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A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involves the witches of Lancre. They are closely based on witches in British folklore, combined with modern Wicca and a slightly tongue-in-cheek reinterpretation of the Triple Goddess. Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Lancre (pronounced Lanker) is a fictional country from Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... This article is part of the Witchcraft series. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Wicca (disambiguation). ... A Triple Goddess symbol (probably originating from Classical Greek lunar symbolism), representing the three aspects of the moon (waxing crescent, full moon, waning crescent) and womankind (maiden, mother, crone). ...


Witch magic is very different from the wizard magic taught in the Unseen University, and consists largely of finding the right lever that makes everything else work. Witches rarely do any magic, in fact, relying more on common sense, hard work, and a peculiar brand of psychology known as headology. This can be taken very far - a witch's way of magically setting fire to a log of wood consists of staring at the log until it burns up from pure embarrassment. As a result it is less energy intensive, which means that a witch can do more than a technically equally powerful wizard. However the same zen-like knowledge that gives them this ability generally discourages them from making a big deal about it, beyond refusing to take wizards seriously. The wizards are major characters in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Unseen University (UU) is a school of wizardry in the fictional Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork, staffed by a faculty composed of mostly indolent and inept old wizards. ... Psychology (from Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, spirit, soul; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is an academic / applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior of humans and animals. ...


Unlike wizard magic, which is taught en masse, witch magic is taught on a one-to-one basis by older witches to apprentices. Although magical talent tends to run in families, witches do not teach their daughters, feeling that this would cause a sort of magical inbreeding.


Discworld Voodoo is considered to be an aspect of witch magic, combined with a sort of do-it-yourself religion, relying heavily on the power of belief described below. The most powerful Discworld voodoo-women can deliberately create moderately powerful gods for a specific purpose. Voodoo (Vodou, Vodoun, Vudu, or Vudun in Benin, Togo, southeastern Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Senegal; also Vodou in Haiti) is a name attributed to a traditionally uten West African spiritual system of faith and ritual practices. ...


Generally speaking, witches are women and wizards are men. Despite the opinions of wizards and witches on this subject (that systemization comes easier to men and intuition comes easier to women), there appears to be no reason for this beyond cultural bias. There has only ever been one female wizard on the main discworld continent, as described in the events of Equal Rites. The island of Krull on the very Rim of the Disc does not mind female wizards, but no one from the Circle Sea would ever admit they exist. Equal Rites is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett. ...


The role of witches has been defined as "smoothing out life's humps and bumps" and "helping people when life's on the edge", and they take this obligation seriously. They also never ask for anything in return. There are ways and ways of not asking for anything in return, of course. Nanny Ogg, for instance, insists that part of her job is to take the first pint of every brewing and the first cake of every baking, to prevent occult forces using them against people. Both she and Granny Weatherwax tend to emphasize at every possible opportunity that it is considered lucky to have a witch in your house, and that it would be especially lucky if the witch was well-provided for.


The main witches in the books are the Lancre Coven: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick and later Agnes Nitt. A sub-series of children's books has introduced a new witch character, Tiffany Aching, who has been gradually tied into the main Witch storyline as her series continues. This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Gytha Ogg (usually called Nanny Ogg) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involve the witches of Lancre. ...

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The Lancre Coven

The Lancre Coven is, as mentioned above, the main group of witches in the Discworld novels, and the ones featured in the novels referred to as "The Witches series".


They began as a parody of the Three Witches in Macbeth, and also as a reworking of the Maiden, Mother and Crone archetypes (the Triple Goddess). It could also be said that they each represent a different stereotype of witches: Granny is the classic fairy tale witch, Nanny the village wise woman and Magrat the modern romantic Wiccan. Macbeth and Banquo meeting the witches on the heath by Théodore Chassériau. ... A maiden may refer to: A female virgin. ... Faces of mother and child; detail of sculpture at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Female mallard duck and ducklings. ... Commonly a synonym for Hag. ... An archetype is a generic, idealized model of a person, object, or concept from which similar instances are derived, copied, patterned, or emulated. ... A Triple Goddess symbol (probably originating from Classical Greek lunar symbolism), representing the three aspects of the moon (waxing crescent, full moon, waning crescent) and womankind (maiden, mother, crone). ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ...


