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The Gingerbread House Witch is a minor antagonist from The Land of Stories book The Wishing Spell.

Background

The Gingerbread House Witch from The Land of Stories series is (most likely) the same witch who is usually the villain of the Hansel & Gretel fairy tale by Brothers Grimm. Either that or she applies the same tactics to lure in her victims. Her only appearance is in The Wishing Spell, chapter 6.

Appearance and Personality

"It was, undoubtedly, a witch, and although they had never seen a real witch to make a comparison to, she was more grotesque than they could have imagined. Her skin was wrinkled and pale with a yellowish tint. Her eyes were bloodshot and bulged out of her head. She was hunched over and had an enourmous hump on her back."[1]

When she prepares to eat her prey, she grows in size and becomes more ferocious and fearsome. Her hands have burn marks, implying she might be the same witch from Hansel and Gretel.

The Witch has a ravenous appetite and a frightening preference for the flesh of human children. When prey is in sight, she wastes no time in her hunt for a meal. Despite this, she is fearful of the fairies due to a past encounter. She is also a bit guillable as she believed her own prey's lies.

Story

She lives in a gingerbread house and tries to trick Alex and Conner into coming inside.

She is mentioned to have had "dealings with Mother Goose" in the past.

Using his wit and logic, Conner tricks her into granting them a wish and wishes she becomes a vegetarian. She then no longer wants to eat them and lets them go free.

References

  1. TLOS I, ch 6, p. 113