Why are witches so popular?

A question from Yahoo! Answers:

Why are witches and wizards so popular these days? (eg harry potter?)?

In the past, people like them were accused and put to death?

Witches have always been popular; read a book of folk tales from any country of the world, and there will almost certainly be witches in it.

From the standpoint of cultural anthropology, witches symbolize the sacred feminine (hence, the tales of their supernatural powers). With the ascent of Christianity, however, the tales changed; the witches’ powers were no longer thought to be sacred, but diabolical.

What we are seeing today is simply the return of the normal human tradition, finally freed from the bounds wrought by St. Peter and his followers almost two thousand years ago…

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