It has been explained in the books that three witches are required for a coven. Two witches get on each other's nerves; the third one can get them to make up, so they can all get on the nerves of everyone else. If a coven has more than three members, they all get on each others' nerves.


Esmerelda Weatherwax

Main article: Granny Weatherwax

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Gytha Ogg

Main article: Nanny Ogg

Gytha Ogg (usually called Nanny Ogg) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...

Magrat Garlick

Magrat Garlick (pronounced Magg-rat[1]) was the original Maiden in the Lancre coven. She is often described as "a wet hen". Magrat believes in crystals, folk wisdom, and cycles of nature, and is overall a gentle parody of New Age pagans. A maiden may refer to: A female virgin. ... New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ...


Yet beneath her silver jewelry and heavy eye makeup, Magrat is surprisingly practical. She can defend herself physically when necessary, and is capable of performing impressive feats of real magic. Magrat's gentle personality allows her to serve as a mediator between the often-clashing Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, but she does occasionally displays a strong temper herself. In Witches Abroad Magrat was chosen to serve as a Fairy Godmother, but a defective wand (stuck on "pumpkins") prevented her from taking full advantage of the powers associated with this position. Magrat is technically a better doctor than the other two witches, since she actually believes in herbalism while Granny tends to use whatever plant or bottle of coloured water comes to hand as a proper for her headology (in this case the placebo effect). Witches Abroad is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, originally published in 1991. ... Dioscorides’ Materia Medica, c. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Placebo. ...


After a long engagement, Magrat became Queen of Lancre by marrying King Verence II. As of Carpe Jugulum the couple has one daughter, Princess Esmerelda Margaret Note Spelling. This unusual name was the result of Magrat's attempt to correct a mistake made by her own mother, who had intended for Magrat to be named "Margaret" but was unable to spell the name properly when she wrote it down for the priest. Verence II of Lancre is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Carpe Jugulum is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the twenty third in the Discworld series. ... This article details minor Discworld characters; characters from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett who only appear in the background, or who have only had a brief starring role. ...


Magrat renounces witchcraft shortly before her marriage, partially to prepare for her duties as queen but mostly out of frustration with the way she is treated by the senior members of the Lancre coven. Her absence from Maskerade seemed to confirm that Magrat had retired from her career as a witch, but after Princess Esmerelda's birth she returns to assume the Mother role in the coven during a time of crisis in Lancre. Nanny is none too pleased with this development, as Magrat being the Mother forces Nanny to be..."the Other One". Maskerade is the eighteenth novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ... In Neopaganism, the Mother is an aspect of the Triple Goddess, along with the Maiden and the Crone. ... Commonly a synonym for Hag. ...

  1. ^ Concerning the pronunciation, Terry Pratchett is quoted to have said: "Magrat is pronounced Magg-rat. Doesn't matter what I think is right – everyone I've heard pronounce it has pronounced it Maggrat."

Agnes Nitt

Following Magrat's marriage to King Verence II, the role of Maiden in the Lancre coven has been reluctantly taken up by Agnes Nitt. Agnes is a sensible young woman who suffers from a self-induced multiple personality disorder. Tired of being seen as just another overweight girl with "a nice personality and good hair", Agnes tried to create a new, more exciting persona for herself. Agnes calls this alter ego Perdita X Dream (where the X stands for person who has a cool and interesting middle name). Perdita is even more romantic than Magrat, although her tastes are more Gothic than New Age. Verence II of Lancre is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Overview In psychiatry, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is the current name of the condition formerly listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) and Multiple Personality Syndrome. ... Strawberry Hill, an English villa in the Gothic revival style, built by seminal Gothic writer Horace Walpole Gothic fiction is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. ...


