Witches: Top 5 Wednesday Topic for October


Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Samantha and Lainey on the Goodreads T5W group.

This seemed like fun, but I can't commit to doing it every week, so at the end of each month, I plan to pick one of the topics to make a list about!

October 4th: Books Featuring Witches 

These can be 'witch books' or books that happen to feature witches as characters, whether they are main characters or side characters. 

5. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Let's get that out of the way right away.

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Maggie Smith as Prof. McGonagall in the Warner Bros. film adaptation.

Still a staple. If I had to pick a favorite witch from the series it would be McGonagall, of course. That woman had a backbone and was a good role model to her house, even if most of them never did learn to respect the rules.

4. Dealing with Dragons by  Patricia C. Wrede

The woman in black on this cover art is Morwen.

Morwen is actually pretty similar to McGonagall when I think about it. She is also no-nonsense and keeps her house in ship-shape!

3. Macbeth by Shakespeare

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1983 Macbeth production
Classic. There wouldn't be a story without them!

2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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You thought I wouldn't be able to fit this one in? Witch-King of Angmar.

Of course, the "witch" here is not intended to invoke the kind that brews potions and cast spells so much as someone who "bewitches" or manipulates others through deception. It is clear from his confrontation with Gandalf that the Witch-King has powers that might be deemed magical in a witch-like sense as well, so it works both ways!

1. The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander

Cover art by Jody Lee
Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch are by far my favorite witches. Chaotic Neutral would be an apt description of them. The Book of Three is the first book in this series, and these witches do not appear until the second (better know as it has a farce of a movie adaptation). 


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