Harry Potter Plus
Icons & Bad Advice
1 John 4:4:1
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they
are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into
Numerous icons of
Christian leadership have accepted and promoted Harry Potter
as harmless and even helpful for young people. It stands to
reason that if something is promoted as good for Christians,
it should be able to stand the test of Scripture. Here are a
few quotes from these 'leaders':
Colson, in his
Breakpoint broadcast, praised Potter and his friends for
their: "Courage, loyalty, and a willingness to sacrifice
for one another-even at the risk of their lives."
Colson's essay can be found in his Internet site's archives at
"If your kids do
develop a taste for Harry Potter and his wizard friends,
this interest might just open them up to an appreciation for
other fantasy books with a distinctly Christian
worldview," Colson continued. "When your kids
finish reading Harry Potter, give them
C.S. Lewis' 'Narnia'
books and J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy.
These books also feature wizards and
witches and magical potions -- but in addition, they inspire
the imagination within a Christian framework -- and prepare
the hearts of readers for the real-life story of
Colson presented Potter's
satanic practices as: "Purely mechanical, as opposed to
occultic. That is, Harry and his friends cast spells, read
crystal balls, and turn themselves into animals-but they don't
make contact with a supernatural world."
Really???? All the ghosts,
poltergeists, goblins, ghouls, elves and so on that they talk
to, the divination, shape-shifting, use of spells and
talismans, levitation, astral projection, demon possession,
automatic writing and so on, are not of the supernatural
or occult world? Isn't witchcraft itself a religion contrary
Let's take a moment and
evaluate the following based on Chuck Colson's statements:
When Harry hears voices
threatening his life --Inside cover of The Chamber of
Secrets: Harry hears evil voices, sinister messages appear
on the wall,
--when Trelawney is demon
possessed and channels a demon who speaks through her,
--when Harry is
demonically attacked several times, has psychic dreams, is
involved in necromancy...,
--when Voldemort possesses
Wormtail and Ginny, and, quoting the evil Lord Voldemort who
had possessed the body of Quirrell and who had his face on
the back of Quirrell's head,
"See what I have
become?" the face said. "Mere shadow and vapour...I
have a form only when I can share another's body...but
there have always been those willing to let me into their
hearts and minds...Unicorn blood has strengthened me...you
saw faithful Quirrell drinking it for me in the
forest...and once I have the Elixir of Life, I will be
able to create a body of my own..."[ p 213 of HP
& The Philosopher's Stone]
And from page 566, 568 of
HP & The Goblet of Fire, Voldemort again speaking,
"I was ripped from my body, I was less than spirit,
less than the meanest ghost...but still I was alive. What I
was even I do not know...I who have gone further than
anybody along the path that leads to immortality. You
know my goal--to conquer death...I could possess the bodies
of others...inhabited animals, snakes, of course being
my preference-but I was little better off inside them as
a pure spirit, for their bodies were ill-adapted to
perform magic...and my possession of them shortened their
lives...a wizard...I took possession of his body...I was
not to be assured immortal life...the servant dies when
I left his body....I could not hope to be sent another
wizard to possess..." Page 574 of that same book
presents demon possession and refusal of it.
And the possession of
Ginny---page 228 of The Chamber of Secrets, " [Voldemort]
grew stronger on her fears, poured a little of his soul back
---these are not of the
supernatural? Not of the occult? Not making spiritual or
religious statements that can impact a child or adult? Just
Rowling made many statements
in her books intended to have deeper meaning. Being a teacher
she would be well aware of the impact a suggestion can make on
a child. For example, on page 24 of the Philosopher's Stone,.
Harry mentions that he had a dream about a motorbike that was
flying, which is the form of conveyance used to transport
Harry from his parents house to the Dursley's. His Uncle
Vernon yells and states "MOTORBIKES DON'T FLY."
Harry agrees and states it was only a dream. "But he
wished he hadn't said anything. If there was one thing the
Dursley's hated even more than his asking questions, it was
his talking about anything acting in a way it shouldn't, no
matter if it was in a dream or even a cartoon--they seemed to
think he might get dangerous ideas." Shortly after this
exchange they are in the zoo where Harry befriends and talks
to a snake in 'parseltongue' and then, through his unknown
wizardry, releases the snake.
