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Harry Potter:
"Whatsoever Things..."

by Elizabeth McDonald
29 September 2005
(some updates 2006 / 2010 / 2018)

Index of Harry Potter Articles

 

 

Introduction

This article is just a very general comment about the phenomenon known as Harry Potter.  It is not an in-depth analysis of the books - for that, the reader is directed to the suggested further reading etc, cited at the end.  My purpose here is simply to highlight a few of the main themes and practices in the books and films, and ask the question: In reading J.K. Rowling's stories about witches and wizards, are Christians thinking on

"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, [and] whatsoever things are of good report" (Philippians 4:8)?

 

Hogwarts' School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Harry Potter enters his world through a magic 'portal' inaccessible to non-witches and wizards on platform 9 at Kings Cross Railway Station in London, from which he and his friends board the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  All the main characters in the books are witches or wizards, or are studying to become such, and the vast majority of each book is set within their world at Hogwarts' School.  Naturally, then, a great deal of the content of the books and films consists of the details and descriptions of their lessons, experiences, and practices during their time there.  Thus, as Harry Potter and his friends attend classes during their seven years as trainee witches and wizards, readers of the books are vicariously attending those same classes and learning those same lessons as Harry.

So, what is Harry learning at Hogwarts?  And, therefore, what are our children learning as they follow along with him and his friends?  The following is a list of some of the occult subjects taught, dark arts practiced, and magic objects created and used at Hogwarts School...

  • Astrology, geomancy, and divination (fortune telling); tarot cards; magic charms; curses; hexes; sorcery; spell-casting; energy healing; astral travel and astral projection; levitation; crystal gazing; palmistry; mood-altering/hallucinogenic drug taking and altered states of consciousness; conjuring; scrying; teleportation; interpretation of omens; potions; tricks; poisonings; animism; trances; use of the rune alphabet; use of magic wands, amulets, and talismans; time-travel; generational witchcraft.

In association with the above, we are also witness to the practice of what is commonly called spiritism:

  • communion with the dead; dead souls living within us (spirit possession); automatic writing; channelling; clairvoyance; extra-sensory perception (ESP); familiar spirits; psychokinesis; telekinesis; mediumism; necromancy; remote viewing.

And pagan philosophy/mythology, Eastern Mysticism, Egyptian Mystery Religion (Mystery Babylon):

  • spiritual, cultural, and moral relativism ("every man did that which was right in his own eyes") and the ends justifies the means; dualism (one universal Force with opposing expressions) and yin yang (the pursuit of harmony between those opposing expressions); pagan gods and goddesses; rites, rituals, ceremonies; self-hypnosis; guided imagery and visualisation (now repackaged as 'concentration'); symbology; alchemy; rising of the Phoenix; reincarnation ("ye shall not surely die") and the teaching that people can live without their souls; a divine spark in everyone; use of the inner or third eye; the creation of one's own reality (self is god); serpent possession (also the goal of kundalini yoga); the lightening bolt (mark on the forehead).

J.K. Rowling herself denies any direct involvement in witchcraft, so please may I assure readers that I am not accusing her of actually practising witchcraft.  However, the research for her books - and the research of anyone who may be assisting her - is far more than simply the result of a vivid imagination.  Rowling has said her books are just fantasy, nevertheless she is writing about real witchcraft and real sorcery and real alchemy (the attempt to obtain eternal life without the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ).  All this is very serious for the children who read these books, because as one researcher writes:

"In Deuteronomy 18 we find a list of occultic practices about which God says, 'thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.'  The Hebrew word for 'learn' means 'to study, to become accustomed to, to instruct or train to practice.'  I believe children who read the Harry Potter books are unknowingly learning, or being 'conditioned' to accept witchcraft" [1].

Rowling also denied, in one interview, that she included drug-taking in her books, but this quote from one of Hogwarts' professors seems to query the truth of her protestation:

"Harry and his friends learn how to make drugs, and the glory of taking them. Listen to Professor Snape explain: 'I don't think you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses, I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death' ... You can hardly get a better description of drug use, and drug glorification than this!" [2].

 

Traditional Fairytales and Hogwarts' Blurring of Good and Evil

Though witches and wizards have long been staple fare in children's fairytales, there has never been any detail given in the fairytales of their thinking or practices and they have never been the hero or even the main character of the story; indeed, they have traditionally been portrayed as the 'baddie' who invariably gets defeated by the 'goodie' at the end of the story, and the young reader is never left in any doubt that these are evil beings and are to be opposed and avoided.

But in Rowling's books the distinction between good and evil is decidedly blurred by her depiction of the dualist doctrine of 'white/good' magic and 'black/evil' magic.  Both the hero (Harry Potter) and the villain (Lord Voldemort) are wizards.  Though they are cast in the story as being in opposition to one another, in reality they are merely on different sides of the same magical Force - Harry on the 'white' or 'light' or 'good' side, and Voldemort on the 'black' or 'dark' or 'evil' side; in other words, there is no such thing as absolute good and evil, but they are merely relative...

"Harry's adventures lead you to imagine that the young wizard's magic is good and Voldemort's magic is evil, but in reality, the seductive power behind both remains the same. Both rely on (a) a focused, intentional command of the human will and (b) some kind of occult formula designed to invoke a supernatural force. While the 'dark side' seems more deadly, the 'light side' is far more deceptive. People left down their guard, because it feels good, not evil. It seems exciting, not frightening" [3];

"[T]he reader is led to believe that White Magic is good, and Black Magick is bad ... [but] both students of the Bible and Black Magick practitioners know that there is no real distinction between White and Black Magic. White Magic claims to follow Lucifer while Black Magick claims to follow Satan. The Bible says that Lucifer and Satan are one creature. Lucifer was his name before he rebelled against God, while Satan is his name after God cursed him for [his] rebellion [against God]" [4];

"As a real witch, I learned about the two sides of 'the force' ... When real witches have sabats and esbats and meet as a coven, they greet each other by saying 'Blessed be', and when they part, they say, 'The Force be with you.'  Both sides of this 'Force' are Satan. It is not a good side of the force that overcomes the bad side of the force, but rather it's the blood of Jesus Christ that destroys both supposed sides of the satanic 'Force'" [5].