The Perdita persona leaves Agnes in two minds about everything. The first mind is herself, good-natured and sensible Agnes; the second is dramatic and rebellious Perdita. It is said that inside every fat girl, there is a thin girl waiting to get out -- according to Perdita, she is that girl. The Perdita personality usually manifests itself only as part of Agnes's internal dialogue, often in the form of sarcastic remarks. Yet Perdita is capable of taking real action in emergency situations.


This divided personality makes Agnes highly resistant to mental manipulation. Anyone trying to mesmerise or entrance Agnes will find the Perdita personality surfacing as Agnes begins to lose control, and vice versa. When Lancre is overrun by vampires with mind-control powers in Carpe Jugulum, Agnes/Perdita is one of the few people capable of resisting their hypnotic influence. Further reading Christopher Frayling - Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula 1992. ... Carpe Jugulum is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the twenty third in the Discworld series. ... Hypnosis, as defined by the American Psychological Association Division of Psychological Hypnosis, is a procedure during which a health professional or researcher suggests that a client, patient, or experimental participant experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts, or behavior. ...


Agnes first appears in Lords and Ladies as one of the 'cool' new witches, led by Lucy "Diamanda" Tockley. Although she plays a very minor role in this book, Nanny Ogg notices her potential. She senses that Agnes is the only new witch other than Diamanda to have any real Talent. Lords and Ladies is the fourteenth Discworld book by Terry Pratchett. ...


In Maskerade Agnes becomes a major character for the first time. She leaves Lancre to become an opera singer in Ankh-Morpork, under the stage name 'Perdita X Nitt'. Agnes possesses an amazing talent for singing. She has a vocal range that extends from a deep bass rumble to a glass-shattering soprano, can sing in harmony with herself, project her voice around a room, and mimic the voices of others. These remarkable gifts are due to her suppressed magical ability, which Agnes unconsciously used to enhance her innate musical talent. Maskerade is the eighteenth novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ...


After joining the opera company, Agnes meets a beautiful but airheaded young singer named Christine (an obvious parody of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera). Although Agnes is by far the more talented of the two, she finds herself relegated to the chorus while Christine's career benefits from the attention of the mysterious Opera Ghost. Granny and Nanny, having identified Agnes as the best candidate for the third member of the Lancre coven, soon arrive and complicate things further. In the end, Agnes realizes that her practical nature is unsuited the world of opera. She returns to Lancre and became the new Third Witch. This article is about the Gaston Leroux novel. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ...


Tiffany Aching

Main article: Tiffany Aching

A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involve the witches of Lancre. ...

Other Witches

Other witches featured in the books include:


Sarah 'Granny' Aching

Granny Aching, née Sarah Grizzel, was Tiffany Aching's grandmother, and very good friends with the Chalk Hill clan of the Nac Mac Feegle. To them she was the hag (that is, witch) of the chalk. She died a few years before The Wee Free Men occurs, and, as such, only appears in flashbacks. She was a witch, although she didn't think of herself as one and no one but Tiffany, her granddaughter, ever suspected it. She could be described as 'salt of the earth' as well as the magma that runs beneath it. She was very important in the minds of the people of the Chalk, to the point where they called the thunder "Granny Aching cussin'", the vultures "Granny Aching's chickens", the fluffy little white clouds of summer "Granny Aching's little lambs" and said she cussed the sky blue. Although people laughed when they said these things, part of them was not joking. She was, apparently, a very skilled witch, and, as such, used almost no magic, if any. She was so good a witch that the people she took care of mostly took care of each other (Granny Aching always knew who was short a few favours, and arranged things so that they were soon owed some). She smoked Jolly Sailor tobacco, and had two sheepdogs – Thunder and Lightning. A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involve the witches of Lancre. ... Nac Mac Feegles on the cover of The Wee Free Men The Nac Mac Feegle (also known as Pictsies, the Wee Free Men, the Little Men, or Person or Persons Unknown, Believed to be Armed) are a fictional type of fairy appearing in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels Carpe Jugulum... For The Wee Free, see the Free Church of Scotland. ...


