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• Posted by: A Moderate Christian
• Date: Friday, April 28, 2006, at 4:26 a.m.
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• In Response to: Extremely OFFENSIVE film and music, Potter is ... (Pastor C St. John)

Yes, you're right, the film is not of God. But few films aren't. In any case, you have forgotten a few things.

1. HP does not desensitize people or make them want to be like the characters. OK, little children might do the latter for a while, but they grow out of it. The film certainly did not have a "a hypnotic feel to it as if it was drawing you into something more than just a movie". That is just complete rubbish. If you felt that way about it, I can assure you that you are not representative of the normal world.

2. HP is not an attack on christianity, as you seem to have forgotten. It was never designed to bring down the christian world or anything like that. You have completely over-reacted. It's just a story about a world where magic happens to exist. That doesn't make it inherently satanic or anything. It wasn't some kind of weapon designed to bring about chaos and anarchy in the christian world. Even if it was, it certainly did not have that effect. I have severe doubts as to whether or not any sane person was drawn into beileving in HP style magic.

3. Rowling was, and remains, a faithful christian! I am not sure of her views on this matter, but I am pretty damn sure she didn't want to offend anyone.

4. Just because a film has lying and stealing in it doesn't mean it promotes them. If the "good" characters do any of those things, it's for a good reason. Anyway, it's not as though Harry goes around telling the kids to steal and rob, or has sex with Hermione between classes. I have only ever seen christians criticise HP in this way and it looks very much as though they are desperatly trying to come up with some "valid" argument against it. This attempt has failed, I'm afraid.

5. Why pick on Harry? There are a hell of a lot more films out there with "ungodly" things in them. Star Wars is just as big as HP and I don't see christians claiming that kids are beign lured towards the dark side! Nobody has launched an attack on Lord of the Rings.

6. HP is not a religion!

7. You don't appear very representative of the christian community. Very few christians are offended by HP in the least. HP and god are not mutually exclusive. I was educated in a very religious primary school, which condemned the use of witchcraft books (which I know for a fact at least one person was in posession of), but nobody said a word about HP. If you are going to say the christian world is against something, please talk about something the christian world is actually against.

Anyway, you are making a mountain out of a nonexistent molehill. HP is not having any effect on christianity. You have no proof that HP is having any effects, partly becuase it isn't. Please try and criticise something worth criticising. Good day.

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