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Cute Shirt...but Harry is nice...
• Posted by: Jennifer   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at 11:34 a.m.
• IP Address: beh175.labs.pitt.edu
• In Response to: Show your power: STOP HARRY POTTER with your "... (Phil Sheldon)

First off- I think the shirt is adorable and if I wasnt a broke college student I might be inclined to try a little impulse shopping and buy one right now.

Secondly- Being a Christian, myself, I must admit that when the Harry Potter books began popping up on shelves, I was skeptical about how whitches and wizards and (gasp!) magic *shudder* were all being encorperated into these stories that children seemed to be thrilled about. I even recommended to some of the kids that I baby-sat and tutored to try some other books designed for their age group.
Of course, once I came to college I had many people inform me that I was missing out "big-time" by not having read these books, and so I figured that knowing what I was reccommending against would probably be a good idea so that I could discuss the subject intellegently..... Well- a few chapters and I began to see that this wasnt a tale of worshiping magic or witchcraft- but that, in fact, in these books magic is unable to solve most of the problems that a child faces growing up. The series actually seemed to present magic in a very similar way as Cinderella, Star Wars, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and many of the other fairy tales that we grew up reading (and watching). It is very clearly a work of fiction, and no less a fairy tale than Cinderella (except that it is an EXTREMEMELY LONG fairy tale ) In fact it promotes a lot of good character values such as friendship, family, diligence and doing one's homework on time (thanks Herminone). I'd just suggest to everyone that before they form any opionions on this series that they read the books and see for themselves the value that it can have as literature and the lack of attacts on Christianity.
Oh, and since I wrote this very quickly between classes, there is a much better article on Harry Potter by a Christian at http://veritaserum.com/editorials/pottertidbits/12-08-03.shtml




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