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Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

Updated on September 17, 2014

Elphaba vs Glinda - Which Witch is the Best Witch?

With the production of Wicked, which hit Broadway in 2003 the debate began, "Which Witch was Better?" Elphaba was the witch who became the Wicked Witch of the West and her roommate and friend Glinda who became the Good Witch of the North.—

These roles were originated by Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, based on Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West along with L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the 1939 Movie.

Since these roles were based on the 1939 movie, "The Wizard of Oz," another debate is "Which Witch is the Best Witch from the Wizard of Oz?" the Good Witch or the Bad Witch.

Of course, perhaps one of the other great debates is "Which is better the Wizard of Oz or the musical prequel Wicked?"

Make sure you vote in the three different debates, the Witches in Wicked, the Witches in Oz and the debate over the versions of Oz, as you learn more about the Good Witch, the Bad Witch and the Wicked Witch.

Image from Wicked.

Which Witch - Good or Bad - is the Best Witch?

Debate about Wicked's Witches

Which Witch is the Best Witch from Wicked?


Good Witch vs. Wicked Witch

Glinda and Elphaba

Wicked: 5h Anniversary

Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

Dorothy Meets Glinda

A clip from the original Wizard of Oz where Dorothy meets Glinda and is asked the all important question.

Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch? Sign

Wizard of Oz Good or Bad Witch Tin Sign 12 x 16in
Wizard of Oz Good or Bad Witch Tin Sign 12 x 16in

A fun memorabilia vintage tin sign from the Wizard of Oz, where Glinda asks, "Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?"

Measures 13" W x 16" H

 

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Wicked vs. Wizard of Oz

Debate about Wicked or Wizard of Oz

Which Oz interpretation do you like better?

Watch the Wizard of Oz Again

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Pop-up

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up

Read the cute pop-up version of the Wizard of Oz.

 

The Annotated Wizard of Oz

The Annotated Wizard of Oz  (Centennial Edition)
The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition)

The perfcect collectors gift - an annotated Wizard of Oz book.

 

Elphaba - The Wicked Witch of the West

Image from Wicked
Image from Wicked

Elphaba Thropp - Wicked Witch of the West

Elphaba Thropp is the character that ultimately becomes the Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked the Musical. The role was originated by Idina Menzel, who won the Tony Award for Best Actress for the role.

The character was created by author Gregory Maguire in his 1995 book, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West that was used in the Broadway and West End adaptations of Wicked the Musical. Maguire based his Elphaba on the Wicked Witch of the West from the 1939 Wizard of Oz, who was green-skinned, wore black and a tall peaked witch hat.

In Wicked Elphaba is Glinda's roommate and eventual best friend at Shiz University. While at the university Elphaga studies life sciences and sorcery, eventually becoming a powerful witch, the Wicked Witch of the West, who eventually has a run-in with Dorothy Gale.

Image of Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Wicked

Idina Menzel - Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth from the Tony Awards.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch

Enesco Our Name Is Mud by Lorrie Veasey Wicked Monkey Mug, 4-1/2-Inch
Enesco Our Name Is Mud by Lorrie Veasey Wicked Monkey Mug, 4-1/2-Inch

Back reads "Don't make me call the flying monkeys."

 

Glinda - The Good Witch of the North

Robert Tonner's Glinda

Robert Tonner Glinda Good Witch of the North
Robert Tonner Glinda Good Witch of the North

A beautiful collector's Glinda from Robert Tonner.

 

Glinda Upland - The Good Witch

Glinda Upland, initially Galinda, is the character who ultimately becomes Glinda, the Good Witch in Wicked the Musica. The role was originated by Kristin Chenoweth, who lost out on the Tony Award for Best Actress to Idina Menzel for her role as Elphaba.

The character was created by author Gregory Maguire in his 1995 book, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West that was used in the Broadway and West End adaptations of Wicked the Musical. Maguire based his Glinda, originally Galinda, on Glinda the Good Witch of the South from L. Frank Baum's the Land of Oz, Glinda of Oz and the 1939 Wizard of Oz.

Glinda, the Good Witch made her appearance in the Wizard of Oz movie by arriving a large soap bubble and wore large billowing dresses.

In Wicked Glinda is Elphaba's reluctant roommate at Shiz University. They eventually become good friends. Galinda is very bubbly, popular and ambitious. She eventually becomes Glinda, the Good Witch who helps protect the inhabitants of Oz and travels by bubble.

Image of Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda in Wicked.

Kristin Chenoweth - Popular

Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel doing Popular on NBC's Today.

More Glinda the Good Witch Products

First Day At Shiz Glinda
First Day At Shiz Glinda

Glinda dressed for her first day at Shiz.

 

Wicked Witch of the West Print

Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch Poster
Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch Poster | Source

The Wizard of Oz Movie

Dorothy Meets the Two Witches

Dorothy and Glinda meet the Wicked Witch of the West

Debate about the Two Wizard of Oz Witches

Which Witch is the Best Witch from the Wizard of Oz?


Bad Witch vs. Good Witch

The Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz

Wicked Witch Dolls from the Wizard of Oz

What do you think about the two Witches?

Which one would you rather be?

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    • jadehorseshoe profile image

      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      LoneMeadowLark 5 years ago

      I love both, but two of my favorite actresses of all time are in Wicked. So I tend to lean that way. Thank you for such an awesome lens!

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      I have to be contrary and say I don't like either Wicked the Musical or the Wizard of Oz movie. I prefer the books. I haven't actually seen Wicked but listened to the soundtrack and didn't like it. But I loved the book a lot. I think we all have a little of good and bad witch in us, which most of us don't want to face. BTW, thanks for featuring my Wicked Witch lens here.

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      cdevries 6 years ago

      A nice Lens! With lots of info. Squid Angel blessed!

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      I love a character that struggles and shows passion. Sign me up to be a bad witch.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      wonderful, really enjoyed it. Blessed!!

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      I enjoyed commenting on this debate. I just love the movie but I really want to take my daughter to see Wicked. Great debate!!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I haven't seen "Wicked" yet, so I can't comment on that. Friends of mine said great things about the play when it came to Los Angeles. Glinda is so glamorous and sweet. I loved Billie Burke in the "Topper" movies too.

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      AngryBaker 6 years ago

      Great Job! I am one of those people who didn't like the Wizard of Oz... but Loved Wicked... Guess that makes me a bad witch...