The blurring of good and evil has always been a fundamental component of the spirituality of Eastern Mysticism, but during the last few decades this philosophy has gradually infiltrated the West through the greatly increased use of hallucinogenic drugs, the practice of yoga and meditation (also mindfulness), as well as introduced into numerous films, TV programmes, books, toys, and games - all combining to wear down and wash away the clearly defined Judeo-Christian demarcation between good and evil. 

 

"The Books are Getting Darker"

As the series of books progresses, Rowling herself candidly admits that the stories "are getting darker":

"...Harry's going to have quite a bit to deal with as he gets older. Sorry if they get too scary!" [6].

Sure enough, the so-called 'light/white/good' side of the magic force of Harry and his friends is soon put to use against the 'dark/black/evil' side of the magic force of Lord Voldemort (precisely the same dualistic Force as in the film Star Wars, for example) and, along with Harry Potter and his friends, readers enter the world of supernatural beings and occult creatures, demon possession and satanism, and gruesome and gory happenings:

  • Giants; dragons; unicorns; ghosts; poltergeists; disembodied spirits; demonic hauntings; ghouls (entities which delight in all that is revolting, macabre, and loathsome / demons that plunder graves and feed on corpses / malevolent ghosts or evil spirits);
  • lack of respect for human life; obsession with death; blood sacrifices; animal sacrifice - cat; child sacrifice; cannibalism; ritualistic blood-letting and mutilation of the flesh and a wizard brought back from the dead by shedding of blood; demonic creatures and a serpent-like demon; shape-shifting into animals or 'transfiguration'/people turning into werewolves and vampires; dark powers sucking out the soul; demon possession; black magic; animagi; the boiling and eating of mandrake plants that strongly resemble babies and which scream like 'banshees' when plucked from the ground by their hair/leaves; the Goblet of Fire is actually revealed to be a demonic entity ... inside a "great wooded chest encrusted with jewels";
  • the severed 'Hand of Glory' of a hanged murderer is used in a spell - the fingers are lit and burned as candles.

All the above would be enough to give adults nightmares!  Is this the sort of instruction Christian parents really want to give their children?  I'm sure not.  Yet these hideous goings-on are precisely the ideas and practices to which we are exposing our children if we allow them to read the Harry Potter books and/or watch the Harry Potter films.

"My greatest concern is that the godly fear that protects mankind from dabbling in the spirit world is being taken away from children who read these Harry Potter books. The terrors and horrors of black magic and occult practice, rituals, ceremonies and demon possession are being normalized ... the Potter books are engaging in pagan discipleship, disciplining our children to spiritual alternatives and also turning them away from the biblical principles and God's protection" [7].

 

"There is No Good or Evil"

"Scary and dark" indeed, but Rowling is very careful to plant the notion in the minds of her impressionable readers that evil doesn't actually exist, thereby subtly conditioning them to accept without fear or question all the really evil things that she writes about...  One of her characters, Professor Quirinus Quirrell, says:

"A foolish young man I was then, full of ridiculous ideas about good and evil. My master [Voldemort] showed me how wrong I was.  There is no good and evil... there is only power, and those too weak to understand it..." [8].

In fact, there is good (God) and there is evil (Satan) and there is a very clear demarcation between the two, but while there is no variance within good, there is variance within evil.  The quotes and scripture references below explain that better than I can:

Good:  "...[God] the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17b)  /  "There is no variance in God, there is no change in His personality, and there is no evil in Him. He is all good" [9];

Evil:  "Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14)  /  "Satan appears as a good person, and a light, and a white person. Then the other side of him is what's called Dark Dragon, the Serpent of Old. So we see that there is variance in the power of the [evil] side, and we are told not be involved in it because it can deceive. ... Eve ... in the garden of Eden ... was deceived by the [evil] side, appearing as a beautiful form" [10].

The "beautiful form" that appeared to Eve in the garden of Eden is known in Scripture as "the great dragon ... that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world" (Revelation 12:9).  Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker serve him in his guise as the angel of light, and Voldemort and Darth Vader serve him in his guise as the dragon.  But really there is no difference; whether he appears as the angel of light or as the dragon he is still Satan, "which deceiveth the whole world".

What else is there in these stories about trainee wizards that should cause alarm for Christian parents who want to bring up their children in the knowledge of God and His Truth?...

 

Harry Potter Wannabes

It is true that many parents praise the Harry Potter books for the reason that they seem to have succeeded where most other books have failed in persuading their children to read when they previously showed no or little interest in reading.  But are Christian parents aware that in addition to all the spiritual poison listed above, Harry Potter's attitudes and behaviour also leaves quite a bit to be desired?...

"Let's think through this a bit. There's no question that reading a book can be good, but is the mere act of reading inherently virtuous? Obviously, if 14-year-old Johnny found a copy of [a pornographic] magazine one afternoon and skipped Nintendo to read [its] articles and look at [its] photos, few parents would be thrilled. True, this is an extreme example, but it still illustrates the principle that what one reads is more important than simply positioning one's face over a page of words" [11];

"Parents have accepted the highly flawed and perilous idea that any reading is better than no reading. Many parents now believe that reading is intrinsically good regardless of the quality of the material being read" [12].

As another Christian researcher has astutely commented:

"Young people are not necessarily becoming book readers, only perhaps Harry Potter readers!" [13].

In fact, parents who are concerned to rightly teach their children to obey and respect their parents would surely be horrified, rather than pleased, that their children are reading these books if they realised that J.K. Rowling actively seeks to teach children to be rebellious towards their parents through her Hogwarts stories:

"The untold part of this story is that in order for good to win in the end, good must BECOME evil. Harry, his friends, and their adult counterparts cheat, lie, steal disobey rules, become violent, and take revenge, and generally behave like obnoxious brats" [14];

"The idea that we could have a child who escapes from the confines of the adult world and goes somewhere where he has power, both literally and metaphorically, really appealed to me ... children seem to identify strongly with Harry Potter and his friends [15].