Several messages are being
conveyed. Keep things hidden that your parents might not
approve of. Teaching curriculum demands that children be
taught that their parents views or beliefs are biased and that
their own beliefs must be developed based on finding their own
sources of information--which are conveyed to be good,
regardless of whether the source is in fact good in God's
sight. God says "train up a child," it is not to be
left to them. Cartoons, dreams--including psychic dreams, and
other sources viewed by parents as unacceptable, are harmless
and good, if the child views them as such. The incident
of Harry talking with the snake is not unlike the snake in the
Garden of Eden.
On Page 187 of The Goblet of
Fire, comes the idea, "You're not supposed to be old
enough to deal with it...the sooner you know what you're up
against, the better. How are you supposed to defend yourself
against something you've never seen." Although this was
talking about 'defense against curses and dark magic' the
meaning and ideas are no different than that used in the
promotion of sex ed and condoms and other problems. Many set
aside the viewpoints of parents or at times the School board
decision, in favor of 'doing what's best' for the children.
The message was said very clearly in the Potter books where
the "ministry of magic' didn't think they should have the
information but the 'good' Albus Dumbledore and Moody decided
they would ignore the rules and give the information they
The idea in real life is
that children need all manner of information, the sooner the
better, and hinges on promotion and acceptance of all manner
of practices including homosexuality. The indoctrination of
ideas begins in Kindergarten, where ideas are easily molded
into innocent minds. The sell is that it helps children to be
ready to handle the various situations by giving them 'the
tools', and removes the bias of parental teaching and beliefs,
placing teachers, etc., as 'good' sources of information. It's
left on the child's shoulders to determine what is morally and
spiritually right for them, based on seeking out and finding
what they will, directed discretely by the beliefs of the
teacher. What action they choose merely exhibits their
willingness to make a 'fully informed' decision and handle the
consequences, according to school curriculum ideas. We've seen
how well these tactics work, as promiscuity, pregnancy, drug
and alcohol use and so on have escalated while the age of the
victim has plummeted.
Now that the door is opened
to studying and practicing witchcraft, how many will choose it
as a 'good source'? God said to 'train up a child in the way
they should go." He didn't say to let children have any
and all information and let them decide what's best for
themselves. That comes when they are older. Our thoughts as
Christians are to be focused on the Lord. The wicked will not
Psalm 10:3 "For the
wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the
covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. 4 The wicked, through the
pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not
in all his thoughts."
Proverbs 6:16-18 16 These
six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet
that be swift in running to mischief,...
In The Chamber of Secrets,
Rowling plants the idea that a desired birthday gift
"would be harmony between all magic and non-magic
peoples-though I wouldn't say no to Ogden's Old Firewhiskey."
[p.78] How New Age! Harmony and peace between those who follow
the god of this world and those who follow Jesus Christ.
Harmony and peace between witches who are an abomination to
God according to Scriptural truth, and those who reject
witchcraft as that abomination. It cannot happen but it is the
ideal the occultists, UN One World Religion and others are
pursuing. Except, Christians will never be a part of that
As far as an adult --a
teacher at that--asking, what are portrayed as teenage
students, for whiskey as a birthday present--does anything
need to be said???
Another message that Rowling
presented was found on page 114 of the Philosopher's Stone.
Speaking of the history of Hogwarts, which was founded by
" the four greatest witches and wizards of the age",
"they built this castle together, away from prying Muggle
eyes, for it was an age when magic was feared by common people
and witches and wizards suffered much persecution.'...founders
worked in harmony together, seeking out youngsters who showed
signs of magic and bringing them to the castle to be
Conclusion: magic and
witchcraft is acceptable and good today, although it wasn't
years ago. Children and youth are capable of learning to be
good witches and wizards---it's not just for adults.
James Dobson's Focus on the
Family made the following comment: "Harry Potter is a
standard tale of good vs. evil, and good always wins in the
end. Harry, the hero, often triumphs because of his upright
character and pure motives. Unconditional love and courage are
held as ideals of great importance. By following Harry and his
best friend Ron, the reader gets a glimpse of true loyalty and
friendship, as well as self-sacrifice."
on the Family's Plugged In Magazine, presented 4 reviews
of the Potter books, plus reviews of CS. Lewis and Tolkien
writings. Presenting itself as " We've put together the
best information available to help you and your family make
informed decisions" and "Go to a source you can
trust: Focus on the Family Youth Culture Analyst Lindy
In the four Plugged In
reviews of the Potter books, book
two has the statement, "Very little change from the
way witchcraft is portrayed in Book I. Again, magic is
employed as a tool, an art, a diversion, and a weapon, yet
nothing "occultic" is ever invoked."
