Witch burning was indeed a pointless Muggle pastime. Sadly, the lot tend to persecute anything they don't fully understand, and witchcraft is no different. This holds especially true for the medieval era where they often hunted down anyone they wanted by using witchcraft as an excuse. Not that they were particularly good at recognizing real magic to begin with, but they also apparently made it a habit to accuse people of witchcraft that they simply didn't like. Awfully spiteful to accuse someone of a crime whose only punishment was death, don't you think.
       Muggles also came up with ridiculous ways of telling who was a witch. Having a mole or distinct beauty mark could get one stoned to death. Daring to befriend a black cat or other 'unlucky' animals could get one drowned. Living alone, or enjoying a bit of herb gardening could get one burned alive. You would think Muggles would realize that with magic, a witch or wizard could easily hide these things, alter memories, or otherwise make themselves appear innocent and simply not get caught. But naturally, they were adamant that no witch could fool them and would go on burning anyone who looked at them wrong.
       Occasionally, a real witch or wizard would get blamed for nonsensical things, but it really didn't matter. A simple charm or potion would keep the witch from truly burning, drowning, or otherwise being killed by the untrusting Muggles. They would simply shriek or flail about for a bit before pretending to die. After the Muggles were convinced the witch could not have possibly survived, they would just move to another village and settle back in. In fact, if they wanted to move to a new town or province, some witches would allow themselves to be caught simply to go out with a flourish. One such witch, now known as Wendolin the Weird, is said to have been burned at the stake over 47 times!
       That being said, witch burning was truly just an exercise in futility that killed hundreds of Muggles and perhaps a few unprepared witches or wizards. It certainly proved that the non-magical community should not be trusted with the knowledge that magic exists.

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#1Catriona Watson's AvatarCatriona Watson (rated this 9)

This is a very good essay. I enjoy reading the interesting facts about this topic and I suppose you must have done real research on this. Thank you for an enjoyable read.

#2Anish Kumar Meena's AvatarAnish Kumar Meena (rated this 10)

well done its ...superb & I do appreciate you for your facts & presenting the topic so influentially "good ,excellent"

#3Jayanthi Ramiah's AvatarJayanthi Ramiah (rated this 10)

wow this essay was really good it had really good words in it and i really really liked it goood job

#4Ivy Eileen's AvatarIvy Eileen (rated this 10)

Very good. I like your writing style and your facts are accurate. Great job!

#5Desiwul Loony Potterians's AvatarDesiwul Loony Potterians (rated this 6)

This is a great essay which give me a wonderful information :)
This essay make me learn something good , to be used in my magicalworld :)

#6Madeline Emily Woodhouse's AvatarMadeline Emily Woodhouse (rated this 6)

A very interesting read, you have some valid points especially the fact that witches could take preventative measures to avoid being burned. However I do feel your points, are rather repetitive.

#7Amanda Budiman's AvatarAmanda Budiman (rated this 8)

i love it..that's very excellent!!!

#8Beverly Derossa's AvatarBeverly Derossa (rated this 8)

This is a very good essay. Well written, interesting and very to the point. There are some very interesting things in there such as how the muggles distinguished witches and wizards and how ridiculous it is. Well done.

#9Eleanor Larg's AvatarEleanor Larg (rated this 10)

Great essay. I love the way you write them. The part how you explain Muggle pick who is witches is interesting!

#10Roggy Shine's AvatarRoggy Shine (rated this 8)

Wow, its convincing and story-like at the same time. i didn't get bored reading it either and that's a first. :)

#11Amelia Sinclair's AvatarAmelia Sinclair (rated this 8)

it's a very good essay about witch burning,, and very informative,, well done,, :)

#12Edward Deaker's AvatarEdward Deaker (rated this 9)

good story. I strongly agree with you. There should be no witch burning witches or witch killing

#13Zyfani Rastafara's AvatarZyfani Rastafara (rated this 7)

good essay. it is so interesting. i like it

#14Leanna Lovegood's AvatarLeanna Lovegood (rated this 8)

Certainly accurate. Very well-written. Witch burnings were indeed pointless. The methods were even worse of course. For example, if a "witch" was accused, she would be thrown into a pool. If she sank, she wasn't a witch. If she floated, she would be stoned, burned, etc. Obviously absurd, if you think about it.

#15Demysel Whitewood's AvatarDemysel Whitewood (rated this 9)

Its great but a bit boring. Very well written and excellent!

#16Constance Rigley's AvatarConstance Rigley (rated this 8)

Very good! I liked the bit about how a real witch or wizard wouldn't have openly done those things that got "witches" caught.