For every inhabitant of the Chalk, Granny Aching was the Chalk; its best shepherd, its wisest woman and its memory, to the point that even the Chalk's Feegles say of her that she "[told] the hills what they are, every day. She [held] them in her bones. She [held] 'em in her heart". Granny Aching was "as if the green downland had a soul that walked about in old boots and a smoking apron and smoked a foul pipe and dosed sheep with turpentine." Nac Mac Feegles on the cover of The Wee Free Men The Nac Mac Feegle (also known as Pictsies, the Wee Free Men, the Little Men, or Person or Persons Unknown, Believed to be Armed) are a fictional type of fairy appearing in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels Carpe Jugulum...


Gammer Beavis

A witch who teaches school over the mountain from Lancre. She takes snuff and does her own shoe repairs, which makes her All Right in Nanny Ogg's book, but has a nasty habit of being reasonable when provoked. Appears in Witches Abroad and the short story "The Sea and Little Fishes." Snuff can refer to any of the following: Fine-ground smokeless tobacco, intended for use by being sniffed or snorted into the nose Swedish snus tobacco, used between the cheek and upper gums American moist snuff, or dipping tobacco, placed between in the teeth and lower gums. ... Witches Abroad is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, originally published in 1991. ... The Sea and Little Fishes is a short story by Terry Pratchett set in his Discworld universe, and featuring Lancre witches Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. ...


Gwinifer "Old Mother" Blackcap

Witch stationed in Sidling Without and who is good with pigs, as acknowledged by Esme Weatherwax. She is mentor to Petulia Gristle, good with animals, and is apparently a pig-borer, cow-shouter and all-round veterinary witch. (The terms "pig-borer" and "cow-shouter" are plays on horse whisperer. According to The Discworld Almanak, pig-boring is a humane form of slaughter in which the animal is talked to death.) A horse whisperer is a horse trainer who adopts a sympathetic view of the motives, needs, and desires of the horse, based on modern equine psychology. ... The Discworld Almanak is a spin-off book from Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels, in a similar format to the Diaries and Nanny Oggs Cookbook. ...


Aliss Demurrage

Aliss Demurrage, or Black Aliss as she was known, never appears in the books, being long dead, but she is a part of why Esme Weatherwax is the way she is. Aliss was an incredibly powerful Discworld witch. She knew all the tricks a witch should know, and had mastered the use of stories; Nanny Ogg said she could be running as many as three of them at once. Unfortunately, after a while she was unable to distinguish reality from her stories and started going mad — hence the name Black Aliss (although Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg claim the name arose because she had black teeth and fingernails due to her love of candy). She's the wicked witch mentioned in popular fairy tales, and met her end when she was pushed into the oven of her gingerbread house (à la Hansel and Gretel). Esme is as powerful as Aliss was, if not more so, and is concerned constantly with keeping herself in check lest she ends up like Aliss. There is also a vague hint in the books that the two are related, however Esme reveals her grandmother's name was Alison in Carpe Jugulum). Her name derives from the mythical Black Annis, a cannibalistic hag from Leicestershire, who was often used as a threat to children to behave, though it may also be a parody on the names of two heavy metal bands Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper in contraction. Since it is stated in The New Discworld Companion that Alison Weatherwax may be alive, and some have speculated that Black Aliss is immortal (Because she is so powerful), there has been speculation that Black Aliss, aka Alison Weatherwax, is still alive and will be featuring in I Shall Wear Midnight. This is, however, dubious at best. The Discworld is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ... Artwork by Arthur Rackham, 1909. ... Carpe Jugulum is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the twenty third in the Discworld series. ... Leicestershire ( IPA: (RP), IPA: (locally)), abbreviation Leics. ...


Old Mother Dismass

A very old witch who has been fortune telling for so long that she is no longer able to keep her mind in the present (as Granny Weatherwax puts it, she has a "detached retina in her second sight"). Her mouth frequently appears out of sync with her words, and her footsteps often sound ten minutes before she actually makes them. A passing reference is made in Wintersmith. Appears in Witches Abroad and "The Sea and Little Fishes." Retinal detachment is a disorder of the eye in which the retina peels away from its underlying layer of support tissue. ... Second sight is a form of extra-sensory perception whereby a person perceives information, in the form of vision, about future events before they happen. ... Wintersmith is the title of the third Tiffany Aching novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published on the 21 September 2006. ... Witches Abroad is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, originally published in 1991. ... The Sea and Little Fishes is a short story by Terry Pratchett set in his Discworld universe, and featuring Lancre witches Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. ...


