Reports of demonic possession are once again on the rise. But during the devil’s last apogee in early modern Europe, demonic afflictions were taken seriously by both priests and physicians.
From witching equality to what we'd see if we looked in a real Mirror of Erised, researchers explore the magic of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
An antiquated Canadian law against magic and witchcraft is about to be repealed. A close look at its history reveals that it is far less superstitious than it appears.
How Romans overcame their fear of witches by finding them funny.
So often used to condemn women through history, feminism is reclaiming the word 'witch' in the 21st century. Some men also want to get in on the act.
Ghost stories are often about the departed seeking justice for an earthly wrong. Their sightings are a reminder that ethics and morality transcend our lives.
The new Sabrina joins a host of other witches in pop culture, a witch revival that reflects more radical feminist politics.
The latest film from the wizarding world JK Rowling echoes ancient themes of covens and devil worship.
It is estimated that thousands of people are killed in witchcraft-related violence around the world each year. How can we tackle this problem today?
Most anthropologists believe that witch labelling has evolved to get people to conform. But new research suggests an alternative explanation.
Tales of levitation tend to belie stark inequalities and various forms of violence (often upon women).
Independent, powerful feminist role models or a warning to women not to overstep the mark? Witches have been many things over the years.
Witch-finders of early modern Europe and modern Africa made themselves indispensable by showing people a threat of a growing crisis of threatening evil.
A 'witch hunt' is what Trump called investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. An anthropologist explains the connection between witch hunts and social control.
This is a thought-provoking, odd, shocking and beautiful movie about feminism, fantasy and film history.
The truth about the paranormal – just in time for Halloween.
A podcast on darkness: from why it makes us scared, to what kind of nightlife can thrive in the modern city and an update on the hunt for dark matter.
It is particularly dangerous to be an elderly person in Tanzania's rural areas and villages. Legislation exists to protect this group, but it's not being translated into reality.
A recent survey suggests that a third of UK parents avoid reading their children scary stories. Is this a worrying trend?
They were the security systems of the post-medieval world.