Matt Baume: The Queer Power Of Witches [VIDEO]

“Who’s your favorite famous witch? Fun-loving Madame Mim? The Sinister Grand High Witch? It’s so hard to pick. And that’s the thing about witches: I believe they share a magic, unspoken bond with queer people.”

  • Phil


    • bdsmjack

      • Rambie

        Endora is my favorite too. Sassy and beautiful

      • Bert_Bauer

        “What is ‘normal’ to you, young man, is to us, asinine!”

        • bdsmjack

          *waves arms*


    • bdsmjack

  • LonelyLiberal

    Nanny from “Nanny and the Professor,” a bit of 1970’s kids’ fluff (that I saw in reruns). I always wanted her as my nanny.

    • bdsmjack

      Pheobe Fingerlily is a pretty name.

    • Christopher Smith

      the wonderful Juliet Mills. should have been much more of her.

  • greenmanTN
  • Ginger Snap

    I never really compared myself to a witch or have a favorite one.

  • Rob

    Samantha, Ursula, and Evilene.

  • Secure

    Wicked Witch of the West & Witch Hazel!

  • Bj Lincoln

    I was Samantha because she was a good which but I loved Endora!

    • popebuck1

      Samantha was the perfect sexy wife, but Serena is the one you’d want to party with.

    • D. J.

      I liked Estelle Winwood, too.

  • 2karmanot

    Carli Fiorina

    • Octavio


    • Rambie

      She’s a witch, but I don’t like her.

  • greenmanTN
    • Bj Lincoln

      I remember her!

    • bdsmjack

      Gimme that magic flute!

      • greenmanTN

        Hmmm. Is that a euphemism, perhaps? 😉

    • Cuberly

      Loved Witchiepoo! And she scared the crap out of me as a wee youngster.

  • bdsmjack

    Cousin Serena!

    • JVB

      She was one of my favorites on Bewitched. Her, Samantha, Aunt Clara, Endora and Uncle Arthur.

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  • bkmn

    Matt missed a great one – Anjelica Huston in “The Witches”

    • bkmn

      Damn, just remembered that Jane Horrocks (you may know her as Bubble in AbFab) played Huston’s assistant and was great too.

  • ColdCountry

    Do you think Mary Poppins was a witch?

    • Bj Lincoln

      Yes. She did all kinds of tricks and could fly.

      • ColdCountry

        That was my take on her.

    • SockMikey

      How Disney added a spoonful of saccharine to Mary Poppins

      She (Travers) loathed the way her creation had been transformed from the strict
      and sometimes scary character of her books into the sweet singing nanny
      played by Julie Andrews.

      Russell’s letters to Travers (Author of Mary Poppins books) tell of an intimate relationship that lasted until his death in 1935, after which she felt “fatherless”. Not
      long before he died, he was thrilled to hear Travers’s idea about a witch whose broomstick would fly “just as well by white magic as by black magic”.

      The “witch” took shape in Sussex, where, in 1931, Travers rented a cottage in the village of Mayfield. There she wrote her first book of Poppins’s adventures, published in 1934.

      • ColdCountry

        Thank you! I never knew any of that. I love the movie, for all it’s faults, however. If I ever read the books – and now I must! – I think I’d tend to view them and the movie that way I view the Harry Potter books and movies. I love both, but look at them as separate entities.

    • M Jackson

      I always thought she was a bit of a bitch.

    • Christopher Smith

      Well, yes, but a GOOD witch. Only BAD witches are ugly! 🙂

      • ColdCountry

        Ugly witches may all be bad, but not all bad witches are ugly. 😉

        • Christopher Smith

          There was Serena, wasn’t there…..

  • Friday

    Me, da Wicked Pissa Witch of the Northeast. 🙂 Ahaha. 🙂 Though it’d take some thinking on. 🙂

  • Michael Rush

    My newfound appreciation of Rupaul’s Drag Race would make me pick Elvira .
    I frequently call people Derwood .

  • greenmanTN

    Or there was Cass Elliot as a witch in the H.R. Pufinstuf movie, singing a song called “Different” about accepting yourself and owning your difference. How gay is that?

    • Bj Lincoln

      That was awesome! I miss her voice.