Of course they do!  Harry Potter is feeding and encouraging their naturally rebellious and fallen nature!  He shows very little respect for adult authority and is increasingly rebellious as the books progress.  He is self-willed and self-indulgent; he is disobedient and anarchic; he lies, steals, cheats (by copying another student's homework), swears and uses crude language; he gambles (underage) and drinks (underage); he 'snarls' and indulges in temper tantrums; he does not forgive offences but displays hatred and anger and plans cruel revenge (in the form of torments, torture, and murder) against those who have 'crossed' him and his friends; and he continually breaks all the rules whilst receiving no punishment and still being the 'hero' of the stories in the eyes of all!

What child who has ever been in trouble with his parents or teachers for any much lesser misdemeanours wouldn't "identify" with the 'freedom' of Harry and his friends to do as they want and get away with it?!  As has been said so well, "You never need to teach your children to disobey you!"  As soon as their consciences and cognitive abilities begin to develop, children know when they are doing something wrong - even a very young child will hide a stolen biscuit away to eat in a corner somewhere rather than munch it in full view of the parent who had just said "no" to a biscuit five minutes earlier.

"While some readers will see the anger, rage, swearing and cruel jinxes as nothing more than 'fun' and fantasy, this immersion into angry and hateful environments will surely strengthen the notion that rage, rudeness and rebellion are cool as well as okay..." [16];

"There are characteristics of Harry Potter that every kid will identify with. Kids will defend Harry's choices and actions as justifiable. The author is very successful in evoking strong sympathy and empathy for Harry in her readers. The books teach situational ethics rather than absolute values of right and wrong that are taught in the scriptures" [17];

"The Potter books don't teach respect for parents ... Harry's best friend Ron reacts against his own mother:  '"Mum, shut up!" Ron yelled'  ... Is shouting 'shut up!' to your mother okay?  Not according to my Bible" [18].

I wonder whether Rowling would appreciate her own daughter telling her to "shut up!"?...  Possibly not.

"The truth is, books are a powerful force for good or evil, for they reflect the minds, beliefs, convictions, and characters of their authors. Books can inspire honesty, integrity, purity, self-control, nobility, and adherence to right principles, or they can seductively draw our inherently fallen nature towards dishonesty, impurity, self-centeredness, rebellion, and sin. There's a mysterious spirituality - both good and bad - working through books, music, and television. These all influence thought, shape ideas, mold character, motivate action, affect society, and yes, even impact human destiny" [19].

But, it has been objected, there are some good virtues in evidence amongst Harry and his friends too.  Well, yes, there are, but they are few and far between, and any positive influence they might have on the minds of the young readers of the stories is effectively nullified by the many more negative values - and by the glister of all the wizardry - crowding them out...

Some have said that "Harry Potter is equivalent to a 'Book of Virtues', citing the values of compassion, loyalty, courage, friendship, and self-sacrifice as being taught [therein]. While no one argues that these stated values are Christian, one cannot argue that the Witchcraft of Harry Potter is harmless because it teaches these values. You might as well argue that it is alright to feed your child cheese and ham wrapped in a poisonous leaf! The cheese and ham will not kill your child, but the poisonous leaf certainly will. Conversely, the values of compassion, loyalty, courage, friendship, and self-sacrifice will not spiritually kill your child, but the Black Magick Witchcraft in which they come wrapped certainly will!" [20];

"And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered therof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shed them into the pot of pottage: for they knew [perceived, understood, discerned] them not. So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death [destruction] in the pot. And they could not eat thereof" (2 Kings 4:39-40).

Fear, terror, depression, misery, and suspicion are just some of other negative attitudes and emotions displayed by the trainee wizards and witches at Hogwarts.

Rousseau's theory of the innate goodness of man and that all human beings from childhood will naturally seek the good, notwithstanding, children do not naturally choose the good for themselves.  The natural or inherent inclination of every single descendant of Adam is towards sin:

"And God saw that ... every imagination of the thoughts of [man's] heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5);

"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin [i.e. the sin nature inherent in all humanity as result of the Fall] did my mother conceive me" (Psalm 51:5);

"The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God  ... there is none that doeth good, no, not one" (Psalm 14:1,3 and Psalm 53:1,3);

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh God ... For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:10-23).

Disobedience is the child's natural inclination.  That is why God has put children into the care of parents for the first years of their life - to train them up in the way they should go, not in the way they want to go; to know God and to do good.  And all Christian parents desire to bring their children up according to God's Word and in His Righteousness:

"...thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates" (Deuteronomy 6:5-9);

"Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them ... Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children ... That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children..." (Deuteronomy 11:16-21);

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6);

"And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).

But Rowling very deliberately undermines parents as the formers and doorkeepers of their children's moral and spiritual health, and one way she does this is by introducing characters she calls Muggles...

 

Adults, Christians, and Parents are Muggles

Muggles are folks without any magical blood or magical abilities.  Rowling has said she "created the word 'Muggle' from 'Mug', an English term for someone who is easily fooled" [21].  Whilst Harry Potter's white witches and wizards are now the goodies, non-witches and non-wizards (and anti-witches and anti-wizards) have most definitely become the baddies.  One of the main themes in the Harry Potter stories is the depiction of Muggles as ignorant, and "dull, boring, cruel, or useless" [22], "living a life not worth living" [23], who are to be patronised, pitied, mocked, and disobeyed by those with 'magical blood'.

