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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."