Terry Pratchett, writer of humorous, satirical fantasy, is very popular in Britain. HisDiscworld series, which encompasses over 30 novels, has witches as protagonists in one of the major sub-series, currently covering eight novels. His first “witch” novel,
, inwhich he pits organised, misogynist wizards against disorganised witches, led him to beingaccused of feminist writing. This work investigates this claim by first outlining thedevelopment of the historical witch stereotype or discourse and how that relates to themodern, feminist views of witches. Then Pratchett’s treatment of his major witch charactersis examined and analysed in terms of feminist and poststructuralist literary theory. It appearsthat, while giving the impression of supporting feminism and the feminist views of witches,Pratchett’s witches actually reinforce the patriarchal view of women.Keywords: Terry Pratchett, Discworld, witches, speculative fiction, feminism,poststructuralism, discourses.