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Subject: Harry Potter, Christians and Pagans
Date: Sat, 09 Mar 2002 23:12:36 -0500
From: Valarie SageWind

David, and to anyone else who's reading this:
The nature of comments and argument surrounding Harry Potter has caused me to feel very sad. Personally I haven't seen the movie, but what I have seen is a great amount of hate and ignorance evident in the comments on this site. Christians slamming pagans, and vice versa....this makes me sad for two basic reasons:

 1) That any people who have faith in a facet of religion that has a core of love (such as Christians and pagans) should be so ready to exhibit hatred for one another. I believe that all religions stem from the same place (God, however it is that you perceive God), and that makes us brothers and sisters. We shouldn't give in to ignorance, but should explore the so-called facts of other religions. I know that in my life, exploring other religions has done nothing other than enrich my own faith.

 2) Haven't we seen enough hate in this world? Just think back to September 11th, and beyond that, to the injustice and violence that occurs EVERYDAY, all over this world. Any people that believe in doing good over evil should band together, learn from one another, and work to make the world the loving and sharing place it could be. We shouldn't waste our time and energy on this fruitless feuding.

Please use YOUR energy to its fullest potential: Choose love over hate, truth over untruth.

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." It means the same thing regardless of whether you're a Christian, Pagan....whatever. Choose love!
Always,
Valarie SageWind

HARRY POTTER AND THE BIG PICTURE
Subject: Harry Potter
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002
From: Celeste Keller

Harry Potter and the Big Picture
An essay by Celeste Keller

[a note: I love Harry Potter and that is why I am defending the book, I also love the series that are mentioned in this essay although I am an adult and am discussing the possibility of young children reading them]

Many schools and churches have banned, confiscated, and even burned the famous "Harry Potter" books by British Author J.K. Rowling. These organizations have attacked the series because it contains witchcraft .

I believe that many of these groups are striking against this lovely and whimsical series and yet not looking at the big picture. What I mean by the big picture is the hundreds of other books in the age groups that have latched onto Harry Potter.

First of all there is no sexual content in Harry Potter whatsoever. In several series that I know to be read by children as young as nine some of the characters learn to deal with menstruation and have 'off screen' sexual encounters. In two series, magical methods of birth control are discussed and used by the characters. Homosexuality is also an issue in these series and one series contains a pair of lesbian characters.

Another issue that has been brought up about the Harry Potter series is "Fluffy" the three headed dog borrowed from Greek Mythology who guards Hell. This is nothing compared to a series where a character is threatened by a 'Taurus' which is a creature that rapes and kills women.

Again the magic in Harry Potter pales in comparison to the spells cast in these other books. Spells where the character cuts himself in order to give the spell more power and spells that truly do summon terrible creatures.

I also have read several articles concerning Harry Potter and 'drugs'. These articles reference the potions in Harry Potter and furthermore delve into scientific detail about the contents of said potions... what eleven year old is going to go look up wormwort and asphodel? What is more disturbing (yes even to me) is the drug use that is rampant in one author's books and short stories. The characters remorselessly use heroine, cocaine, and marihuana. They are never sorry after words.

There is almost no swearing in Harry Potter and the few dirty words in the books are of a relatively mild nature. In one of the books I just mentioned the "F" word and all of its variants can be found on nearly every page.

I did not find these books in the adult science fiction/fantasy section of the library or bookstore. I found them alongside Newberry honor books and Anne of Green Gables. Furthermore I agree that they should NOT be there, they should be in a more mature section. However they are not. In other words... kids could do worse than Harry Potter.

I know children under fifteen who read romance novels that would make Nora Roberts cringe at the vulgarity. Harry Potter is an innocent story that promotes friendship and the overcoming of obstacles such as prejudice and child abuse.

Some Christians have made reference to the word "Muggle" a term in Harry Potter which essentially refers to a 'non-magical' person. They claim that it is a slur, a word to demean lesser individuals and a profanity against Christianity itself. I don't have any idea where they get that idea. Harry and his friends fight against prejudiced 'death eaters' who would eradicate muggles. The death eaters by the way strongly remind me of the religious leaders of the past (and in some parts of the world, the present) who persecuted the Jews, Huguenots, etc. Harry and his allies strongly oppose these people and fight for the rights of non magical peoples.

I am an adult and the books I have mentioned contain adult themes. I am not ashamed to admit that I read and enjoyed the series' that I have mentioned. I just want to state that judging Harry Potter without balancing it with other books geared toward a young adult audience is biased and ignorant.

