In the world of Hilda, magic is a skill that, like many skills, can be learned by anyone through study and training. But while all people can thus use magic (like how Hilda summoned the Tide Mice in "Chapter 8: The Tide Mice"), Witches take it to a whole new level by devoting their lives to studying and understanding magic. It takes many years of practice to officially become a witch.
Witches have unfairly gained a reputation of being evil, or at least frightening.
Many Witches have a familiar; a living being they have a strong connection with. Most familiars are animals or supernatural creatures; historically, cats, owls and toads where most common as familiars, but some witches also had a Nisse or Forest Giant as familiar. At the end of ""Chapter 3: The Witch", when Matilda Pilqvist takes Frida as her new student, she states that Hilda would make a good familiar, proving that humans can be familiars as well.
The habbit of having a familiar has however gradually fallen out of use over time.
- Although they are humans, Witches have a chapter dedicated to them in Hilda's Book of Beasts and Spirits. It starts with a disclaimer that witches are neither, but insisted on getting an entry in the book to clear up some misconceptions about them.
- Witches are forbidden from drinking tea on tuesday.
- Witch magic is not compatible with Troll magic; spells will typically fail to do anything or go haywire, and in the rare case the spell succeeds, both witch and Troll will suffer recoil. This is why in the movie Frida could not reverse the changeling spell placed on Hilda and Baba.