When I was a kid, I loved witches—especially in TV shows and movies with witches. I had this crazy imagination and when we’d play in my grandma’s basement, I pretended that I’d found magical items down there. There was this hideous ruby broach that I found once, and I kept it because when I put it on, it gave me magic powers.
There was even a period when I was seven or eight where I had this reoccurring dream that I was a witch. I can still vividly remember it.
Near my grandma’s house there was a creepy house on the top of this hill with no neighbors around and three sisters lived there. We were never, ever allowed to go there. So in my dream, I had on my broach and I went to that house selling something. They let me in, I found out I was a witch, like them, and they taught me how to use my powers. It was one of those dreams that start at the same place and go just a little bit farther each night…I can’t remember how it ended, but I remember the rest of it.
I blame part of my imagination on my love of television, which has existed as long as I can remember. To celebrate STORM, and share my love of witches, here are my favorite witch TV shows, movies and some books, in no particular order:
- Hocus Pocus
This is a classic. I still watch it every single Halloween and still laugh and cry like I did as a kid. There’s no way it would not be on this list!
- The Craft
I was definitely way too young to watch this, but I loved witches. Needless to say it’s creepy but we (like all young girls) tried “light as a feather, stiff as a board” at every sleepover for years.
It has three witches, great demons, awesome magic, and I freaking loved Piper. I own all of these on DVD. 🙂
I used to love Samantha, and I’d watch this on Nick-at-Nite at my grandparents house. I think I’ve seen almost every episode at least one. (Second Darrin was my favorite)
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Because Melissa Joan Hart was my childhood with Clarissa Explains It All and then Sabrina and I think everyone wanted to be her. I know I did—and I still don’t know: Josh or Harvey!
I read this in junior high, and it’s still one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I love dark and creepy stuff I guess!
- Practical Magic
Yes! I loved this as a youngster (and now!) because I adored everything Sandra Bullock. I love everything about it.
- Harry Potter
I don’t think this needs a reason.
- Kiki’s Delivery Service
Because Miyazaki is brilliant. I have strong memories of watching this one with my cousins. I swear, I thought I could be a witch and just get magic powers at any moment if I wanted it hard enough.
10. Wizards of Waverly Place
This was some quality Disney channel. I was in high school/college but all my friends watched it.
And two bonus shows because they aren’t strictly about witches: The Originals and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
What are some of your favorites?