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.


The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton)

The Wizard of Oz’ (1939)

Traditional. She is your classic old hag. So, pointy black hat, livid green complexion, warts and all.

Evil deeds
Attempted arson on the Scarecrow is perhaps her most heinous. Plenty are willing to forgive her cruel intentions towards Dorothy – after all, the girl did carelessly dump a house on her sister.

Scare factor
5/10. It’s those marauding winged monkeys you’ve really got to worry about.

Wyrd words
‘What a world. What a world. Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my wickedness.’

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