Witches and their magic have continually found success in the movies, especially these last few years.

Disney‘s Maleficent – Mistress of Evil starring Anjelina Jolie and Elle Fanning released in 2019 was the sequel to 2014’s “Maleficent“. A third movie is reportedly in the works.

In 2020, Anne Hathaway starred in an adaptation of the 1990 movie “The Witches” playing the role of the Grand High Witch similar to that of Anjelica Houston‘s character, “Miss Ernst“. The 2020 release co-starred Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Rock as its narrator.

2021 didn’t produce an obvious choice for “Witch of the Year” although there have been several debates over whether or not the character “Abuela” from Disney‘s animated movie “Encanto” was actually one.

Earlier this year, Marvel fans were treated to the limited miniseries “Wandavision” based on the “Scarlet Witch” character played by Elizabeth Olsen.

The series’ antagonist is “Agatha Harkness” played by Kathryn Hahn, a witch from Salem, Massachusetts, who was accused of practicing dark magic by her own coven during the witch trials.

Despite the popularity of the series, executives claim there are no plans for additional seasons.

This same year, Scarlet Witch jumped from the small screen up onto the silver screen appearing in the feature film, “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness“. It is currently uncertain whether or not she is still alive after having sacrificed herself when she destroyed Wundagore Castle.

In 1993, Walt Disney Pictures released the fantasy comedy “Hocus Pocus” starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. The trio played witches from Salem, Massachusetts set in 1693.

The film was not a hit at the box office originally having received mostly negative reviews from film critics, however, the film has been rediscovered by audiences over the years every Halloween making it a cult classic.

Fans and the actors themselves have been calling for a sequel for years and now, 29 years later, Disney released “Hocus Pocus 2” giving their streaming platform Disney+ their biggest movie debut to date.

With Halloween just around the corner and the response from old and new fans alike, it’s safe to say that 2022 will arguably be the Year of the Witch.


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