The 10 Coolest Witches in Pop Culture

It’s taken four seasons for True Blood to delve into the realm of witchcraft — we got werewolves, shape shifters, maenads, fairies, and even freaking werepanthers first. But the Wiccans have arrived, and as of Sunday’s episode, they’re poised to cause far more trouble than you’d imagine from a bunch of hippie types in the back room of a magic shop. In honor of the Bon Temps coven — and the distinct possibility that witches will be the new vampires of the 2011-12 TV season — we’ve put together a top ten list of the coolest (not “best” or “scariest”) witches in pop culture. Find out where True Blood‘s Lafayette rates after the jump and tell us who we missed in the comments.

10. Sabrina Spellman, Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch dates back to 1962, when she debuted in Archie comics before going on to get her own series, which ran from 1971-1983. The Sabrina ’90s kids grew up with was, of course, Melissa Joan Hart, who starred in a TV movie of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch that led to the popular ABC (and then WB) series. A sort of witch-next-door character, Hart’s Sabrina was cool because she was relatable — a normal teenage girl who just happened to be born into a family of witches, own a talking cat, and have the power to unleash untold stores of magic in her little finger.