Tag: Witchcraft

Witchcraft

Witchcraft is the practice of magic, sometimes black magic, with the use of spells. Through British and Irish history, people believed to use witchcraft have been subjected to violence, imprisonment and execution. In modern and more enlightened times, many have embraced the spiritual aspects of witchcraft.

Witchcraft articles on Spooky Isles

Mysterious Bidston Hill, beautiful but sinister

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Birkenhead's Bidston Hill has had everything from ghosts, satanists and UFOs haunt its beautiful surrounds, says guest writer LAUREN JONES

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince 2009 REVIEW

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince 2009 is reviewed by SARAH BLAIR-DICKINSON

A Guide to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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SARAH BLAIR-DICKINSON continues her series into JK Rowling's Harry Potter books with the Half Blood Prince

East Anglia gets Witch Fever with Matthew Hopkins!

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JOSIE PALMER looks at how a lawyer from East Anglia whipped up hysteria over witches in the 1600s

Who was the real Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins?

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BARRY McCANN goes behind the legend to discover the real Witchfinder General

Jennet Device, the child witch who killed the Pendle Witches

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Ireland has witnessed many disturbing and nasty witch trials over its history
JON KANEKO-JAMES tell us the Pendle Witch executions were the result of the testimony of a little girl

How the Samlesbury Witches escaped the hangman’s noose

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BARRY McCANN tells us about The Samlesbury Witches from Lancashire, who unlike their Pendle counterparts, survived

Elizabeth Sawyer, The Witch of Edmonton

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JASON HOLLIS asks was Elizabeth Sawyer a wicked woman or was she just angry because people kept calling her a witch?

Elizabeth Stile, the Witch of Windsor who loved being bad!

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Elizabeth Stile Witch of Windsor, feeds her familiars
Elizabeth Stile was a 16th century wicked witch who loved her black arts, says POLLYANNA JONES

Islandmagee, Witchtrials, Devil Worship and Ghost Hunting

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Witches Justice
A 300-year-old witchtrial has put Islandmagee in Northern Ireland in the headlines, says SHARON CLARKE

Who were the Pendle Witches?

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L.H. DAVIES looks back at the story of the Pendle Witches of Lancashire, who were executed in 1612...

Witchfinder General 1968 REVIEW

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L.H. Davies reviews Witchfinder General 1968

Grissel Jaffray, Dundee’s Last Witch Burning

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FRANCES ABBOT remembers Grissel Jaffray, the victim of Dundee's last witch burning

A Guide to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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SARAH BLAIR-DICKINSON looks at Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Isobel Gowdie, Witch of Auldearn

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Isobel Gowdie, Witch of Auldearn
MJ STEEL COLLINS looks at the fascinating tale of Isobel Gowdie, a Scottish woman tried for witchcraft in 1662

A Guide to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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SARAH BLAIR-DICKINSON continues her series into JK Rowling's Harry Potter books with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Bridget Cleary, Waking the Witch film director interview

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Waking the Witch
ANN MASSEY talks to the director of a new film about the infamous Bridget Cleary Ireland witchburning

Waking the Witch REVIEW

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Waking the Witch
PAUL MOYNIHAN looks at the taster of Waking the Witch, a new Irish horror film based on the Bridget Cleary witchburning

A Guide to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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SARAH BLAIR-DICKINSON continues her series into JK Rowling's Harry Potter books with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

A Guide to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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SARAH BLAIR-DICKINSON continues her series into JK Rowling's Harry Potter books with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

A Guide to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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SARAH BLAIR-DICKINSON begins her series into JK Rowling's Harry Potter books with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Curse of the Paisley Witches

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A dark curse from the Paisley Witches may still hang over the heads of MJ STEEL COLLINS' hometown of Paisley

Who was St Osyth and The Witches’ Cage, Essex

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TRACY MONGER recounts the supernatural history of St Osyth in Essex

Gerald Gardner: A Very British Witchcraft REVIEW

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KATIE DOHERTY reviews A Very British Witchcraft TV documentary

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