Home Discussion Forum How is real witchcraft different from the Hollywood version?

How is real witchcraft different from the Hollywood version?

Im doing a research project on how real witchcraft is different from the hollywood verson. The only info i’ve found so far is just sites explaining certain spells, which is not quite what i’m looking for yet.
your help is apreciated, Lyssa


  1. one is real and one is not. that’s the bottom line. i wouldn’t delve too much into witchcraft studies. it’s pretty awful stuff.

  2. One produces fantastic results and mystical knowledge. The other doesn’t. It should be obvious which is which. (pun intended)

  3. Wicca is a study of the natural way the world works and how to manipulate it to get what you want…most movies make is seem evil adn very complicated. You can create complicated spells if you want but why? Wicca is not some evil demon worship like in movies…it is a life choice and worships nature for the most part. Keep an open mind and you will find the answers you seek.
    May you be blessed.

  4. Look, if you watch a movie like “The Craft” you see the witches flying, etc. Our DNA isn’t equipped for that right now. Yet true magick and witchcraft are easily discernible in the fact that the orchestration of magick in real life is highly non physical. We have atoms separated by vast amounts of space and that space is where magick of all types, including witchcraft happens. The physical results are still present when a skilled practitioner operates, but it’s not all the show of Hollywood. In reality if a witch wants to harm someone the harm will still happen if the witch is skilled, but there won’t be such a show of force. It’s more subtle than that. The victim will just get sick all of a sudden or some such thing.

  5. First of all, Azure Horse: “Wicca is a study of the natural way the world works and how to manipulate it to get what you want…”
    I must stress very strongly that Wicca is not about “manipulating” energies “to get what you want”. That is by far one of the worst “for” arguments I’ve heard about Wicca.
    First I would suggest you do some research into Wicca; it’s a relatively new religion, only recognised since around 1950’s and onwards.
    There are many branches of Wicca, depending on how you prefer to practice/worship whichever deities you chose.
    One thing to remember is that (as I’ve stated) Wicca is still very new. If you want to discover more about Pagan religions, take a look at people such as the Norse, Greek, Egyptians, Mayan etc. They’re all considered to be Pagan at a base level.
    (and please, please, please remember that there are no spells for changing eye colour, hair colour etc. That is Hollywood bull at its highest!!)
    Hope you write a good report!
    Do us proud! 😉

