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A Hollywood Witchcraft Primer

By Ellen Leventry

From the Wicked Witch of the West to Harry Potter, Hollywood has been altering the public’s perception of witches for decades.

In Hollywood, witches are either good witches or bad witches, to paraphrase “The Wizard of Oz,” and there’s very little in between. While several recent movies have been more accurate than past ones, representing actual elements of Wicca, the film industry hews to the stereotypes that seem to work like a charm at the box office: hexing, high jinx, and wicked stepmothers. What would practicing Wiccans–ones who do cast spells, but certainly don’t worship Satan–have to say about famous witch movies?

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