I fall more along the skeptic side of things, so I don't believe I can really and literally recreate spells from games like WoW (although I wish ... would kill to be able to cast water walking or chain healing! Can you tell I've been leveling a shammy?). I think of incorporating pop culture into my magic by drawing on really powerful stories that can help me strengthen my intent and associations.
For instance, I've recently crafted a number of protection charms for my friends based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with little beads that represent holy water, cross, stake, and blood, in the hopes that I can invoke the idea of Buffy as a protectress against demons and evil, and to remind my friends of the values of truth, love, and justice.
Some time ago, I also came up with a spell (that I never performed, for other reasons) that uses bells to silence the negative, nagging voices in one's head, based on a similar idea from Garth Nix's Old Kingdom Trilogy.
Finally, I've also been toying with the idea of using Expecto Patronum from Harry Potter. I mean, I know there's this stereotype about us Pagans waving wands pretending to play Harry Potter, but I think this one makes a lot of sense. J.K. Rowling invented the idea of dementors as a metaphor for depression (drains your joy, makes you feel like there is no hope in life, etc.), and her characters ward off depression/dementors by summoning all their happiest memories of their love and friends in the form of an animal guardian. Why not borrow the metaphor, when it comes so ready-made? (I don't mean for this to be a substitute for treatment for clinical depression, but a short-termed when you are overwhelmed with despair)
~ Xiao Rong ~ 小蓉 ~ Little Lotus ~