Salem hosts witches, wizards and 'Potter' conference

  October 5, 2005 at 1:42 PM ET
  Cheeser     Yahoo! News (via The Boston Channel)
  wicca, wiccan, salem, the witching hour, harry potter conference


Local news out of Salem is they've caught onopens in new window to the fact that over 1,000 Harry Potter fans will be descending on the self-proclaimed "Witch City" this weekend for HPEF, Inc.'s The Witching Houropens in new window conference.

Organizer Amy Tenbrink told the Salem News that professional and academic presenters will be exploring Harry Potter not just as a literary phenomenon, but as a cultural phenomenon as well.

Academics and fans will clash for five days to discuss, analyze, pick apart and enjoy JK Rowling's series.

Meanwhile, at least one Christian group claimsopens in new window the books have contributed to children embracing Wicca.

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