“So there is a topic later this month about paranormal creatures, but 1. witches aren’t creatures and 2. they deserve their own topic. These can be “witch books” or books that happen to feature witches as characters, whether they are main characters or side characters.”
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This week it’s very apparent that I don’t read that many ‘witchy’ books and that I don’t reach to pick them up that often. So a lot of these are books I read as a child. But I’ve never massively been interested in witches, I don’t mind them when they are in books/movies/tv shows, but I don’t actively have an interest. I never dressed up as a witch for Halloween, nor do I search for things with witches and I really didn’t like Hocus Pocus or any heavily ‘witchy’ things. But nevertheless, these are the top 5 books which feature witches.
5. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
Even though the witch isn’t a main character in this book, the whole premise is about a girl who has been cursed by a witch, so it is a prominent feature of the story.
4. Northern Lights – Philip Pullman
Probably my favourite witch (apart from Hermione Granger, obviously), Serafina Pekkala who is the queen of witches, she is not a main character, but is still a recurring character within His Dark Materials. I really loved her as a character so I had to mention this series in this list.
3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
This is a classic and well-loved story about a girl called Dorothy who is transported to a new world, and in order to get back home she needs to find the Wizard of Oz to grant her wish, however the Wicked Witch of the West tries to stop her. Whenever I think about evil witches, she is the first that comes into my head. She definitely scared me in the movie adaption! I would seriously recommend the series altogether.
2. The Witches – Roald Dahl
Another childhood classic. It’s imaginative, fascinating, and filled with horrifying, heartless witches that definitely would’ve given you nightmares as a child, but is still an enjoyable read and a well-loved story.
1. The Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
Of course. Without a doubt. I couldn’t not include this book series; it’s literally following a trio of witches and wizards. Need I say more?
What witchy books have you read? Any recommendations for others?
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