"...Harry also finds out that he's a parselmouth, or
someone who can talk to snakes. At first he is frightened
because the ability to speak in this tongue has generally been
granted only to Dark wizards, but eventually it becomes clear
that Harry will be able to use his parseltongue for good—to
defeat the monster in the Chamber of Secrets..."
The review lists a startling
amount of Positive elements, which quite frankly, are a gloss
over of what the books are about. The third
review, as lukewarm and lacking in it's Biblical analysis
as the others, states, "....This is the closest that the
books come to an appeal to an outside, or occultic, source
("The Sight"). Their instructor says to them,
"We shall start by practicing relaxing the conscious mind
and external eyes . . . so as to clear the Inner Eye and the
superconscious. Perhaps, if we are lucky, some of you will See
before the end of class." This Sight is referenced
as a gift with a vague origin. Dark Magic is still seen
as a great evil to be combated by good witches and wizards.
[bolding and underline added] http://www.family.org/pplace/pi/harrypotter/A0018564.cfm
book review, again makes light and in fact dismisses the
occult teachings of the books and is a study of
contradictory thought, fully omitting, as is done in the
others, the occult imagery, symbolism and actual
practices of the occult. "...Despite Rowling's
hints that the books will become darker, it's not in the area
of magic that the trend occurs. Little has changed from how
magic is portrayed in the first three books: stereotypical; a
skill rather than a power. ....Only one professor teaches
magical skills as though they are connected to an outside
source—professor Trelawney of Divination Class—and she is
increasingly portrayed as silly and superstitious." http://www.family.org/pplace/pi/harrypotter/A0018563.cfm
Update: April 7, 2008.
A reader mentioned that Dr
Dobson does not endorse Potter. From the press release,
concerning an article in the Washington Post, in the following
Dr. Dobson: 'What I Think
About Harry Potter'
Focus on the
Family's Chairman responds to recent
misinformation in the press.
"...In a story about
Christians' views on the Harry Potter books and
films, reporter Jacqueline Salmon wrote that "Christian
parenting guru James Dobson has praised the Potter books."
This is the exact opposite of
Dr. Dobson's opinion — in fact,
he said a few years ago on his
daily radio broadcast that "We
have spoken out strongly against
all of the Harry Potter
products." His rationale
for that statement: Magical
characters — witches, wizards,
ghosts, goblins, werewolves,
poltergeists and so on — fill
the Harry Potter
stories, and given the trend
toward witchcraft and New Age
ideology in the larger culture,
it's difficult to ignore the
effects such stories (albeit
imaginary) might have on young,
impressionable minds. ..."
The question would be, why
were the reviews not clearly renouncing the Potter books in the
Plugged In Magazine, written by Focus staff? That information
was not manufactured nor misinterpreted. It is what it is.
It should be noted that
knowledge of the occult and it's practices, rituals and
behaviors are learned over time. Many view it as levels of
initiation, which incidentally, is found in the occult content
of the books. To suggest that skill is not involved in real
witchcraft is incorrect. It is skill mixed with and acceptance
of the power that comes from the demonic. That is found in the
very first book, where Hagrid makes the comment to Harry,
"Not a wizard eh? Never made things happen when you was
scared or angry? ...every odd thing .... had happened when he,
Harry, had been upset or angry..."[p.47 ]
Harry's power supposedly
comes from Generational witchcraft with his parents having
been powerful Witches. Each of the students and teachers at
the Hogwarts school are admitted practicing witches and
wizards. Therefore, they already are of the demonic and have
the 'power'. The students are simply learning the tricks of
the trade, no different than in real life witchcraft and
satanism. As the curriculum shows, the knowledge of the
craft is added to yearly, just as in real life.
The various contradictions
and omissions of occult practices will be addressed. What is
shameful to me, is that there is little to no mention of
Biblical truth in comparison to what is presented in the
books. They are merely evaluated from a humanistic standpoint
allowing for the very basic deception that there is good evil. God
does not view wickedness and those who are of the occult in a
pleasing manner. Rather, Psalm 7:11 states, " God judgeth
the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every
Roy Maynard, author for World Magazine praised Harry Potter
and the Sorcerer's Stone as: "A delight-with a surprising
bit of depth ... Rowling ... keeps it safe, inoffensive,
and non-occult. This is the realm of Gandalf and
the Wizard of Id, not witchcraft. There is a fairy-tale
order to it all in which, as Chesterton and Tolkien
pointed out, magic must have rules, and good does
not-cannot-mix with bad."
