Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins)
The Witch: A magical cleaning lady with the power of flight among other things. She’s clearly a witch!
Played By: Julie Andrews
Best Spell: That room-tidying thing she does. We’d like to be able to do that.
Bewitchment Rating: 4/10 – she’s a little matronly, but the glint in Dick Van Dyke’s eye should tell you there’s more to her than meets the eye.
Abigail Williams (The Crucible)
The Witch: Alright, so she’s not actually a witch, but everyone thinks she is… and there’s no smoke without fire, right?
Played By: Winona Ryder
Best Spell: Her best attempt is drinking the blood of a newly slain chicken in the hopes of killing the wife of the man she loves. Alright so it’s not real magic, but top marks for effort.
Bewitchment Rating: 4/10 – the blood-drinking is a bit icky, but there’s something hot about that dementedly manic air she carries.
Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter)
The Witch: An unhinged member of the Death Eaters and one of the Dark Lord’s most loyal acolytes. Batshit mental to boot.
Played By: Helena Bonham Carter
Best Spell: The Cruciatus Curse. You have to mean it, and she really does…
Bewitchment Rating: 5/10 – her robes are a bit scruffy, but if you like your witches unhinged, she has a certain something…
Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
The Witch: An evil fairy if we’re being really picky, but let’s not split hairs. To all intents and purposes, she’s a witch.
Played By: Eleanor Audley (voice)
Best Spell: The one that puts Aurora into a deep sleep. The clue’s in the title.
Bewitchment Rating: 5/10 – expect this to climb when Angelina Jolie takes on the role in the new version…
Isabel Bigelow (Bewitched)
The Witch: A real-life witch who takes the part of Samantha, a fictional witch in the TV-show Bewitched , as imagined within the film Bewitched . Ooh, meta.
Played By: Nicole Kidman
Best Spell: The hex she places on her beau’s ex-wife, convincing her to sign divorce papers and move to Iceland.
Bewitchment Rating: 5/10 – a bit goody-two-shoes. Where’s the real witchcraft, eh?
Sally Owens (Practical Magic)
The Witch: A good-hearted witch hamstrung by a family curse which causes her and her sister’s suitors to meet a sticky end.
Played By: Sandra Bullock
Best Spell: Reviving one luckless suitor from the dead, before promptly killing him again.
Bewitchment Rating: 5/10 – cute, but a little too girl-next-door to trouble the sexiest on this list.
Gillian Owens (Practical Magic)
The Witch: Sally’s sister, who is afflicted by the same curse, but finds herself less in thrall to it. If they die, they die!
Played By: Nicole Kidman
Best Spell: She manages the odd potion, but really, her magical prowess isn’t quite on par with her sister’s.
Bewitchment Rating: 5/10 – she’s the “outgoing” one, and therefore marginally more sexy.
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
The Witch: The top witch in her year at Hogwarts, and a key player in the downfall of Voldemort.
Played By: Emma Watson
Best Spell: Her mastery of the “obliviate” spell, which wipes people’s memories, is second to none.
Bewitchment Rating: 6/10 – she’s a bit too straight-laced to compete for the top spots, but a charmer nonetheless.
Serafina Pekkala (The Golden Compass)
The Witch: Serafina is the Witch Queen of the Inari. She’s kind of a big deal.
Played By: Eva Green
Best Spell: She doesn’t really do spells, but she’s very in touch with the natural world. Cool, man…
Bewitchment Rating: 6/10 – sexy, in a kind of ethereal child-of-the-earth way.
Sarah Sanderson (Hocus Pocus)
The Witch: The sexiest member of a trio of evil sisters, looking to regain their youth by sucking the souls of children. Nice.
Played By: Sarah Jessica Parker
Best Spell: Her part in the fiendish spell that has the town’s adults literally dancing themselves to death.
Bewitchment Rating: 6/10 – She’s the sexy one, got it? THE SEXY ONE!
Muriel (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters)
The Witch: The horrible old crone responsible for the deaths of H and G’s parents. Booo!
Played By: Famke Janssen
Best Spell: Not actual magic, but her powers of manipulation do wind up with Hansel and Gretl’s father being hanged and their mother burned at the stake.
Bewitchment Rating: 6/10 – the film may be tripe, but Famke Janssen makes for a sexy witch.
Asa Vajda (Black Sunday)
The Witch: A Seventeenth Century witch sentenced to death by her own brother. No wonder she comes back pissed…
Played By: Barbara Steele
Best Spell: The curse she puts on her brother’s descendants turns out to be fairly powerful…
Bewitchment Rating: 6/10 – it would be higher, but when she’s resurrected, she’s not quite such a picture.
Mater Lachrymarum (Mother Of Tears)
The Witch: The last surviving member of a trio of evil witches, who brilliantly uses a baboon as her familiar. As you do.
Played By: Moran Atias
Best Spell: Sending her demonic minions to disembowel a museum curator. Ouch!
Bewitchment Rating: 7/10 – thanks in no small part for her seeming distaste for clothes.
Mary, Helen, Jill & Ilene (Wicked Lake)
The Witch: A quartet of teen hotties who also happen to be witches.
Played By: Carlee Baker, Eryn Joslyn, Eve Mauro & Robin Sydney
Best Spell: It’s not really a spell, but when the girls go full-witch, one guy loses his member. Don’t worry, he deserved it…
Bewitchment Rating: 7/10 – a quartet of lesbian witches were always going to score well.
Ridley Duchannes (Beautiful Creatures)
The Witch: A dark witch (or “caster”, as she would prefer it), who takes great pleasure in vamping it up in her small Southern town in Hicksville, USA.