Mrs Letice Earwig

The wife of a retired wizard and a natural organiser, especially of things that don't really need organising. She (and no one else) pronounces her name "Arwidge." She wears a great deal of "occult" jewelry that doesn't actually do anything. Granny Weatherwax dislikes Mrs. Earwig, claiming that she reduces witchcraft to "shoppin'". Mrs Earwig isn't actually bad, but is extremely snobbish, has very poor people skills, and tends to assume everyone would really agree with her if they weren't so stupid (so does Granny Weatherwax, of course, but at least she doesn't blame them for being stupid). Annagramma Hawkin is her star (and in fact only) pupil. Her approach to teaching appears to be to trust the folk wisdom of the locals when it comes to practical things like birthing and medicine, and focus on such things as crystals, magic circles and soothing chants to help matters along. She is the chairwoman of the Witch Trials committee and has written a book about "Magick"; the "k" is to distinguish what she considers the True Craft from the everyday stuff Granny Weatherwax et al. do - this in turn is a comedic reference on Pratchett's part to the use of variant spellings of "Magic" from Alister Crowley's use of "magick" onwards, and of a contemporary tendency for some Wiccans to look down on those Wiccans who use such spellings as being "fluffy". She appears in "The Sea and Little Fishes", A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith. Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was a British occultist, mystic, writer, poet, astrologer, sexual revolutionary, painter, mountain climber, and social critic. ... For other uses, see Wicca (disambiguation). ... The Sea and Little Fishes is a short story by Terry Pratchett set in his Discworld universe, and featuring Lancre witches Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. ... A Hat Full of Sky is a novel written by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, written with younger readers in mind. ... Wintersmith is the title of the third Tiffany Aching novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published on the 21 September 2006. ...


Hilta Goatfounder

A witch who makes her money by selling medicine (says Granny) with names like Tiger Oil, Maiden's Prayer and Husband's Helper. She lives in Ohulan. She was the one who persuaded Granny to fly on a broom and gave Granny her broom. She appears briefly in the book Equal Rites. Equal Rites is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett. ...


Erzulie Gogol

A Voodoo witch from Genua and the mother of Baroness Ella Saturday. She opposed Lady Lilith, but was arguably on the very edge of being just as bad. Appears in Witches Abroad, where with the help of the Lancre coven and Baron Saturday (now a Zombie), she helps her daughter regain her title without having to marry the Prince. Voodoo (Vodou, Vodoun, Vudu, or Vudun in Benin, Togo, southeastern Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Senegal; also Vodou in Haiti) is a name attributed to a traditionally uten West African spiritual system of faith and ritual practices. ... Genua is a fictional city from Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... This article details minor Discworld characters; characters from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett who only appear in the background, or who have only had a brief starring role. ... Witches Abroad is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, originally published in 1991. ... Depiction of Baron Samedi In Vodun or voodoo, Baron Samedi (Baron Saturday, also Baron Samdi, Bawon Samedi, or Bawon Sanmdi) is one of the aspects of Baron, one of the loa. ... The Fresh Start Club, a society of the undead. ...


Petulia Gristle

Petulia is a young witch who was apprenticed to Goodie Gwinifer "Old Mother" Blackcap, who is good with pigs. She was part of the network of peers gathered by Annagramma Hawkin and a friend of Tiffany Aching's. Generally a kind soul who is thoughtful of others' feelings, she gained new strength at the end of A Hat Full of Sky when bullied too much by Annagramma, due to her tendency of saying "Um" a lot.


