The recent incident involving the pastor of a Tennessee parish who decided to purge the school library of Harry Potter books has kicked off another round of verbal sparring over whether or not these books are dangerous because they contain real spells. As this article will point out, these arguments reveal an alarming naivete about the “Craft” and the science of spell casting.
Don’t wait for the media to give you a fair and balanced report on Harry Potter books and why a Catholic pastor from Tennessee decided they weren’t suited for the children in his school. Instead of presenting the priest’s side of the story, the media is using the opportunity to paint Potter foes as a pack of fringe-dwelling fanatics and doing everything in their power to avoid interviewing any of the esteemed experts who have spoken out against these books for fear of tarnishing the luster on their “golden calf” – Harry Potter.
Even though the Harry Potter series is finished, these wizardry tales remain the most widely-read books among youth. But as this world-renowned exorcist warns, just because they’re popular and everyone’s reading them, doesn’t make them safe.
Just when we thought we’d seen the last of Harry Potter, author J. K. Rowling has decided to collaborate with Sony in a new video game called Book of Spells which is based on the magick and sorcery found in her best-selling novels.
Ivy League students weren’t feeling the magic of Harry Potter when they heckled one of its most famous stars right out of Brown University.
JM writes: “I am writing about books widely available at school and ‘Scholastic’ called “The Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. Could this series be considered (occult)? My daughter read them a few years ago and she advises me now not to let her sister read them.”
IZ writes: “An office mate’s wife is a fanatic Twilight fan, having come home early from an out-of-state trip to wait in line for 5 hours with friends to watch the midnight premier of “Eclipse”. I read your blog about the new movie and how groups have formed gathering like-minded weirdos who are interested in vampires, etc. As my office mate jokingly refers to his wife’s fanaticism, stating she’s read each book multiple times as well as having seen all movies repeatedly, at what point would one question abnormal behavior (to me that is abnormal)? Another office mate who is “Catholic” is a Harry Potter fan and I just don’t know how to contribute to the conversation without sounding like the bearer of bad news. Do you have any suggestions?”
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
A surprisingly positive review of the latest Harry Potter film in L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s newspaper, is causing yet another round of controversy for the paper’s embattled new editor.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
In spite of efforts by practitioners and the media to improve the image of modern witchcraft in movies and popular books such as Harry Potter, a recent poll found that a majority of Americans, including youth, have an unfavorable view of these practices.