Clicky Skip to Content

What’s the Difference Between Witches, Wizards, and Warlocks? (Explained)

What’s the Difference Between Witches, Wizards, and Warlocks? (Explained)

To create an interesting storyline for the readers to dive into, the writers often create characters of intriguing personalities who are mostly involved in inexplicable and bizarre activities. Such characters are witches, wizards, and warlocks whom most people think are alike. Are they?

Comparing both these words and characters will give you the overview that they are way different from each other unlike the impression both create. 

One thing that is similar in all three is the ability to alter reality using magic. Now a question would be ringing in your head ‘What exactly is magic?”

Magic is believed to be an application of rituals and charms to have supernatural control with great power over natural forces in the world. Magic can be used to either harm others or for their benefit.

Sometimes magic is just someone spending more time on something than anyone else might reasonably expect.

Raymond Joseph Teller

Some of the widely famous magic spells used in the infamous series “Harry Potter” are:

  1. Wingardium Leviosa
  2. Avada Kedavra
  3. Bat-Bogey Hex
  4. Expelliarmus. 
  5. Lumos

Witch- Female Sorcerer  

A picture showing 4 witches flying on a broomstick.

A witch is often referred to as an old woman who practices magic tricks and spells to gain unnatural superpowers. Some common traits of a witch are creepy pointed hats, dim and an illuminated cloak flying on a broomstick.

A witch is portrayed as a caring and curious suburban housewife: a clumsy teenager learns to control his powers and a trio of charming sisters fights against the forces of evil. However, the real history of witchcraft is dark and often deadly for witches.

Early witches were the people who practiced witchcraft using magic spells but many in those early times were helpers who used magic to cure and heal others whose choice of profession was grossly misunderstood.

Throughout history, humans have claimed to contract the occult, predict the future, and apply occult forces, and have come to be known as witches. Their perceptions have changed over time; they were originally magicians; In Antiquity, scholars, and in the Middle Ages, they were many philosophers.

It’s believed that witchcraft is mainly practiced by educated people, and their goal is to find out the meaning of life and the secret natural forces that drive it.

Origin and Usage

The word “witch” derives from Old English “Wicca”. It is unclear when this word witch came into being but its earliest records were found in the bible in the book of Samuel 1 which was written between 921 B.C and 729 B.C.

Early Christians in Europe viewed witches as evil, the inspiration for the iconic image of Halloween. Witches have appeared in various guises throughout history – from ugly, flat-nosed women huddled around cauldrons of boiling water to haggard, haggard creatures crisscrossing the sky in cauldrons.

Some of the prominent witches throughout the history are: 

  • La Voisin. (photo)
  • Alice Kyteler.
  • Isobel Gowdie.
  • Moll Dyer
  • Marie Laveau.
  • Dion Fortune
  • Tituba
  • Malin Matsdotte

The concept of witches was introduced by Europeans in the early centuries. However, it dried out in the latter years until the release of books having their stories. This would attract the younger youth in the 80s as at that time many younger people used to play Dungeons & Dragons which was filled with references to witches in it. Moreover, many 80s and 90s movies are mostly based on and circled around the stories of witches.

Wizards-Magic Users

A picture showing students from a magic school learning to cast spells.

A wizard is a competent and clever person who is skilled in magic and someone who uses or practices magic derived from supernatural, occult, or arcane sources. They wear long and flowing dark and dull-colored robes, they’re supposed to have superpowers. 

The word ‘wizard’ came into being in the early 15 century in the English language. However, it wasn’t used as much but began to blow up after the release of “Harry Potter” a television series that sort of revived and at the same time resurrected the word as the people around the world started to take interest in it and started to read books and watch movies about it.

Origin and Usage

The word wizard is derived from the Middle English word “wys” which means “wise”. It refers to a wise person. Wizards are usually considered in the bible as linked with a pagan ruler who seeks help for interpreting dreams to find out and discover future events like predicting the future.

