The ten best movie witches

Hollywood's most notable hocus pocus hags

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Vampires are dead: 2013 is officially the season of the witch. As ‘Beautiful Creatures’ (aka ‘the new “Twilight”’) opens, Cath Clarke and Tom Huddleston pick the best screen sorceresses.

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Queen Grimhilde (voice of Lucille La Verne)

Film
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ (1937)

Appearance 
The fairest of them all. And she’s going to keep it that way, come hell or high water.

Evil deeds 
This being pre-botox, her drastic measures to stay youthful and more beautiful than Snow White involve a huntsman, an axe and a shiny red apple.

Scare factor 
8/10. The scene where she transmogrifies into a scabby crone – with the aid of a magic potion and some wild proto-psychedelic animated effects – is one of the most wonderfully witchy scenes in cinema.

Wyrd words
‘One bite, and all your dreams will come true.’


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