© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com
Harry Potter books have helped increase interest in witchcraft around
the world, say representatives of a Wiccan group sponsoring a witch
convention in Scotland this summer.
The Wiccan group, Children of Artemis, has coordinated this year's
local gathering of witches to be held in Glasgow, Scotland.
"There is a growing interest in the Wiccan religion, and there are
thousands of us already in Scotland," organizer Pauline Reid told the
London Sunday Mail.
"Harry Potter has also had a positive effect. But we don't let
anybody join until they are 18."
Filmmaker and occult expert Caryl Matrisciana
with WorldNetDaily about her documentary covering Harry Potter's
influence on children.
The video documentary details numerous similarities between the
spells and magic used by Harry Potter and those used in the witchcraft
of the Wiccan religion. Such striking similarity, said Matrisciana, is
evidence that the author, J.K. Rowling, has meticulously researched
Wicca and included its tenets in her children's books.
Some children who read the books, often more than once, may find
themselves attracted to the magical world Harry lives in, she said. In
attempting to create their own spells and charms, kids may turn to other
books that teach witchcraft.
The boom in witchcraft has also been attributed to teen-agers
watching TV shows like "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "Charmed."
WorldNetDaily reported, a 2002 study by Barna Research Group Ltd.
indicates 86 percent of kids watch supernatural-themed movies or
television shows on a regular basis.
Mark Matlock, minister with Wisdom Works Ministries and commissioner
of the study, told WND there is a relationship between those who are
drawn into the Harry Potter craze and those who have experimented in
occult-type activities, but he says it doesn't necessarily mean the
Harry Potter influence always causes kids to delve into witchcraft.
Scotland's "Witchfest" will take place at Langside Halls in Glasgow
next month, and a Europe-wide gathering will take place in London in
November. The Children of Artemis say it will be the largest European
witchcraft and Wicca event in recorded history.
The group touts the coming Witchfest as "an amazing event, with
talks, workshops, stalls and great entertainment."
"My greatest concern is that godly fear that protects mankind from
dabbling in the spirit world is being taken away from children who read
these Harry Potter books. The terrors and horrors of black magic and
occult practice, rituals, ceremonies and demon possession are being
normalized," Matrisciana said.
"Alarmingly, the Potter books are engaging in pagan discipleship,
disciplining our children to spiritual alternatives and also turning
them away from the biblical principles and God's protection."
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