Coven ready: from Instagram to TV, why are witches so popular?

Occult dramas from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to Strange Angel are a theme of the new season’s TV. Is this a response to the uncertainty of contemporary politics?

Once an endangered species confined to blasted heaths and moonlit woods, today’s witches are flourishing and emerging blinking into the Golden Age of Television. And, this time, it’s political.

A Discovery of Witches, an adaptation of Deborah Harkness’s novel about a young witch who finds an ancient manuscript that brings her to the attention of vampires and demons, began on Sky One last week and is just one of a slew of current and upcoming dramas about the occult, including Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and CBS All Access’s Strange Angel.

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