"[T]he stories ... paint a very derogatory view of anyone who does not practice magic. Non-magic folks are called 'Muggles'. They are looked down on as being clueless at best, and mean-spirited and narrow-minded at worst" [24];

"Her main characters - the witches and wizards - demonstrate all the admirable traits our God commends: kindness, courage, loyalty, etc. But the most conspicuous muggles (ordinary people who are blind to these mystical forces) are pictured as mean, cruel, narrow and self-indulgent. These subtle messages, hidden behind exciting stories, turn Truth upside-down. But fascinated readers rarely notice the deception" [25];

"The ordinary person is typified as being bad because they have no (magic) powers, and heroes are the people who are using the occult. (This) is an inversion of morality" [26];

"There is a strong anti-family strain in the Potter books ... Harry's uncle, aunt, and cousin, with whom he lives, are [portrayed as] mean, selfish, and unloving. They are 'Muggles' ... Harry's witchy friends are made to appear very appealing next to these loutish family members ... The ordinary human adults of his family are seen as stupid and powerless, while the witches and warlocks are wise and powerful" [27];

"[W]hen readers see how stupid, ugly, and boring [Harry's Uncle] Vernon is, they get the idea that all people who are opposed to Witchcraft must be as stupid, ugly, and boring as Vernon is" [28];

"Rowling's Magic versus Muggle message is all-pervasive. It permeates every Harry Potter book and forms the framework for the entire series. One of Harry's friends, Mrs. Weasley, declares about Muggles: 'Bless them, they'll go to any lengths to ignore magic, even if it's staring them in the face' ... 'Muggles' like the Dursleys - young readers are informed - have 'a very medieval attitude towards magic,' making them superbly unenlightened. The Dursleys even went so far as 'to lock away Harry's spellbooks, wand, cauldron, and broomstick.'  Imagine that! Shame on them! ... [T]he subtle message is that it's high time for Muggles to wake up and to accept occult magic for what it really is - a great gift to humanity. The entire Harry Potter saga portrays non-magical people as substandard ... [they] portray the Dursleys in particular and Muggles in general as largely ignorant, while the Master Sorcerer ... is revealed as essentially all-powerful. Quite a positive message on behalf of witchcraft, would you say? ... Witches are in; Muggles are out" [29].

That this is a none too subtle attack on Christians - who, contrary to Rowling's protestations, don't "ignore" magic because they are "clueless", or "oppose" magic because they are "mean" or "narrow-minded" or "unenlightened" - probably goes without saying here (please see the sections towards the end of this article for the real reasons Christians oppose magic).  But, additionally, as many of the parents and/or relatives of the children attending Hogwarts are non-witches or non-wizards this also belittles parents and undermines parental/adult authority in the eyes of Harry and his friends - and by extension in the eyes of all the children reading the books and watching the films.

In direct contrast to the disobedience and rebellion toward adult authority advocated by Rowling, God's Word sternly rebukes it and commands all children to honour their parents:

"Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long" (Exodus 20:12a)  /  "Ye shall fear every man [every son and daughter shall respect] his mother, and his father ... Thou shalt rise up before [respect] the hoary head [parents, grandparents, etc] and honour the face of the old man" (Leviticus 19:3,32)  /  "Cursed be he that setteth light by [dishonours, disrespects, disobeys, despises, criticises, mocks, abuses] his father or his mother" (Deuteronomy 27:16);

"My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother ... Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding ... Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away ... keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life ... My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live" (Proverbs chapters 1-4);

"A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth [listens to, heeds] reproof is prudent [wise]" (Proverbs 15:5);

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth" (Ephesians 6:1-3)  /  "Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord" (Colossians 3:20);

"Being filled with all unrighteousness ... proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents" (Romans 1:28-30)  /  "For men shall be lovers of their own selves ... boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy ... despisers of those that are good ... heady, highminded" (2 Timothy 3:1-4);

"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account" (Hebrews 13:17a).

Please see here for more scriptures concerning children's right attitude and behaviour towards their parents.

This issue of parental authority is of fundamental importance in preparing children to relate correctly to God as their Heavenly Father, and so it is to be expected that Rowling will attempt to undermine God-ordained family relations in her quest to supplant God's Kingdom in the minds of her young readers with Satan's kingdom.

In light of the fact that God sees rebellion and witchcraft as equivalent, it is perhaps not that surprising that in writing about children's forays into wizardry and witchcraft, Rowling cannot help but promote disobedience and rebellion as well...

"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity [wickedness, treachery] and idolatry" (1 Samuel 15:23a),

 

The View from the Other Kingdom

It is quite instructive to hear what witches and ex-witches have to say about Harry Potter:

"I dream of being able to to afford an old convent in the woods somewhere that I could use to set up my University of Wicca, There would be dorms and scholarships and varying degrees bestowed on its students. There would be all levels of study, from basic to very deep. I have even written a curriculum, course schedules, and a list of of my ideal professors from all over the world ... I've had this fantasy since before the Harry Potter books came out, so you can imagine my delight when I read of 'Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry' which is basically an over-the-top, whimsical fiction of my dream. Imagination is the first step to actualization, so it thrills me that children are reading these books" [30];

"The story of Harry Potter is an allegory: It is written and packaged to look like fantasy when, in truth, it is a carefully written true description of the training and work of an initiate in an occult order. In every instance, everything Harry does is an extension of his belief system. His foundation is in magic through will. The concept that magick is an extension of will is a foundational occult truth and is diametrically opposed to the Christian concept of will where every born-again believer's individual will is brought into submission under Christ ... The fact is that everything we think, do and say is an extension of our belief system. It is dangerous to suspend our belief system when it comes to judging the value of what we give our children to 'read for entertainment' ... It is impossible to read something and not be affected by it or learn something from it ... The agenda of JK Rowling is very real - she is writing to instil in children a familiarity with occult truth - she just clothed it in fun" [31];

"These books are operational and instructional manuals of witchcraft woven into the format of entertainment. These ... books by J.K. Rowling teach witchcraft! I know this because I was once very much a part of that world ... In order to succeed in bringing witchcraft to the world and thus complete satanic control, an entire generation would have to be induced and taught to think like witches, talk like witches, dress like witches, and act like witches ... As a former witch, I can speak with authority when I say that I have examined the works of Rowling and that the Harry Potter books are training manuals for the occult. Untold millions of young people are being taught to think, speak, dress and act like witches by filling their heads with the contents of these books ... As parents, we will answer to God if we allow our children to read witchcraft books" [32].

