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Lizards. Rats. Spiders. Bats. That's what I make of all little brats.
―The Witch to Hansel and Gretel


The Witch is a character of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel and the main antagonist of the Silly Symphonies short Babes in the Woods. She was depicted as an evil witch who lived in a gingerbread house, which she used to lure children like Hansel and Gretel and fatten them up so she can eat them afterwards.

She was a prototype of the Evil Queen's witch form, and was also an inspiration for the Witch in the Candy House, and the Blind Witch on Once Upon a Time.

Appearances

Babes in the Woods

Seeing Hansel and Gretel in the forest while flying on her broomstick, the Witch landed on the ground and convinced them to fly with her. The trio flew together on the broomstick until they reached her Gingerbread house, where she watched the two children eat candy.

She invited the children inside who later realized that she was an evil witch, but it was too late as she had locked them inside. She showed them her pets and told them that she will transform them into animals too. Hansel and Gretel tried to escape, but were caught in her web, and the Witch decided to turn Hansel into an animal first.

She drenched him in a blue potion which transformed him into a spider, and after seeing a cat protesting at her behavior, she grabbed a spoonful of potion from her cauldron, and threw it at the chained animal, turning it into stone. She then took a hold of Gretel and was about to transform her into a rat, but the potion was hit by an arrow before she can pour it on her. She then put Gretel in a trap door in the floor and decided to chase the dwarfs who were throwing arrows at her, but she was outnumbered, and decided to run away instead.

She tried to fly away on her broomstick, but was chased by the dwarfs who were flying on geese and firing arrows, pumpkins and pies at her. They eventually took a hold of her broom, causing her to fall to the ground, and the children she had transformed into animals placed her into a cauldron where she was about to fall, causing her to splash in and turn to stone. She tried to walk away, but was turned into stone before she can. The children then stood around her stone body and celebrated.

Eventually the area around her turned into a forest where animals live and is called "The Witch Rock".

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References

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lucille_La_Verne#Filmography
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