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'I am Wiccan. It is my craft. It is my life.'

Is Harry Potter to blame for witches coming out of the (broom) closet?

This commentary from The American Daily surmises that Hollywood and "the media" have contributed to the rise of Wicca . . . especially singling out the Harry Potter books and films.

The Harry Potter books, probably the best-known books on Witchcraft, have cast a spell on children," writes Marsha West in a guest commentary. "Hollywood has used its movie magic to promote Witchcraft and alter the public perception of witches for years."

She goes on to note such fare as The Wizard of Oz, The Witches of Eastwick, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks from the big screen, and TV's Bewitched, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Charmed.

Perhaps such fare has made Wiccans more "mainstream," but it's debatable whether there's been much, if any, negative fallout for children.

Yes, debatable. So, debate away.

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