Monday, July 18, 2005

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.

3 Comments:

At Tuesday, July 19, 2005 6:56:00 AM, Anonymous Alex Samuels said...

The July 16th CHRISTIAN POST also notes that, “According to Retail Trends, interest in Wicca materials, schools, spells has doubled since the release of the Harry Potter series.” I hope you don’t mind if I repeat some comments previously made on this topic.

I have not read the Harry Potter books because there are, just simply, other books I had rather read. I have seen a couple of the movies. So my comments are based on the Harry Potter movies not the books.

The movies I saw were entertaining and often funny fantasies. The problem I have with the movies is that they paint a very alluring picture of witchcraft for the minds of young children. The imagination has a powerful influence on the minds and lives of human beings. There are many children, because of developmental delays, that have difficulty telling the difference between reality and fantasy until their early teens. The allure of magical powers that are available to any boy and girl who learns how to use them has been present in one form or another throughout history. Even adults succumb to this temptation through Wicca and other cults. The Bible teaches Christians not to have anything to do with witchcraft. The normal or average Christian adult will, like me, probably never read the books, but may see the movies. This person will recognize the stories as nothing but pure fantasy. Don’t be so sure, however, that your children will understand the difference of what is possible and what is not. The temptation for special powers has a habit of lingering a long time in some people’s lives. If you don’t believe this, I invite you to look up the satanic/witchcraft sites on your internet.

 
At Wednesday, July 20, 2005 11:38:00 AM, Anonymous Michael Van Patter said...

Here's another view on the Harry Potter books and children.

http://www.christiancounterculture.com/articles/harry_potter.html

 
At Wednesday, July 20, 2005 11:38:00 AM, Anonymous Michael Van Patter said...

Sorry. Here's the correct address:

http://www.christiancounterculture.com/articles/harry_potter.html

 

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