By the events of Wintersmith Petulia has gained considerable respect in the Ramtops for her abilities with animals, particularly pigs, which are said to rival those of Granny Weatherwax herself, although what Granny would say on the subject is open to debate. She has become known throughout Lancre as the "pig witch", a term meant in respect except when Annagramma uses it. Despite her disagreements with Annagramma, she agreed to show her a few useful tips on dealing with livestock when Tiffany asked her to. Lancre (pronounced Lanker) is a fictional country from Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ...


Ammeline 'Goodie' Hamstring

Ammeline Hamstring, also known as 'Goodie' Hamstring was a witch from Lancre, the Ramtops. She appeared only in Mort, and was Mort's first "collection" as Death's apprentice. She had a grey cat. The Ramtops are a fictional mountain range appearing in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Also a term referring to laying brick. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Discworld characters. ... Death is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...


As with all Discworld magical practitioners, she knew in advance when her death would be and again would be personally visited by Death (or had a right to be anyway) so she had time to prepare. The Discworld is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ...


When Mort arrived she was an elderly lady with a hooked nose wearing a grey woolen dress. After Mort cut the line connecting her soul to her body, she realised it was no longer bound by the body's morphic field, and with much more control than most people her soul's form settled into the shape of her "inner self". Her hair unwound itself from its tight bun, changing colour and lengthening, her body straightened up. Wrinkles dwindled and vanished, and her dress turned into something green and clingy.


Rather than go on to an afterlife, she remained at her home, intending her spirit to get thinner and spread through the forest.


Her hourglass was carved of oak leaves and mandrake roots, and the sand inside, even by moonlight, was pale gold. By turning the glass this way and that, the name 'Ammeline Hamstring' could be seen to be etched in the faintest of lines.


Annagramma Hawkin

Annagramma Hawkin was introduced in A Hat Full of Sky and is a peer of Tiffany Aching, whom she initially disdains. Though witches have no leader, she acts as the self-appointed "boss" of the group of peer witches she gathers together for sabbats, due to her having the tallest hat and the loudest voice. Trained by Letice Earwig, she can be extremely snobbish and has strong opinions about what a witch should or should not be, much like her mentor. She follows Letice by thinking that Granny Weatherwax just 'messes around' with people's heads, and that, by doing so, makes people think she is great. A Hat Full of Sky is a novel written by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, written with younger readers in mind. ...


During the events of Wintersmith, Annagramma is assigned her own cottage, taking over from the late Miss Treason. Initially, she is badly unprepared for the real demands of being resident witch for a village, and it is revealed that her arrogance may in part be an overreaction to a deep insecurity about dealing with situations she cannot control. Wintersmith is the title of the third Tiffany Aching novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published on the 21 September 2006. ...


Tiffany Aching and others from her peer group assist Annagramma, and it turns out that she is good enough at the part of witchcraft that consists of being confident, bossy and giving people a good show to pick up the rest along the way. It is revealed that the unexpected support of Granny Weatherwax for the cottage to be taken over by Annagramma rather than a more competent youngster was in fact not a ploy for Annagramma to fail, but for her to be forced to learn real witchcraft with the help of her peers. Alternatively, Granny simply chose not to intervene but other witches mistook it for hidden and cunning plot.


Dimmity Hubbub

Dimmity is a young witch in apprenticed training, and a member of Anagramma's coven. She appears in A Hat Full of Sky, in which she sets fire to her own hat, and in Wintersmith, in which she makes a toothache cure explode. Her name is similar to that of Jill Murphy's character Mildred Hubble, although Pratchett says this was not intentional. Jill Murphy (born July 5, 1949) is an English childrens author, known primarily for The Worst Witch books. ...


