Which Book Witch Said This?

Think you know your witches? Here are some quotes from our favourite witches featured in children’s books. How many can you identify? (Adults, you might need to ask the kids for help…)


‘A vitch who dares to say I’m wrong, vill not be vith us very long!’

Need another clue? Despite being one of the most popular children’s books of all time, it has also been banned by many U.S. libraries and schools.

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‘“Down!"cried the witch,
and they flew to the ground.
They searched for the wand,
but no wand could be found.

Need another clue? Gillian Anderson of X-Files fame provided the voice-over for the witch in the animated adaptation of this book.

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'I don’t like to make predictions, Miss Cackle, not even on Halloween, but I think we’re all due for a very pleasant surprise.’

Need another clue? The author based these stories on her own experiences at an English boarding school.

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‘"Frog in a bog, bat in a hat, snap crackle pop and fancy that.” There was a flash and a bang. Boom! Something had gone wrong.’

Need another clue? The author was born in Poland just before the start of World War 2.

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‘Bubble bubble pasta pot,
Boil me some pasta nice and hot,
I’m hungry and it’s time to sup,
Boil enough pasta to fill me up.’

Need another clue? This family favourite was inspired by the author’s love of the folk tale ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’.

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‘“Are you sure that’s a real spell?” said the girl. “Well, it’s not very good, is it? I’ve tried a few simple spells just for practice and it’s all worked for me. I’ve learned all our course books by heart, of course.”’

Need another clue? This witch has a cat called Crookshanks.

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‘You must learn, child, that what would be wrong for you or for any of the common people is not wrong in a great Queen such as I. The weight of the world is on our shoulders. We must be freed from all rules. Ours is a high and lonely destiny.’

Need another clue? This witch rules a land cast in everlasting winter.

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‘My world, my world, how can such a good little girl like you destroy all of my beautiful wickedness!’

Need another clue? This witch is aquaphobic.

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Emily Gale is a Children’s & YA Specialist at Readings Carlton, and a Children’s & YA writer the rest of the time.