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.
13. Graymalkin, Paddock, and Harpier - the familiars of the Three Witches in Macbeth
The three witches contributed to Macbeth’s boldness, overconfidence, and destruction, aided along the way by their familiars. Greymalkin is the witches' attendant, a gray cat. Paddock is a toad. The familiar of the third witch is Harpier, an owl. These three devils in disguise imbue the witches with supernatural powers that enable them to lead Macbeth to his demise.
As the witches say in the play, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair." Is three company or a crowd for these evil animal companions?
Tomorrow: Meet the feline familiar of a modern day wizard detective.