Miss Level

A witch for whom the phrase "I've only got one pair of hands" was highly inappropriate, for she had one mind and two bodies. She formerly worked in a circus reading her own mind. The phrase is now only technically accurate, following the death of one body, although she can still use it as a "phantom limb". An intelligent and well-meaning person, she spends much of her time explaining concepts such as bacteria to people who aren't going to believe her. As Tiffany's teacher, she appears in A Hat Full of Sky. Phyla Actinobacteria Aquificae Chlamydiae Bacteroidetes/Chlorobi Chloroflexi Chrysiogenetes Cyanobacteria Deferribacteres Deinococcus-Thermus Dictyoglomi Fibrobacteres/Acidobacteria Firmicutes Fusobacteria Gemmatimonadetes Lentisphaerae Nitrospirae Planctomycetes Proteobacteria Spirochaetes Thermodesulfobacteria Thermomicrobia Thermotogae Verrucomicrobia Bacteria (singular: bacterium) are unicellular microorganisms. ... A Hat Full of Sky is a novel written by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, written with younger readers in mind. ...


Miss Tick

Perspicacia Tick is a "witch finder", a travelling witch with the responsibility of finding young girls who have the potential to be witches. She makes a living as a teacher, a role which has given her a habit of correcting spelling, grammar and punctuation. Since she often finds herself in areas where witches are unwelcome, she has a spring-operated hat that only grows a point when she wants it to. Thanks to her time as a student at the Quirm College for Young Ladies, which views time in cold water as character-building, she has also mastered the ability to stay underwater for prolonged periods, allowing her to escape punishment from superstitious witch-hunters. To aid her in this endeavor, she is the anonymous author of Magavenatio Obtusis (Witch-hunting for Dumb People), which she generously places in the libraries of various witch-hating villages. It includes such vital information as drowning rather than burning a witch, ensuring that the witch has silver coins in her boots, and is given a nice meal of soup and tea before her ducking. Possibly the reason she must spend so much of her energy avoiding hate and harrassment, rather than accepting donations of gratitude as other witches do, is that she is always travelling. Or perhaps it's because she's not very likeable. Miss Tick appears in The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith. In Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, the Quirm College for Young Ladies is an educational institution located in the city of Quirm. ... Cover of HTML 4 for Dummies. ... For The Wee Free, see the Free Church of Scotland. ... A Hat Full of Sky is a novel written by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, written with younger readers in mind. ... Wintersmith is the title of the third Tiffany Aching novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published on the 21 September 2006. ...


Diamanda Tockley

Her real name is Lucy Tockley, but she thought Diamanda was more witchy. She was born in Lancre, but went away to school, and returned while the Coven were touring the Disc in Witches Abroad. She set up her own coven, insisting that the Wisdom of the Ancients was more significant than anything a lot of old people knew. How much natural witchiness/wisdom she actually had may be illustrated by her willingness to summon elves. At the end of Lords and Ladies, Granny speculated she might have a relationship with the young wizard Ponder Stibbons, but he returned to Unseen University. Still to be decided is how much of a witch she naturally was versus how much magic was given to her by the elf queen. In Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels elves are extradimensional inhuman monsters. ... In the fictional universe of Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of books, Ponder Stibbons is a wizard in Unseen University. ... Unseen University (UU) is a school of wizardry in the fictional Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork, staffed by a faculty composed of mostly indolent and inept old wizards. ...


Eumenides Treason

A venerable witch (she claims to be 113, but is actually 111) who takes on Tiffany Aching as apprentice three months prior to the events of Wintersmith. Miss Treason uses two sticks to walk and is both deaf and blind, but manages to operate perfectly well by simply Borrowing the senses of those around her. All witches specialise in one or another field, and Miss Treason's specialty is Justice (in fact her hame refers to the Eumenidies of Greek Myth, who came to represent Justice in the later myths). People come to her to settle disputes, and frequently find it very difficult to lie to her. Regarded with awe and no small amount of fear by the local villagers, Miss Treason nevertheless has their great respect. Many eerie stories and rumours circulate about her, which only serve to enhance her image as a force to be reckoned with; Miss Treason started the majority of them herself for precisely that reason. Her cottage has all the hallmarks of a bad witch (skulls, spider-webs, etc.)--all of which are fake, bought from Boffo's, a joke shop in Ankh-Morpork, but which only serve to reinforce the impression that she gives others - many of her previous apprentices found the whole thing far too creepy and left, often within a day. This article details minor Discworld concepts: concepts and ideas from the Discworld of novels by Terry Pratchett which only appear in the background, or are not well fleshed out. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ...


