In the spirit of March Madness, here on the blog this month we will be holding the first official Familiar Madness Tournament. 16 of the all-time great familiars from literature, film, and television will face off in a single elimination tourney to decide who is the greatest of them all.
12. Salem - the familiar cat of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
"Despite Salem's megalomaniacal desires for world domination, he is generally portrayed as having a good heart and being a loyal friend to Sabrina. He generally served two roles: one as a mentor for Sabrina, as she found it easier to go to him with her messier problems, or the trouble-maker, such as convincing Sabrina to use magic to solve her problems, which generally ended up putting Sabrina in even more trouble than before." (Wiki)
Although he was motivated by his greed, ambition, and most of all, hunger, Salem cared deeply for Sabrina, as any worthy familiar would. Granted, being the loyal animal companion of a suburban witch doesn't quite compare to venturing through Camelot or Middle-earth, but some might say assisting a 16 year old girl is even more terrifying.
Crookshanks, Pyewacket, and now Salem. Which cat would you want as your familiar?
Tomorrow: To be a familiar, or not to be a familiar. That is the question.