Here’s my feature story delving into how witches have been portrayed in TV and films, examining those portrayals via the triple goddess Maiden-Mother-Crone archetype:
Through fictional witches, we explore society’s fears of how the disenfranchised, the fringe dwellers and the nonconformists might wield power, and — taken to the extreme — how they might enact revenge for their marginalization. We learn how little power a society is willing to grant them when they do play by the rules, and how we collectively punish outliers for straying too far outside the norm. A witch is someone who both refuses to convert and to be marginalized: You can see how terrifying that must be. How much confrontation — and self-knowledge — is bound in her frightening image.