Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Atonement

by Dan Miller
AtonementThe books on our shelves contain a lot of good things but are also prone to error. No matter what we read, whether for pleasure or education, I do not believe we should accept any idea that isn’t biblical. Books should be divided in our minds into two categories: “Scripture” and “all else.” There is danger in communicating that some books are trustworthy and that others are untrustworthy. Of course, there are levels of trust, but only Scripture is truly trustworthy. Certain books will have certain errors and certain dangers. Some are more dangerous than others. We benefit from being aware of the specific dangers of specific books. This knowledge will affect whether we read and how we read. The purpose of this article is to elaborate on some of the dangers in the Harry Potter series while maintaining their value.

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The Harry Potter Books

nick6.jpgNote: This article was originally published in April 2005 as part seven in a series about “The Christian and Fantastic Literature.”

by Kevin T. Bauder

Harry Potter has become a phenomenon. These books have provoked unbelievable enthusiasm among both children and adults. They have also provoked unbelievable controversy from some on the religious right.
Harry PotterThe enthusiasm is understandable. J.K. Rowling has captured the whimsy of a generation in the Potter series, especially in the earlier volumes. Much of the series is simply a delightful romp, almost a parody of the fantastic genre. Witches ride broomsticks, but mainly to play airborne soccer (quidditch). Trolls are discovered to have boogers. Characters move from fireplace to fireplace through the “floo network.” Much of the charm of Harry Potter comes from its quality as a spoof. It is a cross between J.R.R. Tolkien and Mad Magazine.

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Harry Potter: Anything of Value?

by Dan Miller

At midnight tonight is the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. This seventh and final book about “the boy who lived” will be released about 10 years after the completion of the first book of the series. The books, of course, are wildly popular. As of this writing (July 16), more than 1.3 million copies of book seven have been pre-ordered potter_regard.jpgon Amazon.com. In the first printing, 12 million copies have been reserved for the U.S. market alone.

Over the last several years, there has been great speculation regarding what will happen to Harry and his fellow characters. It has also been a period of concern for Christians regarding the appropriateness of children reading books that include magic. This summer, the speculation will be over, but the concern will continue. How should Christians regard these books?

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