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Catholic Church upsets Wiccans; Daily Mail upsets Harry Potter Fans

Independent Roman Catholic publisher of pamphlets, “The Catholic Truth Society,” has come up with a “helpful” guide on how to bring witches and wiccans to Christ and His Church. It is called Wicca and Witchcraft: Understanding the Dangers, and is written by a former witch who was apparently saved for the Lord. I note that from the blurb it tries to answer why young people are attracted to Wicca – as if it is only a youth fad and of no interest to adults!

Honestly! As every pagan knows: no witch would ever disgrace herself by writing such an egregious book attempting to convert teenage Christians to Witchcraft.

Inevitably though, the cauldron of controversy surrounding this story has been stirred up by Nazi propaganda rag and Britain’s most anti-Pagan newspaper, the Daily Mail – in a piece entitled How to cure a witch: Catholic Church issues guide in Britain to turn the tables on Harry Potter. Now examine this headline once again. First of all there is the absurdity of the Daily Mail turning the issue from Christianity vs Wicca to Christianity vs Harry Potter (why? what has the Mail got against Harry Potter?). More sinisterly though, there is that word – “cure.” The CTS talks about evangelizing and prosetylising, the Daily Mail talks about “curing.” IMHO, if the Catholic Church wants to retain any semblance of credibility it should dissocciate itself from the Daily Mail which seems to be pursuing its own incoherent anti-pagan agenda.

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Watkins Books – resurrected in time for Easter

I am indebted to the Hermetic Library for finding this news story. Apparently Watkins Books – one of London’s three leading occult bookstores – has been saved from closing. (This, if you recall, is the bookshop which I allege is the model for the one in Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books.) Had it closed it would have been disastrous for the London – and UK – occult scene (I have patronised it myself on several occasions).

Full story here.

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RIP Watkins Books

Watkins Books of Cecil Court, off Charing Cross Road, London, is no more. Apparently they were lumbered with a massive tax bill from a previous owner – that, together with the collapse of price fixing in the book trade has seen it and other independant book stores go to the wall.

Watkins for those that do not know was until last week one of London’ – and the UK’s – leading occult booksellers. I myself have been a customer there! Now this means there are only two decent occult bookshops left in London – Atlantis, and Treadwells.

What is not generally known is that Watkins was the model for the Wizard’s Bookshop Flourish and Botts from the Harry Potter series of novels! I present the following evidence to back up my claim:

  • Diagon Alley is clearly stated as being off Charing Cross Road. There is a pub at its top (the Leaky Cauldron).
  • Cecil Court is just off Charing Cross Road. There is a licensed restaurant at its top. So not exactly a pub, but you can drink there, and one has to remember that J K is entitled to some artistic license (no pun intended).
  • Both Watkins and Flourish and Botts are the leading bookshops for Wizards.

So all in all, QED.

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