We have apps that tell us where the moon is in its rotation and offer our friends sage with a straight face. We put our best ladies first and are glued to Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman’s Twitter feeds. We are the Basic Witches Jaya and Jess write about in their new book, aptly subtitled “How to summon success, banish drama, and raise hell with your coven.” To celebrate this book’s release, here are five of our favorite covens in pop culture.
(Movie still from Wonder Woman, Warner Bros.)
Princess Diana and the Amazons from Wonder Woman
The coven that trains together stays together. These badass warriors are not only friends, they’re family. They’re fierce protectors and incredible marksmen — proudly serving Themyscira and all its people. It’s no wonder Princess Diana aka Wonder Woman defies her mother’s wishes and begins training with these women in secret. To borrow a phrase from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, these women are strong as hell! We wish the movie gave us more time with Diana and the Amazons — letting us get to know that community and what they’re fighting for. But even without that extra time, we know they’d love the section of Basic Witches dedicated to raising hell. Let’s hear that battle cry, ladies.
(TV still from The Bold Type, Universal Television and Freeform)
Jane, Kat, and Sutton from The Bold Type
The women of Scarlet magazine seem to summon success just by virtue of being best friends. Jane, Kat, and Sutton use the magazine’s fashion closet as their personal conference room, offering advice and moral support at every twist and turn. No hurdle is too big, whether these ladies are trying to land a promotion, give a kickass presentation, or summon up the nerve to ask out their crush. Their love for each other is unabashedly honest and admirably unwavering — even when they’re challenging each other. It’s the kind of coven we strive for in our daily life.
(TV still from GLOW, Netflix)
Ruth, Debbie, Cherry, and Carmen from GLOW
With off-camera fights driving a wedge in their would-be friendship, the ladies of GLOW could really use a drama banishing spell or two. After all, their floundering television show is on the line. How are they going to work together if they can’t even get along? But we have hope for Ruth, Debbie, Cherry, and Carmen — both in and outside the ring. They make each other better people. And isn’t that the hallmark of an incredible coven?
(TV still from Pretty Little Liars, Warner Horizon Television)
Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily from Pretty Little Liars
No, we didn’t leave Alison DiLaurentis out of this lineup on accident. We’re just hoping that the other ladies of Rosewood are considering a spell to banish Alison’s toxic friendship from their midst. These women have been through everything together — kidnapping, ill advised road trips, torture, a weird train ride featuring a live performance by Adam Lambert. They complete each other, each one building of the other’s energy. It’s a coven that has withstood the test of time, even with that five year period where they weren’t really talking. They’re sisters for life, whether A and A.D. like it or not.
(Movie still from Ghostbusters 2016, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures)
Abby, Erin, Holtz, and Patty from Ghostbusters
These women aren’t afraid of anything — especially ghosts. And while it would have come in handy to have a banishing spell at their fingertips to keep those pesky ghouls at bay, their friendship wouldn’t be nearly as strong without the battles they’ve fought and the proton containment lasers they’ve constructed. So watch out, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. These badass women mean business.
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