A still from Hocus Pocus 2. Real life witches do not look or behave like the sisters from the Disney franchise, say experts. Photo: TNS
A still from Hocus Pocus 2. Real life witches do not look or behave like the sisters from the Disney franchise, say experts. Photo: TNS
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Are witches real? Yes, but not in a Wizard of Oz, Hocus Pocus sort of way – historians and modern practitioners explain

  • As Halloween draws close, we take a look at the history of witches and of witchcraft, from what it is to why it was considered a crime by the Catholic Church
  • Historians trace its association with the devil to the 10th century, when the notion of witches riding broomsticks arose; today, there are witches everywhere

A still from Hocus Pocus 2. Real life witches do not look or behave like the sisters from the Disney franchise, say experts. Photo: TNS
A still from Hocus Pocus 2. Real life witches do not look or behave like the sisters from the Disney franchise, say experts. Photo: TNS
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