Saturday, July 23, 2005

Harry Potter

I've never had a problem with the Harry Potter books. In fact, I've loved reading them all.

John Granger says he knows why people love J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books:
Finding Christianity -- in Harry Potter.

Here's another article that makes a good point, many people who are critical of the books haven't even read them, so they don't really know what they are talking about!

A quote from Christianity Today - The Return of Harry Potter:
The Bible clearly condemns witchcraft and tells Christians to "avoid every kind of evil" (1 Thess. 5:22). But for the most part, Christian experts agree that the world of wizards and spells created by Rowling is not the same as the occult-type practices Scripture condemns. "The magic in these books is purely mechanical," says Charles Colson, Christianity Today magazine columnist and head of Breakpoint ministries. "Harry and his friends don't make contact with the supernatural world." The magic serves as a framework for the story, a technique used by writers as far back as Shakespeare, Tolkien and de Troyes (the creator of the King Arthur tales).

According to Italian theologian Massimo Intovigne, "Magic is the main metaphor for life in fairy tales. If one should ban Harry Potter, one should also ban Peter Pan, Cinderella and Pinocchio. Harry Potter, unlike a number of cartoon superheroes, doesn't win because he's more proficient at magic than the bad guys. He wins because he's intelligent and brave, and more human than his opponents. What the bad guys utterly lack is human feelings and basic human values."

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