    • David Walker

      That’s one of my most favorite songs of hers and so few people know about it. I have it as a favorite and dial it up from time to time.

  • bdsmjack

    I loved Aunt Clara, too.

    • Gustav2

      I am stuck as Uncle Arthur to many of my siblings kids. 😉

    • Bj Lincoln

      Funny that the woman who played her was a genius. Very smart and well schooled. I always thought she would give great hugs. She always put a smile on my face when she would appear.

      • Octavio

        But she stole all of the door knobs!

      • BearEyes

        that may be why she had fun playing the part. Loved her too.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Fun trivia fact: Marion Lorne (Clara) and Alice Ghostley (Esmeralda) appear together in bit parts in the 1967 film The Graduate.

  • Gustav2

    VP Biden is not running,

    • Octavio

      But he’s giving one hell of a good speech! Gotta love the guy.

  • CPT_Doom

    I’m going to go modern and point to the sisters of “Charmed.” It’s a morning staple on TNT.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Very hot!

  • Octavio

    Off Topic: Uncle Joe’s not runnin’! He just said so from the steps of the White House!

    • Bj Lincoln

      That is a surprise, kind of.

      • Mark Slade

        Not after his inability to remember whether or not he’d encouraged Obama to go after bin Laden. That was his subconscious making sure there would be no campaign.

  • Mark Slade

    Although Endora will forever be my first true witch-love, I just can’t stop thinking about Rowena. I wonder which witch could outwit which.

  • Henri205

    The Sanderson witches. Loved Bette Midler in this movie.

    • LonelyLiberal

      Oh, you bette.

  • Octavio

    My first witch was Mrs. McThing. Mary Martin reprised her broadway role for live television in the WAY early 1950s. When the “replacement” children were turned back into sticks I took notice and behaved myself for weeks.

  • TKW

    Mine was Mrs Pickerell. Not sure she was really a witch but that is how I saw her – in a good way.

  • EdmondWherever

    Hermione Granger!

  • MattM


    • bdsmjack

      “Mrs. Stephens is on the ROOF!”

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Mother Shipton. Better than any TV witch.

  • Mike Solo

    So many I love listed already (The Sanderson sisters, Witchiepoo, etc…)

    But what about the witches from “The Craft”? When the bus driver warned them about weirdos about and Nancy says “Mister, we ARE the weirdos”

    • Natty Enquirer

      Fairusza Balk was terrifying in that one!

  • Porkie
  • joeyj1220

    Mine was Angela Landsbury as Eglantine Price

  • David Walker

    One of the first witches I remember was Veronica Lake in “I Married a Witch.” I’m at the library now so I can’t put up any pictures of her (Warner Bros. cartoons referred to her a Lake Veronica, always on a map and depicted as a very stacked woman). She was a beauty, though.

    • greenmanTN

      That’s a great movie with a great cast, though it’s a bit of a letdown when falling in love turns Veronica into a goody two-shoes. Like most people, she’s more interesting when she’s a little bit bad!

      • David Walker

        The Hays Office strikes again!

      • DonnaLee

        The prettiest witch of them all.

  • chiMaxx

    All that, and no mention of TV’s first out lesbian witch, Willow Rosenberg?

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Kim Novak in Bell Book & Candle was terrific too (as was the “brother” in the movie, Jack Lemmon). And of course, Elsa Lancaster. That was the movie inspiration for “Bewitched.”

  • M Jackson

    Well Aunt Clara, of course.
    But I also have fond memories of Mama Cass in the H.R. Pufnstuf movie.

  • Bobby P

    And let’s not forget Practical Magic.

  • JCF

    Favorite witches? Willow & Tara. Of course. Duh!

  • witch

    Doing my Happy Witch Dance

  • Cameron Ulisix Booth

    Jennifer from I Married a Witch and Aunt Frances and Aunt Jet from Practical Magic!

  • gewaite

    No sympathy with this: “I’m different, so I must be special with special powers (the arts/culture/style) that the Normal/Straight just will never get”. Understandable in a 15 year-old=for grown ups, it’s just sad and self-congratulatory. 90% of the gays I know couldn’t carry a tune with a forklift or color coordinate a stoplight any better than straight people.