There are *real* witches in Atlanta. And they were there before Harry Potter got stuck in our public libraries.
The former burlesque dancer who founded what may be the nation’s most public house of witchcraft 32 years ago in Atlanta is nearing age 70, seriously ailing and living quietly out of state.
But as Lady Sintana, Candace Huntsman Lehrman, who started the Ravenwood Church and Seminary of Wicca at her home near Little Five Points in 1975, remains a revered figure in her Atlanta witches’ coven. The church and seminary was the first tax-exempt pagan religious institution in Georgia.
CROWD: A witch! A witch! A witch! We’ve got a witch! A witch!
VILLAGER #1: We have found a witch, might we burn her?
CROWD: Burn her! Burn!
BEDEMIR: How do you know she is a witch?
VILLAGER #2: She looks like one.
BEDEMIR: Bring her forward.
WITCH: I’m not a witch. I’m not a witch.
BEDEMIR: But you are dressed as one.
WITCH: They dressed me up like this.
CROWD: No, we didn’t… no.
WITCH: And this isn’t my nose, it’s a false one.