 

Educating Children into the Global Perspective

In 1946, in the aftermath of the horrors of the two recent world wars, Brock Chisholm, humanist, first Director-General of the World Health Organization, and advocate of a one world global society, said some interesting things regarding Christianity, the raising of children, and the sort of education he believed children should be subject to:

"What basic psychological distortion can be found in every civilization of which we know anything? ... which produces inferiority, guilt and fear, which makes controlling other people's  personal behaviour necessary, which encourages prejudice and the inability to see, understand and sympathise with other people's points of view. Is there any force so potent and so pervasive that it can do all these things in all civilizations? There is - just one. The only lowest common denominator of all civilizations and the only psychological force capable of producing these perversions is morality, the concept of right and wrong, the poison long ago described and warned against as 'the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil' ... the unnecessary and artificially imposed inferiority, guilt and fear, commonly known as sin ...

"For many generations we have bowed our necks to the yoke of the conviction of sin. We have swallowed all manner of poisonous certainties fed us by our parents, our Sunday and day school teachers, our politicians, our priests, our newspapers and others with a vested interest in controlling us ... to keep children under control, with which to prevent free thinking, with which to impose local and familial and national loyalties ... these bandages of belief, in the name of virtue and security for the soul ...

"That freedom, present in all children and known as innocence, has been destroyed or crippled by local certainties, by gods of local moralities, of local loyalty, of personal salvation, of prejudice and hate and intolerance - frequently masquerading as love - gods of everything that would destroy freedom to observe and to think and would keep each generation under the control of old people, the elders, the shamans, and the priests ...

"The re-interpretation and eventual eradication of the concept of right and wrong which has been the basis of child training, the substitution of intelligent and rational thinking for faith in the certainties of old people ... Would they not be legitimate objectives of original education? Would it not be sensible to stop imposing our local prejudices and faiths on children and give them all sides of every question ... The most important thing in the world today is bringing up children ... To be allowed to teach children should be the sign of the final approval of society ... Can such a program of re-education or of a new kind of education be charted? ... That which stands in the way is ignorance and moral certainty, superstition [i.e. Christianity] and vested interest ...

"It has long been generally accepted that parents have a perfect right to impose any points of view, any lies or fears, superstitions, prejudices, hates, or faiths on their defenseless children. It is, however, only relatively recently that it has become a matter of certain knowledge that these things cause neuroses, behavior disorders, emotional disabilities, and failure to develop to a state of emotional maturity which fits one to be a citizen of a democracy, able to take one's part in making a world fit to live in.  'I believe' or 'I do not believe' have been acceptable as valid reasons for arbitrary limitations or distortion of a child's experience, for imposing any kind of guilt or fear on the child, for perverting the child's capacity to observe and to think clearly ... individuals who have emotional disabilities of their own, guilts, fears, inferiorities, are certain to project their hates [i.e. Christian beliefs] on others ... They are a very real menace ...

"[W]e cannot any longer afford to shelter and protect the old mistaken way of our forebears ... There is something to be said for ... gently putting aside the mistaken old ways of our elders if that is possible. If it cannot be done gently, it may have to be done roughly or even violently - that has happened before ... Sincere people should examine our schools and our churches. Are their methods of teaching consistent with present day knowledge of the developing human personality ...

"Let us be our own authority. We know far more that any of our ancestors. Scientists of this generation have no obligation to admit superiority of knowledge or of wisdom in any body of traditional belief or authority. There is no room for authoritarian dogma in the field of human relations. Let us discard the bromides which have kept us drugged, obedient to the old people and afraid of their displeasure" [33]. (My emphases.)

Some years later, he was even more blunt:

"Children must be free to think in all directions irrespective of the peculiar ideas of parents who often seal their children's minds with preconceived prejudices and false concepts of past generations" [34].

But Chisholm wasn't the only one who thought like this...  Julian Huxley, humanist, Fabian, and a founder member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in 1947 oversaw the creation of a nine-volume UNESCO study titled Towards World Understanding, which stated in Volume V:

"Before the child enters school his mind has already been profoundly marked, and often injuriously, by earlier influences ... first gained, however dimly, in the home" [35].  

Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, and one of the main promulgators of a global education for a global citizenship, believes his World Core Curriculum should be the basis for all education at all levels - from kindergarten through to research institutions.  He says:

"Global education must transcend material scientific and intellectual achievements and reach deliberately into moral and spiritual spheres ... Global education must prepare our children for the coming of an interdependent, safe, prosperous, friendly, loving, happy planetary age as has been heralded by all the great prophets" [36];

"Former Secretary General U Thant, a teacher ... always came back to his fundamental belief that education held the keys to the future. In his farewell address to the United Nations in December 1971, he said: 'I have certain priorities in regard to virtues and human values ... Above all I would attach the greatest importance to spiritual values, spiritual qualities. I deliberately avoid using the term 'religion'. I have in mind the spiritual virtues, faith in oneself, the purity of one's inner self which to me is the greatest virtue of all" [37];

"The underlying philosophy upon which the Robert Muller School is based will be found in the teachings set forth in the books of Alice A. Bailey by the Tibetan teacher [Bailey's spirit guide], Djwal Kuhl..." [38].

Alice Bailey was a Luciferian who was at one time head of the Theosophical Society, founded by Helena Blavatsky who, along with Alice Bailey, believed that:

"Lucifer represents Life, thought, progress, civilisation, liberty, independence. Lucifer is the Logos, the Serpent, the Saviour ... Lucifer is divine and terrestrial Light, 'the Holy Ghost' and 'Satan' at one and the same time ... It is Satan who is God of our planet and the only God" [39].

No doubt - the common practice of word inversion amongst occultists notwithstanding - the similarity between the names Blavatsky and Rowling's Cassandra Vablatsky, author of Unfogging the Future, the divination textbook at Hogworts School, is purely coincidental...

Other educationalists have reiterated the views of Chisholm, Huxley, Muller, and Thant.  Amongst them, the following:

"Every child in [the West] entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances towards ... his parents, toward belief in a supernatural being ... it is up to you teachers to make all of these sick children well by creating the international child of the future" [40];

"The purpose of education and the schools is to change the thoughts, feelings and actions of students" [41];

"...unless a new faith ... overcomes the old ideologies and creates planetary synthesis, world government is doomed ... The task of reordering our traditional values and institutions should be one of the major educational objectives of our schools" [42];

"The New Thinking: ... [Educators today want] to expand children's imaginations so they could accept the 'new' thinking. The 'new' thinking includes the acceptance of witches, different sexual orientations, and that no particular religious view is more valuable than any other" [43].

