The List: Top 10 witches

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

With Disney’s live-action take on iconic villain “Maleficent” hitting theaters, we’re taking a look at the witches who have cast the strongest spells over the years.

10. Endora

The ’60s sitcom “Bewitched” upped the ante on the tired, old mother-in-law gag by giving Agnes Moorehead’s character witchy powers to go with disapproval over a daughter who married a mortal.

9. The Blair Witch

The mysterious witch from the 1999 found-footage horror flick had the power to arrange sticks and convince gullible people she was real via a slick marketing campaign.

8. Sabrina the Teenage Witch

The Archie Comics character came to life on TV thanks to a post-“Clarissa” Melissa Joan Hart.

7. Bellatrix Lestrange

Sadistic, insane and frighteningly powerful, the loyal sidekick to Harry Potter’s nemesis Lord Voldemort (played in the movies by Helena Bonham Carter) was nearly as good of a baddie as the Dark Lord.

6. Minnie Castevet

If you’re the creepiest person in Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby,” you’re pretty effing creepy.

5. Alex, Jane and Suki in “The Witches of Eastwick”

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned — which Jack Nicholson’s Daryl Van Horne should know better than anyone. Yet, he pisses off three powerful women by seducing all of them. Not smart.

4. Melisandre

The Red Priestess on “Game of Thrones” is cruel — her favorite hobby is burning non-believers at the stake — and powerful — she gave birth to a smoke monster! — making her one of the most terrifying witches on this list.

3. Hermione Granger

Harry Potter’s overachieving friend didn’t let being born a Muggle slow her down.

2. Wicked Witch of the West

She’s been terrifying kids since 1939, when the “Wizard of Oz” premiered, and is surely the most iconic witch of all-time. Plus, she has flying monkeys.

1. Willow Rosenberg

The ever sweet, ever supportive friend to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Willow (played by Alyson Hannigan) seemed meek at first, but she grew to be a powerful witch.

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