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Readers Respond: What Do You Think About the Potter Phenomenon?

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Share your opinions on the Harry Potter series from a Christian standpoint. How has the series impacted you? What's your opinion on the Boy Wizard and his adventures?

Harry Potter is the devil in disguise

I personally hate Harry Potter it breaks every sin that can be found in the Bible as well as the 10 commandments. Witchcraft is just wrong and the fact that it is being brought into mainstream society makes me physically sick!!! All Harry Potter books should be burnt and the films destroyed from existence so the world can return to the peace and harmony that this silly wizard boy has so wrongly taken away from us. To compare Harry Potter with Jesus should be a crime punishable by death!
—Guest Tasmin

Not a fan of Harry Potter

I know people who really like HP. I have not read one book but I have watched some of the movies. I am a young christian who is still learning and I didn't think that the HP movies could be treated as harmful to the christian life style. I'd like to note that Guest Jason O is stating a very good point by saying if God would sit with us and watch these movies. They certainly are based upon magic and witchcraft, which do not come from God and are from the devil. I have come to the conclusion that it is important to ask ourselves - when watching or reading any type of movie or book - if God would enjoy it too.
—Guest Cindy

don't put God in a box...

I think people are not looking at HP as it actually is. It's not a story about magic; it's about love, mercy, and the battle between good and evil. Yes, it does have spells. Avada Kedabra means "disappear with these words." Yes, it's about characters with magic powers, but God gives all his children gifts. Who is to say He wouldn't give someone magic powers if He so desired? He does some rather unexpected thing, after all. I think it's time we stop putting God and our perhaps limited and skewed world in a manageable box. God works in mysterious ways; if someone wrote a story about Jesus today and we didn't know that Jesus was real, we would probably call his miracles witchcraft too. Some perspective is needed before making judgements. Please think about what I and others have said before you decide for yourself whether or not to keep God in your limiting cubby-hole. I advise you open up your heart and mind to something that God may be trying to tell you about, like love, the theme of H
—Guest GuestAnnMarie

don't put God in a box...

I think people are not looking at HP as it actually is. It's not a story about magic; it's about love, mercy, and the battle between good and evil. Yes, it does have spells. Avada Kedabra means "disappear with these words." Yes, it's about characters with magic powers, but God gives all his children gifts. Who is to say He wouldn't give someone magic powers if He so desired? He does some rather unexpected thing, after all. I think it's time we stop putting God and our perhaps limited and skewed world in a manageable box. God works in mysterious ways; if someone wrote a story about Jesus today and we didn't know that Jesus was real, we would probably call his miracles witchcraft too. Some perspective is needed before making judgements. Please think about what I and others have said before you decide for yourself whether or not to keep God in your limiting cubby-hole. I advise you open up your heart and mind to something that God may be trying to tell you about, like love, the theme of H
—Guest GuestAnnMarie

Sent by Satan

I think HP has been sent by the devil and should be destroyed, as it has destroyed our faith and beliefs. It supports whitchcraft and makes evil sound good and should be got rif of immediatly or the whole world and future generations are in danger.
—Guest Emma S

Flirting with the World!

I never read the books, but I watched all the movies. Yes, I believe that there are good morals in Harry Potter, and that they are funny and well directed. But from an unbiased Christian perspective (which is really hard when emotionally attached to Harry, Ron, and Hermoine) we are to take NO part in witch craft and demonic forces. What goes into our heads will effect us one way or the other. Alianora, and others that these are fine or that they dont effect many people.. consider this.. If George Lucas can have people running around with fake lightsabers and capes on, can't J. K. Rowling get us to carry wands around and "attempt" to preform magic? At one point I got too caught up in that stuff and after realizing how bad they were, I even threw away a book from another series like it. If you want a good read with good morals, love and adventure... try the BIBLE. And if that doesn't float your boat, there are so many alternatives that you can try!!
—Guest Olivia

Recovering

I used to love Harry Potter. I was obsessed with it. It was my favorite, but I have had a feeling everytime I watched or read it. I finally started looking at it from a biblical point of view and realized it was wrong. I am trying to get rid of the influence in my life now. If everyone would please pray for me I would appreciate it.
—Guest Ashley

I love it!

I cannot remember a time when I was not a Christian and I first remember reading Harry Potter when I was eight. I thought it was fantastic! I agree with Michelle; I have never felt drawn to witchcraft in any way. Okay, so you hear the odd story about those who do, but they are incredibly uncommon. The books teach about love, and sacrifice, and good winning over evil - the same doctrines we have! JK Rowling has said she believes in God - how is this any different from the magic in CS Lewis's books, or JRR Tolkien's? Besides, there are two Bible verses within the book - "The last enemy that shall be defeated is death" and "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also". In fact, Rowling herself said that the books were based around these two quotes. The magic is just fiction - but through this fiction Rowling has portrayed amazing themes and values.
—ineedfreshairbluesky

The Sin Masked in Obsession

I know that some christians read Harry Potter books but little do they know, that thoagh the temptation is great, so is the consequense. I asked my mom why she was strict on me not reading those books, and here is the answer ladies and genlemen of Christ. The Harry Potter Books teach demonic things such as spells and potions of such. Do christians practice spells? No, they don't. It was actually learnt that children who read the Harry Potter series got into tiny seance groups and began chanting the spells. It was also documented that a girl was KILLED in one of those groups. If you have an obsession, pray to God before your time runs out and throw away those books. Good things cannot be wrought from bad things, christians.
—Guest Jackia

It's Fiction!

Honestly, people make way too big of a deal out of Harry Potter. They are very entertaining and well written books. There is nothing immoral being portrayed in the story. The seemingly huge issue that some Christians have about it is the witchcraft. While witchcraft is condemned in the bible, the Harry Potter series is FICTION, the books don't once give the message that the reader could ever perform magic. While I enjoy the books and movies, never once did I feel like I could perform magic or even want to have magical power. I have the discernment not to believe in fictional books but I am also able to enjoy them.
—Guest Michelle

Harry Potter

I believe that all this obsessing is borderline idolatry. Personal opinion, though. Now, here is a thought on if Christians should watch it or not... Witchcraft and sorcery are portrayed in the Harry Potter movies. They are Biblically abominations. The Bible says not to bring abominations into your home. (Deuteronomy 7:26) Another thought, I used ot love Harry Potter. I tried to watch it one day and felt so convicted. When we do things, we need to think "would we watch this with Jesus, who is God? Would we watch something portraying something Biblically unacceptable? We are called to be seperate and live in light, following after Jesus. Above all, when doing this, we must GUARD OUR HEARTS.
—Guest Jason O

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