The golden hat is a magical object owned by The Wicked Witch of The West. It is mentioned in Beyond the Kingdoms.

"The Wicked Witch of the West was short and feisty. She had one large visible eye and another that was covered with an eye patch. She had three braids of thin hair and wore a pointed golden hat that allowed her to control the flying monkeys. She held a magical umbrella and used it as a cane as she walked."[1]


The hat controls the Flying Monkeys and the witch's other familiars, as well as the Winkies. In Beyond the Kingdoms, the witch uses the hat to force her army to go through a book portal created by the Masked Man and join his army.

One flying monkey named Blubo manages to remain in the Land of Oz, as he is too young to be controlled by the hat's magic.

Trivia : Ownership of the hat

In The Wonderful WQizard of Oz, after the Wicked Witch is melted by Dorothy, the cap is given to Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. However, because the Wicked Witch was taken out of her book before Dorothy reached her, the cap is still in the witch's possession.


  1. TLOS IV, ch 19, p 261