The reading phenomenon known as “Harry Potter” is sweeping the globe, and it truly has an international presence as readers in 200 nations, and in over 40 languages, indulge in this series. A U.S. consumer research survey reports that over half of all children between the ages of 6 and 17 have read at least one Harry Potter book. Many children, teachers, and parents are avid fans, and many have read all seven books. This series encouraged more children to read, inspiring a reading boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Harry Potter is amazing, and you should read it too
This series of books by British author J.K. Rowling focuses on the adventures of young Harry, who is selected to attend the prestigious 1000-year-old Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry himself is an orphan, his parents wizards as well, and very good ones at that. They were murdered by the evil Lord Voldemort. But when Lord Voldemort, the most powerful Dark Wizard for a century, turned the curse that had killed so many witches and wizards on Harry Potter, it rebounded upon Voldemort, ripping him from his body, and his powers gone, barely alive, he fled.
Young Harry is given a strange marking on his forehead. Unable to kill Harry, in revenge, Voldemort sears a death curse of a lightning bolt on Harry's forehead.
Little is said about Harry's parents being killed until he is around 10 years old. At the age of 11, Harry travels to Hogwarts, where he and and other students are taught by the faculty, all accomplished wizards and witches, how to properly use magical tools potions, and spells.
One such tool is a tail feather from the powerful, mythical Phoenix bird. The school Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, owns such a bird, a symbol of resurrection. Both Harry and Lord Voldemort use the tail feather in their wands, perhaps symbolizing. The wand is only one of many magical items used and studied.
A Fantasy World Edit
Children are understandably fascinated with the kind of power that Harry and others in his world possess. Author JK Rowling says,
"The idea that we could have a child who escapes from the confines of the adult world and goes somewhere where he has power, both literally and metaphorically, really appealed to me."
Many non-insane Christian leaders agree that it is quite acceptable for the Christian reader, including Chuck Colson of Breakpoint, the editors of World Magazine, and Connie Neal (author of What's A Christian To Do With Harry Potter?)
We know this all sounds awesome, and you should go out right now and buy Harry Potter for your children. While a few Christians don't even like to read or see classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Lord of the Rings, or Chronicles of Narnia due to the "mere presence of evil," as they say. They are one-sided evangelists, and are thus not to be trusted because they still can't get past their Puritan forefathers' statutes and staples.
Many parents agree. According to the American Library Association, the best-selling Harry Potter series has topped the list of the nation's most frequently challenged books for two years in a row.
All Wiccans flatly deny any link between Potter's world and theirs, and the evidence is undeniably clear that Harry Potter has no Pagan worship or references to it, and it has been denied by most larger Pagan religions.
So, what is a Christian to do? Drive to the bookstore, buy, and read. Drive to the bookstore eand pre-order it on Barnes & Noble, and take a worldview of morality outside of the Bible, seeking to please Jesus, and show Him that you are a truly good person, and truly understood what he meant. Buy out copies of Harry Potter, and read other reviews outside your Christian branch, such as Baptist, Catholic, and Orthodox reviews on it, and read it, and then recommend it to the Sunday School teacher, as you love it if you just give it a chance. You will see it is not "pagan," but instead is a heartwarming, action-packed story of a young boy. We highly recommend trashing your copy of Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged, because it only shows a Puritan side of things, and is not good for modern readers. Enjoy Harry Potter with your family!