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WHAT'S WRONG WITH HARRY POTTER?

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For this reason society requires that the education of youth should be watched with the most scrupulous attention. Education is a great measurer, forms the moral character of men and morals are the basis of government. Noah Webster, 1758-1843


[This analysis of the problems the "Harry Potter" book series presents to Christians was provided by "Freedom Village USA" ministry (www.freedomvillageusa.com) in October, 1999. Call 1-800-VICTORY for more information about this piece.]

ABOUT THE BOOKS

Hidden in the slickly written and so called "rollicking good reading" pages of the Harry Potter books is a very dangerous main theme. Harry... a nerdy, family-less, abused, unhappy, 11 year old kid discovers he is actually a powerful wizard and leaves his adoptive home to attend a school of witchcraft and wizardry. Here he finds new life, success, friendship and that he has great powers (wizardry) within him that be can use to gain victory and respect in his life.

To suggest to any child (especially underprivileged ones like Harry) that there is a way to escape the unhappy, real-life world they live in and retreat into a mystical fantasy world to find happiness is totally irresponsible and deceitful. To then suggest that the world of the occult (witchcraft) can be the power that can make it all happen is in fact evil and ultimately a lie.

We are told that the theme of the books is to help kids to discover truths about bravery, loyalty. choice and the power of love. While there may be some truths told about human nature, the vast majority of what is put forth in these books are lies and deceptive half truths.

EXAMPLES

Quote #1: "You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you'll have no sense of self anymore, no memory no... anything. There's no chance at all of recovery. You'll just-exist. As an empty shell." (The Prisoner of Azkaban, page 247)

Truth: We cannot exist without our soul. Since soul and spirit are one, if spirit leaves, the body dies. (II Cor. 5:6-8)

Quote #2: "You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?... You know, Harry, in a way, you did see your father last night...You found him inside yourself." (The Prisoner of Azkaban, page 427-428)

Truth: Our dearly departeds' spirits do not live within us (memories yes... their spirit -no).

Note: Both of these concepts are witchcraft philosophy. One of the High Holy days to witches is Halloween. In the book Witchcraft for Tomorrow, Doreen Valiente writes, "The Sabbat of Halloween is particularly suitable for communication with the spirits of those who have passed on, as this is the ancient festival of the dead, and our loved ones who have gone on before us."

J.K. Rowling has said in interviews that her "very favorite" time of the year is Halloween.

THE "REAL" THEME

The books main theme is supposed to be the fun of "fantasy" and the world of "imagination". But the underlying theme that reoccurs throughout all three books is that the occult world (witchcraft/wizardry etc.) is being presented as perfectly acceptable and harmless for children.

The truth is that the world of witchcraft is not fantasy and it is not fun... it is very real and it is not a happy world. It is in fact a world of fear, suspicion, competition (for self gain) and disrespect for authority. Also witchcraft is a bona fide, tax-exempt "religion" in this country with an agenda contrary to every moral Judeo-Christian fiber that built this nation and should not be OK'd reading in our schools.

Proponents of these books are wrong in comparing them to Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The central characters in these books are not witches and wizards. Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) is not a practicing witch. Peter Pan, Charlie and the kids in C.S. Lewis’ book are not deriving their success in life from practicing the occult or witchcraft themselves. It exists in their worlds, yes... but it is not their lifestyle! Kids identifying with Harry are being told that these occult powers are O.K. for use! They're working for Harry ... why not you, too!

More wrong themes are:

#1: Harry's disrespect for authority. In "The Sorcerer's Stone," Harry disregards his teacher's order and is later honored for it!

#2: Muggles or "humans without one drop of magic in them" are painted as losers and know-nothings (that's us folks).

#3: The book’s discussion guide suggests that Harry's fantasy world of flying cars, dragons, magic and sorcery becomes "real" as readers discover truths about bravery, loyalty, and the power of love. The truth is we should not be looking to the world of the "occult" to find our "truths" In life... it is filled with deception and lies. (John 17:17; Eph. 4;14,15,25)

#4: In the "Sorcerer's Stone," Harry is told that "there is no good and evil, there is only power... and those too weak to seek it." This presents "good" (the weak) as losers. Also, there is good and evil in the world. God and Satan are real and to suggest anything else will lead someone into a world of lies. (Gen. 2:19, 3:5)

The conflict between good and evil is nothing new for sure, but how these books present it is deceptive. Harry is a wizard and is being taught divination (crystal ball reading and tea leaf reading) and other occult practices. He is the hero and uses his powers of darkness to fight a greater power in the dark world (the evil Lord Voldemort) who murdered his parents (who were also witch and wizard).

What this is saying is that it's O.K. to use evil to fight evil if your intent is for self gain. That is a cardinal doctrine of Satanism and will lead you to believe that you can control the use of evil. The truth is that Satan (in the real world) loves to deceive people into thinking this so he can pull them deeper into his world to ultimately destroy them.

#5: One of the most blatant statements of witchcraft doctrine comes when Harry is told by a professor "after all, to the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." (The Sorcerer's Stone, pg 302)

This is Wicca Witchcraft doctrine pure and simple. Starhawk (a noted witch) states in the book Spiral Dance, "Death is not an end, it is a stage in the cycle that leads on to rebirth. After death, the human soul is said to rest in "Summerland" the Land of Eternal Youth, where it is refreshed, grows young and is made ready to be born again."

The Bible makes it clear that reincarnation is a false hope. (Heb 9:27)


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