I read about this earlier.
I’m going to get out the popcorn
It is their right to remove from their library anything contrary to their faith, right?
Besides, the kids can always privately read it as private posession if their families think it’s an innocent book?
Of course it’s their right. But is it a sensible decision? Surely this does nothing to promote the faith. Rather the opposite.
Yes, really, believe it or not. Going back a few years, every new Harry Potter movie was released in the United States to a chorus of “Satanism,” “black magic,” “dangerous,” “evil,” you name it … Even here at CAF.
When I was a kid, they took out Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret from our school library.
It only had one spell in it.
I just don’t get it. Have any of these exorcists actually read it, or are they all relying on hearsay? I think the latter because…
A) There are no real spells in the books. They wave wands and say made up Latin-ish gibberish.
B) The charge that it promotes the idea of normal kids using magic is nonsense. A key plot point is that normal kids CAN’T do magic. It’s a natural innate power that wizards are born with. There’s no invocations of spirits or obtaining unnatural powers.
C) There’s strong Christian allegorical elements, especially in the 7th book. Rowling has explicitly confirmed the Christian symbolism. On the contrary, she has stated Wicca has no place in her fictional world.
I just don’t get it.
There is nothing in HP that can go together with the Bible as it specifically forbids sorcery in Deuteronomy. So the Christian faith does not depend on people believing in magic. On the contrary.
St. Cyprian was a sorcerer but after he realized he was wrong he burned all his magic books. St. Catherine the Martyr also gave up all her pagan beliefs after conversion and was brutally murdered for it.
Fear not. The kids are still reading it at that school. But at least the school no longer publicly promotes those ideas, that magic is good, and that IS according to the Christian Faith.
Not to mention all the Christian imagery all the way through the series, particularly the last book.
That’s because you have common sense. Which isn’t all that common any more.
Excellent, we are Catholic.
and this issue is really confusing to young Catholics in certain settings
As we both know, this subject pops up regularly on here.
The concern has always been that these books can create confusion.
Have you ever tried to figure out the economics behind the magic use in Harry Potter?
No, I haven’t studied the books
There is plenty of confusion.
My only advice to a kid reading HP would be that there are better fantasy works out there you can try and that’s it ok in spots but generally mediocre as a piece of writing. Too much of a Mallory Towers with magic vibe I found personally when I did read them, I was working running a bookstore at the height of their popularity and read them largely to understand the fuss. I soon realized it was simply a case of good media presentiation and PR and the books just being popular due to being published at the right moment in time. Their popularity has waned somewhat I’ve noted as well, still popular but not the sensation they once were.
People are going to believe whatever they want to believe.
A long time ago, my daughter brought home a Scholastic book flyer that advertised all the different books for sale. There was one for spells from the Disney show, “The Wizards of Waverly Place.” She really, really, really wanted that book. It seemed like a silly thing to spend money on and I kept saying no. I still remember her younger brother standing there with her as she made her final plea, “I promise we won’t use any spells on people!”
I shoulda just bought her the book.
The worst part of this is that it makes Catholics look foolish.
Harry Potter contains real spells and curses. It glorifies witchcraft, which is Satanic to the core. So many people have been seduced into thinking this is just harmless fantasy where kids pretend to be wizards, but it isn’t that simple.
There was some children who were fooling around by reciting one of the spells in Harry Potter, and 5 days later their house burnt down.
If you enjoy a good fantasy, I’d recommend Lord of the Rings written by devout Catholic JRR Tolkien. Avoid any filth JK Rowling produces.