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English teacher interested in language and culture, and also in fiction using magic, myth, folklore and the supernatural. Now teaching part-time in a Leicester Upper School (ages 14-19) and also writing for children, teens and teachers.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Top Fives: Witches

From Hansel and Gretel to The Craft, witches have long fascinated us, thrilling and repelling in equal measure. I can never resist a witchy story, so here's a nice set of three top fives of witches. Please note that these are personal lists.

Top Five TV Series/Films with Witches

  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not just because Willow's development from geek to witch is awesome, but also because of that fabulous addiction metaphor when she loses herself to magic
  2. The Craft
  3. Charmed (even though it's a bit whiter-than-white with all that 'personal gain' stuff)
  4. Practical Magic
  5. Sabrina the Teenage Witch 
And now, my age is clear to all... :)

Top Five Witchy YA Books

  1. Hollow Pike by James Dawson (contemporary and creepy)
  2. The Winter Trilogy by Ruth Warburton (great quest-style adventure)
  3. The Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett (brilliant intro to Discworld)  
  4. Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb (Tudor witches)
  5. Witch Hill by Marcus Sedgwick (deliciously creepy)

Top Five Witchy Children's Books/Series

  1. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
  2. Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski
  3. The Witches by Roald Dahl (the only one of these with scary witches) 
  4. Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas/Laura Owen
  5. Pongwiffy by Kaye Umansky

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