Thursday 29 April 2010

Witches -- Where Are You? We Need You!

If 2009 was the Year of the Zombie, and angels rule 2010, perhaps 2011 will see the resurgence of the Witch?

We here at Something Wicked certainly hope so!

Witches have long fascinated (and terrified) mankind, perhaps because they have the power to manipulate the forces of nature to effect their desires? Who wouldn't want that! I know I certainly could have used Piper from Charmed's power to blow things up (though this would have made for really bad road rage!).

As with Vampires, Werewolves, and Dragons, witches have evolved from the sinister evildoer in the story (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel), to the heroes of the story (though as a small aside, the title of this blog comes from one of the lines by the Witches in Macbeth, and I don't believe they were portrayed as good or evil, just as having powers to predict).

Last year, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe was a neat tale of witchcraft, exploring the notorious witch trials in Massachussetts back in the 1600's. The premise was simple: what if witches were real? The book followed 1991 graduate student Connie as she discovered own ancestry, and herself. I wanted to like the book more than I did; it was a bit slow in parts, but what I found interesting was Ms. Howe's use of Judeo-Christian spells, mixed with herbs and folk remedies, to effect real magic.

In film and TV, not too many witches have appeared recently.  Charmed ended in 2006 (*sniff*), The Craft and Practical Magic were back in the late 1990's. Male witches were the subject of the 2007 film, The Covenant, though that movie didn't seem to gain alot of widespread popularity despite having a hot talented cast.

Hopefully Erin Cole and her novel, Unearthing Jev (which she is preparing for submission and eventual publication) will be able to usher in the season of the witch. Until then -- thank goodness for re-runs of Charmed!


  1. The Covenant was on tv the other week. I think I quite literally drooled my way through it. I loved The Craft and Practical Magic. I def think its time for some great new witchcraft movies...

  2. Marissa -- I actually own The Covenant on DVD -- I love how it starts out in the beginning. I remember my sister-in-law and I had fun dro-er watching it ;-)

  3. My husband and I love Charmed, and enjoy the reruns--just like when they still showed Buffy.

    I'll have to look into The Covenant some time.

  4. Witches rock- I loved all those shows.
    Thanks for the props, Nicole!

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