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Friday, 04 September 2009 19:00

Harry Potter: Much A-Do About Nothing?

Originally posted in June of 2003

That's what many say, including some Bible believing Christians. I disagree. I call it "politically correct paganism", for some of the following reasons.

Here are some fast facts. Only the Bible outsells the Potter series. Kids in 140 nations are reading it and accepting Harry as their role model because they are spiritually illiterate, as are many of their parents. As a result, many kids think that what is cool in Harry's world would be cool to try in the real world. Thus, they can be easily lured into the occult, thanks to hero Harry, who utilizes good witchcraft to win over bad witchcraft. In my estimation, Harry is not teaching "Witchcraft & Wizardry 101" but "Advanced Witchcraft & Wizardry 401."

Deception abounds here, a characteristic Jesus warned would be a primary sign of the last days. Author Connie Neal, well-meaning as she is, misguides many in her book "What's A Christian To Do With Harry Potter?" She suggests that Jesus would have read the books to the kids of His day and turned them into parables. Her upbeat view of Potter does not stand alone, however. Dozens of Christian organizations, including the magazine "Christianity Today", praises Potter as benign fantasy reading, "A Christmas gift for all to enjoy," says the magazine.

Joanne Rowling stated in an interview in USA Today, July, 2000, that "I made a very conscious decision that I was writing about someone evil". She is not really directing that description towards Harry Potter, but other characters, including the very evil Lord Voldemort. She kept her promise. She has woven 65 genuine occult themes into her first four books and promises that each book is going to get darker and darker. So I ask the obvious: "What fellowship has light with darkness"? (II Corinthians 6:14-17) Additionally, all practices that are detestable to God listed in Deuteronomy 18:9-14 are prominent in Harry Potter.

There is a pervasive fascination with blood in the Potter books that is downplayed in the movies so that it doesn't gross out unsuspecting parents. In the books, limbs are severed in rituals, there is the drinking of blood from a dead animal, and Harry's "shed blood" allows evil Lord Voldemort to rise from the dead.

If Harry Potter is so innocent as some suggest, then why would the "London Sunday Times", July 12, 2000 edition, liken Potter to Aleister Crowley's Satanism? Crowley is considered one of the most evil men ever to have lived. Why would horror novelist Stephen King write in the "New York Times", July 23, 2000, that Potter would provide children with a good introduction to his own gruesome and demonic horror novels? A high priest of the First Church of Satan in Salem, Massachusetts in a July 2000 edition of "Time" magazine, that they have had more applicants than they can handle, thanks to Harry Potter!

All of this just confirms that Harry Potter is a book series and film that is morally flawed, filled with egocentric characters who lie, cheat, steal, use profanity, spill blood, refuse to repent, and practice occult techniques. Harry is portrayed as the character who uses "good evil" to overcome "bad evil". In the end, it's all about evil!
It's just fantasy you say? When did God say that real life must be holy, but the fantasy we read or watch can be occultic? We're to "abstain from every form of evil." (I Thessalonians 5:22). It is clear from James 4:7-8 and II Timothy 2:22 that we are to flee evil and cling to good.
It's my opinion that Harry Potter is one of the most blatant examples of "evil called good" (Isaiah 5:20) in the 21st century

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