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Re: 12 reasons to avoid Harry Potter
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• Posted by: Amuro
• Date: Sunday, April 6, 2003, at 4:55 p.m.
• IP Address: 12-222-158-77.client.insightbb.com
• In Response to: 12 reasons to avoid Harry Potter (trial lawyer)

> 1. God shows us that witchcraft, sorcery, spells, divination and magic are
> evil. He hates those practices because they blind us to His loving ways,
> then turn our hearts to a deceptive quest for self-empowerment and deadly
> thrills. Harry Potter's world may be fictional, but the timeless pagan
> practices it promotes are real and deadly. Well aware that the final
> result is spiritual bondage and oppression, He warns us:

> "There shall not be found among you anyone who... practices
> witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
> or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls
> up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the
> Lord..." Deuteronomy 18:9-12

> 2. The movie's foundation in fantasy, not reality, doesn't diminish its
> power to change beliefs and values. Imaginary (or virtual) experiences and
> well-written fantasies can affect the mind and memories as much, if not
> more, than actual experiences.[3] Designed to stir feelings and produce
> strong emotional responses, a well-planned myth with likeable characters
> can be far more memorable than the less exciting daily reality --
> especially when reinforced through books, toys and games as well as
> movies. Small wonder Harry's fans have been counting the days until their
> next fantastic journey into Hogwarts' classes on sorcery, divination,
> potions and spells.

> "But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the
> counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward,
> and not forward." Jeremiah 7:24

> 3. Each occult image and enticing suggestion prompts the audience to feel
> more at home in the dark, paranormal setting. Children identify with their
> favorite characters and learn to see wizards and witches from a popular
> peer perspective rather than from God's perspective. Those who sense that
> the occult world is evil face a choice: Resist peer pressure or
> rationalize their imagined participation in Harry's supernatural
> adventures.

> The second choice may quiet the nagging doubts, but rationalizing evil and
> justifying sin will sear the conscience and shift the child's perception
> of values from God's perspective to a more "comfortable"
> cultural adaptation. Even Christian children can easily learn to conform
> truth to multicultural ideals and turn God's values upside down - just as
> did God's people in Old Testament days:

> "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness
> for light, and light for darkness....
Woe to those who are wise in
> their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!" Isaiah 5:2-21

> Harry Potter Special [Magazine] interviews actors Daniel Radcliffe
> (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), Tom Felton (Draco), Harry Melling (Dudley):

> If you could cast a spell on someone, what would it be?

> Daniel: "If I liked them, it would be a spell where I'd give them
> special power, like invisibility.

> Your favorite word in the Harry Potter books?

> Daniel: "I like the word--it's very bad to say this--but I like the
> word Voldemort."

> What magical power would you like to have?

> Rupert: "I'd like to levitate."

> Do you prefer to play a bad or good character?

> Tom: "Bad. It's more fun because it is different.

> What magical power would you want to have?

> Tom: "Invisibility. So I could sneak around and go places I
> shouldn't."

> Did you find it hard torturing Harry?

> Harry M: "No. I found it quite fun, actually."[4]

> Harry Potter Special: Inside the Magical Magazine (Primedia, Inc.), pages
> 24, 26.

> David Rockefeller ( "search" for "Rockefeller" on this
> site), Vice-President, Financial Operations.

> 4. God tells us to "abhor what is evil" and "cling to what
> is good." (Romans 12:9) But when Christian children and teens love
> the Harry Potter myths, delight in the movie and read the books again and
> again, they are desensitizing their hearts and minds to its evil. Turning
> God's truth upside down, they are learning to "love" what is
> evil. The natural next step is to reject God's wise boundaries and
> "abhor" what He calls good.

> "You love evil more than good...." Psalm 52:3

> 5. Immersed in the values taught at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and
> Wizardry, children become spiritually blind. They lose their natural
> aversion for the devious spirits represented by the creatures and symbols
> in this eerie world. Caught up in the exciting story, they absorb the
> suggested values and store the fascinating images in their minds -- making
> the forbidden world of the occult seem more normal than the Kingdom of
> God.

> Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit,
> according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of
> the world, and not according to Christ." Colossians 2:6-9

> 6. This inner change is usually unconscious, for the occult lessons and
> impressions tend to bypass rational scrutiny. After all, who will stop,
> think and weigh the evidence when caught up in such a fast-moving visual
> adventure? Fun fantasies and strategic entertainment has a special way of
> altering values, compromising beliefs and changing behavior in adults as
> well as in children. This learning process has been named
> "edutainment" -- a favored way to train multicultural citizens
> for the envisioned 21st century community. Its power to influence beliefs
> and behavior is illustrated by today's marketing firms which spend
> billions on entertaining ads that touch emotions, ignore the facts, yet
> motivate people to buy the product.

> "Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in
> Your way." Psalm 119:37

> 7. The main product marketed through this movie is a belief system that
> clashes with everything God offers us for our peace and security. This
> pagan ideology comes complete with trading cards, computer and other
> wizardly games, clothes and decorations stamped with HP symbols, action
> figures and cuddly dolls and audio cassettes that could keep the child's
> minds focused on the occult all day and into night. But in God's eyes,
> such paraphernalia become little more than lures and doorways to deeper
> involvement with the occult. In contrast, He calls a person
> "blessed" who -

> "walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

> nor stands in the path of sinners,

> nor sits in the seat of the scornful [mockers];

> "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he
> meditates day and night. Whatever he does shall prosper." Psalm 1:1-3

> It might be hard to escape the symbols that remind people of Harry. His
> words and phrases help fuel today's cultural transformation:

> The mainstream media uses the word "muggles" to deride those who
> don't want children to read Harry Potter books.