Since a wizard is a witch,
pray tell, how can it not be about witchcraft, when the very
school is a school of witchcraft and wizardry? Rowlings said
the vehicle of the stories was witchcraft. One of Satan's
greatest tools is the mixing of good and evil, that is, truth
and error. To suggest that magic--which is forbidden and an
abomination to God--has to have rules that keep the good from
mixing with bad--is quite frankly, trash.
We are reminded again that
God clearly had written into His Word, in 1 Timothy 1:4 "Neither
give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister
questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so
do." So, how can those claiming to belong to God, teach
something that is contrary to God's word?"
Can Satan cast out Satan?
Can something that is an abomination to our Lord be called
good and a defense against another part of that same
Mark 3:23 "And he
called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can
Satan cast out Satan?
24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom
25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot
26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he
cannot stand, but hath an end."
Wheaton College professor
Alan Jacobs said that Harry Potter promotes: "A kind of
spiritual warfare.... A struggle between good and evil....
There is in books like this the possibility for serious moral
reflection ... the question of what to do with magic powers is
explored in an appropriate and morally serious way."
One should pause
here--'explored in an appropriate and morally serious
What to do with magic
powers? There's no dilemma. It's really quite simple. Since
magic and witchcraft are of the occult Christians are to have
nothing to do with it. Since Rowling is not of the Lord
Jesus Christ, hence not a source for providing sound doctrine
or teachings, how can there be anything to reflect upon? She's
clearly writing about spiritual matters and making very
serious spiritual statements and teachings which contradict
Biblical truth. In interviews she has quoted Buddhists sayings
favorably and although queried about her religious beliefs and
that of her parents, those issues remain hidden. That is,
hidden and avoided in interviews, but not according to what
one reads in these books.
Matthew 7:18 "A good
tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree
bring forth good fruit."
Psalm 1:1 "Blessed is
the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor
standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law
doth he meditate day and night."
that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD."
Christianity Today magazine
published the following comment: "We think you should
read the Harry Potter books to your kids. The literary
witchcraft of the series has almost no resemblance to the
I-am-God mumbo jumbo of Wiccan circles. Author Rowling has
created a world with real good and evil, and Harry is
definitely on the side of light fighting the 'dark powers'...
Among the laugh-out-loud scenes are wonderful examples of
compassion, loyalty, courage, friendship and
No resemblance to the
'I-am-God mumbo jumbo of Wiccan circles"????? No theology
intertwined in the dialogue or practices that would lead a
child away from Biblical truth? I disagree. On page 211 of the
Philosopher's Stone, we read, "There is no good and evil,
there is only power, and those too weak to seek it. "
Page 206, when the chess
pieces come alive, and Harry won the match, the white king
took off his crown and cast it at Harry's feet. Harry is of
the occult. The imagery is reminiscent of servants of
Christ casting their crowns at His feet. Revelation 4:10
"Death is but the next
great adventure" p 215 This was justification for
the suicide of 666 year old Nicholas Flamel and his wife, who
died 'for the greater good.' Aside from the wicked implication
of 666 and the mark of the beast and anti-christ, it suggests
that death merely moves one onto another life, ie.
reincarnation. It in no way upholds the truth of God's
judgment, eternal peace versus eternal torment and so on.
Death is held up as glorious, but God says that we are to view
death as something else.
Proverbs 8:36 But he that
sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate
me love death.
The mention of the 'Inner
Eye' in the divination class, as well as the presentation of
palmistry, astrology, tarot, crystal balls, tea leaves, runes
and so on are all part of Wiccan mumbo jumbo--in real life and
real time. Reverse writing is used in the mirror of "erised".
Meaning desire written backwards. Something that real
Satanists are taught--and required--to do.
Runes are occult symbols
used to communicate with the subconcious, as talismans, used
for charms and magic spells, divination, and shaman use them
to communicate with the dead. The 'Inner Eye' or all seeing
eye is the emblem of Osiris whose equivalent is the Indian god
Shiva. In a nutshell it means Satan.
