Witches, wizards, sorcery, magic. All the makings of great stories.
But right now, it can be hard to find a little bit of magic in the world. Many people love the witch aesthetic, myself included, but may be struggling to find a new source of magic to inspire themselves.
So I rounded up some of my favorite witches to share with you so you can find a little magic too.
Children's Chapter Books
Half witch Kiki never runs from a challenge, and on her thirteenth birthday she is eager to follow witch tradition to go to a new town for a year. Kiki expects her magic to make everyone happy, but she finds that earning trust is harder than she thought. As Kiki builds her inner strength and makes friends, she discovers magic can be found even in ordinary places.
Most well known as the animated movie adaption by Studio Ghibli, the translated Japanese children’s novel has just been re-released in America.
Mildred Hubble is a student at Miss Cackle’s Academy, and she’s making an awful mess of it. She can’t ride a broomstick without crashing, she can’t mix a potion without it exploding, and even her non-black cat is scared of heights! Mildred wonders if she will ever be a real witch, but as often as she gets herself into trouble she discovers a way to save the day and prove she has her own sort of magic. This is a children's chapter book series but Mildred's hijinks will entertain readers of all ages.
Graphic Novels and Manga
Moth Hush LOVES all things witchy, so when her mother tells her she’s a half-witch, Moth is over the moon! She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world that her mother rejected. But secrets surface from generations past as Moth discovers the complicated history of her town, her family, and herself. Moth has to decide which world she will embrace.
Akko wants nothing more than to go to the Luna Nova Magical Academy to learn to be a witch just like her hero, the great witch Chariot. But Akko is from a non-magical family, and struggles with her powers as the world around the academy views magic as old and outdated. When Akko discovers the Shiny Rod, a powerful artifact that can only be used to spread joy and happiness once wielded by Chariot herself, Akko’s unshakeable belief in the power of magic and her genuine desire to use it for good helps her discover her true talents.
In Aster’s family all the girls are witches, and the boys are shapeshifters. Aster’s never shifted… but he is still fascinated by witchery and with the aid of his non-magic friend Charlie, he practices magic. When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster finds the courage to save his family and be true to himself.
Teen and Adult Books
The original teenage witch is back and more chilling than ever. This series is based on the new Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, with the books taking place before and between seasons. Read about Sabrina, her friends, her family, and how her goal to keep her power and her freedom affects them all.
After a string of spells gone wrong, sixteen year old Sophie is sent to Hex Hall, a boarding school for juvenile delinquent magical beings called Prodigium. While she struggles with school, her vampire roommate, and the resident bad boy causing issues with her betrothed, a secret war wages between the Prodigium and the humans who think they should be destroyed.
Georgina Fernweh lives on the island and waits impatiently for the magic every woman in her family wields. But as her eighteenth birthday looms at the end of the summer, she is afraid she may never get her magic. During her last summer on the island filled with storms, falling in love, and the mystery behind a rare 300 year old bird, Georgina learns the truth about magic and all it's forms.
Any man who falls in love with an Owens woman is cursed to die an untimely death, and despite that every Owens woman is a witch and taught practical magic, they cannot stop the curse. That curse killed Sally Owen's father and her mother died shortly afterwards of a broken heart. After facing her own heartbreak, Sally swears to spare her daughters and never use magic again. But as dark forces descend on her family, Sally and three generations of Owens women must face their history and band their powers together to protect their family.
It has two prequels, Magic Lessons and The Rules of Magic, and a movie adaption starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.
Hopefully some of these titles will inspire your imagination and remind you of the magic within you.