Wizard started gaining popularity when the famous novel and play “Wizard of OZ ” was released. It was released in 1900 by l Frank Baum who was 44 years old at the time The Wizard of Oz had captured the hearts of theatergoers due to its unique and effortless story. It filled the readers and viewers full of curiosity and gave them a practical impression of a wizard.

  • Albus Dumbledore.
  • Tim the Enchanter.
  • Gandalf.
  • Mickey Mouse.
  • The Wizard of Oz.
  • Merlin.
  • Thomas Edison.
  • The Pinball Wizard

The wizards are used to give dark and creepy effects. From the plays of the early century to today’s books readers are intimidated by their characters.

Warlock-Lilith’s Children

A warlock is a male equivalent of a witch considered a traitor or an oath breaker. It’s featured in most of the novels as an evil character who uses his power to take over a peaceful kingdom.

Warlocks look like humans but they also have a demon side. Due to this, they might have demon traits like inhuman strength, the ability to think faster and speed of doing things, and an almost perfect appearance.

In the game of dungeons and Dragons, warlocks are Charisma-based arcane spellcasters. Warlock also has one of the most powerful cantrip spells in Eldritch Blast. Warlocks study many vague magic myths and other spellcasters.

Origin and Usage

The term ‘warlock’, is said to derive from the old English word waerloga meaning ‘oath breaker’ or ‘deceiver’. This word came into being around the 9th century when it was referred to as an application to the devil  Warlock is a man who professes to practice magic and sorcery dressed in a pointed hat and a long robe.

Destiny 2 and Warlocks

Destiny 2 is a first-person shooter that includes aspects of role-playing and massively multiplayer online game (MMO) elements.

Warlocks are a class of guardians who are described as ”Warrior Scholars” in the game “Destiny 2”. Warlock combines the “magic” powers bestowed by Travelers with modern weapons in the game. As they advance through the level the energy and power of warlocks start to grow stronger with their other stats like strengths and magic spells and knowledge.

Tips to become a powerful warlock in destiny 2

  1. Ophidian characteristics (picture of all 5)
  2. Use of lunafaction boots
  3. Use of burst glide
  4. Accurate Grenade placement
  5. Using warlocks super to bump off enemies super.

What’s the difference between wizards, witches, and warlocks?

Two ancient ceramic figures.

There are many different opinions and views when it comes to this topic but in the game of dungeons and dragons, they’ve been awarded many different magic powers. They all are pretty different, you just have to find out.

WizardsWitches Warlocks
Wizards have to learn and memorize a fireball or magic projectile.Witches are only allowed to cast one magic spell.Warlocks don’t have to learn any magic spells; they simply just use their abilities and powers to cast magic.
They are people who study to acquire mysterious knowledge to gain power over supernatural forces. They have powers naturally, their magic comes from their inheritance and legacy.They attain their power in exchange for their services to their supporters.
They help the main character to reach his goals.They create problems for the protagonist trying to attain their goals.Similarly, warlocks don’t help and stop the hero from attaining goals instead of helping.
Wizards are highly educated so they tend to have learned a lot of magic spells. Witches have a small number of spells.
Warlocks have a limited amount of spells.
They tend to be highly educated as they study magic for years.They can both be highly educated or poorly educated as they get powers naturally.They have limited amounts of education as they get powers from an outside source.
Wizards are known to be very powerful thought history.Witches aren’t very powerful in terms of strength and abilities.Warlocks are born with magical gifts and require time to learn them.
Wizard vs Witches vs Warlocks

To know more about real-life wizards, here’s a video you should watch:

A video showcasing some of the terrifying real-life Wizards.


  • While both are successful in using magic to produce evil and good at the same time, anyone who wants to understand how they work or discover new truths needs to be aware of how they use magic.
  • They all have magical powers however, wizards obtain them through stories and books whereas witches get them through their supporters and warlocks have them by birth.
  • Witches, Warlocks, and, Wizards are three different characters with different types of rituals and charms and ways to use magic.
  • They all are used in fiction and nonfiction books to give the story a captivating effect and aspect for avid readers.

Related Read

Skip to content