And the 'I AM God"
mumbo jumbo is found in the very name of Voldemort who
epitomizes Satan. While Rowling had his original name as Tom
Marvolo Riddle, she did not derive Lord Voldermort from that
name. Rather the reverse is more likely true. The name means
" I AM LORD Voldermort " Vol de mort --- is
the French for 'flight or end of death', or possibly 'theft of
death'. His pursuit for immortality through the 'Elixir
of Life, and creating a new body is no different than what
occultists have been trying to accomplish since the Garden of
Eden, that is, to conquer death, be immortal and be God. That
is precisely what is presented in various activities and
dialogues in the books. The "good wizards" already
have the Elixir of Life through Flamel and Dumbledore's
alchemy, and as shown by the example of Flamel, live well
beyond mortal years.
One of the more disturbing
messages is found in the Goblet of Fire. Certain occult
imagery and blatant witchcraft will be addressed later, but
the one message that caught my eye has to do with Voldermort,
who is raised to full power in a satanic ritual which included
grave robbing and drinking blood. After his followers are
summoned through his mark on their arm---yes, the mark of the
beast implications are clear--his worshippers arrive on the
scene. They can't believe their eyes. Their leader was back in
full power, and the wizards are arriving, "...Apparating.
All of them were hooded and masked. And one by one they moved
forwards...slowly cautiously, as though they could hardly
believe their eyes. Voldemort stood in silence, waiting for
them. Then one of the Death Eaters fell to his knees, crawled
towards Voldemort, and kissed the hem of his black robes.
'Master...master...' he murmured. The Death Eaters behind him
did the same; each of them approaching Voldemort on his knees,
and kissing his robes, before backing away and standing up,
forming a silent circle....thirteen years since we last met.
Yet you answer my call as though it was yesterday...we are
still united under the Dark Mark, then!..." They also
call him 'My Lord.'
What is taking place is
devil worship. Voldemort came to power after a Satanic ritual.
His followers worship him and call him master. That is clearly
not of God. Deuteronomy 32:17 They sacrificed unto
devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods
that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not."
Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt
worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is
a jealous God:
Since people say fables like
this can also have positive spiritual meaning, like Tolkien's
Lord of the Rings, or Lewis' Narnia, we should be able to
evaluate this from a Biblical perspective, since it is
recommended as good for Christians.
In a sense we could say that
Rowling has set Voldemort up as a perversion of the Biblical
account of the anti-Christ. Voldemort is practically destroyed
in the Chamber of Secrets, with the Basilisk is killed with a
sword. In the Goblet of Fire he again has his serpent --which
he keeps close to himself--- giving him wisdom and power and
he rises up again to full power of witchcraft and evil and
causes his followers to worship him. He uses his power and
determines to make war and destroy any that will not follow
him. His followers "swore eternal loyalty", and he
believes he has guarded himself from "mortal death"
by being the most powerful wizard alive. Incidentally, the
serpent is also the symbol of Satan.
Revelation 14: 13 "And
he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from
heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of
those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the
beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they
should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a
sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast,
that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that
as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be
Those who think this
evaluation to be inappropriate and yet would promote Tolkien
and Lewis from the same perspective, need to think carefully.
If people are promoting Rowling, Tolkien and Lewis writings as
good for Christians, tools of evangelism, allowing children to
see a 'Christian worldview' through the occult, then we should
be able to weigh these things to the Word of God and evaluate
all in the same manner.
As far as telling Christians
that they should have their children read the books, that is
no different than the suggestions planted in the books
themselves. Page 15 of the Philosopher's Stone has the
manipulative statement, "...He'll be famous--a legend--I
wouldn't be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day
in future--there will be books written about Harry---every
child in our world will know his name." With that came
the suggestion in The Chamber of Secrets, "...You'd
better hope Creevey doesn't meet Ginny, they'll be starting a
Harry Potter fan club"...The last thing he needed was for
Lockhart to hear the phrase 'Harry Potter fan club." [p.
77] And Harry Potter fan clubs, websites, writings and all
manner of idolatry have blossomed worldwide.