I do not wish to give the names of the books or authors I have referenced, and there are many, because I do not wish to have them be persecuted by narrow minded people.
And yes. I am a Christian.
Celest

What happened in the dungeons between you and professor Quirrel is of course a complete secret. So, naturally, the whole school knows. ~Dumbledore~

HARRY POTTER AND ALL THAT IS EVIL..
Subject: Harry Potter
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002
From: john

Dear David.
According to the bible, wizardry and whichcraft and anything simulare is bad. not only bad, but real bad. But that makes me wounder, what is this "polecy" based on? Jesus walked on water, cured the cripled, and even awakend the DEAD! These actions are described as mirecals in the bible. So why is it a mortal sin for a man, any man, to try to awaken sutch powers whitin himself so that he can help his loved ones? I'm pretty sure that you have been in a situasion where you have prayed and prayed for hours, asking God to take care or save the life of someone you love who has a desise or in some other way is in dire straits. Now, what I would like to know is, if I may ask, what EXACTLY makes you a good man when you use a cross and the name of Jesus as a symbol in order to do this, but if I choose to do the same, only whit a bag of oceansalt and my own name/ansectors name instead of a cross and the name of jesus, I'm the most horrible and evil person on earth, and I should be burned alive in good, old Dark-age fasion?

HARRY POTTER, EVIL!
Subject: Harry Potter
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002
From: Rae

Hi, my name is rae and i disagree with what you posted about how Harry Potter is evil. The author, JKR even says that she made up 98% of the things in those books. If you Christians want your kids to stop reading the books, fine! BUT YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO TRY AND FORCE OTHER PEOPLE TO STOP READING THESE BOOKS! You trying to make people stop reading the series is like trying to ban the religion of budism or some thing to that effect. IT IS A FREE COUNTRY AND WE CAN READ WHAT WE WANT!!!! Enough book burnings! Harry Potter is not evil! The books are about a boy fighting for good and overcomeing evil. So please, I speak for my best friends who are in 6 grade as well, please stop enfoceing your beliefs!

THOUGHT ON HARRY POTTER
Subject: Harry Potter AND Newsletter_30_Harry_Potter
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 12:58:26 +1100
From: "Wendy"

Hi David,

It has been interesting, and sometimes sad, this debate over Harry Potter, between Christians.

Untill recently I have been stting on the fence regarding the Harry Potter issue, meaning that I was neither for or against it. In fact I really had no interest in Harry Potter at all, not because of any issue with the occult. I just wasn't that interested.

However as arguements and opinions became more heated, I decided instead of getting too involve, I would seek wisdom and discerment from God.

I thought God knows my heart. He knows that I am aware of the truth, that Jesus Christ in Lord and Saviour. He knows that if I read Harry Potter, I'm not going to turn my back on him, and become a witch.

It is interesting that some Christians believe it's a sin to read Harry Potter, where as others do not.

So I think the question to ask is 'What is a sin? The Bible says it is something that seperates us from God.

How do we become seperated from God? By becoming obssess with something, and spending more time with that, then with God.

In other words, if you have become obsessed with Harry Potter to the point where it has taken over your life, than yes, for you reading Harry Potter maybe a sin (because it has seperated you from God).

If however, you just occasionally read the books, but have no obsession with them, in that you have more of desire to know God, then to get your hand on the next Harry Potter book, then enjoy reading them, knowing that you know God's truth.

Now I know that some Christians, have said we shouldn't read the books at all, because it may lead to the occult.

But let me ask these questions. Do you go to McDonalds? Do you have a glass of wine with your dinner?

If your answer is yes to those questions, then I could say to you, 'Well going to McDonlads could lead to gluttony, or drinking wine may lead you into an alcohol problem.'

My point is that everyone is different, in that if some people to have a weight or drinking problem, that going to McDonalds or have wine with dinner, may not be a good idea.

The same if someone in the past has had bad experiences with things like the occult, then maybe something like Harry Potter isn't good for you.

And as for your children, well that is for the parents to discern and anyone outsiders opinions should be kept to themselves, since most parents know their own children, and what is best or isn't best for them.

I think when it all comes down to it, let's stop debating over the Harry Potter issue, and just accept that some like Harry and some don't.

Stop giving satan a foothold into this, because I tell you, he is really enjoying using Harry Potter to break Christian relationships.

And lastly, I really respect amd admire those who have been able to bring others to the Christian faith, by using Harry Potter as analogy. I bet satan wasn't expecting that.

God Bless, Wendy

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