Pop Culture's 10 Greatest Witches

Pop Culture's 10 Greatest Witches

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October is finally here and as always, the most wonderful time of the year wouldn't be complete without ABC Family's Halloween movie marathons. Ghosts, zombies, monsters, whatever the hell The Addams Family are, all are packaged in bright colors and crammed down our throats. And as much as I love sitting around with three or four friends and seven or eight boxes of wine watching such classics as "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Batman Returns" (I still don't understand why it's a Halloween movie...), the only witches, one of Halloween's biggest clichés, who are regularly represented are The Sanderson Sisters.

"Thank you, Andrew, for that MAHvelous introduction." - Winifred Sanderson

So in honor of October's arrival, I've taken the liberty of dusting off some of pop culture's greatest witches.

10. Samantha Stevens

She wasn't scary, mean, and she didn't even have a cauldron or a cat, but from 1964 to 1972 Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery) tried to put her powers on pause to play the perfect suburban housewife. Whenever she did use them, it was always for good. Yawn. But sometimes she managed to use her powers to humiliate snobs and bigots, so she wasn't a total bore.


9. Sabrina Spellman

Another kindhearted witch. Sabrina had magic at her fingertips and still had a crappy high school experience. Are you kidding me? Give me those powers and I would've been Prom King four years in a row. I would've had a 5.0. I would've had caviar and champagne waiting for me in the cafeteria every day. Someone pisses you off? Zap, permanent acne, problem solved. Sabrina really dropped the ball.


8. The Grand High Witch

Now we're talking. The Grand High Witch, played to perfection in "The Witches" (based on the Roald Dahl book) by Angelia Huston, was evil incarnate (and nightmare fuel for five year old me). Her main goal in life was to rid the world of children (and, no spoilers, but judging by the last flight I was on, she failed miserably). She's fashionable, she's rich, and she's mean, and if it wasn't for the fact that she was stopped by children, she would be the perfect role model.


7. Ursula

I never have and I never will

I have always said that Ursula wasn't a villain. She was a shrewd businesswoman. Is Bill Gates a villain? Was Steve Jobs a villain? Is Donald Trump a villain?

Don't answer that.

But she clearly outlined the terms of the deal. She didn't commit a crime, she capitalized on someone else's stupidity. She uses her powers for profit, unlike any other witch on this list. She's a genius, an entrepreneur, and a patriot!

6. The Wicked Witch of the West


Showing up to parties like

Vicious, hateful, instantly recognizable, the Wicked Witch of the West is an icon. And though she was eventually stopped by a teenager and a bucket of water, the Wicked Witch is still one of cinema's greatest baddies.


5. Fiona Goode


Ryan Murphy's success isn't accidental, and his casting of Jessica Lange for the first four seasons of American Horror Story proves that. In the third season of this anthological series, Lange plays Fiona Goode, the "Supreme" of her coven and one of the worst fictional characters to ever grace the small screen. She'll kill a potential successor, suck a man's soul out, frame a rival for murder and still have time for a dirty martini. She's chic, she's modern, and she's scary, everything a witch must be if she wants to make it in the 21st century.


4. Gillian Holroyd


Gillian Holroyd (played by Kim Novak) is the main character of the 1958 movie "Bell, Book, and Candle". She is a beatnik living in Greenwich Village, she owns her own African art gallery, and she isn't above using a love spell to steal her college rival's fiancé. Even though she makes the idiotic mistake of sacrificing her powers for the man she loves, she's still a great (and underappreciated) witchy woman.


3. Minerva McGonagall



Dame Maggie Smith is an Academy Award-winning actress and a living legend. She has played some amazing characters over her 60 year-long career, but I would be lying if I said that any were better than Professor Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter series. If you've read the books and/or seen the movies, you know what I mean. If not, I can't begin to explain why she's as amazing as she is.


2. Endora


Endora (Agnes Moorehead) is Samantha Stephens' mother and my personal favorite of the list. She was less of a cartoonish villain (despite her makeup, hair, and clothes) and for almost every episode of Bewitched's eight season run, she did everything she could to get her daughter to divorce her husband. Like me, Endora hated all mortals, but unlike me, she actually had the powers to do something about it, and only she could take the same plot for every episode and make it so entertaining.


1. Winifred Sanderson

I know I said that The Sanderson Sisters are the only witches regularly shown during October, but there's a reason for that. Winifred Sanderson is October, she is Halloween, she is a legend. This is the role Bette was born to play (no offense, Ms. Midler), and if there isn't a sequel made soon I'm going to relight the Black Flame Candle myself.

Or find somebody to...


Halloween holds a special place in my heart because it combines my favorite things: candy, scaring children, and the same great movies playing ten times a day. There's only one week left before ABC Family starts their annual marathon so be sure to stock up on the necessities (pumpkin spice-flavored vodka and candy corn), kick back, and relax.

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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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