Consider carefully what
these Christians are saying. Harry, a wizard/witch is 'light,'
fighting 'dark powers.' If God views all witchcraft as an
abomination to Himself, how can Christians call a witch or a
wizard good and on the side of light? One can't be evil and
Matthew 6: 22 "The
light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be
single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine
eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If
therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is
While presenting the good
qualities of Harry such as friendship, loyalty and bravery,
Colson, Dobson and the others, for the most part, neglected to
describe the other character attributes and activities of
Harry Potter and his friends, such as: lying, stealing,
desiring revenge, hatred, uncontrolled rage, sneaking,
swearing, jealousy, envy, covetousness, deceit, disrespect,
rudeness, rebellion, envy, manipulation, black mail, gambling,
murderers, diviners, witches and wizards, and so on. The fact
that these are imaginary characters doesn't cut it. Children
are taking them seriously, calling them 'just like us.' One
could provide Scripture after Scripture which would show why
these character qualities are not of God.
Evil that is presented as
good which then fights a "bad evil" is what these
individuals are teaching and promoting. However, what God says
about things is what really counts. "Woe
unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put
darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter
for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20). What
these leaders are missing is that witches and wizards and
witchcraft are an abomination before God. How can they
then say it is good or acceptable fare for children?
Since we are not to love the
world and things in it, nor use man's wisdom or the occult for
spiritual growth and understanding, one must ask why those
claiming to be Christian's are promoting the things of the
occult, witchcraft and all manner of evil as a means to know
Jesus Christ. Fiction and fables, which are lies, and
the occult are viewed as the way for children, particularly,
to come to know Jesus Christ, according to these
Christian leadership and their followers.
Contrary to that thinking,
Peter wrote, "2 Peter 1:6 For we have not
followed cunningly devised fables, when we made
known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but were eyewitnesses of his majesty."
Think for a moment. Can you
believe that Jesus, Peter, Paul, James or any of the other
disciples, taught about 'good' witchcraft, wizards, elves,
ghouls, poltergiests and so on as the lead in to get people
interested in the Gospel of Jesus Christ? The presentation
would be that amongst all these fables was a true story.
Clearly a contradiction in theology and terms!
Many scoff at the idea that
any child will be drawn into the world of witchcraft from
reading the books or similar fare. However, The Associated
Press reported that in Shanghai, an 11 year old said after
seeing the movie, "The magic was awesome! I'm going to
learn how to do that..." It was reported in Britain that
the Pagan Federation has appointed a youth officer to deal
with a flood of inquiries following the success of the Harry
Potter books. The article, called, Potter
fans turning to witchcraft related,
The federation says the Potter books, by JK Rowling, and
TV shows such as Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Buffy The
Vampire Slayer, had probably sparked the new flood of
Media officer Andy Norfolk said: "In response to the
increased queries coming from youngsters we established a
youth officer, not to promote paganism, because that would
be against pagan ethics, but merely to answer these
... parents should not be alarmed by their children's
sudden interest in magic. "Paganism is recognised as a
valid religion," he said. "In no way is it a cult
and certainly it offers nothing untoward.
"We do not allow members under 18. As for children,
I think a lot of young people think that witchcraft will
help them sort out problems in a quick and easy way.
"Some of them may wish to find out more about
paganism and they will discover that it is a nature-based
spiritual religion which places responsibility on people's
"However, for most it will be just a passing fad,
and it is not something parents should be concerned
Associated Newspapers Ltd., 04 August 2000
If Harry Potter was just fun
imagination, a worthy and helpful read and non-occultic as
these leaders and many more would have us believe, then we
would not find such resources as the following being sold at
such sources as Amazon.com.
Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter."
written by Allan Zola Kronzex, a professional magician and
educator who lectures on the history of magic and
conjuring at elementary and middle schools.
