How Strange! Thousands of children lined up outside bookstores waiting
for them to open so they can buy a book? In the children's world awash
with television, internet and video games, how can a mere book create
such a demand? It seems like magic.
It is! The hero of the book is Harry Potter, wizard in training.
The book is the 4th in the Harry Potter series claimed by some Christian
leaders to be innocent fictional fantasy. Others, such as ex-witch
William Schnoebelen, see them as training manuals for a new generation
Readers of the Harry Potter books are "...immersing themselves in
the magic world-view that does not fit with the Bible," Schnoebelen
points out. The plot is different than good Christian fiction where
the good and Godly win out over evil. "The Harry Potter books, in
common with most horror and fantasy material, present a godless
universe, one in which the most powerful wizard wins," says Schnoebelen.
"Our youth are awash in a culture that promotes evil, occultism,
lust and power for its own sake. The magic world-view is all around
them. It is promoted in Pokemon, in television, movies and music.
More critical, it is often promoted in classrooms."
Yes, many teachers are ignoring the dark side of the Potter books
and using them in class simply because it promotes an interest in
reading. But John Andrew Murray writes on a Focus On The Family
web site for teachers: "It is the world of witchcraft found in Harry
Potter that is the greatest threat of all. This world...is presenting
occult practices in a way that is attractive and fun." This
"desensitization to witchcraft" can only "lead to serious spiritual
consequences in the future."
The author, J. K. Rowling, claims that the book series will end
after the 7th book to be released in 2003. In the meantime, movie
rights have been sold to Warner Brothers who hopes to make billions
of dollars promoting the Harry Potter craze. Soon we will see
cartoon spin-offs, theme-park rides and interactive games.
So Harry Potter, born wizard, raised by dull, useless, boring,
relatives (who resemble fundamentalist Christians) attends an exciting
school for wizards where he learns that power is the ultimate moral
choice, irrespective of good or evil. In the process he experiences
episodes of astral projection, levitation, blood sacrifices, animal
sacrifices and a baby boiled in a cauldron.
He deals with werewolves and vampires, and learns to cast spells,
lie, cheat on homework, and that death is just the "next great
For Bible believers who are admonished to avoid even the "appearance
of evil" the Harry Potter craze is just another wave in the ocean of
evil washing over our land. Soul winners must use it as another
opportunity to stand against Satan's strategy and witness to Biblical