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Top 10 greatest pop culture witches

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:48 AM

"Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble."

Witches have long played a prominent role in pop culture.

And quite a few memorable women have wielded a wand and a broomstick.

In honor of "Wicked" flying into Tampa, we've put together a list of our favorite pop culture witches.

So, grab your broomstick and check out our list of sorceresses.

Did your favorite magic-maker make the cut?

Samantha Stephens and Endora

(Elizabeth Montgomery and Agnes Moorehead)

"Bewitched"

What's cooler than a mother/daughter magic duo? Samantha is a friendly witch who marries a mortal and uses her nose-twitching powers for good, while her mother, Endora, bewitched viewers with her extravagant blue eye shadow, flowing frocks and fiery-red hair that were as colorful as her characters antics. And don't forget little Tabitha, Samantha's daughter.

Sabrina Spellman

(Melissa Joan Hart)

"Sabrina the Teenage Witch"

This friendly teenage witch gains magical powers on her 16 birthday and sets out to hone her skills so she can receive her witch's license — all while trying to keep her powers a secret. She also has a talking cat named Salem and a closet that transports her to another world. How awesome is that?

Evangeline Ernst, the Grand High Witch

(Angelica Huston)

"The Witches"

Underneath the designer suits, stiletto heels, wigs and red lipstick, this evil sorceress harbors a deep, dark secret — she's the leader of all the witches. Ernst hides her disdain for children — she wants to turn them all into mice — behind the veil of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. One of the films most chilling moments is when she removes her wig and mask to reveal her true face. Be very afraid!

Hermione Granger

(Emma Watson)

"Harry Potter" series

She can cast a spell and she's got brains, to boot. A gifted student, she's totally devoted to her Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry BFFs Harry Potter and (eventual husband) Ron Weasley, who fell under her love spell. Girlfriend always keeps a cool head, and she kicked some serious butt in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Alexandra Spofford,

Jane Smart and

Sukie Rougemont

(Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer)

"The Witches of

Eastwick"

Three divorcees are forced to tap into their inner witches and turn the tables on a sex crazed Satan who beds all three of them. Talk about a sexy trio with great hair.

Willow Rosenberg

(Alyson Hannigan)

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

She started out as a shy, nerdy, loveable witch who embraces her magical powers and fights the forces of evil. But when she falls in love with girlfriend, Tara, she really comes into her own as a witch. When her girlfriend is killed, Willow drifts to the dark side. Don't mess with a witch's heart.

Jadis, the White Witch of Narnia

(Tilda Swinton)

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

This dread-locked, fur draped ice queen is so cool she has a crown made of icicles. Not only does she use food to tempt humans, she has the ability to turn them into stone. The ultimate scrooge, she casts a spell holding Narnia in eternal winter with no Christmas. Bah, humbug.

Wilhelmina W.

Witchiepoo

(Billie Hayes)

"H.R. Pufnstuf"

That maniacal cackle! The zany makeup! The broomstick called Vroom-Broom. Witchiepoo brought the laughs on the Sid and Marty Krofft children's television show. She tries in vain to capture Jimmy and steal his magical talking flute named Freddie, but a friendly puppet dragon named H.R. Pufnstuf gets in the way. Really, you couldn't make this stuff up.

Glinda, the Good Witch of the North

(Billie Burke)

"The Wizard of Oz"

She's beautiful. She wears a sparkly crown. And she floats in a bubble. She gives Dorothy a pair of cool ruby red slippers and helps the young girl and her dog make it back to their Kansas home with three heel clicks. What's not to love?

The Wicked Witch of the West

(Margaret

Hamilton)

"The Wizard of Oz"

She's the original mean, green wicked machine ("Wicked: The Musical's" Elphaba). Ranked number four on the American Film Institute's list of screen villains, she terrorizes residents of Munchkinland and Dorothy, "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too." And what kid didn't have nightmares about her army of evil, flying monkeys?

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