Please see here and here  for more articles, quotations, and comments concerning the various questionable goals of Education in the 20th and 21st centuries.

To these ends, Rowling's books about Harry Potter couldn't fit the bill more perfectly.  Far more effective than any school textbook, they are the educational change agents' dream!  Her stories have made it so easy to prise the vast majority of children from the "bromide" of the Bible's "authoritarian dogma" and the "prejudices and faiths" and "mistaken old ways" of their Muggle-like parents and elders - and all with the convenient blessing of these very same parents and elders!

"Rowling's books, whether she realizes it or not, embody some well-used steps to social change. Like Huxley's conditioning exercises which linked the cloned babies' delight in colorful books to terrifying electric shocks, her steps link positive images to an idealized form of paganism and negative images to traditional values. Her suggestions include:

  • A vision of a better world  -->  link main characters t pagan practices;
  • Rebellion against Biblical authorities  -->  link traditional authority figures to intolerant 'muggles';
  • An idealized view of paganism  -->  link occult images to 'good' wizards;
  • A pagan alternative to Christian values  -->  link courage and loyalty to a common quest for occult empowerment;
  • Mystical experiences that excite the emotions  -->  link 'good' spells to victory in the timeless battle between good and evil" [44];

"The human imagination is key to transformation! Impressionable and gullible it asks few questions and rarely resists deception. Through it, occult images and suggestions take on life-like dimensions that can distort and change our values more effectively than can facts or actual reality. It's no coincidence that educational change agents want to train children to use and follow these popular alternatives to rational thinking. Conditioned to respond to exciting suggestions with their imagination rather than their intellect, children can easily be led and manipulated" [45];

"There are many ways to persuade the masses to reject uncompromising Christianity and embrace a changeable blend of all kinds of religions ... Schools do it through books such as the Harry Potter series, through multicultural and environmental education, and by integrating social issues and politically correct ideology into more mundane subjects such as math and science ... Harry Potter's author does it by creating a captivating world where strength, wisdom, love, hope - all the good gifts God promises those who follow Him - are now offered to those who pursue occult thrills" [46];

"Immersing children and youth in a wildly exciting pagan belief system will change their minds, memories, beliefs, and values. Christian fans who find the story irresistible will face cognitive dissonance, a form of mental and emotional confusion. To social and educational change agents, this intentional dissonance is an essential step in the process of 'unfreezing' minds and 'opening' them up to a new way of thinking" [47];

"Books such as the Harry Potter series fit, because they reinforce the global and occult perspective" [48].

 

The Final Destination...

"The stories that we choose, both as individuals and societies, define our subsequent histories ... Stories do indeed matter, functioning as cornerstone, windows, and roadmaps" [49].

To what destination are the Harry Potter books and films a roadmap?

"Today, millions of children take Harry's curse mark on their own foreheads to show their loyalty to Harry. The Bible teaches that at the ruling of the One World leader in the end times, the whole world will take 'the mark of the beast' on their foreheads to show their allegiance to the world dictator. Are our children ... being conditioned for something much bigger than even we understand?" [50];

"Satan is greatly using these Harry Potter books [EMcD: I would say he inspired the books and their ideas and content in order to use them] to capture children for his own kingdom, and conditioning them to accept his values and attitudes. Then, when Antichrist does arise, he will find legions of children and young people ready to accept him, worship him, and finally accept his mark" [51];

"Millions of children around the world are vicariously being taught the same morality and principles of witchcraft that Harry is learning. As he gets stronger and stronger year by year, so do the readers get more involved in the power that Harry is developing. His psychic abilities get stronger. His reasoning gets stronger ... in this book [The Order of the Phoenix] I noticed Harry was a much angrier person than in the previous books ... in book #1 he was innocent and very wide-eyed and more submissive to authority. In this book he actually becomes possessed by the serpent that he is supposedly fighting, and he can't differentiate now between [himself and] the thing that can take over in him, and he has the same mind as the serpent" [52].  

But...  and there's always a 'but'...

"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12);

"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die ... ye shall be as gods ... And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me" (Genesis 31-13);

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save that he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name ... If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; ... And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name" (Revelation 13:16-17; 14:9-11);

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven ... And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan ... And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever" (Revelation 20:1-10).

 

Is It OK for Christian Adults to Read Harry Potter?

"Our children are too precious to be exposed to those risks. Parents, educators, and Christians who feel that these books are harmless need to take a careful look at the facts" [53].

The articles I have recommended below provide much evidence to suggest that Harry Potter is extremely detrimental to the spiritual well-being of our children, but what about us?  Perhaps almost as many adults as children are fascinated by Harry Potter and his friends...

I fully understand that the Lord will require some Christians to read the books and/or see the films for the sake of warning the rest of the Body of Christ about the spiritual danger these books and films present to the Lord's people, in the same way that Ezekiel was made a watchman for the people of Israel and shown the abominations being committed in the Temple.  I am convinced, though, that there are relatively few believers whom the Lord has specifically instructed to research the Harry Potter books to that extent, and if He has not laid it on our hearts to do that particular work for Him, then surely we should steer well clear of them just as we would anything else that would take us into, or even near to, the enemy's territory:

"...the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth and give them warning from me" (Ezekiel 3:17);

"Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here ... turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations ... Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about ... He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do ... Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these ... Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing ... that they commit the abominations which they commit here..." (Ezekiel 8:1-18);

 

Glorifying What God Condemns

All in all, there are up to one hundred beliefs, attitudes, and practices detailed in the stories about Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft that are both condemned and forbidden in Scripture!  In her books and films, Rowling is glorifying all that God calls abominable.  I truly believe that, not just our children, but neither should we be reading these books or watching these films purely for enjoyment's sake, or because they are a "great read" or are visually stunning, or even out of curiosity.  As we know, God speaks very forthrightly about witchcraft and the occult:

"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" (Exodus 22:18);

"Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God" (Leviticus 19:31)  /  "And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people ... A man also or a woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death" (Leviticus 20:6,27a);

"...thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that ... useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD ... Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God" (Deuteronomy 18:9-13);

"Thus siath the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen" (Jeremiah 10:2a).

