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Top Ten Tuesday: All About the Villains.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature / weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is All about the Villains.

This one really got me thinking – some of the best villains around are found in children’s literature. So, I started to think about the villains I remembered from when I was a child and there were so many. I also noticed a bit of a trend about these villains, which surprised me a lot.

It had never really occurred to me that so many of the villains in the stories that I read as a child were women. There are lots of great male villains too, but I thought it would be fun to focus on the women who really scared me, and in some instances gave me nightmares, when I was a child.


The Wicked Witch of the West

“Going so soon? I wouldn’t hear of it. Why my little party’s just beginning”


The White Witch

“…always winter, but it never gets to Christmas”


Miss Slighcarp

“You have been spoiled all your life, but we shall soon see who is going to be mistress now”


Dolores Umbridge

“…let’s just say, as long as it takes for the message to – sink in”

Bellatrix Lestrange

“You need to really want to cause pain –to enjoy it”


Cruella de Vil

“Wouldn’t they make enchanting fur coats?”



“You ignorant little slug! You witless weed! You empty-headed hamster! You stupid glob of glue!”


Miss Minchin

“I tell you that you are quite alone in the world, and have no one to do anything for you”


Mrs Coulter

“Do as I tell you, then”


 The Wicked Step-Mother, the Evil Queen, the Witch…

Can you think of any other great female villains in children’s literature? Let me know what you think in the comments below.



3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: All About the Villains.

  1. Villains in kids’ books are somehow much more terrifying than usual… maybe because we’re seeing them through the eyes of children as well? And I didn’t manage to include Trunchbull or Miss Minchin on my list, but Trunchbull was especially vile.

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