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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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As Potter-passion soars to new heights, it's time to take another look at the young wizard's influence onChristian beliefs. After all, the sixth book in Ms. Rowling's spine-tingling adventures into the world of theoccult has broken all records. Almost 7 million copies were sold in the United States in its first 24 hours -averaging better than 250,000 sales per hour! What is happening? Why is Harry's virtual world soenticing? Could this new mythology become the great equalizer of religions -- fusing Buddhist, Muslim,Hindu and Christian communities with 21st century paganism?An anonymous visitor to our website illustrates its enchanting power to deceive "Christian" youth:"Harry Potter is merely a work created for readers to enjoy. It teaches children to read and to imagine.Our society has really overreacted to this, especially the church. I myself am a
faithful follower 
who doesenjoy reading.... Harry Potter encourages magic and I hope you all have the good sense to celebratewhat gods gives [sic] us through wonderful stories like Harry Potter.... Are these evil? Are we not tocelebrate halloween? When do you draw the line?"Actually, our wise and caring God has already drawn some very specific lines for us. To guard us fromdangers we can't even grasp, He has given us clear boundaries that we would be wise to heed.
For example, He tells us that
anyone
practicing witchcraft, sorcery, spell-casting, necromancy or divination (alloccult skills that Harry learns and practices at Hogwarts Schools of Witchcraft and Wizardry) is an"abomination."
What does that tell us about God's attitude toward spiritual models suchas Harry and Dumbledore? How does it relate to His warning in Romans 12:9: "Abhor what is evil. Clingto what is good."If those questions offend you, you may want to stop reading right here. I'm not trying to "impose mybeliefs" on you or force you to hear what you don't want to know. But if you want to understand the power of a tantalizing story and how to guard your children's minds from the almost overwhelming pressure toconform and compromise, please join me in examining some timeless strategies of the mastermindbehind all the corruption in the world.
Using the imagination to create virtual experience
The human imagination is key to transformation. Impressionable and gullible, it asks few questions andrarely resists deception. Through it, occult images and suggestions take on life-like dimensions that candistort and change our values as effectively than can facts or actual reality.It's no coincidence thateducational change agents want to train children to use and follow this popular alternative to rationalthinking. Conditioned to respond to exciting suggestions with their imagination rather than intellect,children can easily be led and manipulated.
Dr. Donald A. Cowan, president emeritus of the University of Dallas, summarized the strategy well. "Whatwill take the place of logic, fact and analysis in the coming age?" he asked. Then he gave the followingreply to his own rhetorical question:"The central way of thought for this new era will be imagination.... Imagination will be the active, creativeagent
 
of culture, transforming brute materials to a higher, more knowable state."
Our wise Maker is well aware of our imagination's thoughtlessness. He told us that "...the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth."
[Genesis 8:21]
And in Matthew 5:28, He equates the moral impact of imagining something with the actual deed. ("...whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has alreadycommitted adultery with her in his heart.")The fact that enthusiastic Potter fans "merely"
imagine
the spell-casting, hexing, and deadly cursingdoesn't nullify the impact of the mental images. So, for the peace and safety of our hearts, we are told notto entertain these things in our minds! That may sound intolerant to those who have reinvented a morepositive or permissive god for our times. But our unbelief doesn't change the heart or will of our sovereignGod. It only shuts Him out, leaving us to rely on our own futile resources.
God has good reasons for warning us to shun
virtual 
as well as
actual 
occultism. Our minds may be ableto separate the two, but our emotions blur those divisions. Think about it. Potter fans are saddened by thedeaths of fictional heroes as well as real-life heroes. In their minds, they cheer each winning spell cast by
 