  6. Thats a hard question to answer because not all Hollywood images of witches are the same. The generalised image of the past was generally seen as follows….
    Witchcraft, in various historical, anthropological, religious and mythological contexts, is the use of certain kinds of supernatural or magical powers in order to inflict harm or damage upon members of a community or their property. In many societies, people distinguish between bad witchcraft and good witchcraft, the latter involving the use of these powers to heal someone from bad witchcraft. The concept of witchcraft is normally treated as a cultural ideology, a means of explaining human misfortune by blaming it either on a supernatural entity or a known person in the community.[1] A witch (from Old English wicce f. / wicca m.) is a practitioner of witchcraft. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch
    And to make the situation harder there are many different variations on what it means to be a Wytche (not spelling differentiation and Capitatlization). Having said that there are a few things that are generally in common for many of the belief systems that go by the term Wytche some are as follows;
    White Wytchecraft – “White” witches
    Further information: Folk magic, Magical thinking, and Shamanism
    In England, the term ‘witch’ was[clarification needed] not used exclusively to describe malevolent magicians, but could also indicate cunning folk. “There were a number of interchangeable terms for these practitioners, ‘white’, ‘good’, or ‘unbinding’ witches, blessers, wizards, sorcerers, however ‘cunning-man’ and ‘wise-man’ were the most frequent.”[11] The contemporary Reginald Scott noted “At this day it is indifferent to say in the English tongue, ‘she is a witch’ or ‘she is a wise woman’”.[12] While cunning-folk could command a lot of respect, public perceptions of them were often ambivalent and a little fearful, for many were deemed just as capable of harming as of healing.[13] Throughout Europe many such healers and wise men and women were convicted of witchcraft (Éva Pócs’ ‘sorcerer witches’): many English ‘witches’ convicted of consorting with demons seem to have been cunning folk whose fairy familiars had been demonised;[14] many French devins-guerisseurs were accused of witchcraft;[15] and over half the accused witches in Hungary seem to have been healers.[16]
    Some of the healers and diviners historically accused of witchcraft have considered themselves mediators between the mundane and spiritual worlds, roughly equivalent to shamans.[17] Such people described their contacts with fairies, spirits or the dead, often involving out-of-body experiences and travelling through the realms of an ‘other-world’.[18] Beliefs of this nature are implied in the folklore of much of Europe, and were explicitly described by accused witches in central and southern Europe. Repeated themes include participation in processions of the dead or large feasts, often presided over by a female divinity who teaches magic and gives prophecies; and participation in battles against evil spirits, ‘vampires’ or ‘witches’ to win fertility and prosperity for the community.[18] source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch
    Further information: Witch-cult hypothesis and Neoshamanism
    Modern practices identified by their practitioners as “witchcraft” have arisen in the twentieth century which may be broadly subsumed under the heading of Neopaganism. However, as forms of Neopaganism can be quite different and have very different origins, these representations can vary considerably despite the shared name.
    Contemporary witchcraft often involves the use of divination, magic, and working with the classical elements and unseen forces such as spirits and the forces of nature. The practice of natural medicine, folk medicine, and spiritual healing is also common, as are alternative medical and New Age healing practices. Some schools of modern witchcraft, such as traditional forms of Wicca, are secretive and operate as initiatory secret societies. There have been a number of pagan practitioners such as Paul Huson[52] claiming inheritance to non-Gardnerian traditions as well.[53]
    More recently a movement to recreate pre-Christian traditions has taken shape in polytheistic reconstructionism, including such practices as Divination, Seid and various forms of Shamanism.
    source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch
    During the 20th century interest in witchcraft in English-speaking and European countries began to increase, inspired particularly by Margaret Murray’s theory of a pan-European witch-cult originally published in 1921, since discredited by further careful historical research.[54] Interest was intensified, however, by Gerald Gardner’s claim in 1954 in Witchcraft Today that a form of witchcraft still existed in England. The truth of Gardner’s claim is now disputed too, with different historians offering evidence for[55][56] or against[57][58][59]

  7. Hollywood of course will create sensationalism with witchcraft. They have to sell the picture. But anyway, whether Hollywood or real life, witchcraft is all phony balony.
    P.D.: And three inmature idiots who believe in such phony balony gave me three demerits. How nice! Thanks for the compliments.

  8. Hollywood Witches fly on broomsticks, eat children, make real bad pancakes etc… True Witches have a sort of inner power or knowledge that helps them live closer to the spiritual world, and most of the time they can cook some awesome pancakes. Ever met a witch that couldn’t cook? Not me… If you’d really like more information on witchcraft Scott Cunningham was a great author and also a Wiccan. His books can be very informative without getting into the darker side of magical practice.

  9. Real witches are not able to get what they want with a snap of their fingers like they usually show in movies and tv shows. We also don’t have warts, well unless you actually do but everyone is at risk of that. We also usually do not use spells for personal gain. There is a rule that we follow that states, “Ever mind the rule of three what you send out comes back to thee.” Spells are also not exactly spells. You could compare them to a Christians prayer to their God. Real witchcraft’s religion is called Wicca and both the boys and girls are called witches. We do not fly on broom sticks even though that would be really cool. We don’t all wear black either, although most do sometimes because black holds energy. Witchcraft is also not evil at all. It is really actually very considerate of nature and everone around you including yourself. You only perform spells if it is for the highest of good. If you have any questions feel free to email me.