If you believe that God has changed His mind on the seriousness of witchcraft since He gave the Israelites the Hebrew Scriptures, then please consider these references in the New Testament:

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; ... Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred ... murders, drunkenness ... and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (Galatians 5:19-21);

"But the ... abominable, and murderers ... and sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death ... And there shall in no wise enter into [the eternal city, holy Jerusalem] any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life ... without are ... sorcerers ... and murderers, and idolators, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie" (Revelation 21:8,27; 22:15).

Plainly God hasn't softened His view concerning the wickedness of wizardry (sorcery) and witchcraft.  Anyway, we know that God doesn't change:

"And I will come near to you to judgement; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers ... and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. For I am the LORD, I change not" (Malachi 3:5-6).

Merely reading a story about witches may not be actually practising witchcraft - although as we saw from the comment of one researcher near the start of this article that is debatable - but should we even have in our possession anything that revels in and glorifies that which is detestable to God?  God made very clear to Israel how He felt when they took into their possession something He had declared abominable:

"And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing" (Joshua 6:18a);

"Israel hath ... taken of the accursed thing ... and they have put it even among their own stuff ... Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies ... because they were accursed:  neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you ... O Israel: thou canst stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you" (Joshua 7:11-13).

We cannot be innocent bystanders in spiritual matters; the Bible warns us that we become like the thing to which we give our attention:

"Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands ... They that make them are like unto them; so is everyone that trusteth in them" (Psalm 115:4-8).

Note also in the passages from Joshua above that if we entangle ourselves with what God has forbidden, we lose God's presence with us - i.e. His Holy Spirit, and thus stand exposed before Satan, the enemy of our souls, without God's power and protection.  When Saul disobeyed God by not destroying Agag, the king of the Amalekites, resulting in God's rejection of him as King over Israel (1 Samuel 15:1-35), he subsequently repented for his disobedience but could not accept the loss of his former position, and became bitter and filled with murderous hatred for his successor, eventually participating in the "accursed thing" and thereby losing not just his kingship but also his life and his very soul:  

"Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him ... And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land. And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem ... And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled. And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not ... Then Saul said unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit in Endor. And Saul disguised himself ... and ... came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee. And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land ... And he said, Bring me up Samuel..." (1 Samuel 28:3-19);

"Now the Philistines fought against Israel ... And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons ... And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded ... Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it ... So Saul died" (1 Samuel 31:1-6);

"...and I will not take my mercy from him [Solomon], as I took it from him [Saul] that was before thee [David]" (1 Chronicles 17:13).

 

Loving What God Hates

The psalmist, the prophet, and the apostle each wrote:

"I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me" (Psalm 101:3);

"he that ... shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high [in heaven]" (Isaiah 13:15-16);

"Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good" (Romans 12:9b);  /  "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5)  /  "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Ephesians 5:11).

In fact, Paul went further - he adjured us to go so far as to:

"Abstain from all appearance of evil" (1Thessalonians 5:22).

Even to buy the books, or pay to see the films, supposedly just for 'enjoyment's' sake (rather than for research), is effectively to be having "fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness" described in the books and portrayed in the films - and is encouraging Rowling to carry on writing about all these things that God calls wicked, and He speaks very severely to those who, though they may not themselves "worship and serve the creature (i.e., Satan, self, nature, all of which witchcraft does)", see nothing wrong in endorsing those who do:

"Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them" (Romans 1:25,32).

Can we really justify reading these books simply for pleasure or enjoyment or relaxation or escapism?  According to the Word of God, that just isn't possible.  If we 'enjoy' reading about the activities of the witches and wizards in the Harry Potter books, then Scripture says we are taking "pleasure" in the practitioners and their practices and so are under God's judgement.

Yes, this does seem desperately harsh, but the Lord is harsh, very harsh, when He warns His People (both His People Israel and His People the Church) of these abominations - how can He not be when they will lead those for whom He bled and died into hell?  God only gives us any of His commands and warnings for our eternal good.  When the believers at Ephesus heard Paul's message and saw the works the Lord wrought through him, and were convicted he spoke the truth:

"many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men" (Acts 19:19).

And look at the blessing that resulted from their obedience to God:

"So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed" (Acts 19:20).

 

A Foot in Both Kingdoms?

However exciting and entertaining they may be, and however much they may encourage our children to read books, the fact remains that the Harry Potter stories are "an all out assault on biblical values and a Christian world view" [54].  How then can we justify any approval for them?

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20).

God requires us to be in one kingdom or the other.  We can choose to either live in God's Kingdom or in Satan's kingdom.  It is not possible to have a foot in both camps.

"Thou shalt not sow thy vineyards with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyards, be defiled [makes the sanctified object unusable]" (Deuteronomy 22:9).

"See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live ... But if thy heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish ... I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life" (Deuteronomy 30:15-20);

"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve ... but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD" (Joshua 24:15);

"How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him" (1 Kings 18:21);

"Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?" (1 Corinthians 10:21-22);

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting ourselves in the fear of God" (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 7:1);

"This I say therefore ... walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God ... Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light" (Ephesians 4:17-5:12).

 

More To Be Desired Are They Than Gold

So, to return to our original question: If there is "any virtue, and if there be any praise" in the activities of Harry Potter and the other witches and wizards at Hogwarts, then by all means we may "think on these things".  But if J.K. Rowling's stories do not prove to be pure or lovely or virtuous or praiseworthy, then shouldn't we cast them away, and rather think on the eternal truths God has given us in His Holy Word?...

"The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward" (Psalm 19:7-11);

"Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed are thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word" (Psalm 119:9-16);

"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:14-17).

 

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report,
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do,
and the God of peace shall be with you"

(Philippians 4:8-9).

 

 

Endnotes

[1]  John Ankerberg, Questions About Harry Potter

[2]  Cutting Edge 1397, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Book Review

[3]  Berit Kjos, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

[4]  Cutting Edge 1430, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book Review

[5]  David J. Meyer, Harry Potter? What Does God Have to Say?

