The hilarious cartoon clip above is from the “Family Guy” episode called “The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire” It features a scene from an imaginary episode of “Bewitched” where the mortal Darrin finally gets revenge against the witch Endora, and her years of magical harassment. After enduring the humility of being a sapient elephant Endora returns him to human form. He then pulls out a bottle of holy water, and tells Endora that “The power of Christ compels” her. She then falls to the floor screaming in agony. I’m sure Darrin had been planning this for quite some time after researching what a simple human could do to defend himself against a powerful paranormal being.
So would this actually work on a witch in real life? It would work to an extent on a witch, or warlock whose magic comes from the worship of demons. However beings with magic surging through them aren’t as easily repelled as say a vampire, or werewolf might be by religious artifacts. Anyone wielding magic will react to various stimuli differently so it’s not recommended as the sole source of defense against a dark witch. Would this work against a good witch who called upon the so called Pagan Gods for power? If the person was a powerful priest with deep religious belief, and powerful artifacts then he, or she might be able to muster some minor repellent properties against a novice witch, and some discomfort in those at a more moderate level. However unless the Priest was directly channeling an Angel or their God then there wouldn’t really be much effect.
In the “Bewitched” series the witches, and warlocks were portrayed more as immortal Gods than witches. Certainly holy water, and some Christian mantras wouldn’t cause such pain in those powerful entities. Still it’s nice to see cartoon Darrin finally get some much deserved payback for years of magical torture at the hands of his cruel supernatural mother-in-law!