Christian Acceptance of Harry Potter
The Christian Post has an interesting article online about how many Christians are now making peace with J.K. Rowling's series of Harry Potter books (hat tip to News! For Christians). World Magazine Blog also has some interesting commentary today in two separate posts ("The New Harry Potter" and "World's Review of the New Harry") on the subject, as well.
I've never read the books nor have I seen the movies, and my 9-year-old daughter has not shown any interest in either, so I don't . . . have an informed opinion of whether it conflicts with a Christian worldview, or whether it's appropriate literature for young children. However, I was interested to read the following statements by Deirdre Donahue in her review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in today's USA Today: . . .
There is really only one flaw in the sixth installment of J.K. Rowling's series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: It is not a kids' book.
. . . The Half-Blood Prince is . . . a fine if slow-paced novel for the over-12 crowd who can handle the death of a beloved main character (whose identity will not be revealed here), pregnant women being abandoned and the word "slut." Not to mention the reality of teen hormones as expressed by references to "hooking up" and "snogging."
Little kids, entranced by the early Harry Potter novels set in that magical world of wands, wise wizards and dragons, truly need to grow into the later titles of the Harry Potter series.