To the Overly Christian Harry Potter Hater
I've had enough of this. People who believe in magic are stupid. There I said it. People who believe they can cast magic spells are really stupid. Kids (who are people, too!) who try this will find it is ineffective and that'll be the end of it. Those who stick with it and turn evil somehow are in an extremely small minority. We are unable to conjure up magic. We are unable to do anything that could harm God in the least bit. We can make Him angry, obviously, by doing some nasty things we're not supposed to be doing, like murdering, stealing, lying, cheating, etc. Saying a few words and waving your hand expecting an item to leap into the air suddenly or for an impotent man to become potent or whatever does not do anything and I'm sure God is not that petty! It's a form of entertainment, unfulfilling entertainment at that. Also, the only reason anyone pays attention to Harry Potter like this is because it has become so popular. Have some of these people stopped to think it has become popular because of being a damn good story? Magic occurs in just about any story you can find, especially those for children. Lord of the Rings. Any fairy tales! Bewitched. Disney movies. Just about any animated movie. There's movies about witches. Some about dragons. Some about wizards. In Quest for Glory, you can be a magic user! In that case, you're not just reading about a British orphan who is at a wizard school. You're actually playing the part of someone who actively uses magic, someone who uses magic to kill things, too! The point is, it is fiction. It is repeatedly proven to be fiction. Oh, here's another one. Stephen King's "The Green Mile" which is also a movie. The John Coffey guy can cure people by touching them. Yes, they do establish it is a blessing from God. But other than that, the only way you have of knowing this is in fact God's magic and not some evil anti-death spell is just that they SAY it is God. So if the Harry Potter series had established that God had bestowed these kids with magic, would that be okay? Well, then you may argue that many of these kids use the magic for not-so-good purposes. Like I said, they do mention in the series there are evil magic forms they should stay away from. That could be Satan magic. But then you may say that some of it is used not for purely good purposes but for either fun or convenience. What is wrong with that? We humans have the ability to fit a lot of qualities into our lives. Fun. Games. Innocent pranks. You name it. But those things are not purely good things, so it makes this book's magic worse for that reason, and so it is not God who supplies it, is that right? No! If we mere people can feel all of those things, what makes us so vain as to think God can't? Do you think God doesn't have fun of His own? Do you think He does not allow for us to have fun, so long as no one is getting hurt or anything? Why do we limit the Almighty? Whatever we can do, no matter what it is, He can do it a zillion times better. What makes us think we can do ANYTHING that God can't? In these books, it's just a tool in their lives they're supplied with. But, you know what, it does not matter how or why these fictional characters are magical, just like most other fictional characters there are. They are in books. If there are a few cretins who want to go into witchcraft, they're barking up a dead tree there. It is a waste of time, sinful or not. It is not covered in the Ten Commandments. Jesus doesn't say anything about it (as far as I know). Deuteronomy is just ancient Israelite law. In that particular book, it also says it is okay for a father to kill his son if he disagrees with him. Now we shouldn't be doing that, right? It also says you should not eat pork, but do we run around boycotting places that sell pork chops or serve BLTs? But I don't mean to be discrediting the Old Testament. I just wonder why people pick and choose certain things in there to shove down other people's throats, while they are prudent enough to bypass the ones that are horrible. Furthermore, if these kids (or anyone, let's not be ageist!) reads these books and is already a happy Christian, what is the harm even if they do get into the magic a little? Let people play. There is no harm in that. If they still believe in and follow Jesus (otherwise, I guess I should add there) I'm sure they'll still get into heaven! We believe in a very merciful God, don't we? A loving God? One that wants you to join Him in heaven when you die? You think He'd turn you away because you said a few funny words expecting some supernatural event at some point in your life? Honestly, let's give our Lord more credit than that!