Sarah Ravencroft is the main antagonist of Scooby-Doo franchise’s seventh feature film Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost.

She was a powerful evil witch from Oakhaven, and the ancestress of the famous horror writer, Ben Ravencroft.

Physical appearance

A painting in Ben's mansion depicted Sarah as a beautiful young woman with long black hair with a tan headband and fair skin, dressed in Wiccan robes, and with a necklace around her neck.

Once she was freed from her prison in the book, her current appearance was revealed: a ghostly-pale, middle-aged woman with long, white hair that flowed and rippled in the air, and she was dressed in a lavender gown, with a red pendant around her neck.


To better convince Mystery Inc. to help him, Ben gave the false impression that Sarah was an untraditional, kind-hearted Wiccan who helped many sick people who could not afford medical treatment.

In reality, Sarah was an evil and sadistic psychopath, with an utter lack of compassion, humane feelings or integrity. Arrogant and narcissistic, she was condescending and cruel towards others while reacting violently to being mocked. She was ruthless to those who stood in her way, even to her own family, as shown by her interaction with her own descendant, Ben, who was actually the person who had freed her from her imprisonment.

She was so evil that she wanted to destroy the world as revenge for her imprisonment and had no interest in ruling it.

Given that her descendant Ben Ravencroft shares her last name, it is likely that Sarah mothered a child before her death, most likely a son, because in that way, he would have kept the family surname.

Powers and abilities

Sarah Ravencroft was arguably the most powerful and terrifying witch Mystery Inc. had ever faced, all the more so since her magic was potent and real. Her witchcraft enabled her to perform numerous terrible-yet-nonetheless-spectacular feats:

  • Animating objects in any way she pleased and placing them under her control
  • Project blasts of fire
  • Encase a victim in an unbreakable green shell of mystic energy
  • Size manipulation
  • Project a darkness that devoured any physical matter in it

As a ghost, she could fly, expand her body and phase through solid matter.


Early life

Cover up/Fake

Ben's fake history portrayed Sarah as a benevolent woman.

Her descendant, Ben, lied about her background completely because it hid his true evil intentions as well. He portrayed her as a beautiful, pleasant-looking young Wiccan, whose kind and gentle nature led her to help many people who could not afford medical treatment.


In the year of 1657, Sarah used her magic to terrorize and kill innocents. Fortunately, the Wiccans (people who worked in tune with the forces of nature for healing purposes) were able to defeat Sarah by using her own magic against her - imprisoning her inside her own spell-book.

Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost

Centuries later, however, her descendant from the modern world tricked the Mystery Inc. into helping him find her spell-book. After using it to acquire new magical powers, an insane Ben proceeded to free Sarah from her prison, believing that their combined magic would make them an unstoppable force, enabling them to reign supreme over the world. Upon being released, Sarah was initially polite and courteous towards Ben, thanking him for complimenting her and asking him his name. However, ancestor and descendant quickly got into an argument as Sarah rejected the idea of ruling the world together, and instead wanted to destroy it. She also showed how ruthless and cruel she can be, as instead of thanking and showing gratitude to Ben, her descendant, the very one who had freed her, she warned him not to cross her path.

Horrified and disillusioned by this, Ben attempted to imprison Sarah back into the book but she simply laughed in his face and revealed that only a true, virtuous Wiccan can banish her. She then proceeded to trap Ben in a magical sphere, and laughed as he screamed to be released.

Velma Dinkley then got an idea. She freed the Hex Girls, and while Dusk and Luna tried to release Mayor Corey and Mr. McKnight, Velma convinced Thorn to read the banishing spell. Initially, she refused, but then understood that she was the only one who could stop Sarah - "You still have Wiccan blood, which means only you can read the spell that will send Sarah Ravencroft back to where she came from." Velma then sent Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Rogers to get the book. The gang tried to get the book many times, but Sarah kept transforming pumpkins, a tree, and even a turkey into monsters to stop them. Eventually, the gang obtained the book, each throwing it to another person when they got captured, until it reached Thorn. Ignorant of what was really going on, Sarah laughed, stating that "the book is useless to a mere mortal", only to be outraged when Thorn's Wiccan blood allowed her to channel the book's magic to avoid being captured by a monster tree. She then flew towards Thorn. With Velma's urging, Thorn hurriedly chanted the spell, finishing it just as Sarah's fingers grabbed the book. The spell had worked: it weakened Sarah, knocking her backwards with its incredible force, and even reversed all of the spells she had cast (as her monsters turned back to normal except the turkey, which later became Oakhaven's new "big" attraction). However, just before it sucked her in, Sarah grabbed Ben's ankle and dragged him in with her, shouting that she "won't go back alone". A burning tree branch fell on the book, disintegrating it and apparently sealing away the two villains permanently. Velma, upon seeing this, solemnly said, "Ben Ravencroft's last book is one the world will never buy."



Sarah: Thank thee. Thou canst not imagine what my bondage hath been like. Who art thou?

Sarah: Thou hast freed me, so now I can punish the world for my long imprisonment. I shall create an era of darkness over this land!

Sarah: I care not for thy whims. Cross my path and I shall destroy thee along with thy world!

Sarah: Thinkest thou art a Wiccan? Only a virtuous soul can imprison me.

Sarah: Thine mockery shalt be thy last!

Sarah: I believe thou hath something that is mine.

Sarah: What was that?

Sarah: Nay, I'll stop thee myself!


Spell to become a warlock

Let the evil from the past
Breathe again with fiery blast!
Let the dark wind quiff the night
To blow away the force of light!
Now I summon ancient power
This is evil's finest hour!

- Ben Ravencroft

Spell to summon Sarah

Dreadful darkness, hear my cry
Bring back one who cannot die
Let the witch who perished here
Live again and re-appear!

- Ben Ravencroft

Spell to enlarge and enslave a turkey

Do my bidding, bird!

- Sarah Ravencroft

Spell to banish Sarah

Ancient evil get thee hence
Only good can recompense
For the misdeeds you have done
Witch return from whence you've come!

- Thorn

Note: As revealed by Sarah and subsequently proved by Thorn, only a true Wiccan or a person of Wiccan descent can successfully cast this spell. Otherwise, attempting to return Sarah Ravencroft back into the book would be futile.

In other languages

Actor Language Notes
Maria Helena Pader Brazilian Portuguese
Unn Vibeke Hol Norwegian
Elżbieta Gaertner Polish
Lena Ericsson Swedish
Joanna Brito Latin Spanish