Top 5 Wednesday: Books With Witches


This week’s topic: These can be “witch books” or books that happen to feature witches as characters, whether they are main characters or side characters. 

My dilemma: I’m not into witchcraft, supernatural, spirit worlds, magic, fantasy etc. I’ve read most of the Harry Potter books and seen all but the last 2 movies. That’s about it. And, except for chocolate and Reese’s and Linus in the pumpkin patch I’m not into Halloween at all. I was never a witch for my school Halloween party or for Trick or Treating either. But then I’m so old that Witch costumes were about all girls got–that and nurse or bride outfits. And we only got to Trick or Treat ONCE–on Halloween. Shoot, I wasn’t even big on Bewtiched, unless Maurice or Doctor Bombay was involved.

Now that I’ve identified myself as the October Scrooge, here are my picks.





If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Shakespeare would be richer than Bill Gates and the rest.


Macbeth–the Scottish play. Witches in today’s culture owe much to the Bard’s portrayal of them.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

See what I mean? He wrote all their best lines….until J.K. Rowling came on the scene.


# 2

Let’s get this one out of the way. Most of this week’s posts will be an homage to H.P.


For the record, Molly Weasley is my favorite, followed by Professor McGonogall.



Yes, I know, I know! It’s really about McCarthyism….


…but, it is outstanding.



I re-posted about this wonderful book last Friday for Banned Books Week:


Mrs. Which (how cunning) is one of the trio of women with various strange abilities. And, she looks like a traditional witch.




I read the book as an adult. I never have really enjoyed the movie. Makes me a heretic I know! I was always too spooked by the flying monkeys to enjoy it. I was hiding behind the big red chair! But there’s the Good Witch (Glinda) and the bad witch who gets the house landed on her.

Bonus: The White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.


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