- "The little old woman, took off her magic white hat and balanced the point on the end of her small wrinkled nose, while she counted "ONE... TWO.... THREE", in a solemn voice. At once the white hat changed to a magic slate, on which was written in big, white chalk letters: LET DOROTHY GO TO THE CITY OF EMERALDS... "
- ―The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
Good Witch of the North
|Title||Good Witch of the North/Tattypoo/Locasta/Queen Orin|
|Affiliation||L. Frank Baum, Land of Oz, Gillikins, Cyclone, Munchkin Country, Wicked Witch of the East, Glinda, Wizard, Santa Claus, Munchkins, Dorothy Gale, Toto, Silver Shoes, Yellow Brick Road, Emerald City|
|First Appearance||The Wonderful Wizard of Oz|
- "Magic hat spin fast not slow, tell me what I want to know!"
- "You are welcome, most noble Sorceress, to the land of the Munchkins. We are so grateful to you for having killed the Wicked Witch of the East, and for setting the people free from bondage..."
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
The Good Witch of the North, sometimes named as Locasta or Tattypoo, is a fictional character created by L. Frank Baum, author and creator of the Oz legacy. She is introduced in Baum's first Oz book titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. She is from the magical Land of Oz and appears in the second chapter of the novel The Council with the Munchkins. Interestingly, she is not given a name in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and is only known by her title of position. It would not be until Baum wrote the sequel Oz books when her character is finally given an actual name. Unlike the 1939 MGM musical movie The Wizard of Oz, she is the first Good Witch to originally greet a newly arrived Dorothy Gale and her little pet dog Toto to Oz, and should not be mistaken for the character of Glinda the Good, who is actually the Good Witch of the South and doesn't make an appearance until the end of the original story.
- The Good Witch of the North is known as being the elderly and mild-mannered ruler of Oz's northern quadrant called Gillikin Country. In Baum's later Oz books which serve as sequels to the first story, it is also revealed that she became the official head ruler of the North after overthrowing the old Witch Mombi.
- "Are you a Munchkin also?", asked Dorothy. "No, but I am their good friend, although I live in the North. When they saw the Witch of the East was dead the Munchkins sent a swift messenger to me, and I came at once. I am the Witch of the North." "Oh, gracious!" cried Dorothy. "Are you a real witch?" "Yes, indeed," answered the little woman. "But I am a good Witch, and all the people love me. I am not as powerful as the Wicked Witch who ruled here was, or I should have set the people free myself long ago..."
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
- "The little woman's hat was pure white. It rose about a foot above her head and was pointed at the tip with little jingle bells which ran all across the brim and made a faint tinkling sound as she moved. She wore a puffy white gown that hung in pleats from her shoulders. Over it were sprinkled little stars and half moons that glistened in the sun like diamonds. The little woman's face was covered with wrinkles, her eyes were the colour of violets, her short curly hair was nearly all white, and she walked rather stiffly, but had a friendly, welcoming smile. "
- ―The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
Locasta Tattypoo is humble, optimistic, mild-mannered, and extremely kind, with an adorable sense of humor that all the other authority figures of Oz lack. Hence, she is respected and beloved, not only by her own subjects, the loyal Gillikins, but also by other Ozians, such as the Munchkins. Baum also present
ed her as an extremely sweet and positive character who stood against the oppression and subjugation of people - though she was not as powerful as the Wicked Witch of the East, and was therefore unable to depose her the way she did Mombi, Locasta was still exceedingly sensitive to the plight of the enslaved Munchkins, who regarded her as their dear friend. As demonstrated by her interaction with Dorothy, despite her limitations, Locasta would still help those in need to the very best of her capacity - advising Dorothy to go to the Wizard for help, and even giving her a magical kiss of protection to defend her from any possible injuries or threats during her journey. Her personality is said to be much like Santa Claus' wife, the smitten Ms. Claus.
Physically, Locasta Tattypoo has purple eyes and short curly white hair. She always wears a clean white pointed hat that reaches a foot above her head with little silver bells that run across the brim and jingle ever so sweetly as she moves. Her hat is also a magical one and can also turn into a magic slate with magic white chalk letters she can consult for wise answers when in need of any advice. Her dress is a very long and poofy, sparkling ball gown of pure white yet sprinkled with glittering half-moons and little stars all about that glow brightly even in the sunlight. She also carries a large magic wand that has the initial "N" on the very top.
- "The Witch of the North gave Dorothy a friendly little nod, whirled around on her left heel three times, and straightway disappeared, much to the surprise of little Toto, who barked after her loudly enough when she had gone, because he had been afraid even to growl while she stood by. But Dorothy, knowing her to be a Witch, had expected her to disappear in just that way, and was not surprised in the least. "
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
"...no one will dare injure a person who has been kissed by the Witch of the North."
