Em Lynas’ Top Five Witches: A guest blog

The FCBG is delighted to host author Em Lynas on the blog today, celebrating the publication of her debut novel for children, You Can’t Make Me Go to Witch School, illustrated by Jamie Littler (Nosy Crow). Staring Daisy Wart, a reluctant trainee witch, who’d much rather be acting Bottom on stage than learning how to be a witch, this is an extremely funny and entertaining read. Here, Em Lynas very kindly shares her top five witches with us. 







From Meg and Mog by Jan Pienowski

I loved reading the Meg and Mog books to my children when they were little. They’re so comforting because, even when things go a bit wrong, everything always turns out fine in the end.


Mildred Hubble

From The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Thinking of fabulously witchy names is really difficult, but I love the name Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch just because she sounds so ordinary – which is exactly what she is. She’s us at witch school, making the mistakes we would make, making friends – and unintentionally making some enemies – as she struggles to find her place there. And, of course, her mistakes often lead to the story being resolved. It’s a great reminder that a few mistakes are OK – in fact, we need mistakes. They’re good. Make more. Make one now.


Winifred Sanderson

From the film Hocus Pocus

I love Hocus Pocus! The comedy, the language, the evil! It’s so scary when Winifred, the wackiest, wickedest witch of them all, says:

“Therefore, it stands to reason, does it not, sisters dear? That we must find the book, brew the potion and suck the lives out of the children of Salem before sunrise. Otherwise it’s curtains. We evaporate! We cease to exist! Dost thou comprehend?”

Excellent bad witch behaviour.


Hermione Granger

From the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

Hermione is my almost-favourite, not just for her book reading, spell casting, intelligence and loyalty. She’s resourceful. She thinks ahead, and she thinks fast. She’s creative too, hexing Harry with the Stinging Jinx to disguise him, and transforming her beaded bag into a bag which can contain everything, including a tent. I NEED that bag.


Professor McGonagall

From the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

If I was a witch just starting out I would want to grow into a witch just like Professor McGonagall. She’s highly intelligent, knowledgeable, skilful and she can transmogrify into a cat at the drop of a witch’s hat! Although I’m not sure I would choose a cat – I’m partial to Labradors, but dogs are a bit smelly. Maybe a mouse, but what if I get eaten? A tortoise?

This guest blog was provided by Em Lynas. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.


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