This weekend’s discussion was about favorite fictional witches. It was totally not planned to coincide with my plans to take my grandma to the library today. That poor thing has read every book in the house (including The Dresden Files, which totally shocked me. She’s more of a Danielle Steel and Nicholas Sparks kind of lady… should I be concerned that she’s also getting into Stephen King and Jim Butcher?)
So I told you lovelies that my favorite fictional “witch” of all time was Harry Dresden (by Jim Butcher), and my favorite witch movie was Practical Magic. Here’s what you told me you liked:
- Elphaba from the Wizard of Oz
- the Owens Clan
- another vote for Harry and Practical Magic
- Another vote for Elphaba and the aunts from Practical Magic
Who else to you love?
Well we’ve had a great discussion of our favorite nonfiction authors. What about favorite fictional witches? Written or film or fairy tale, who is your favorite witch (or wizard)? Or favorite fictional universe of magickal folk?
My favorite, hands down, is Harry Dresden (who is sort of a grown-up Harry Potter). Jim Butcher is the author. Dresden is a wizard (and a private investigator) who lives in Chicago. I love this universe so much because all of Harry’s magic is grounded in principles of real-world magick (i.e., working in circles, thaumaturgy, employing the aid of the wee folk or other spirits) but the results are, of course, rather literal and fantastical. Not to mention Dresden is hysterical and so very human he could be each of us. There’s even the proper use of the term “warlock” - hence he’s a wizard. Witches and wizards who break the laws of magic are called warlocks (if they are really evil). I highly recommend the Dresden Files series for some summer reading. The first in the series, Storm Front was Jim Butcher’s first published book, so it’s really fun to watch his writing style and skills develop very quickly and truly shine around the sixth or seventh book.
My favorite movie is Practical Magic. It’s just adorable.
Who is your favorite fictional witch?