Women who wield power are referred to as witches. In some cultures, the witch is a figure of terror, while in others, she is a symbol of strength and freedom. They call her “the mother,” “the healer,” and “the bruja,” among other titles. Because there are so many novels about witches, much more than the 100 on this list, there’s a good explanation for it. Among the witches we’ve read about are the vengeful fairy-tale villain, the awkward adolescent witch, and the enigmatic yet seductive adult witch. Because of my insatiable curiosity about witches, I’ve become fascinated by all the different guises that the witch appears in fiction, as well as the various ways that the term “witch” has been used. What surprises me most when I read about “the witch” is how similar she is to other witches throughout the world, even if they’re referred to by various names in other cultures. A fascinating aspect of the witch tale is the variety of versions that exist. By studying these witch myths, you may learn a great deal about how women have been treated throughout history and culture.
I’m fascinated by stories about witches and magic, not just because I’ve always fantasized about flying about on a broomstick, but also because I’m fascinated by the reactions of society to strong women in positions of authority, regardless of how well they utilize that power. To suggest that males cannot be considered witches does not mean they are exempt from the definition. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy reading about male or female witches. But I must admit that Hermione has a special place in my heart. As a result of her long history of persecution as a “other,” the lady classified as a “witch” might be a disturbing read, or it can be an exhilarating one due to the MAGIC. It’s because the witch is such a multifaceted and mutable figure that we’ll hopefully never run out of material or reasons to tell different tales about these enchanting people.
Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
This class has at least one witch amongst its members. Mr. Crossley is furious when he discovers the message, scrawled in plain blue ballpoint pen, between two of the assignment books he is grading. Because this is Larwood House, a school for orphaned witches, it is strictly prohibited to practice witchcraft on school grounds. Then all of a sudden, like a measles outbreak, magic seemed to be spreading everywhere. Divisional Inquisitor visits aren’t what anybody needs. Chrestomanci could solve all of our problems if only he were here!
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Ultima, please pray for me. Six-year-old Antonio Marez is introduced to Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya. She is a healer of herbs and magic, a curandera. Antonio’s mother replies, ‘We can’t let her spend her final days alone.’ Father agrees that that is not the way of our people. As a result, Ultima has relocated to New Mexico to live with Antonio’s family. After a few more months, Tony will be on his way to becoming an adult. Ultima is always keeping an eye on him. She gives him the fortitude to confront childhood prejudice, demon possession, his brother’s moral breakdown, and too many violent deaths. Tony will discover the mystical mysteries of the pagan past under her wise instruction, and he will discover a legendary heritage as tangible as the Catholicism of Latin America in which he has been educated. Ultima will encourage the emergence of his soul at each stage of his existence.
The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
Eastwick’s Witches For divorcees in a little Rhode Island seacoast village, magical powers have arrived upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, beguiling divorcees with unexpected access to everything that is feminine fecund and mysterious. ” It’s raining cats and dogs for the sculptor, the cellist, and the gossip columnist, all of whom have a unique ability to transform milk into cream. When a dark and wealthy stranger, Darryl Van Horne, refurbishes the long-derelict Lenox home and invites them in to play, their joyful little coven takes on a new, malignant life. Amid the darkening, crooked streets of Eastwick and the town’s collective psyche, “scandal” begins to circulate.
I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé
When Tituba was seven, she saw her mother being hung for attempting to hurt a plantation owner who had attempted to rape her. Mama Yaya, a gifted woman who taught her the ways of healing and magic, became her guardian angel from that point on. But it was Tituba’s love for John Indian and the vengeful religion practiced by the good citizens of Salem, Massachusetts, that brought her from safety to slavery. However, even though she was shielded by the spirits, Tituba was not exempt from the hysteria and false accusations of that time. Tree of Life and Segu’s Maryse Conde weaves a tale of a fascinating woman through history and fantasy.”
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
“Whoever is born here is cursed to remain till death,” says Thomas Olde Heuvelt in his hex. One does not leave once they have settled down. The Black Rock Witch, a 17th-century witch with her eyes and mouth stitched shut, haunts the picturesque Hudson Valley town of Black Spring. She visits your houses at will while wearing a masked hoodie and walking the streets. She’ll spend the whole night next to your bed, staring at you. Everyone is aware that she may never be able to open her eyes again. The town of Black Spring has been effectively isolated by the use of high-tech monitoring by the community’s elders. A group of adolescents in the town are fed up with being kept in lockdown, so they breach the rules and go viral with the haunting, but it sends the community sliding towards the dark, medieval traditions of the past.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
With her first look of Connecticut Colony’s cold, dreary beaches, orphaned Kit Tyler knows that her new home will never be as magical as the sparkling Caribbean island she left behind in Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond. A tropical bird in the wrong area of the globe, she feels trapped and alone in the strict Puritan enclave where her family live. Only in the meadows, where she meets the elderly Quaker lady known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond and her young sailor companion Nat, does Kit really feel free. In contrast, when Kit’s association with the “witch” is uncovered, he is confronted with suspicions, fears, and rage. “Witchcraft has been leveled against her!”
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On: “Simon Snow is the worst Selected One who has ever been chosen. His roommate, Baz, claims that. That’s not to say that Baz isn’t terrible and depraved. He just may be correct. Simon’s wand doesn’t function half the time, and he sets things on fire the other half. There is a magic-eating monster with Simon’s face roaming the streets, his mentor isn’t talking to him, and his girlfriend broke up with him. Simon’s opponent didn’t even bother to show up for their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Baz would be having a field day with it all.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
When it comes to her family, Tea is unique. She’s not like the other witches.” She is a bone witch, a feared and outcast figure in the kingdom because of her prowess in necromancy. Because their elemental magic is so potent, it can extend beyond the realm of the living—and even the human race. It comes as a price: Tea is forced to leave her family to learn from an older and wiser bone witch. Tea devotes herself entirely to become an asha, learning to manage her elemental power and those monsters who would bow to no other means of command. Tea, on the other hand, needs to be resilient—more resilient than she feels she is capable of being. She fears for her country’s safety because of the conflict raging throughout the eight kingdoms. an existential danger to the people she cares about.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
“For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts village. Sally and Gillian were also perpetual outsiders as children, taunted, talked about, and pointed at. Their aunts’ musty mansion, odd potions, and horde of black cats appeared to foster rumours of witchery. Gillian and Sally, on the other hand, only wanted to flee. One will accomplish so by marrying, while the other will flee. As if by magic, the links they share will bring them back.”