In a message dated 9/18/0 7:11:59 AM, Sophie wrote:
<<The thing is too that witchcraft is not a religion; as such that was an
invention of Puritan maniacs like the Witch-Finder General.>>
Witchcraft with a capital 'W", when synonymous with Wicca, is a religion. Of
course, as Margaret pointed out, the witchcraft in Harry Potter bears no
resemblance to Wicca at all.
How the folk image of witchcraft as a Satanic conspiracy developed is
actually more complicated than that, and goes back a longer way. A good
source on the subject is Norman Cohn's _Europe's Inner Demons_.