Halloween is less than two weeks away, so I thought it was time for a Halloween-inspired Three Favorites: witches!
Honestly, Ron, could the top spot go to anyone but the brightest witch of her age? My oldest two boys are too young yet for anything but the first and second Harry Potter books, but I’ve already told them: Hermione is always right. Always.* If Harry just listened to Hermione the first time, we’d have a Harry Potter series of short stories instead of novels. She’s bright, she’s caring, she’s funny, she’s pretty (again with the surprise). In short, she’s everything I want my daughters to be. Once they’re old enough, I can’t wait to introduce them to a great role model in Hermione Granger.
* Except for the one very notable exception where she spent a whole year insisting Draco wasn’t up to anything, and it turned out he was.
(Confession: I still have never read Hogwarts: A History. Sorry, Hermione.)
Cecilia Lynne Adleyhde from Wild Arms
Sorceress, Princess of Adlehyde, Innocent One. Cecilia is the heart of the trio of Dream Chasers that save Filgaia in Wild Arms. Years before Elsa or Merida, she declared that she would forge her path, not anyone else. “I will no longer force myself to be the perfect princess,” she says in the game’s emotional conclusion. “From now on, I will be an ordinary 17-year-old girl.”
Except there’s nothing ordinary about Cecilia. She excels in magic until she can even cast two spells at once. She embraces her role as the planet’s ambassador to the Guardians. She tames the Earth Golem. She says “What the hey?” and participates in a fake wedding on the high seas. She learns that to be loved, you must first love.
I’ve recently been introducing my oldest two sons to Wild Arms. The oldest’s favorite character is Jack, the second oldest’s favorite is Rudy. They asked me to settle the tie. I think they were surprised when I said, “Cecilia.”
Also: one of my daughters has the middle name Cecilia after Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music, but also after Cecilia Lynne Adlehyde.
The Evil Queen
The most iconic Disney villain of them all (though – sorry, your majesty – not the fairest of them all). It’s not every day you see a villain that is wise enough to be an extraordinarily powerful magic user but also driven by a base, petty motivation: vanity. Aside from the original portrayal of the character in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, I also dig her appearances in the Kingdom Keepers novel series. And of course, the Once Upon a Time version of the character, Regina Mills, is one of the show’s best villains. (Though the number one spot on that list goes to Mr. Gold, dearie.)
Honorable Mentions: Kyra Tierney from Phantasy Star IV, Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service, Luna Lovegood, and Minerva McGonagal.
Tell me about your favorite witch or three in the comments.