Main article: Benign witches
The Falsely Accused
Main Article: Falsely Accused WitchesThese are poor women who are falsely accused of witchcraft, thus wrongly prosecuted by a witch finder. Often, women are the victims of gossip, but conspiracy is sometimes involved, when a witch finder colludes with neighbours in order to have an innocent woman tried and condemned.
Witch finders usually do this with the intention to take all of the innocent woman's belongings (house and other possessions); selling them. Therefore, witch finders are generally very rich.
Main article: Malevolent witches
Main Article: Unaware WitchesFor some witches, it is possible to live out her live, and not once realise her potential. This never happens in communities such as Pendle. Here, an unaware witch can and will be sniffed out by a witch's acute sense of smell.
However, in some isolated villages, the ability may jump two or three generations, and suddenly manifest itself in a child who is completely unaware of her own power. Sometimes, this is revealed in a crisis: for example, when either her own life, or the life of a loved one is at risk, a witch's latent power may flare up.
Some people attribute a sudden flare of power to a 'miracle', or the intervention of some deity rather than realising that the true power lies within.