  10. Hollywood likes to hype up the imagination. Anything fantastic they put in their films, shows, books, whatever to get the world interested in their story.
    They make the audience believe that witches can fly on a broom, wear pointy hats, have green skin; or on a flip are extremely beautiful who can shoot flames/lightning/fire from their hands, predict the future, move objects with the mind on a whim, freeze time, curse for the heck of it, whatever.
    The truth of the matter is that none of these things are true. NO ONE can do any of those things (except perhaps telekinetics, and even that is rare). Witches are just like regular people. The only “powers” witches have, have been practiced and developed over the years, such as psychism, or empathy…and even these abilities are not limited to the witch. Anyone with the desire to control what their minds do can obtain these abilities. You do not have to practice witchcraft in order to control what you want (save, another person).
    Witches do use spells, yes. But not in the way Hollywood says. A spell isn’t cast and *poof* whatever you want appears out of thin air. It doesn’t work that way. A spell can take hours to years to manifest and become physical. That is why it takes extreme patience to be a witch. Nothing is instantaneous. You cannot cast a spell and make a person fall in love with you. First, this is not ethical, second, it wouldn’t be real. Why would anyone want someone to fall in love with them, if they really didn’t love you…or even know you for that matter?
    Hollywood and reality clash in a terrible way, and it’s a shame that this is where many people get their information, and learn. They truly believe that what hollywood says is the “God’s Honest” truth. They believe that movies like “The Craft” truly say what Wicca/Witchcraft entails, and that girls like the Charmed Ones are really what witches do…and that the “Book of Shadows” contains nothing more than information on demons and how to vanquish them. NO! Hollywood is harming more than helping. And we don’t need anymore of Hollywood’s “Help”. They’ve “Helped” enough.

  11. Hollywood magick and real magick are like night and day.
    Unlike in hollywood, real witches can’t fly, they can’t shoot lasers or anything else from their hands (or sticks/wands). We can’t freeze time, nor can we move things with our minds, or leave our bodies to go kick ass elsewhere. That’s a crock of crap.
    The definition of magick is using the energies around you to manifest your will. Rituals aren’t very exciting, and usually the movies try to glam up what witchcraft is like. Magick is usually very subtle, and it takes a lot of effort to make things happen with magick. You can’t just read some words out of a book and expect your world to change right in front of you lol.
    While many witches are wiccan, it isn’t an absolute rule that one will equal the other. I’m a witch, and I’m not wiccan. However, the religion of wicca is a good place to look for information, as most of it is accessible.
    if you want, you can email me with specific questions, I can answer them for you.

  12. most real witchcraft doesn’t generate the results that you see in the movies. real witchcraft is more subtle. we can manipulate energy to an extent. absorb it for a midday boost, use it to cast spells, and communing with the spirits. but things like flying, shape changing and chucking fireballs, is way beyond any human capacity!

  13. Real Witchcraft is highly psychological. There is no real “visual” aspect, like green electricity shooting from someone’s hand like in Hollywood. Much of it instead is divination (reading Tarot Cards), Meditation and creation of Sigils for Amulets and Talismans. Magic is the art of creating changes in consciousness at will. (Dion Fortune, 20th Century Witch’s definition)

  14. All the hollywood films are all made to glamorised witchcraft and to make money and fame for the film stars and producers.
    But for the people who practise witchcraft today do it because they believe in it and they follow it craft as they believe they should.
    But all of the witches I’ve met they all have one thing in common and that is the way they are all willing to help other and care about nature and the planet.
    There may be bad witches but I have never come across one yet.
    Blessed Be

  15. Hollywood alters and glamourises reality.
    The witches are usually young, female and very attractive. They can make the impossible happen with a verse or a twitch of the nose. Some are good; some are bad, but none are ordinary.
    In reality witches are as varied and as normal or strange as anyone in the street or supermarket. Most are into caring for small children, animals and the natural world. Some may be vegetarians, animal rights protestors or into ecology and saving the planet from global warming. Few would claim to be able to alter more than themselves. Spells work by the amount of time and effort you put into them rather than through some extraneous force.
    Sites with spells on them are a joke as no one responsible would put any up for anyone to use and abuse.
    Try the site of someone who runs a group, or there are many Druid sites which will give you a lot of information.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here