This tag is for questions pertaining to "witches" - usually, women practicing magic or possessing magical abilities. The questions are author/book/universe agnostic.

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What's so wrong with pointy shoes? [closed]

In the very first book of the Wardstone Chronicles, the Spook warns Tom not to trust girls in pointy shoes. I assume this advice is given, as most witches wear pointy shoes (although his Mam, who is ...
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How do Sorcerers, Enchanters, Warlocks, Mages, Magicians, and Witches Differ? [closed]

I'm new to fantasy. The authors whose work I're read do not use the terms I mentioned in the title interchangeably, but they often don't explicitly distinguish them. I suspect that those terms ...
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Short story series: Witches learning “laws of power” in correct order

I remember reading two short stories in this series, but I can't remember the titles or author, and I don't know if there were any more after the first two. I think they were published in TSR's Dragon ...
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Why do fantasy writers depict pointy hats as the headgear of choice for Witches and Wizards?

They don't always wear a hat, but when they do, it's pointy. Why do fantasy writers depict pointy hats as the headgear of choice for Witches and Wizards?
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What separates the Winchesters from witches?

In the show Supernatural, the Winchester brothers frequently cast various spells. Summoning angels or demons, warding angels, binding demons, etc. are all spells that they often use in their work. ...
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Why are broomsticks associated with Witches? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the origin of Flying Brooms? It's a given. Witches ride flying broomsticks. Why? How did brooms become a part of their bag of tricks?
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How do characters with long lifespans blend and be accounted for within the Muggle world of Harry Potter? (E.g. Wizards and Muggles)

Take Dumbledore, for example, who was over 100 (115 or 150) and looked to be only in his mid-sixties or early seventies. Say a Muggle-raised wizard, for example, who is actively a part of the Muggle ...
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Term coined by author of a book related to curses

I am looking for a "term" related to curses. The story it was used in was about a woman (a witch?) that was skilled at using words to make people believe they were cursed. She didn't need to put it in ...
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Is there magic without devil worship in Supernatural?

After watching 'Meat Swap' I was lead to believe that all witchcraft in Supernatural seems to work by worshipping some sort of demon, though I'm interested in if this all is in fact a most.... I had a ...
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Help identify a story with witches, and men who can change into dragons

A young woman is a witch or has witch-like abilities. When her grandmother goes missing she must step in to run the shop and realizes that granny also protected the lesser supernaturals in the ...
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What's the origin of Flying Brooms?

After hearing "flying brooms", everyone thinks about Harry Potter first. But, I don't give J.K.Rowling credit for this because I encountered flying brooms when I was kid in the 90s before she created ...
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What Were the Three Witches in Macbeth Based On?

Macbeth, like many of Shakespeare's works, was written, in part, to please King James (which is considered to be one reason why Macbeth is made out to be so evil). This includes adding the ...