Hi Tom,
Yes, I know several groups who have expressly condemned Harry Potter and some places of worship (not necessarily all Christian) have banned their members from reading the books. I agree with your point that in the end Harry Potter shows good character and morale--that friends are important--and that life is a struggle but you have to keep pressing on. I am a monotheist, and one problem I've observed with "fundamentalists" is that they tell you the only real stories are those found in your holy book. However, kids today are saying "we don't care about them, what happened to them happened over 2000 years ago." They need something to relate to in today's times. I see a lot of the common monotheistic practices have been incorporated into Harry Potter, so that's a perfect example. Yet, religious groups are banning it everywhere simply because it contains magic. They're attacking the messenger rather than the message itself and I find that it is hurting the entire monotheistic faith as a whole, simply because people love fundamentalism, so when something like this comes out, most people think "look, this is how a Muslim, or a Jew or a Christian acts. Let's be atheist!"
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Hi,
That's just another example of how diverse opinions can be between Christian groups, and why we should be careful not to paint everyone with the same brush. I've read that J.K. Rowling is suppose to be a Christian, but yet some Christians revile her for writing Harry Potter. There doesn't seam to be any rational or logical reasoning behind such a diverse opinion like that other than the fact some people are more liberal, open minded, and others see everything in shades of black and white. Weather or not the Harry Potter books, games, movies, and toys is actually evil, Satanic, whatever is completely subjective. That's why I think such decisions have to be personal, and someone should base his/her opinion on facts and good research rather than on assumptions.

The fact of the matter is there are plenty of good moral lessons found in each of the Harry Potter books worth teaching our children. In the Deathly Hallows Harry rescues Drako from certain death even though Drako really didn't deserve being rescued. However, because Harry was good, a caring person at heart, he put his own safety on the line to save an enemy. That shows good moral character, and is worth passing on to our kids. never mind if the books have magic, people use spells, etc good values are good values no matter in what medium is used to pass them on weather it is a game, book, or movie.


Darren Harris wrote:
And yet the author of LOTR himself was a christian and interweeved a lot
of his beliefs into the whole story. So I don't quite get that one.



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