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Take Ten: Witches

If you’re a kid of the 20th Century, you probably dressed up as a witch one Halloween. With so many fun fictional witches to choose from – like the Wicked Witch of the West, here – many of us had a good time turning ourselves into hags (or pretty witches, if you happened to be a fan of, say, Bewitched).

And while Hermione might be what the younger generation pictures when they hear the word, witches certainly haven’t gone away, they’ve just gotten more interesting. Pick up one of these novels and brew up a good time this Halloween season, my pretty!


Dark Witch – Nora Roberts

Dead Witch Walking – Kim Harrison

A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane – Katherine Howe

Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman

A Secret History of Witches – Louisa Morgan

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West – Gregory Maguire

The Witches of Eastwick – John Updike

The Witches of New York – Ami McKay

The Witching Hour – Anne Rice


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