Practical Magic

Week 32 (P): Practical Magic (and other enjoyable fiction about witches)

Hi, my name is Anonywitch and I like Practical Magic. The book and the movie.

I can hear some of you rolling your eyes already. But hear me out.

Books that have positive portrayals of witches are highly valuable. Maybe they’ll make someone think twice about their negative stereotypes of pagans. These books don’t mirror my life, but then I don’t expect them to; they are fiction after all. The books listed below are all largely positive depictions of witches, while not necessarily being all love and light representations.

Some of the fiction about witches that I’ve read and enjoyed includes:

  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (book 1 in her All Souls trilogy. of course I enjoy the rest of the trilogy as well – I’m about to start the third book and am SO EXCITED)
  • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (most of her books feature magic and witchy-types, though this one is my favorite)
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (predictable? maybe, but this series keeps me connected to my childhood and I love it for that reason alone)
  • Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • When Autumn Leaves by Amy S. Foster
  • The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Consider giving some of these books a shot when you’re looking for something new to read. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite. Other suggestions welcome.

2 responses

  1. The pagan themes in the Merry Gentry and metaphysical in the later Anita Blake books endear me to LKH. I always saw Door in Neverwhere as a witch and enjoyed the play between Paige and Eve in Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series. I think Night Circus needs a nod too, magicians are still magic.

    August 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

  2. Such a great post! I am looking for books with witches in them. I only saw the practical magic movie, but now I really want to read the book! It seems like a great one 🙂 Thanks for the list!

    August 22, 2014 at 4:11 am

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