Harry -- just as they cheer a homerun by a favorite athlete. In the imagination, fantasy and reality flowtogether.So do the light and dark forces of the occult. Harry's adventures lead you to imagine that the youngwizard's magic is good and Voldemort's magic is evil, but in reality, the seductive power behind bothremains the same. Both rely on (1) a focused, intentional
command of the human will
and (2) some kindof occult formula designed to invoke a supernatural force. While the "dark side" seems more deadly, the"light side" is far more deceptive. People let down their guard, because it feels good, not evil. It seemsexciting, not frightening.Look with me at the following scenes from the latest book. They illustrate the kinds of encounters thatreaders enter into vicariously with Harry and his friends and enemies. What kinds of belief and values dothey plant into "open" minds? What worldview do they seal in the reader's memory? In the first encounter, you meet Professor Snape, Harry's hostile old "Potions" instructor, who has nowbeen promoted to teaching "Defense Against the Dark Arts."“You will now divide,Snape went on, “into pairs. One partner will attempt to jinx the other withoutspeaking. The other will attempt to repel the jinx in equal silence. Carry on.”...A reasonable amount of cheating ensued; many people were merely whispering the incantationinstead of saying it aloud....“Pathetic, Weasley
[Harry's friend, Ron],
” said Snape, after a while. “Here — let me show you —“He turned his wand on Harry so fast that Harry reacted instinctively; all thought of nonverbalspells forgotten, he yelled, “
Protego
!” His Shield Charm was so strong Snape was knocked off-balanceand hit a desk. The whole class had looked around and now watched as Snape righted himself, scowling.“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing nonverbal spells, Potter?”“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.“Yes,
sir 
.”“There’s no need to call me ‘sir,’ Professor.”The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying. Several people gasped,including Hermione. Behind Snape, however, Ron, Dean, and Seamus grinned appreciatively.“Detention, Saturday night, my office,” said Snape. “I do not take cheek from anyone, Potter. . .not even ‘the Chosen One.”“That was brilliant, Harry!” chortled Ron, once they were safely on their way to break a short whilelater.“You really shouldn’t have said it,” said Hermione, frowning at Ron.
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The key character in the next scene is Ginny Weasley, Ron's younger sister and Harry's secret love.Some will remember that in
, she was possessed and controlledby the evil Voldemort after finding his old diary implanted with a portion of his soul. What kinds of valuesmight
it 
transmit to the reader?“How come you ended up in there, Ginny?”“He saw me hex Zacharias Smith,” said Ginny. “You remember that idiot from Hufflepuff who wasin the D.A.? He kept on and on asking about what happened at the Ministry and in the end he annoyedme so much I hexed him — when Slughorn came in. I thought I was going to get detention, but he justthought it was a really good hex and invited me to lunch! Mad, eh?”
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Stirring emotions and creating memories
Our minds are far more receptive to contrary values than we like to think. And the more these occultimages and suggestion arouse our emotions -- whether love, laughter, fear, hate or rage -- the moreeffectively they plant new values in our minds and seal those values in our memory. As a result, youtharound the world have learned to love evil and despise truth -- just as God warns us: "You love evil morethan good...."
Psalm 52:3
 
The anticipated release of Book 6 illustrated this principle well. The date, July 16, 2005, stirred excitementand fierce loyalty around the world! At 12.01 AM, huge crowds of children from America to Australia werelined up at their nearest bookstore to receive their coveted copy of Harry's latest adventures. Dressed inblack capes, glasses and pointed hats -- and with scars on their foreheads and wands in hand -- theycelebrated the Potter domain of tantalizing power and mystical thrills.'I'm a fanatic,'' announced 14-year-old Ashley, who apparently has read each of the first five books aboutfive times each. "I love reading them. They get you hooked.'' Her sister Lauren, 10, confirmed Ashley'szeal. "She takes them everywhere,'' she said.''
Of course, Harry Potter is not the first character -- real or fictional -- who learned how to excite themasses through evocative imagery and clever words. China's revered leader Mao Zedong knew well thepower of "
emotion work
." That's why he so effectively won the hearts of the people. He knew how to stir "bitterness" against landowners, hatred toward Christians, love for communism, and a sacrificial spirit thatwould give its all to his totalitarian reign. By identifying and isolating the key "enemy" as the mostthreatening evil, the new evils no longer seem so bad.Some of Mao's strategies, now seen in churches as well as other organizations, were described byElizabeth J. Perry in a report given at Harvard University in the spring of 2000. Referring to themanipulative effects of myth-making fantasy (here expressed through community theater rather thanbooks, but with similar effect), she said,
"
The growth of the revolutionary movement was marked by increasing attention to the importance of 'emotion-raising' in the
process of mass mobilization.
 
"Theater was a critical means of eliciting an emotional reaction that was used intentionallyto solidify popular commitment.
... Staged public performances have constituted the very heart andsoul of the Chinese Communist revolution.... This is not to imply, however, that the emotions expressed insuch contexts are somehow phony or inauthentic.
A distinctive facet of human feelings is of coursetheir ambivalence and malleability
; the genius of the CCP approach lay in its capacity to appreciateand capitalize on this fundamental reality."
When Ms. Rowling wrote the first book, she could neither foresee nor plan the influence she would oneday wield. The story, she said, came to her mind long ago as she was riding the train.'
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But many othersare intentionally riding on her coattails. Her U.S. publisher,
Scholastic
, has prepared
public schoolcurricula based on its pagan world view
. Churches have designed Harry Potter Sunday school lessonsand small group dialogues -- a growth-producing "carrot' for engaging children and youth in fun "learning"activities. Much of the learning takes place insmallgroupsthrough thedialectic processas students share and blend their feelings about Harry with each other. Led by a teacher/facilitator, they are trained tothink dialectically -- for the sake of unity and tolerance, they practice reconciling relevant opposites. But how do you reconcile opinions dealing with Christianity versus paganism, unity versus separation,good versus evil, etc.? What
attitudes
would the children learn from each other concerning good and evilin the Harry Potter books? It would be natural for them to reconcile the conflicts between pagan myths and Biblical truth by redefiningtraditional words, find more tolerant interpretations of the Bible, rationalize away Biblical boundaries, andcheer the group consensus. They might even celebrate their new-found "freedom" to "think outside thebox" of the increasingly offensive Bible. But none of those "solutions" can counter the truth of Scripturessuch as these:
"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 5:20-21

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