Our Favourite Fictional Witches and Wizards

Get your broomsticks and wands ready, we're counting down some of our very favourite witches and wizards from fiction. In the mix, we have some truly terrifying villains who ooze evilness, some much more friendly faces who only use their magic for good and a few who sit somewhere in-between. Take a look at these witches and wizards, listed in particular order, to see if we've featured your favourite...

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1. Winnie from Winnie and Wilbur by Valerie Thomas, Laura Owens and Korky Paul

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Is she a good or bad witch? Good, Winnie's thirst for adventure sometimes leads to sticky situations but really she's good through and through. 

What is she known for? Winnie is known for her unusual adventures with her best feline friend, Wilbur, and for her and Wilbur's always hilarious antics.

Why do we love her? Winnie makes the perfect team when paired up with Wilbur. Their madcap stories lead them to space, the sea and the sky. Winnie is always willing to use her magic to have fun and achieve her dreams, even when they lead her to having to find a use for a giant pumpkin and a very bad robot!


2. Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

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Is she a good or bad witch? Good, Mildred might be clumsy but she's definitely a kind and brave witch at heart. 

What is she known for? Crashing her broomstick, causing chaos and holding a reputation for being the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy! 

Why do we love her? "She wasn't perfect, she didn't always get things right, but I remember always rooting for her! Her heart was in the right place and she often got in to trouble because she was trying to help others out. A truly good witch." Charlotte, Online Merchandising Manager at Book People

"Growing up I loved the Worst Witch and the adventures of Mildred Hubble. School would have been a lot more fun with magic!" Katie, CRM Manager at Book People


3. The Grand High Witch from The Witches by Roald Dahl

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Is she a good or bad witch? Bad, very very bad! 

What is she known for? Being the ruler of all the witches and the scariest of the lot! Her hatred of children and evil plans make her one of the most formidable on our list. 

Why do we love to hate her? "She's the first fictional character I remember being really scared of when I was younger and she was equally as terrifying in the film adaptation." Jamie, CRM Marketing Assistant at Book People

"The Witches wore gloves to hide their claws and could sniff out children with their horrible nostrils... They were so brilliantly created and sure to give you nightmares!" Ryan, Catalogue and Content Editor at Book People


4. Gandalf from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Is he a good or bad wizard? Good, he is the leader of the Fellowship of the Ring and is generally an all-round nice guy.

What is he known for? He is known for being one of J.R.R. Tolkien's most iconic characters. He may not seem to be the most impressive character in the books on the outside but his bravery and wisdom make him one of the best on the inside. 

Why do we love him? "Because he defeated some crazy demon on a mountain, died and then CAME BACK TO LIFE (and because he always grumbles 'hobbits')." Abi, CRM Marketing Executive at Book People


5. The Witch from Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

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Is she a good or bad witch? Good, she's willing to help all the animals in the forest.

What is she known for? Losing her hat, bow and wand and making many forest-dwelling friends after letting them hitch a ride on her broomstick.

Why do we love her? The witch is one of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's most recognisable characters, we've seen her in a Christmas TV special and in her own cookbook too! All she wants to do is soar through the skies and look down at the world from on high and we think if we can fly on a broomstick, we'd probably do the same!


6. The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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Is she a good or bad witch? Bad usually, depending on who you ask.

What is she known for? Her biggest fears: puddles and rainy days. Her greatest loves: flying monkeys and magical footwear. 

Why do we love to hate her? We've seen many different interpretations of the Wicked Witch of the West over the years. In the original L. Frank Baum story she is a terrifying figure who enslaves Dorothy Gale before she gets a bucket of water thrown over her and melts away into oblivion. She is perhaps best known these days for her appearance in the 1939 film where the green skin trend came in and for being transformed into a misunderstood heroine in Gregory Maguire's Wicked with a (literally) all-singing and all-dancing stage show to go with it! 


7. Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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Is she a good or bad witch? Good. She's firm but fair and definitely one of Hogwarts best-loved professors. 

What is she known for? Being the teacher we all wish we had at school... and being able to turn into a cat at will. We're not jealous at all.

Why do we love her? "She is one of the strongest characters in the Harry Potter series - fiercely protective of the students in her care, she always has their best interests at heart. I really respect that she is deeply principled and she inspires me to stay true to my values and have conviction, even if that doesn't always make you popular. She's also a complete badass! When Voldemort and the Death Eaters descend upon Hogwarts she fights like the seasoned witch she is. She is a true leader and one of the most brilliant witches in literature!"  Jen, Digital Content and Social Media Manager at Book People


8. Meg from Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski

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Is she a good or bad witch? Good, her antics sometimes drive Mog a bit crazy but Meg always means well. 

What is she known for? Being one of the first witches children will read about and for being a little bit disaster-prone!

Why do we love her? The simple illustration style makes Meg's stories great reading for toddlers. Meg, Mog and her pet owl go on many adventures involving Romans, pirates, mummies, mammoths and more so her stories are never boring!


9. The White Witch from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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Is she a good or bad witch? Brrr-bad, she made Narnia permanently winter with no Christmas! That's just mean.

What is she known for? Creating surprisingly moreish Turkish delight and being a frosty fiend.

Why do we love to hate her? "Jadis (The White Witch) from The Chronicles of Narnia has pure defiance of basically everything (and I quite like her winter-style)." Stacey, Search Marketing Executive at Book People


10. Merlin from Arthurian legend

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Is he a good or bad wizard? Good. He's usually depicted as your standard wise, old wizard and is a good friend to King Arthur.

What is he known for? Being the wizard of all wizards in British storytelling. Even though his creation goes back nearly a thousand years, we're still talking about him, that's a little bit magical in itself.

Why do we love him? "He's an Arthurian legend who has made appearances in so many timeless tales." Ryan, Catalogue and Content Editor at Book People

He's more than just a fictional character, he is, quite literally, a legend!



These witches and wizards make quite a strange bunch but we know we'd love to hang out with most of them (definitely not the Grand High Witch and the White Witch though!). We'd love to hear all about you're your favourite fictional witches and wizards so do let us know if we've missed any out.