Lizards. Rats. Spiders. Bats. That's what I make of all little brats.
―The Witch to Hansel and Gretel

The Witch is a character of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel and the main antagonist of the Silly Symphonies short Babes in the Woods. She was depicted as an evil witch who lived in a gingerbread house, which she used to lure children like Hansel and Gretel and fatten them up so she can eat them afterwards.

She was a prototype of the Evil Queen's witch form, and was also an inspiration for the Witch in the Candy House, and the Blind Witch on Once Upon a Time.


Babes in the Woods

Seeing Hansel and Gretel in the forest while flying on her broomstick, the Witch landed on the ground and convinced them to fly with her. The trio flew together on the broomstick until they reached the her Gingerbread house, where she watched the two children eat candy.

She invited the pair inside who came to the realization that she was an evil witch, though it was too late as she had locked them inside. She showed them her pets and told them that she will transform them into animals too. Hansel and Gretel ran away, though got caught in her web, and the Witch decided to turn Hansel into an animal first.

She drenched him in a blue potion which caused him to turn into a spider, and after seeing a cat protesting at her behavior, she grabbed a spoonful of potion from her cauldron, and threw it at the chained animal, causing the cat to be turned into stone. She then took a hold of Gretel and decided to turn her into a rat, though, before she can put the potion on her, an arrow hit it. She then put Gretel in a trap door in the floor and decided to chase the dwarfs who were throwing arrows at her, though she was outnumbered, and decided to run away.

She tried to fly away from her broomstick, but was being chased by the dwarfs who were flying on geese and firing arrows, pumpkins and pies at her. They eventually took a hold of her broom, causing her to fall to the ground, and the children she had transformed into animals placed her cauldron where she was about to fall, calling her to splash in and turn to stone. She tried to walk away though she turned into stone before she can. The children stood around her stone body and celebrated.

Eventually the area around her turned into a forest where animals live and is called "The Witch Rock".