witches of Eastwick 8 of 21

    Our second example of a trio of witches, but these three are far more A-list than wicked. Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer are under Jack Nicholson's spell in this 1987 magic-based movie. And really, when will we EVER see those four co-star together again?


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  • The Most Unlikely Trio: Winifred, Sarah, and Mary from Hocus Pocus 9 of 21

    Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, you can't go wrong, even when they are doing all sorts of wrong in the 1993 Disney family flick Hocus Pocus.  And yes, it's another example of the witch trio, and this one is an odd mix of casting, yet one that works.


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  • The Most Real Magic: Sally and Gillian Owens from Practical Magic 10 of 21

    Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman play not just sisters but witch sisters in Practical Magic. But you have to wonder if there is something to this whole witch thing, as this film was made 15 years ago. The movie may have aged but the actresses, not so much. Me thinks there is real magic at work.


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  • The Most Glamorous on TV: Piper, Phoebe, and Paige from Charmed 11 of 21

    The Haliwell sisters are charmed ... very charmed ... and so are the three actresses who play them in the aptly named series Charmed. Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan cast their spell on TV viewers from 1998 to 2006.


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  • The Most Adorable: Sabrina from Sabrina the Teenage Witch 12 of 21

    Seriously, can there be a more adorable witch? I think not. Melissa Joan Hart will forever be linked to her character Sabrina of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Yes, it was a very powerful spell indeed.


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  • The Most Dame: Professor Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter 13 of 21

    Some know Dame Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey but EVERYONE knows Dame Maggie Smith from the Harry Potter movies. But whether she is playing Professor Minerva McGonagall or Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, she always casts a spell on audiences.


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  • The Most Dangerous: The Evil Stepmother from Snow White 14 of 21

    The Hag from Snow White is one of the more dangerous witches in film history. Think about it: She wants Snow White to be killed and to have her heart delivered to her. Then she tries to poison her with simple red apples. The Hag (or Evil Stepmother) can shift from Hag form to glamorous Queen, knows deadly potions, and happens to possess a mirror that talks. Yes, she is a dangerous one for sure.


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  • The Most Retro-Cool: Gil Holroyd from Bell, Book and Candle 15 of 21

    Gil Holroyd, played by Kim Novak, has a lot more going on than Jimmy Stewart bargained for when he begins to date this mortal-loving witch in Bell, Book and Candle. The film gets bonus points for Jack Lemmon playing a warlock.


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  • The Ugliest: Grand High Witch from The Witches 16 of 21

    The book The Witches by Roald Dahl is creepy enough, but the 1990 Nicolas Roeg film adaptation takes the creepy a step further. Angelica Houston transforms from her usual lovely, gorgeous self to an incredibly creepy and frightening witch that looks more like a naked rat than anything else. So, so creepy.


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  • The Unluckiest: Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch 17 of 21

    The Worst Witch was based on the book of the same name and came out in 1986. The TV movie starred Diana Rigg, Tim Curry, and Fairiza Balk as the young witch. It later became a series in the UK that ran from 1998 to 2001.  The story is about a young witch student who just can't do anything right. Yes she is the unluckiest witch, but not for lack of trying!


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  • The Most Oscar-Worthy: The Witch from Into the Woods 18 of 21

    Disney has just begun shooting Into the Woods and The Witch is being played by none other than Meryl Streep. If I have anything to say about it, it sounds like this will be quite an Oscar-worthy witch for sure. Yes, the film has not been finished yet, but we already know it will be awesome.


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  • The Most Sea-Worthy: Ursula from The Little Mermaid 19 of 21

    Not all witches live on land as we learned in The Little Mermaid. Ursula is a "sea witch," and one of the most delightfully evil witches in movie history. She may not wear a pointy black hat, but her purple skin and tentacles make up for that.


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  • The Most Alike: Artemis and Apolla from Twitches 20 of 21

    Twins Tia and Tamera Mowry play Artemis and Apolla in Twitches, two girls who not only didn't know they had magical powers but they also didn't know they had a twin out there. And when they find out about both of these facts, magic ensues!


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  • The Most Cross-Generational: Aggie, Gwen, and Marnie from Halloweentown 21 of 21

    Halloweentown stars three generations of witches: grandma Aggie, mom Gwen, and Gwen's three kids Marnie, Dylan, and Sophie. This 1998 film has quickly become a classic, and for good reasons! It's a sweet ode to everyone's favorite holiday, and this family of witches is irresistible.


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