Rowling and religion in CL (was DWJ in Israeli newspaper)

Rowland, Jennifer A B jennifer.rowland at
Fri Feb 20 12:28:38 EST 2004

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-dwj at [mailto:owner-dwj at]On Behalf Of
> Ika
> Sent: 20 February 2004 00:04
> To: dwj at
> Subject: Re: Rowling and religion in CL (was DWJ in Israeli newspaper)
> Otter Perry pointed out
> > I was noticing something else annoying about HP last night: 
>  they have
> > glamorous celebrations of Christmas without any religious basis.
> They
> > also have Easter Holidays.  But do they have religion?  Not 
> by anything
> > I've seen.  <snarf>  And there should, based on the surnames, be a
> > variety of religions represented in the student body anyway.
> Yes! This is one of the things that makes me cross - they 
> actually go so
Ika wrote:
> Ooh, actually, that made me remember that they go to church in Charmed
> Life, don't they?  Hmm. And [religion and magic] overlap in Magicians of 
> Caprona, of course.

In Witch Week, I don't think any reference is made to religion- witches are supposed to be evil, but I don't think "servants of the devil" comes into it- although that must have been the idea originally, since the split in the worlds was in 1605, at which point King James was frothing at the mouth about witches. 
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