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Black hair…
Green eyes…
Innocent-looking face…
Round glasses…
N-shaped scar on the forehead…
Yes. That is the infamous wizard of all. HARRY POTTER.
As we all know, witches and wizards in this fantasy film possesses some kind of magical powers with the use of wands or magical sticks. In releasing a power, a witch or a wizard must use a wand while casting spells.
However, though not exact, similar kinds of people and practices occurred in the past. As a matter of fact, numerous evidences prove of their existence, not only in the past, but also in these days.
In the article of history.com, it is said there that it is “unclear exactly when witches came on the historical scene, but one of the earliest records of a witch is in the Bible in the book of 1 Samuel, thought be written between 931 B.C. and 721 B.C. It tells the story of when King Saul sought the Witch of Endor to summon the dead prophet Samuel’s spirit to help him defeat the Philistine army.
The witch roused Samuel, who then prophesied the death of Saul and his sons. The next day, according to the Bible, Saul’s sons died in battle, and Saul committed suicide.
Other Old Testament verses condemn witches, such as the oft-cited Exodus 22:18, which says, “thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Additional Biblical passages caution against divination, chanting or using witches to contact the dead.”
Are they real?
“One of the most famous witches in Virginia’s history is Grace Sherwood, whose neighbors alleged she killed their pigs and hexed their cotton. Other accusations followed and Sherwood was brought to trial in 1706.
The court decided to use a controversial water test to determine her guilt or innocence. Sherwood’s arms and legs were bound and she was thrown into a body of water. It was thought if she sank, she was innocent; if she floated, she was guilty. Sherwood didn’t sink and was convicted of being a witch. She wasn’t killed but put in prison and for eight years.
A satirical article (supposedly written by Benjamin Franklin) about a witch trial in New Jersey was published in 1730 in the Pennsylvania Gazette. It brought to light the ridiculousness of some witchcraft accusations. It wasn’t long before witch mania died down in the New World and laws were passed to help protect people from being wrongly accused and convicted.”
A real witch, Lisa Stardust, in her article entitled Here’s What It Means to Be a Real-Life Witch In 2020 clarified some misconceptions known about witches. She mentioned, “Contrary to what you may have learned from The Wizard of Oz, we aren’t menacing broomstick flying old hags who cast hexes all day long. In fact, we are actually pretty much the same as everyone — except we see situations with a dimensional lens that helps us to understand the world on a deeper level. (And, no we can’t zap magic through our fingers like Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But, we do unite within covens and dive into the metaphysical forces of the universe like in the modern remix of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.)
First thing's first: Anyone can be a witch. Some people are born into mystical families while others have natural abilities. Some join covens and houses to be intimated into a certain branch of Magic. But, we are all magical at heart. Being a witch also requires a few things: being one with nature, seeing matters with an open mind, and healing others. We are seers of truths and givers of wisdom, and nurturers of Earth and those who inhabit it. We are high-vibe peeps who want to make the world a better place — not cauldron-stirring trouble makers like the infamous Sanderson sisters.”