Vatican hails new Harry Potter film

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano gave the new Harry Potter movie four stars for promoting “friendship, altruism, loyalty and self-giving”, a break from the Holy See officials’ previous reservation that the books promote witchcraft.


*The Vatican has praised the latest Harry Potter film, saying it made the age-old debate over good versus evil crystal clear.

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano even gave two thumbs up to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’s treatment of adolescent love, saying it achieved the “correct balance” and made the stars more credible to the general audience.

The newspaper said the film was the best adaptation yet of the JK Rowling series about the adventures of the bespectacled child wizard and his Hogwarts chums as they battle Harry’s nemesis, the evil sorcerer Voldemort.

While criticising Rowling for omitting any explicit “reference to the transcendent” in her books, L’Osservatore said the latest instalment nevertheless made clear that good should overcome evil “and that sometimes this requires costs and sacrifice”.

The Vatican’s praise follows the sharp criticism of the Harry Potter series by a conservative Austrian priest at the centre of a church crisis earlier this year.

The Reverend Gerhard Maria Wagner had characterised the Harry Potter novels as Satanism.

Pope Benedict XVI promoted Wagner to the post of auxiliary bishop in Linz, Austria’s third largest city, in January.

But amid an outcry among Austrian Catholics over his comments, Wagner eventually gave up the promotion. *

Can’t wait to see this next week… :smiley:

Yesssssssssssssss! Now I can go and see it with good conscience!
I had the tickets for Saturday evening anyway… :blushing:

My parents actually mad me me stop reading at the fourth book :frowning: you know, after the whole, JPII didn’t agree was made clear…but maybe I’ll start reading them again. Maybe not :slight_smile: Oh well. There are other great books out there.

Okay, stories like this really irk me. “The Vatican” as an entity has never said anything about Harry Potter one way or the other. And yet, to read the secular press (and even some of the Catholic press), first, the Pope condemns Harry Potter (which is certainly not true), and now, the Vatican gives it a thumbs up. It leaves people with the impression that the Church can’t make up her mind.

Further, the story inexplicably includes the random tidbit about Fr. Wagner and implies that his comments denigrating Potter are the reason he stepped down from his appointed post (which is patently false).

Sorry for the venting. When people misattribute words or sentiments to the Pope or the Church, it really gets under my skin.

That said, I am excited about the new movie. :o It looks to be a good one! :thumbsup:

You shold read them all at some stage … they are very good books (the movies are great as well).

I agree with you … though I also think thats why the Catholic Church is so great … with popular books and movies such as Harry Potter eveyone has a different opinion and each is vaild.

That said when I was living in NZ there was great debate about the HP books the LOTR in which many priests would come out in support while others said to stay away from them.

You lucky thing! I live in rural Wales so will have to wait until next week to see it.

If you live in rural Wales, then I would say you’re the lucky one. :slight_smile:

The Vatican didn’t say anything about this film. L’Osservatore Romano is not the voice of the Holy See. It is only the semi-official newspaper of the Vatican, who’s sole purpose is to give news about the Vatican and Pope and spread devotion to the Holy Father. If the recent articles from a certain someone about Obama being a good guy and abortion not being a big detail haven’t clued you in, not everyone who writes for the newspaper is in accordance with the teachings of the Church, let alone Catholic. (Yes, non-Catholics are allowed to write articles for L’Osservatore Romano)

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