Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is… Five Best Books Starring Witches
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
It’s no secret I love Diana Wynne Jones. She’s my hero, and Howl’s Moving Castle is my favorite book ever. I don’t even know how many times I’ve read it (probably at least once a year over the past 15 years). So many times I had to buy a replacement copy so my original doesn’t fall to bits. This one has two witches in it: The Witch of the Waste, your pretty stereotypical evil witch, and Sophie Hatter, who is turned into an old woman by the Witch of the Waste. Sophie doesn’t realize she’s a witch for a great majority of the book, but still manages to be awesome… I probably put this book on too many lists…
One of my new favorite books ever! Agnieszka also doesn’t realize she’s a witch, but that doesn’t stop the Dragon, a local sorcerer protecting her village, from trying to teach her magic. In addition to using a really unique brand of magic, she’s also a kind-hearted, brave young woman who will do anything for her friends. Not your typical witch at all, it would seem.
Probably one of the most famous witches in children’s literature, the witch in this one needs very little introduction. And she’s definitely NOT a good witch. Including on this list because it’s a classic. The witch makes an appearance in a few of the other books, but this is one of her best moments.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
What witch-y list would be complete with out at least one book from the Harry Potter series! I chose the first book because, when I read it as a child, it felt the most magical to me. I loved Hermione, though I couldn’t pronounce her name at all. She only gets better as the books progress, but this is the one that started it all.
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
By no means my favorite of Pratchett’s Discworld series (that title goes to Mort), this is by far my favorite of all the witch-centric Pratchett books I’ve read. Inspired/based on Macbeth and Hamlet, this is a really funny Shakespeare satire with the three wyrd sisters at the center of it all.
Are there any great witches I’ve left off this list? Let me know! And also, be sure to have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!