I do not hide the fact that I am a Harry Potter fan, that I have seen all the movies, and read all but three of the books twice. Still, there remains a great deal of consternation in the Christian Church concerning Harry Potter and its supposed links to the occult. (A good example of such hysteria is found at www.sliceoflaodicea.com. Search around, you’ll find the rants and hysteria concerning all things non-muggle related.
Well, here’s a link to an alternative look at Harry Potter at the Modern Reformation website. I don’t think the author’s conclusion is right nor all of his conclusions, but I do think he is fair and realistic. It’s a helpful little essay that will surely help anyone caught in the middle. Plus, it is a healthy alternative to all the diatribes that continue to embarrass Christians like me who love books, stories, and quality literature and who realize that the author of Harry Potter has planted seeds in the lives of millions of people around the world–even if unwittingly (remember the High Priest of Israel did that one time too; John 11:49-53). Now, those seeds must be watered.
PS–I got to thinking about Potter one day when reading a post at Slice. Folks were going on and on about how the devil can use Harry Potter to lure people into witchcraft and all such things. I got to thinking about this: When Jesus was being tempted by the devil in the wilderness do you know what the devil quoted? That’s right: Scripture! Harry Potter was the furthest thing from his (the devil’s) mind. My point is this: the devil could use anything to lure people into sin: Harry Potter, the Bible, Ann Landers, a cookbook, your checkbook, Redbook, Reader’s Digest, the Wall Street Journal. It doesn’t matter. He doesn’t discriminate.