Modern Day Witches say OK to Harry Potter

The Associated Press released this article about what modern witches have to say about Harry Potter.
\"For once, the witches aren\'t ugly old hags,\" said Michael Darnell, a 39-year-old computer programmer from Winnipeg, Canada, who has been a practicing witch for 25 years. \"For once they\'re the protagonists rather than the villains.\"
Another article, with an interview with J.K. Rowlings as well as Harry\'s future, appeared in Book Magazine

\"Darnell is one of the thousands of North American adherents of Wicca, a faith linked to witchcraft. No one knows how many people practice Wicca, but estimates run from 300,000 to more than 1.5 million people following what they describe as a nature-based belief system that existed in Europe before Christianity.\"

\"However, witchcraft has always had a darker image in popular culture, often linked to devil worship and decried by some Christians as an affront to God. From Shakespeare to Salem, witches have usually been portrayed as evil, curse-casting troublemakers.\"

\"Not in Harry\'s case. He and his friends go to school to learn witchcraft and have all kinds of magical adventures along the way. In his world, the non-witches are the weird ones -- a welcome change for witchcraft practitioners.\"

\"If somebody wants to write about us as being fun, interesting, magical people, we don\'t mind that at all,\" said Jane Raeburn, 35, a writer in Wells, Maine, who has been practicing Wicca for 10 years.\"

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