There’s two things I wanted to be when I was younger – a figure skater and a witch. (Hey, there’s an idea for a movie! The story of a figure-skater witch.) My obsessions came from two places, NBC’s figure skating TV coverage and movies. Actually, it was probably Sabrina The Teenage Witch that started my craze with the whole “witch” thing. The thought of having magical powers was so enticing that I lost myself in these witchy characters. Then I discovered Harry Potter and realized that I wasn’t the only one who craved the supernatural. Below is a list of the movies that made me want to a witch.
I considered putting Suspiria on this list just because that movie is wickedly awesome. But when I really thought about it, Dario Argento’s film didn’t make me yearn for magical powers and a pointy hat. It scared me. The Craft is by no means Suspiria, but it’s not a funny movie like say, Hocus Pocus. It’s actually quite terrifying because it shows the drawbacks of being witch. Still, I was a teen girl once and I would have given anything to be a part of Nancy’s coven.
I’ve had a long-standing tradition ever since I can remember, which is to watch Hocus Pocus once on Halloween. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy were the silliest and goofiest witches, but it was their innocent humor that hooked me. I’m so glad I fell in love with this movie as a kid; I would have probably hated it as an adult.
Bell, Book and Candle
Who wouldn’t want to be young, gorgeous and fashionable like Kim Novak? I wasn’t a big fan of Bell, Book and Candle as a whole, but Kim Novak? She, and her cat, were awesome.
The Witches of Eastwick
Alexandra, Jane and Sukie have got to be the best looking trio of witches ever. They weren’t the greatest role models, but they sure did have great hair.
High school would have been much more tolerable (less of a “walking, talking tragedy”) had I been a teenage witch. Teen Witch is a cult classic. I doubt the remake will top it.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the movie in the series where muggle-born Hermione Granger became a true witch. She was always an awesome, clever kid, but in Azkaban she was the hero. Then there’s Bellatrix, Mrs. Weasley, Professor McGonagall, Luna Lovegood and tons of other Harry Potter witches that are equally awesome and notable.