"...a good Witch had conquered Mombi in the North..."
It is reasonable and logical to deduce that, out of the four Witches of Oz, Locasta ranked third in magical strength: Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, was acknowledged to be the most powerful of all the Witches. Next to Glinda was clearly the Wicked Witch of the East (owner of the magical Silver Shoes), whom Locasta once described as being more powerful than she was.
However, Locasta was still proven to be stronger than the Wicked Witch of the West (owner of the Golden Cap), as the latter was unable to hurt a person who had been magically kissed by the former. Later on, it was also revealed that Locasta had become the official Witch of the North by conquering Mombi in the past.
Hence, though Locasta ranked third among the four Witches, and did not know how to utilise the powers of the Silver Shoes (while the other three did), she was still a powerful practitioner of magic in her own right. Examples of powers she derived from her magic were:
- Divination: Locasta had the power to gain insight into a question or situation using an occult, standardized process or ritual, which she channeled through her magical hat - by balancing the point of her hat at the end of her nose and counting to three, the hat would transform into a slate on which would be written the answer to her question.
- Defense Manipulation: Locasta had the power to manipulate defensive powers, bestowing them on whoever she desired - she gave Dorothy a powerful magical kiss on her forehead ("a round, shining mark") that protected her from being abused by any who would wish her harm. In fact, it was this very kiss that prevented Dorothy from being hurt in any way by the Winged Monkeys and the Wicked Witch of the West.
- Teleportation: Locasta had the power to move instantaneously from one location to another without physically occupying the space in between - after whirling around on her left heel three times, she would disappear into thin air, being instantly teleported away to her desired location.
- Transformation: Locasta had the power to manipulate reality to transform any object or being into something else - during Ozma's birthday party, she amused by the people 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 into ten stones again, just as they were in the beginning".
- Evil Immunity (possibly): Even before she became a Witch, it was highly likely that Locasta had the innate ability to be immune to anything evil - Mombi had tried to turn her into a Wicked Witch, but her innate goodness was too great to turn wicked, and so she became a Good Witch instead.
History of Locasta Tattypoo--Good Witch of the North
The Good Witch of the North was born as a Princess of the North, named Orin, and her father was King Gil of Gilkenny. She was courted by Prince Cheeriobed of the Ozure Isles, and she accepted, but during the wedding preparations, Mombi, the Wicked Witch of the North, fell in love with Cheeriobed and tried to seduce him. Mombi's attempt failed, so she later kidnapped Princess Orin and transformed her into an old witch, which also caused Orin to forget her own 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.
Ironically, though Mombi's vengeance upon Orin initially seemed to be an effective one, it ultimately turned out to be her own downfall, for as the good witch Tattypoo, Orin was more powerful than she - Mombi - was, powerful enough, in fact, to depose her as Ruler of the Gillikins. (Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz) This occurred when Tattypoo 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 raggedy old Bag-Lady who knows some magic.
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 with compassion and kindness, 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, and refer to a successor. Jack Snow, in his book Who's Who in Oz, indicated that "important things have transpired" regarding the Good Witch that would "take a whole book to tell," an indication that he was developing a story involving her.
- 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 MGM musical movie The Wizard of Oz, the Good Witch of the North was replaced by the character of Glinda, who was originally the Good Witch of the South in the book. In the movie, the Good Witch of the North was portrayed by late actress Billie Burke. 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 a "Good Witch of the South".
- The two Ozian 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.
In 1974, The Good witch set foot on stage as Addapearle a Wise cracking show girl Witch.
In 1978 Addapearle was changed a bit and given the name Miss One, a mathematical witch. She is portrayed by Thelma Carpenter refers to the munchkins as her " Little Digitals".
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.
She plays a significant role in Phyllis Ann Karr's book, The Hollyhock Dolls of Oz, in which Aunt Em's visit to her turns into a much larger adventure.
In Paul Dana's The Magic Umbrella of Oz, the Tah-Tipuu is revealed to be, not a name, but the title for a long line of female guardians of the north. The narrative features a Tah-Tipuu from around the year 1700.
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.
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. ]
- In Barnyard Studio's Wonderful Wizard of Oz film the Good Witch of the North will be played by actress Stacey Pratt.
- In the Hidden History of Oz series, she is called by her arguably cannonical name Locasta. Unlike other materials, where she is seen as an elderly woman, she is depicted here as a teenage girl not much older than Ginda. She is also apprentice to Kaliyana, Witch of the East, before rebeling to help Glinda.
- In Oz the Great and Powerful, it can be assumed that Theodora acted as the Good Witch of the North before her fall to wickedness by the hand of her sister Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the East.
- 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)
- The Wiz Live! : Amber Riley