#17Celyn Benai's AvatarCelyn Benai (rated this 8)

Very good. It's written in a way that's essay-like without boring the reader. Excellent.

#18Murkolo Rell's AvatarMurkolo Rell (rated this 7)

Good, a little dull though. I would add a little more "pow" into the whole thing. Maybe add a true story or something? I have heard many of these arguements and they tend to get a bit stale.

#19Briar Raine's AvatarBriar Raine (rated this 9)

Very well written and informative. Brilliant!

#20Dirck Julian's AvatarDirck Julian (rated this 8)

This essay gives me much infotmation on the witch-burning topic. A well-thought and well-writte essay indeed.

#21Nymph Hara's AvatarNymph Hara (rated this 10)

The writing is very well done and informative. Very good work!

#22Emilia Preston's AvatarEmilia Preston (rated this 9)

This is a great essay. Its got all the facts in but its still interesting.

#23James Domino's AvatarJames Domino (rated this 10)

A brilliantly written essay, you got all the facts right and did not simply invent things.

#24Laurie Lovegood's AvatarLaurie Lovegood (rated this 9)

I really like this, especially when you put down different reasons for it, like befriending a black cat (:

#25Simon Wang's AvatarSimon Wang (rated this 8)

Great arguments and well written. It was also very informative and nicely paragraphed.

#26Danielle Garber's AvatarDanielle Garber (rated this 9)

I really liked the way this was written. It kept my attention all the way to the end.

#27Natalie Lune's AvatarNatalie Lune (rated this 9)

This was very informative, while still being fun to read. The only criticism that I have is that it is not written as 'scholarly' as I would like; it's written more like a conversation. Overall, great work!

#28Mandy Meyer's AvatarMandy Meyer (rated this 10)

This is a great piece. I really love it. Great job and great work.

#29Ely Granger's AvatarEly Granger (rated this 9)

I really like the story, it is well writen

#30Ariel Chasen's AvatarAriel Chasen (rated this 7)

the essay was very informative and well writen. great insight

#31Annisa Dewi Kinanti's AvatarAnnisa Dewi Kinanti (rated this 8)

okey this is great and wooooow so inspire

#32Okto David's AvatarOkto David (rated this 0)

It was well written and the third paragraph was quiet interesting

#33Tara Aurelium's AvatarTara Aurelium (rated this 9)

I have to agree with Bianca on this one - while the essay itself is interesting and makes a point, an essay not written an essay form just bugs me a bit. :x

Other than that, well written and thought of!

#34Jessica Anderson's AvatarJessica Anderson (rated this 8)

I thought this was a pretty good story.

#35Emer Wolf's AvatarEmer Wolf (rated this 10)

This is very well writen, I enjoyed reading it.

#36Beth Fox's AvatarBeth Fox (rated this 10)

Very good! Loved how informative it is, and I'm glad you mentioned Wendolin the Weird. Well done!

#37Rhia Faolain's AvatarRhia Faolain (rated this 9)

A very informative and well thought-out essay. Clearly a decent amount of research was done for this assignment yet it remained condensed and easy to read, well done. In addition I particularly enjoyed the bits of humor that were slipped in.

#38Chantal Forget's AvatarChantal Forget (rated this 10)

You have great arguments! Not only that, but they are well written and prove your point. Great job :D

#39Bianca Delacroix's AvatarBianca Delacroix (rated this 6)

The only critique I would have, and it may be a personal preference, is that I find it distracting when people write like they talk... Altogether it is a well thought out essay. The third paragraph was especially interesting.

#40Jane Sly's AvatarJane Sly (rated this 9)

A well written piece with an interesting perspective.

#41Dolly Frazer's AvatarDolly Frazer (rated this 10)

Well written and quite informative.

#42Xiao Cheng's AvatarXiao Cheng (rated this 10)

That has all the information expected in an essay like this. Very well written with a hint of levity.

#43Blake Delacour's AvatarBlake Delacour (rated this 9)

Very well written and lots of knowledgable information! Well done

#44Megan Moody's AvatarMegan Moody (rated this 6)

Well written and knowledgeable. Very interesting as well.

#45Peggy Chan's AvatarPeggy Chan (rated this 10)

I agree with this completely. Muggles do have such useless pastimes. To think that they would go to the extent of burning their own kind and accusing them of being witches! I would hate to think of what would happen when muggles these days find out about the wizarding world. Brilliantly written discussion!

#46Gabbi Myers's AvatarGabbi Myers (rated this 10)

Very good, there was a lot of work put into this and a lot of reasearch. Good Job!