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Re: 12 reasons to avoid Harry Potter
• Posted by: metacritic   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2002, at 2:23 a.m.
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• In Response to: 12 reasons to avoid Harry Potter (trial lawyer)

Below is a copy of a post I made to another message preaching the same message.

George Orwell would probably say this is doubleplus ungood (just as my friend Mithrandir has said several times). If one were to look toward the Bible for guidance, what would Jesus have to say about someone or a group of people profiting (selling T-shirts) on the basis of spurring a conflict in his name? Perhaps a reading of Stan Lee's "God Woke" may provide an answer.

Sheldon's post has no relevance to this site (obviously), but an intellectual reply should be made. Truth cannot be obtained, but we strive for it and seek it out--misinterpreting it all our lives. This concept is nothing new; it's been around since Plato. There's nothing particularly wrong with misinterpreting truth and seeking it out, just as long as we *know* we are.

This old censorious cycle of sustaining beliefs (whatever offshoot of Christianity Sheldon is advertising) with emergent ones that may or may not even exist (Rowling's mythos) is quite embarassing for the human race--but we have been doing it since time began (so why not keep doing it, right?). The Romans conquered the Greeks and absorbed their culture (and religion), renaming the gods. When Christianity began, the Romans persecuted the Christians. Nazi beliefs (yes, they were religious in nature) spurred the persecution of the Jews. And now, it's a persecution of Wicca (or anything un-Christian) and even perhaps the beginning of persecuting Middle Eastern religious groups. And on and on and on.

As far as stopping Harry Potter in any sense, that notion defies what is at the heart of America and its Constitution: the freedom of beliefs and of speech. So, until we have the police state of Orwell's 1984 and the Ministry of Truth, don't hold your breath. And then, once we do, that'll be all any of us can do (along with holding our tongue).


P.S. Why would wizards and witches celebrate Christmas (as is shown in the first Harry Potter film)? Hmmmmm.

> 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

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