Miss Treason dies of old age during the events of Wintersmith, but as she, like all witches, knows the date and time of her death, was able to enjoy her funeral ceremony the day before. Mindful of her image to the end, she used the presence of many of the local residents at her actual death to give them one last show. Her cottage passed to Annagramma Hawkin, who, after a decidedly shaky start, has begun to fulfil her role properly, with assistance from Tiffany and the Boffo's catalogue.


Lucy Warbeck

Lucy is a young witch in apprenticed training, and another member of Anagramma's coven. She uses the term "like" a lot. She first appears in Hat Full of Sky, then briefly in Wintersmith, where she is training hard to become a witch-finder. Tiffany Aching asks her to assist the badly-out-of-her-depth Annagramma and she reluctantly agrees to help out. She wears a knife and fork in her hair, because witches believe in sorting out how odd they are early.


Alison Weatherwax

Esme Weatherwax's grandmother, and a very powerful witch. Weatherwaxes have strong magic lines in their genes, as evidenced by a distant cousin also being a wizard and archancellor of Unseen University. First mentioned in The Discworld Companion which says little about her except that her death has not been recorded. Alison is later mentioned in Carpe Jugulum, in which the rumours that she has "gone to the bad" prove unfounded. Not the same as Aliss Demurrage. The Discworld Companion is an encyclopedia to all things Discworldian, created by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs. ...


Fairy godmothers

Fairy godmothers are something of a cross between a witch and a wizard. A fairy godmother is a woman, likely always a witch to start with, who, probably through a bequest, acquires a magical responsiblility over the life of a single individual. This individual is usually someone with a severe case of destiny, such as an orphaned girl of royal blood. Like wizards, fairy godmothers use a magically imbued rod (in this case a wand, rather than a staff) to produce wizz-bang effects like turning pumpkins into coaches. However, fairy godmothering is probably another aspect of witchcraft, relying heavily on narrative causality. In fairy tales, a fairy godmother is a fairy or person with magical powers who acts as a mentor or parent to someone. ... The wizards are major characters in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... The Discworld is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ...


Desiderata Hollow

A fairy godmother who appears in Witches Abroad, although she dies very early on. Her career meant she travelled a lot, although she was based in Lancre. She was friends with Magrat, since no-one else in the area liked foreign food, and bequeathed her wand to her.


Lily Weatherwax

The sister of Granny Weatherwax, featured in Witches Abroad. When Esme was still a child, Lily left Lancre, following rows with her family, and possibly some sort of scandal, and changed her name to Lady Lilith de Tempscire (fr. temps cire, "weather wax"). She became a fairy godmother and "turned to the bad", although she remained convinced she was the good one. She became heavily involved with narrative magic and using mirrors to boost her power, eventually becoming the power behind the throne of Genua. She looks very much like Esme, only younger (she is actually older). She failed to "find herself" at the end of Witches Abroad, and has not been seen since. This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Discworld is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ... A mirror, reflecting a vase. ... Genua is a fictional city from Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ...


Other media

In the 1995 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Wyrd Sisters the witches were played by: Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ...

In the 1997 Cosgrove Hall animation of Wyrd Sisters the witches were voiced by: Sheila Hancock OBE (born 22 February 1933) is an English actress and comedienne. ... Lynda Baron with Ronnie Barker and David Jason in Open All Hours Lynda Baron (born 24 March 1942 in Urmston, Manchester, Lancashire) is an English actress. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Cosgrove Hall Films is an animation studio based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester that is a major producer of childrens television programmes. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ...

Annette Crosbie, OBE (born 12 February 1934) is a Scottish character actress, best known for her many television appearances. ... June Whitfield CBE 1925 in Streatham, London) is a well-known English actress. ... Jane Horrocks Jane Horrocks (born January 18, 1964) is an English actress and singer. ...

See also

Discworld MUD Witches Discworld MUD is a free Multi-User Dungeon set in the Discworld as depicted in the Discworld series of books by Terry Pratchett. ...


External links

  • Discworld & Pratchett Wiki

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