> "A columnist from the Chicago Daily Herald used Harry-Speak.... He
> said that a particular NBC Olympics commentator was the 'dementor of the
> sports commentators.'"

> "Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is going to name this year's snowstorms after
> the Harry Potter characters. The first blizzard of the year will be called
> Albus...."[4]

> 8. The implied source of power behind Harry's magical feats tend to
> distort a child's understanding of God. In the movie as in the books,
> words traditionally used to refer to occult practices become so familiar
> that children begin to apply the same terms to God and His promised
> strength. Many learn to see God as a power source that can be manipulated
> with the right kind of prayers and rituals -- and view his miracles as
> just another form of magic. They base their understanding of God on their
> own feelings and wants, not on His revelation of Himself.

> "You thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke
> you...." Psalm 50:21

> 9. Blind to the true nature of God, children will synthesize or blend
> Biblical truth with the pagan beliefs and magical practices demonstrated
> in the Harry Potter movie. In the end, you distort and destroy any remnant
> of true Christian faith. For our God cannot be molded to match pagan gods.

> “For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me, the
> fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—broken
> cisterns that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:1

> 10. God tells us to "train up a child in the way He should go."
> It starts with teaching them God's truths and training them all day long
> to see reality from His, not the world's perspective. To succeed, we need
> to shield them from contrary values until they know His Word and have
> memorized enough Scriptures to be able to recognize and resist deception.
> Once they have learned to love what God loves and see from His
> perspective, they will demonstrate their wisdom by choosing to say
> "no" to Harry Potter.

> “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You
> shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when
> you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and
> when you rise up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7

> 11. While some argue that Harry Potter and his friends demonstrate
> friendship, integrity and honesty, they actually model how to lie and
> steal and get away with it. Their examples only add to the cultural
> relativism embraced by most children today who are honest when it doesn't
> cost anything, but who lie and cheat when it serves their purpose.

> "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God
> gave them over to a debased [depraved] mind, to do those things which are
> not fitting.... They are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent,
> proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
> undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who,
> knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things
> are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who
> practice them." Romans 1:28-32

> 12. God has a better way. When His children choose to follow His ways, He
> gives them a heart to love Him, spiritual eyes that can understand and
> delight in His Word, a sense of His presence and a confidence in His
> constant care -- no matter what happens around us. Harry Potter's
> deceptive thrills are worse than worthless when compared to the wonderful
> riches our Shepherd promises those who will ignore evil and walk with Him.

> "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and
> supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
> and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your
> hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

> Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,
> whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are
> lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if
> there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." Philippians
> 4:6-8

>
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
What exactly does this have to do with the music of Harry Potter. And now that i have said that i will say my mind. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and i am also a firm believer in God. I disagree when you say that they show how to lie and steal and get away with it. They don't get away with it. They get detention in the first book. And the only reason they get off is because they save the lives of their classmates while breaking the rules. What is the difference between Harry Potter and those in the military? In the military people kill others in order to accomplish what their government wants. Harry Potter breaks the rules to save the lives of his friend. Or what is the difference between Harry's use of Magic and Santa Clause's use of magic? Santa uses magic for his reindeer to fly. There is no way you can convince me that Santa and Harry are different. Harry uses magic and Santa uses magic. But Santa is embraced by the christian belief system. He gives gifts to little children but he uses magic. So should parents stop telling their children that Santa exist because he uses magic. No they should not. Santa hasn't made a huge impact on children and convinced them to try to use magic in the hundreds of years that the Santa Clause myth has existed. So why will Harry Potter? I don't see you getting on the back of The Lord of The Rings fans because of Magic. I don't see anyone hating Lloyd Alexander because of his Prydain chronicles which involve magic. When infact you probably love the lord of the rings. You cannot do that. If you are going to write stuff like this about Harry Potter, then i demand that you do the same to The Lord Of The Rings. And do you really think that God hates Harry Potter. Do you really think that he minds us reading about a bunch of teenagers that save the world using wizardry? I don't think he minds. He could be sitting in heaven and reading them himself. You don't know. Until J.K. Rowling starts writing about the characters using their powers to kill innocent people and start using extremely inappropriate language, should we worry. They are not bad influences. I havent seen any local kids playing "Lets curse everyone like Harry Potter" lately and i havent even seen people playing Harry Potter in the context which it is meant. Its fine. When the characters start killing people then worry. So far this just another classic work of fiction. I recently read Beowulf and i liked it. But Beowulf is a cocky hero. However this is considered to be a great story the first epic. Harry isn't a cocky hero he just uses magic, so people are all over him. Beowulf takes place when the pagan ways of King Hrothgar and his people is completely evident. but no one cares about what that might do to someone. Everyone cares about how Harry Potter is a bad influence. But think about this. in all of the books. They celebrate Christmas a christian holiday. If they introduce such pagan customs then why are they celebrating christmas? If anything its Jewish people and the muslims and such who should be angry because their holidays are not even mentioned. But back to my point. This is a page about film scores not the book itself. So if you have something you'd like to say about the score say it and don't go into a huge deal about how you think its against God.

Amuro




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