It has been stated that Glinda the Good Witch of the South was the most powerful of the 4 great witches of Oz and that the Wicked Witch of the East was more powerful than the Witch of the North and clearly the Wicked Witch of the West was the second most powerful, this hints that the Witch of the North may be the weakest powered of the 4 witches.She is mild-mannered and extremely kind, and is thus loved not only by her subjects, the Gillikins, but also by other people in Oz, such as the Munchkins.
She always stands against the oppression and subjugation of people. Although Mombi was no match for her, she admits that she was not as powerful as the Wicked Witch of the East, or else she would have freed the Munchkins from the Wicked Witch's reign, the same way she freed the Gillikins from Mombi's clutches.
HistoryThe woman who would become the Good Witch of the North was born a princess of the North, named Orin. Her father was King Gil of Gilkenny. She was courted by Prince Cheeriobed of the Ozure Isles. She accepted, but during the preparation for the wedding, Mombi, the Wicked Witch of the North, fell in love with Cheeriobed and tried to seduce him. Her attempt failed, so Mombi later kidnapped Orin and transformed her into an old witch; this caused Orin to forget her identity and she began calling herself Tattypoo. (The Giant Horse of Oz)
- For more detail on Ruth Plumly Thompson's history for the character, see Tattypoo.
The decline of Mombi's power began when she was deposed as Ruler of the Gillikins by the Good Witch of the North. (Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz)
This occurred when she came upon Mombi transforming someone into a tree; she interfered, and found her magic was stronger than Mombi's and so defeated her and took over her hut, becoming the Good Witch of the North. (The Giant Horse of Oz)
As the new Ruler of the Gillikins, the Good Witch of the North forbade any other witch to live in the Gillikin Country, thus minimising potential future threats. Mombi herself was compelled to be nothing more than a lowly wizardess. (The Marvelous Land of Oz)
The Good Witch of the North was summoned to the Munchkin Country when Dorothy Gale's falling house killed the Wicked Witch of the East. She warmly welcomed Dorothy to Oz, and gave her the dead Wicked Witch's magical Silver Shoes. When Dorothy asked her how to return home again, the Good Witch consulted her magical white cap, which could be turned into a slate that provided magical advice. Dorothy was advised to follow the Yellow Brick Road and travel to the Emerald City to seek the aid of the Wizard of Oz. The Good Witch of the North couldn't accompany Dorothy on her journey, but placed a special kiss on her forehead that would protect her from evil-doers. "No one will dare injure a person who has been kissed by the Witch of the North", the Good Witch assured Dorothy, and indeed the kiss protected her from the Winged Monkeys and the Wicked Witch of the West. (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
The Good Witch of the North was one of the many guests who attended Princess Ozma's birthday party. She amused the other attendees by transforming ten stones into ten birds, the ten birds into ten lambs, and the ten lambs into ten little girls, who gave a pretty dance and were then transformed back into ten stones once again. (The Road to Oz)
After many years ruling over the Gillikins, Tattypoo was reminded by her dragon Agnes to look in the Witch's Window, which made her remember her true identity as Orin, the Queen of the Ozure Isles; she then returned there to rule, and was made co-ruler of Munchkin Country with her husband. (The Giant Horse of Oz)
- Here she is referred to only as the Good Witch of the North, as Jack Snow did not accept Ruth Plumly's story for the Good Witch's identity.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (first appearance)
- The Road to Oz
- The Giant Horse of Oz
- The Magical Mimics in Oz
The name of the Good Witch of the North in L. Frank Baum's own stage version of The Wizard of Oz is Locasta, although she was not identified by name in his books.
The 1939 movie
In the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, the Good Witch of the North is called Glinda, which is the name of the Good Witch of the South in the Oz books. In the movie, the Good Witch of the North, portrayed by Billie Burke, is young and beautiful, and in addition to meeting Dorothy on her arrival in Oz, she also supervises her progress on her journey to the Wizard and helps her find her way back to Kansas at the end of the story. The movie makes no reference to the Good Witch of the South.
The two witches were combined for the sake of the film to save time. This was often done in many movie versions - combining the elements of two popular book characters to shorten lengthy novels.
She is a significant but highly-altered player in Ruth Plumly Thompson's book, The Giant Horse of Oz. Thompson calls her "Tattypoo ", but portrays her as the bewitched form of a beautiful young Munchkin queen named Orin.
In Alexander Melentyevich Volkov's Magic Land series, the Witch's name is Villina. When the Wicked Witch of the East tried (in that continuity) to exterminate the humanity by means of a magical hurricane, Villina changed the spell so that it only affected one house (which, as her magical book said, was always empty during storms), and dropped it upon the Wicked Witch. Her magical slate is changed into a tiny book which transforms into a giant tome when blown upon, and, in addition to the divination qualities, also functions as an encyclopedia. In The Seven Underground Kings, it is mentioned that when the Four Witches had a dispute over the rulership of the country, her possessing such an unusual book was enough to convince the Wicked Witches to settle the matter peacefully. She appears in two books after the first one (although in one of them she appears off stage, and it is narrated to the main characters). She has the power to teleport to any place within the Magic Land. In The Yellow Fog, an evil witch considers fighting Villina, but reconsiders after it is pointed out to her such an elusive enemy is impossible to defeat.
In the 1982 anime film she wears a red hat and a blue dress and is the same size as the Munchkins and a blonde Dorothy.
In the 1986 anime series she wears all orange and is larger than the Munchkins and a brunette Dorothy.
Gregory Maguire's 1995 revisionist novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and the musical Wicked (based on the book), follow the model of the 1939 movie in giving the name "Glinda" to the character who grows up to become the Good Witch of the North. See the article on Glinda for more information on this character.
In William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls's The Wiz, the Good Witch of the North is named "Addaperle" in the stage version and "Miss One" (played by Thelma Carpenter) in the 1978 film version. Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, is a separate character in both stage and film versions.
In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, Glinda and the Good Witch of the North are again separate characters (and the Good Witch of the North has the name Tattypoo), although they are both played by Miss Piggy (as are the Wicked Witch of the West and the Wicked Witch of the East).
In The Wizard of Oz: Dark Witch Rising by Mike LaMontagne, the Good Witch of the North is named Lillian. She is only mentioned by name briefly in the first book, Rainbow's Emissary, but she becomes a significant player in Witch Hunt, the second book and Paradise Lost, the third book in the series. In Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, the Good Witch of the North is Glinda.
- Wizard of Oz (1902): Edith Hutchins as Locasta
- The Wizard of Oz (1939): Billie Burke as Glinda
- Journey Back to Oz (1974): Rise Stevens as Glinda (voice)
- The Wiz (1975): Clarice Taylor as Addaparle
- The Wiz (1978): Thelma Carpenter as Miss One
- The Wizard of Oz (1982): Miyoko Aso/ Eliziabeth Hana (voice)
- Oz no Mahotsuki (1986): Mitsuko Tomobe
- The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005): Miss Piggy as Tattypoo
- Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2012): Brooke Taylor as Locasta
- Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014): Bernadette Peters as Glinda (voice)