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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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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