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How to cure a witch: Catholic Church issues guide in Britain to turn the tables on Harry Potter

By Simon Caldwell
Last updated at 11:27 AM on 4th February 2011

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A guide on how to convert witches to Christianity has been published by the Roman Catholic Church in Britain.

The move comes in response to fears that growing numbers of teenagers are being lured into Wicca, occult practices and paganism by the heroic depiction of witches in entertainment including the Harry Potter and The Sorcerer%u2019s Apprentice films, and TV.

The booklet, called Wicca and Witchcraft: Understanding the Dangers, offers parents advice on what to do if one of their children takes an interest in witchcraft.
Bad influence? Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in 2010's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Bad influence? Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in 2010's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

It also instructs on %u2018how to evangelise a witch%u2019 should readers come across such a person in their circle of friends or at the local pub.

The guide, published yesterday by the Catholic Truth Society, the UK publishers to the Holy See, was written by Elizabeth Dodd, a former Oxford Wiccan who converted to the Catholic faith.

She said nearly 70 per cent of Wicca practitioners are young women seeking some kind of spirituality.

Behind the glamour there were %u2018grave dangers%u2019 because of its link to the occult and the sinister movement championed by satanist Aleister Crowley, she said.

She added: %u2018Recognition that Wiccans are on a genuine spiritual quest can provide the starting point for dialogue that may lead to their conversion.%u2019

Some 7,000 of 31,000 neo-pagans identified themselves as Wiccans in the 2001 census but the figure is believed to be far higher.

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