Played By: Emmy Rossum
Best Spell: The one she uses to manipulate Thomas Mann’s hapless sucker. Who can blame him for falling under her influence?
Bewitchment Rating: 7/10 – she would probably have most chaps doing her bidding without the magic…
Bonnie (The Craft)
The Witch: A teenage witch who forms a coven with three other high-school outcasts.
Played By: Neve Campbell
Best Spell: The enchantment that causes the scars on her back to magically disappear.
Bewitchment Rating: 7/10 – high-school bitchiness in tandem with beautifying magic is a heady combination.
The Witch: A haggard old crone who manages to keep up her veneer of beauty by chowing down on the hearts of young maidens. Gross.
Played By: Michelle Pfeiffer
Best Spell: Using a voodoo doll to reanimate a recently deceased corpse and make it fight her battles for her. Groovy.
Bewitchment Rating: 7/10 – once she’s topped herself up with a tasty heart, she’s a total knockout.
Glinda (Oz The Great And Powerful)
The Witch: A white witch, and the symbol of all that is good and hopeful in the not-so-merry land of Oz.
Played By: Michelle Williams
Best Spell: The summoning of a kind of impenetrable fog capable of stopping a marauding soldier dead in his tracks.
Bewitchment Rating: 7/10 – a white witch can only be so sexy really. You need a mean streak in there.
The Mirror Queen (The Brothers Grimm)
The Witch: An evil queen with a flair for black magic. A dangerous combination.
Played By: Monica Bellucci
Best Spell: Granting herself eternal life. Not too shabby, is it?
Bewitchment Rating: 7/10 – gorgeous, but understandably hampered by the effects of the Bubonic plague.
Cassandra (The Scorpion King)
The Witch: The witchy consort to the evil Egyptian Emperor, Memnon.
Played By: Kelly Hu
Best Spell: Her ability to see into the future is a rather handy tool for an Emperor’s adviser.
Bewitchment Rating: 7/10 – she’s a lot prettier than the beardy old goats who usually get the job.
The Witch: The vengeful Morgana is hell-bent on ruling the kingdom and stealing Merlin’s magic away from him. Not much to ask for, is it?
Played By: Helen Mirren
Best Spell: The anti-aging spell that keeps her looking so gorgeous.
Bewitchment Rating: 8/10 – a scheming sorceress, hotter than dragon’s breath.
Livia (The Undead)
The Witch: A hooker, sent back into a past life as a witch by a pair of psychical researchers. Happens all the time.
Played By: Allison Hayes
Best Spell: Her ability to stop men dead in their tracks. Although we’re not sure whether that one is down to magic or not…
Bewitchment Rating: 8/10 – an avenging, time-travelling badass from the future? Yes please.
Angelique Bouchard (Dark Shadows)
The Witch: An exceedingly jealous sorceress who doesn’t take kindly to having her affections rebuffed.
Played By: Eva Green
Best Spell: Transforming Barnabus Collins into a blood-sucking vampire takes some serious skills.
Bewitchment Rating: 8/10 – if you were going to be buried alive by anybody, you could do worse.
Gillian Holroyd (Bell, Book And Candle)
The Witch: A powerful witch who has sadly found herself unlucky in love. Goes with the territory, it seems…
Played By: Kim Novak
Best Spell: The love spell she casts on Jimmy Stewart to stitch up a rival. Unfortunately for her, the plan backfires somewhat…
Bewitchment Rating: 8/10 – she does a fine line in low-cut tops and put-upon pouting.
Ravenna (Snow White And The Huntsman)
The Witch: Powerful sorceress Ravenna is also the Queen, which makes her doubly formidable. Terribly vain, mind…
Played By: Charlize Theron
Best Spell: Her ability to transform herself into an unkindness (yes, that’s the correct collective noun) of ravens. It’s pretty cool.
Bewitchment Rating: 8/10 – we have a thing for icy contempt mixed with staggering beauty.
Sukie Ridgmont (The Witches Of Eastwick)
The Witch: A bored suburban housewife who unleashes her inner vixen thanks to Jack Nicholson’s intervention.
Played By: Michelle Pfeiffer
Best Spell: Her ability to transform herself from downtrodden doormat to ultravixen at the flick of a switch.
Bewitchement Rating: 8/10 – she certainly catches Jack’s eye (although admittedly, that’s no great feat)
Jennifer (I Married A Witch)
The Witch: A 17th Century witch, returned from the dead to wreak her revenge having been burned at the stake.
Played By: Veronica Lake
Best Spell: Resurrection doesn’t impress you? Tough crowd.
Bewitchment Rating: 9/10 – the magic combo of stunning good looks and a lust for revenge.
Elvira (Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark)
The Witch: A pneumatic TV host who accidentally stumbles upon a book of shadows. We know how that usually pans out…
Played By: Cassandra Peterson
Best Spell: Casting a kind of sex-crazed mania over a park full of passers by.
Bewitchment Rating: 9/10 – a geek pin-up for the ages.
Evanora (Oz The Great And Powerful)
The Witch: A devious schemer planning to take control of Oz for herself, Evanora is understandably ticked off when James Franco’s charlatan swoops into town and throws her plan out of whack…
Played By: Rachel Weisz
Best Spell: Enchanting an apple so that it kills of any emotion in the person who eats it.
Bewitchment Rating: 9/10 – we’d happily swallow her bullshit for a chance to gaze upon such beauty…
Theodora (Oz The Great And Powerful)
The Witch: The quick-tempered one out of Oz’s trio of witchy sisters. Don’t make her angry. You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry.
Played By: Mila Kunis
Best Spell: The fireball-thingies she’s able to fire out of her hands at will.
Bewitchment Rating: 10/10 – for the first half of the film at least…