Top Ten Tuesday/Blogtober Day 25: Halloween Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

As this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Halloween Freebie, and it is of course still Blogtober, I decided for this week’s Top Ten, I’d talk about my favourite witches.

Top Six Witches

Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (MCU)

I mean…she’s awesome, isn’t she? Incredibly powerful, all Wanda wants is a family, and it’s the trauma of everything that pushes her over and over and over. I loved WandaVision, I loved her in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, and pretty much every Marvel film she’s been in. It’s hard not to sympathise with Wanda, at least to a point; she’s lost so many loved ones, and at this point her main driving force is grief.

Regina (Once Upon a Time)

I was going to mention The Evil Queen from Sarah Pinborough’s Tales from the Kingdom trilogy, who I absolutely love (and you can read my Poison review here)but then I remembered the version of this character I love more than any other – Regina Mills from Once Upon a Time. Regina is powerful, but deep, deep down she’s an absolute softie. I loved seeing her evolution from Ice Cold Queen to…slightly less Ice Cold, actually. And her style! She just consistently looks amazing in every scene.

Circe (Circe by Madeline Miller)

This books is so beautiful and lovely and focuses on the witch Circe, giving voice to an overlooked character. It’s definitely enough to put Circe on any “top witches” list. Read my review of Circe here.

Claire Emerson (Becoming Crone by Lydia M. Hawke)

I loved Claire! She’s a wonderful protagonist, an older woman who has an adult son, a grandson, and is divorced – her main concern throughout the novel is protecting her family, and although there’s familiar tropes here, they’re given a fresh life through an older character. Read my review of Becoming Crone.

The Sanderson Sisters (Hocus Pocus)

(No, I haven’t seen the second film yet – hoping to watch it before Halloween!) Safe to say, the Sanderson sisters from Disney’s Hocus Pocus are legends by now. In every scene in the first film they’re entertaining as hell when they’re on screen, to the point that although you don’t want them to win, you kind of root for them anyway? They’re three sisters who cemented their place in pop culture history, and there are few witches out there as iconic as them.

Granny Weatherwax (Discworld series by Terry Pratchett)

How can you not love Granny Weatherwax? And yes, also the rest of her coven, but she’s the star really. A grumpy woman who kind of gets dragged into situations against her will, she’s a delight, and very wise. I haven’t read as many Discworld novels as I’d like, but from the ones I have read she is absolutely my favourite character (followed by Death, of course). Read my review of Wyrd Sisters.

I really do love witches – they pop up in so many different genres now, and in the hands of a good actor or writer, they can be so interesting! So of course, if you have any witchy recommendations for me, please do let me know. And tell me what you picked for your Top Ten Tuesday Halloween freebie!

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