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Questions tagged [witches]

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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In The Phantom Tollbooth, where does Norton Juster get this “fact” about witches from?

I'm rereading The Phantom Tollbooth, and a sentence struck out at me that I haven't noticed before: Milo jumped back in fright and quickly grabbed Tock to make sure that his alarm didn't go off—for ...
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Book about a woman having a magical book appear to her, she’s a witch, and a vampire stalking it

I remember that the book is similar to "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness, as I thought that was the one I was looking for until I started reading it. I honestly cannot remember the ...
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TV Series about witches who are supposedly from Asgard

I recall watching this series on regular Australian TV about 10 or so years ago I think on Southern Cross 10 but don't hold me to that. From what I remember the series was sort of similar to Charmed ...
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Book about a child who goes on an adventure with a witch

I'm trying to identify a book written prior to the 1980's, about a child who finds a witch and then has an adventure with her. The witch teaches her how to use plants to heal and then, I believe, they ...
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Book I read when I was younger but now forgotten. Help!

I read a book (it was definitely a comic, possibly manga) about a girl whose parents die and she goes to live with her auntie and uncle. They are actually vampires (or witches). Her cousin is mean to ...
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Book about a girl learning to be a witch

Looking for the name of a children’s book where a little girl is taught to be a witch. What’s striking is that they ride the broom the other way around and the progs of the broom guide the broom. The ...
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How does social syncretism work when a wizard or witch marries a Muggle?

In the Harry Potter universe, we see huge differences between wizarding culture and Muggle culture. The differences are so huge that one culture is almost alien to the other. We also see marriages ...
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Does J.K. Rowling distinguish between a sorcerer and a wizard?

I'm not sure if "wizard" and "sorcerer" are just the same in the Harry Potter universe. I can remember Harry saying in a movie: "Dumbledore is the greatest sorcerer of all time". And I have read ...
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Looking for film or television program with witch hunt set in present day

To complicate matters, I only remember seeing a trailer, and am not sure whether it was for a film or a television series. The trailer was set in the present time, but it became apparent that in this ...
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Book about a girl with magic and a boy a with curse

The book starts with the girl who is the main protagonist entering a new town during a storm. Upon entering the town she has an accident (caused by her book having a reaction with an unknown force ...
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Story about a girl creating dolls or crosses and suspected of being a witch?

I read this book somewhere between eight to fifteen years ago. I believe it may have been a young adult book, but cannot be certain. I do not recall the length of the book. It was definitely medieval ...
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Fantasy novel about a young witch girl in a parallel world very similar to the Europe of the early Modern Age

She belongs to a family where witchcraft is hereditary. These families are quite rare. Their fantasy world is quite similar to our real world and magic has very little power but is pursued by law. Her ...
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Can wizarding students skip classes/grades/years?

In America at least, if a grade school student (K - 12) is exceptionally gifted they are allowed to advance to a higher learning level without having to take the previous courses, up to and including ...
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70s book written by a male witch about polar energy and witch hunts

I read a book in my teens (70's) written by a real male witch. The plot as I remember it was...scientists had discovered a way to use the earth as an energy source by installing large poles at the ...
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Looking for supernatural romance novel about woman at mental institution with mysterious power, has variation of “witch” in title

This book I recalled seeing at a nursing home one day and it's been on my mind ever since. As best I can recall, the plot involves a woman going to live at what sounded like a mental/medical institute ...
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Did any witches/wizards (non-Squibs) ever choose to live as Muggles?

This excellent question ponders whether Muggle-borns who demonstrate magical ability can choose to opt out of the wizarding world and live as Muggles. It got me thinking: are there any instances of ...
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What’s the origin of the Weird Sisters in Macbeth?

The use of a trio of witches is quite common in literature and lore. Greek, Slavic, and British tales have used them as antagonists or catalysts in their (sometimes cautionary) stories. In other ...
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Book: girl from family of witches, best friend named Gabriel, time travel

I read a book in middle school about a girl who came from a family of witches and they thought she had no powers. As the story progresses, she finds out she does. She also has a best friend named ...
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How were Muggles able to kill Wizards in old times?

In the Harry Potter series we see multiple times that Muggles have killed Wizards in around the 1400s. They say that the Witch Burning was real and that actual Witches died. Harry had to finish ...
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Identify a story in which Superman marries a witch

I vaguely recall the following: The comic was from the 1970's (could even be the 1960's) silver age type It was a 'what if/untold story' type scenario Superman falls in love with a girl get ...
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Story ID: A children's book about a school for Witches and Warlocks

This is back from the mid 1980's in the UK. The story of a boy who is sent away to a school which turns out to be for witches and warlocks. This was pre-Harry Potter so it wasn't a parody. The book ...
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What is this reference in wyrd sisters?

I am reading "Wyrd Sisters" by Terry Pratchett and came upon this paragraph: “Right!” He pointed a vibrating finger toward the stage and lowered his voice and, at that moment, a dramatic ...
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What was the name of the tv show about a guy who lives in a town with aliens disguised as humans?

I watched it a while ago and I can't remember the name of this show. A guy -- who is a detective I think -- lives in a smallish town where aliens have disguised themselves as humans and he is the only ...
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Children's book about a girl maybe being influenced by her black cat to become a witch

Trying to track down another book from my childhood. I read it somewhere in the late 80s to the early 90s in the United States. English language, probably from the library. The main protagonist is a ...
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Is “Sith Witch” a title, or a general term for female Sith? [duplicate]

In the story of Star Wars there have been instances where the specific Sith female was considered a "Sith Witch." However there have also been instances where the Sith female was just a Sith. Now my ...
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Humorous short story about a young woman who wants to demonstrate shape-changing to her boyfriend

She's a witch, and talks about proving it to him by shape-changing into a cat or dog. He doesn't believe it, and is preparing to go swimming. She does whatever preparation is necessary for a shape-...
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Trying to find a fantasy book with a girl who made her bath boil

I have read this book at least 7 years ago and quite enjoyed it. But i honestly don't remember much about it. I remember it having a woman on the cover of the book, drawn frontal view of head to hips ...
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Help identify slightly-adult 80s/90s trilogy - set on Earth with magic/aliens/mushrooms/familiars

Wasn't the greatest, but I never finished it! Here's what I remember: Male author Male protagonist Female villain - Erzsebet Old mage-type Rat-like Familiars eating people - Jamara and Pyewacket Dog ...
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In The Crucible how did the girls turn cold?

The Crucible is a play by Arthur Miller about the Salem Witch Trials. In the play the girls, led by Abigail, cry spirits and witch on the villagers. When they do so they go into a kind of trance and ...
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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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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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What are Witches (if any) in Middle-earth?

The Witch-King pops up in a lot of LotR questions, and it got me to wondering about his name. Are there actually witches in Middle-earth? The wizards are Maiar, and the Elves tend to deny what they do ...
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Why are broomsticks associated with Witches? [duplicate]

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 area....
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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 ...