GIMME FIVE: Movie Witches

BY KENDALL ERICKSON

With the new season of  American Horror Story: Coven returning tonight with the episode “Bitchcraft” (Seriously, who ISN’T excited?), we take a look back at some classic good and evil movie witches.

5) Marnie Piper, Halloweentown
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A family classic, and one that is still played on repeat during October on the Family Channel, Halloweentown tells the story of the Piper family. Raised by a mother who hates Halloween and refuses to let the kids participate in it, the eldest daughter, Marnie, has always felt as though she was different. On Halloween night, they are paid a visit by their grandmother, someone who Marnie has always felt connected to because of their shared love of “weird stuff”. When Marnie and her brother and sister are sent to bed, Marnie sneaks down and overhears her mother and grandmother talking. It is through this that Marnie learns that she is a witch, as is her mother and grandmother. Angry that her Mom has been lying to her, Marnie and her siblings sneak out of the house and follow their grandmother home. It is when they arrive that they realize they are a long way from home, and in the magical Halloweentown. However, not all is right in Halloweentown, and it falls to Marnie to save the town and her family before it’s too late.

4) Kiki, Kiki’s Delivery Service

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A classic Studio Ghibli film, Kiki’s Delivery Service tells the story of a young witch named Kiki who is required to spend a year on her own in order to complete her training as a witch. To support herself, as the title suggests, she starts a delivery service and makes some very memorable friends along the way.

3) Sally & Gillian Owens, Practical Magic

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Starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, this 1998 classic tells the story of the Owens sisters. Raised by their aunts upon their parents’ death, the girls grew up differently then any other. Under the tutelage of their aunts, they were taught the importance and the power of “practical magic”. However, their powers come with a price: Any men that the women fall in love with will die. Now, forced to band together to fight supernatural forces and break the curse, the Owens sisters must learn to accept and harness their “practical magic”.

2) Bellatrix Lestrange, Harry Potter

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I don’t think I could write a post about movie witches and not talk about Harry Potter at least once! Bellatrix Lestrange: Slytherin, Death Eater, and disgustingly loyal to Lord Voldemort. Bellatrix is arguably the most powerful female Death Eater, and is notoriously evil. She is also the witch who tormented sweet little Neville Longbottom’s parents, Alice and Frank, to the point of insanity, and is the murderer of Sirius Black. (No, but seriously, who didn’t sob in the book and in the movie during that scene?)

1) The Wicked Witch of the West, from The Wizard of Oz

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Major props to Margaret Hamilton for scaring the pants off of multiple generations, and giving children nightmares. (My Dad was no exception). Though she needs no introduction, The Wicked Witch of the West is Dorothy’s main source of torment on her journey through Oz. (“I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!”) When she finally succeeds in capturing Dorothy, she learns that she cannot take the ruby slippers away from her as long as she is alive. She then threatens Dorothy, informing her that when her hourglass runs out, she will die.  Meanwhile, Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man try to come to her rescue, but our caught before they can succeed. When the Witch sets Scarecrow on fire, Dorothy puts it out with a pail of water, accidentally splashing the Witch, thus giving us the classic cinematic line…”I’m melting!” 

kendallA student at Dalhousie University, Kendall is a musical theatre geek and a huge fan of singing in the shower. She is a bookworm, musician and that person who literally cries during every chick flick.

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