Melissa de la Cruz on Her Favorite Literary Witches

Melissa de la Cruz on Her Favorite Literary Witches

Stuck waiting another week for the next episode of Lifetime’s Witches of East End? Since we assume you’ve already devoured the literary inspiration for the show (the 2011 supernatural novel of the same name), we asked author Melissa de la Cruz to share with us her own favorite witches in literature. These five witches ensure that fans have plenty of reading material to hold them over until the next episode—or season!

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    1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)

    Hermione Granger

    Who doesn’t love Hermione, the smartest witch at Hogwarts? She’s the hero of clever, awkward, and sweet girls everywhere. She goes through an awkward phase and emerges pretty, capable, and with a great boyfriend/husband. (Yes I ‘ship Ron and Hermione.)

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    2. Dangerous Creatures

    Ridley Duchannes

    “Life is a bitch and so am I,” declares Ridley Duchannes in the spin-off sequel to Stohl and Garcia’s powerhouse Southern Gothic magic series. Ridley is hell on wheels, literally, a siren with a chip on her shoulder and a pout as pretty and dark as her soul. I’ve always favored the bad girls, and can’t resist a sexy wicked witch.

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    3. The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials

    Serafina Pekkala

    The beautiful, wise, and sad queen of the Lake Enara witch clan who helped Lyra on her journey. I always loved her name and the tragic story of her past, a true witch of legend.

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    4. Dune (40th Anniversary Edition)

    Lady Jessica

    Jessica is a member of the Bene Gesserit order. She’s a wily and quick-witted courtier who chooses not to marry her Duke for savvy political reasons. Later on, she becomes a powerful force in her own right as the head priestess of the Fremen. Complicated, subtle, and fiercely loyal, she’s alive on every page and as much a hero as her son.

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    5. The Witching Hour

    Rowan Mayfair

    I’m not sure if Rowan is my favorite since I like them all. I think what I like most about Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches is the deep gothic horror in her dark and delicious story—it’s so twisted and evil and tragic, it kept me up all night when I was a teenager, shivering under the covers. The mythology and the evil spirit of Lasher are so compelling and unforgettable. The Witching Hour is a modern masterpiece of the genre.


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