June 23, 2003

Harry Potter (-1)

I usually don't like hype. Not even with events that I'm interested in. But the Harry Potter hype (and, really, I don't think there was that much of it) bothers me not a whit. Mostly because it appears to be fan-generated and it is plain genuine excitement about something that involves imagination.

For fun, though, I'm going to post the best negative news stories and commentaries on the Harry Potter phenomenon I can find. Why? Because the detractors have so little to actually complain about, they delve into the ridiculous.

For example, our first negative (-1) is this:

Harry Potter and the Antichrist by Joseph Chambers

A sample:

Without question I believe the Harry Potter series is a creation of hell helping prepare the younger generation to welcome the Biblical prophecies of demons and devils led by Lucifer himself.  
...and that is just the second paragraph. Eventually we find that Harry is a drug-pusher! But fear not, we come back to reality by the end.
Harry Potter Is Not The Antichrist

        The “mystery of iniquity” is one of those great prophetic truths in Holy Scripture.  This mystery is never a person or a character in a book or film.  He is a mystery or a hidden spiritual idea that will continue to grow until the Rapture of the saints.  
The Harry Potter books are just another means of blinding millions to the truth.  When people love imagination, superstition, paranormal intrigue, witchcraft, and sorcery better than they love truth, the Creator will allow them to be filled with their own desires.  When the cup of sin is full, the King will say, “It is enough.”  My heart tells me the cup is at the brim.  The King will soon have the final word and righteousness will win the day.

Don't bother reading the whole thing, unless you're bored. But a quick skim or it will yield a chuckle or two.

As a spectator in the release of the Harry Potter book release, do take time to stop and smell the roses. Part of the enjoyment is what these books do to the crazy control freaks hidden deep in the religious right out there. It's one of the same reasons I would consistently vote for Ted Kennedy even if I didn't want him in office. Tweak, tweak.

Posted by James at June 23, 2003 2:19 PM
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This is a wonderful piece written by Stewart Kirkpatrick in his "Heroes and Villains" column for The Scotsman:

At this point it's worth pointing out to Christian fundamentalists that just because Rowling writes about magic it doesn't mean she's a witch. She doesn't encourage children to take up the dark arts. It's important to note that the power of her writing has nothing to do with magic, it has to do with the importance of friendship, the struggle between good and evil, the complexities of growing up. The main reason I know she's not a witch and that she doesn't encourage children to take up the dark arts is that _magic's not real_. But poverty, injustice and hatred are real. I can't help but notice that Jesus was very condemnatory about these things and we've not done very much about them. That's what Christians should be focusing on.

Read it all at http://news.scotsman.com/archive.cfm?id=679252003

Posted by: Patti M. at June 23, 2003 4:12 PM

I remember reading a similar article at www.chick.com, it was either about HP4 or D&D (Chick still worries about that, I guess). On reading that, I had an epiphany: something I had never before realized even though it was right in front of me.

These fundy wackos are afraid of "witches" (HP-style and real pagans) because they think they can do actual, literal, physical magic. That they have actual magic wands and spells and do parlor tricks like shoot fire out of their hands and make people levitate. I think you would see a lot more of that sort of thing if it were true, but it isn't. I can see where it might attract young kids and suck them into some nasty cult or something. I can see where it could be a concern.

But even if it were, I think it would be preferable to the kinds of things some religious extremists (and right-wing politicians) do in the name of Jesus. Those are the real experts on conjuring demons.

Posted by: julie at June 24, 2003 9:15 AM

I grew up, as did so many of my age group, watching "Bewitched." I can't tell you how many times I wished I had magical powers so I could smite the kids who teased me, annoyed me, etc. I still wish I could invoke "cone of silence" on people who are loud, e.g. fellow train riders who are loud, children in restaurants, my neighbors...the list is virtually endless.

Believe me, if magic were real, I'd have done some by now. Pity it isn't--there's a bevy of right wingers I'd love to roast.

Posted by: Patti M. at June 24, 2003 9:22 AM

See -- you lot are what these folks are afraid of!!!

Posted by: JP at June 24, 2003 9:26 AM

They _should_ be afraid. Sore afraid.

Posted by: Patti M. at June 24, 2003 11:46 AM

I know for a fact that magic is not real. I have been practicing incantations for over a year now and Leelee Sobieski has yet to appear sitting on my lap with a bunch of peeled grapes. Heck at this point I'd settle for Leelee and a box of Sun Maid raisins...

Posted by: Chuck Seggelin at June 25, 2003 2:04 PM

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