Stephen O’Malley

Natassja in Eternal Sleep no longer!

Posted: Nov 8, 2003

I have just come across this:

Official Witchery
Well, it was a good week for Norwegian witches. Lena Skarning, a 33-year-old witch who’s been casting spells and stirring the cauldron since she was 20, has won Norway’s first state subsidy to run a business of fortune-telling, potions and cures, and magic. Officials, who deemed her business plan "pretty reasonable and well thought out," awarded Skarning a start-up grant of 53,000 crowns ($7,400) to launch "Forest Witch Magic Consulting," on the condition that she not attempt spells that harm anyone. She plans to use the subsidy to read Tarot cards, create products like magic-bath oil, and teach magic tricks at corporate seminars.

Skarning, who owns a white cat and dresses in black, calls herself a "nice witch" and attributes the growing tolerance of witches and sorcery to the success of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books. "But Harry Potter is a fairy tale and I’m not," she told Reuters. "He rides brooms backwards. Real witches ride with the brush part in front."

"I’m the real thing," she said. "And now I’m Norway’s only state-backed witch."