He is also
the author of "A Book of Magic for Young Magicians and
The Secrets of Alkazar. Considered a must for Harry Potter
fans, Kronzex's 'Sorcerer's Companion' allows Potter
readers to look up anything pertaining to magic in the Potter
books. [bolding and underline added]
From the back of the book we
read, "Millions of readers around the world have been
enchanted by the magical world of wizardry, spells and
mythical beasts inhabited by Harry Potter and his friends. But
what most readers don't know is that there is a centuries-old
trove of true history, folklore and mythology behind Harry's
fantastic universe. Now, with The Sorcerer's Companion,
those without access to the Hogwarts library can school
themselves in the fascinating reality behind J.K. Rowling's
world of magic...allows curious readers to look up anything
magical from the Harry Potter books....Wands and wizards,
boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology, all have
astonishing histories rooted in legend, literature or
real-life events dating back hundreds or even thousands of
years. Magic wands, like those sold in Rowlings' Diagon Alley,
were once fashioned by Druid sorcerers out of their sacred
yew trees. Love potions were first concocted in ancient
Greece and Egypt. And books of spells and curses were highly
popular during the Middle Ages. From Amulets to Zombies,
you'll also learn: How To read Tea Leaves, Where to Find a
Basilisk Today;...Who The Real Merlin Was; ...How to Get Rid
of a Goblin;..." [Sorcerer's
The section on "The
Sorcerer's Stone" explains the ancient Egyptian art of
From School Library Journal
....Each of the 84 alphabetical
entries describes a subject studied (arithmancy, divination),
an object used (wand, cauldron), or a creature that appears in
at least one of the Potter books, including a specific
reference to the title, chapter, and page number. Then, using
references from ancient, medieval, and modern literature,
legend, mythology, and religion (almost 100 sources are listed
in the extensive bibliography), each entry goes on to describe
where, when, and how that subject, object, or creature has
also been part of Western history, literature, or oral
tradition. Most entries are from one to three pages
long,...-12 pages on magic and 14 on magicians throughout
history. A fascinating history of the uses and abuses of
medieval alchemy is buried within the article on the
sorcerer's stone,... Sidebars highlight specific aspects in
detail-the mummy's curse, alchemical frauds, animals on trial.
More than half of the entries are illustrated with
black-and-white drawings, woodcuts, or reproductions. ... The
same readers who can't get enough of Harry Potter will enjoy
learning about arithmancy, spell casting, and much
Truth Versus Lies
1 John 2:21
I have not
written unto you because ye know not the truth, but
because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
What Scripture would it be
that would have Christians teaching that telling lies and
promoting the falsehood of 'good evil' as being a positive and
helpful way to teach about Biblical truth? God's Word
literally destroys the arguments and fallacy of these people.
Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD;
and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" God
reminds us in His Word, that lying is not part of Him.
Titus 1:2 "In hope of
eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the
1 John 2:21 "I have not
written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye
know it, and that no lie is of the truth."
James 3:17 "But the
wisdom that is from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and
good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."
Ephesians 4:25 "Wherefore
putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:
for we are members one of another."
In the first book,
Dumbledore states, " The truth,' Dumbledore sighed. It is
a beautiful and terrible thing and should therefore be treated
with great caution." p 217. That is entirely
against what God states. It's noteworthy, that humanists
believe there are no absolutes and that lying is okay.
"On NBC's 'Today Show, January 22, 1990, Dr. Michael
Lewis ...said, "Lying is an important part of social
life, and children who are unable to do it are children who
may have developmental problems..." [Burns, p.92]
Proverbs 12:22 states:
"Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord."
Colossians 3:6 "For
which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of
disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye
lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice,
blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie
not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man
with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is
renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created
Revelation 21:8 "But
the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and
murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and
all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth
with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Revelation 21:27 "And there shall in no wise enter into
it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh
abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are
written in the Lamb's book of life."
Jesus said in John 4:23
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true
worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:
for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a
Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit
and in truth."
Is it not true that in order
for someone to come to know the Truth of Jesus Christ they
have to hear the Word of God---not fables and lies?
Romans 10:14 "How then
shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how
shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how
shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is
written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the
gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!...17 So
then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
It does not say any will
come to know Jesus Christ or learn sound doctrine by
viewing as good, witches, witchcraft, fables and all manner of
the occult. That goes against the Word of God. Witchcraft,
the occult and fables are not evangelism tools as stated by
such organizations as Focus on the Family, Chuck Colson,
Rowling, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Fans and many more, unless one
is clearly showing why such practices are false.
If one does anything with
the occult it needs be to show how occult thinking has become
part of Christian thought or practices. It cannot be presented
in such a way as to make it or part of it appear good.
Romans 1:21 " Because
that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful; but became vain in their
imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,"
Those who look
to material in these books, or similar as a source of help and
learning, who proclaim it to be good and who profess to know
Jesus Christ, need to think again.
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove them."
Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are
true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are
lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any
virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. "
Colson See: Evangelicals
and Catholics Together
Section : Harry
Potter: Real Names & Real Witches
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