[6]  J.K. Rowling, Interview with Stories from the Web [library subscription/members only access], as quoted in: Let Us Reason, Harry Potter: A Sorcerer's Tale

[7]  Caryl Matrisciana, Just Wild About Harry: Boy Wizard Changing Teens Into Witches?

[8]  Quoted in: Karen Shaw, Harry Potter Books - My Concerns

[9]  Caryl Matrisciana, Interview with Christian Family Radio, Harry Potter

[10]  Caryl Matrisciana, Interview with Christian Family Radio, Harry Potter

[11]  Steve Wohlberg, Hour of the Witch, (Destiny Image Publishers, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, US, 2005), p.43

[12]  Richard Abanes, quoted in Wohlberg, Hour of the Witch, pp.43-44

[13]  { source }

[14]  ExWitch Ministries, Is Harry Potter Just Harmless Fun?

[15]  J.K. Rowling, Interview with Kidsreads, Harry Potter

[16]  Berit Kjos, The Order of the Phoenix

[17]  Peter Lanz, Occult Roots of Harry Potter Magic

[18]  Steve Wohlberg, Hour of the Witch, p.156

[19]  Steve Wohlberg, Hour of the Witch, pp.44-45

[20]  Cutting Edge 1383, Two More Christian Oriented Organizations Recommend Harry Potter Books

[21]  Wikipedia, Muggle

[22]  William J. Schnoebelen, Straight Talk on Harry Potter

[23]  Cutting Edge 1397, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Book Review

[24]  CBN Q & A, What's the Harm in Harry Potter?

[25]  Berit Kjos, Bewitched by Harry Potter

[26]  Robert Frisken, quoted in Wohlberg, Hour of the Witch, p.82

[27]  William J. Schnoebelen, Straight Talk on Harry Potter

[28]  Cutting Edge 1397, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Book Review

[29]  Steve Wohlberg, Hour of the Witch, pp.78-80,82

[30]  Henbane, A California Witch, quoted in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: It's JUST Fantasy!

[31]  Peter Lanz, Occult Roots of Harry Potter Magic

[32]  David J. Meyer, Harry Potter? What Does God Have to Say?

[33]  G. Brock Chisholm, 'The Reestablishment of Peacetime Society', in The Psychiatry of Enduring Peace and Social Progress, The William Alanson White Memorial Lectures (Vol 9, No.1, February 1946), pp.3-20.  [my emphases]

[34]  G. Brock Chisholm, Speech given at the Conference on Education, in Asilomar, California, 11th Sept 1954.  Quote appended to article by Catherine Minteer, 'What We Observed in Teaching General Semantics', in ETC: A Review of General Semantics (Vol. 61, No.4, December 2004), p.486

[35]  UNESCO, Towards World Understanding: Vol V: In the Classroom with Children Under Thirteen Years of Age, quoted in John A. Stormer, None Dare Call It Treason, (Liberty Bell Press, Florissant, Missouri, US, 1964), p.112

[36]  Robert Muller, 'The Need for Global Education', (1975), Reproduced in Essays on Education, edited by Joanne Dufour, (1990), p.20

[37]  U Thant, United Nations Secretary-General, 1961-1971, quoted in Robert Muller, 'The Need for Global Education', (1975), Reproduced in Essays on Education, edited by Joanne Dufour, (1990), p.20

[38]  Preface, World Core Curriculum Manual, (Robert Muller School, Arlington TX, US, 1986), quoted in Berit Kjos, The International Agenda  

[39]  Helena Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, (1888)

[40]  Dr Chester Pierce, Professor of Education and Psychiatry, Harvard University: Lecture presented at Denver, Colorado, a Seminar on Childhood Education, (1973)

[41]  Benjamin Bloom, Educational Psychologist, All Our Children Learning: A Primer for Parents, Teachers and Other Educators, (McGraw-Hill, New York, US, 1981), p.180

[42]  Philip Vander Velde and Hyung-Chan Kim, eds., Global Mandate: Pedagogy for Peace, (1985), p.76, quoted in Berit Kjos, The International Agenda

[43]  John Ankerberg, Questions About Harry Potter

[44]  Berit Kjos, Harry Potter and the Power of Suggestion

[45]  Berit Kjos, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

[46]  Berit Kjos, Bewitched by Harry Potter

[47]  Berit Kjos, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

[48]  Berit Kjos, Bewitched by Harry Potter

[49]  Alison Lentini, quoted in Hour of the Witch, p.45

[50]  Caryl Matrisciana, Who Stole Harry Potter's Phoenix?

[51]  Cutting Edge 1396, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Book Review

[52]  Caryl Matrisciana, Interview with Viewpoint, Harry Potter Witchcraft Repackaged

[53]  ExWitch Ministries, Is Harry Potter Just Harmless Fun?

[54]  Let Us Reason, Harry Potter: A Sorcerer's Tale

 

Further Articles, Books, and DVDs

Articles:

Index of many (non-Bayith) Harry Potter Articles

Kjos Ministries: Index of Harry Potter Articles

Christian Answers for the New Age: Index of Harry Potter Articles

Harry Potter: A Review of the First Five Books From a Biblical Perspective

Cutting Edge (at the top of the Home page click on the 'Search' button and type in 'Harry Potter' to access many articles on the subject)

John Ankerberg (if this link doesn't take you directly to the list of Harry Potter articles then type 'Harry Potter' into the 'Search Website' window at the top right of the Home page)

Books and DVDs:

(Available from the publishers or from usedbooksearch)

Steve Wohlberg, Hour of the Witch, (Destiny Image Publishers, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310, US, 2005)

Steve Wohlberg, Hidden Dangers in Harry Potter, (Amazing Facts, Inc., Roseville, CA 95678-9058, US, 2003)

Richard Abanes, Harry Potter and the Bible: The Menace Behind the Magick, (Christian Publications, US, 2001)

Caryl Matrisciana, Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged, (Jeremiah Films, 2001)

 

 

 

 

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