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Friday, June 22, 2007

Acting Like a Witch No Longer a Capital Offense

Genealogist David Nelson says that actor Tom Felton—best known for his portrayal of Harry Potter nemesis Draco Malfoy—is related to some of those executed at Salem as witches.

“He is a distant relative of John Proctor — who was hanged on August 19, 1692. I have informed Tom’s manager about witches in his family tree.” Mr Nelson, of Salt Lake City, US, has been probing the Salem witches’ history for four years.

He found the teen star is also related to seven others involved in the most infamous witch hunt in history — which was the subject of Arthur Miller’s celebrated play The Crucible. [Link]

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