3. Each occult image and suggestion prompts the audience to
more athome in this setting.
Children identify with their favorite characters and learn to see wizards and witches from apopular peer perspective rather than from God's perspective. Those who sense that the occultworld
evil face a choice:
peer pressure or
their imagined participation inHarry'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 tomulticultural ideals and turn God's values upside down - just as did God's people in OldTestament days:"But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear,
but walked in the counsels and in theimagination of their evil heart
, and went backward, and not forward."
"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!"
Harry Potter Special [Magazine
] interviews actors
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, likeinvisibility.
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."
Harry Potter Special: Inside the Magical Magazine
(Primedia, Inc.), pages 24, 26.
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4. God tells us to "abhor what is evil" and "cling to what is good."
Butwhen Christian children and teens
the Harry Potter myths, delight in the movie and read thebooks again and again, they are desensitizing their hearts and minds to its evil. Turning God'struth upside down, they are learning to
"love" what is evil
. The natural next step is to reject God'swise boundaries and
"abhor" what He calls good
."You love evil more than good...."
5. Immersed in Hogwarts' beliefs and values, children learn to ignore or reinterpret God's truth.
They lose their natural aversion for the devious spirits representedby the creatures and symbols in this eerie world. Caught up in the exciting story, they absorb the