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Harry Potter and the School Ban

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I’ve sat down at the keyboard a couple of times today to try and hammer out a few words regarding Laura Mallory and her latest attempt to ban Harry Potter from Georgia schools. 

I wrote about her first attempt back in April, and I’m hesitant to plagiarize myself by rehashing some of the same points from before (if you’re interested, you can read that piece here).  While I admire Mallory’s tenacity and convictions, I find them grossly misguided. 

It bothers me that concerned parents have given so much attention to a series of books that carries many spiritual themes; deals honestly with the pitfalls of adolescence, love and death; and have even built in-roads to leading others to faith in Jesus Christ, that they have largely ignored the books their children read that do the very opposite

I know that many of my fellow Christians have forgotten about the fine discipline of actually investigating things, so allow me to give you a primer.  Here are some links to the other side of the story regarding Harry Potter, as well as some writings that spell out some of these details I’ve touched on above. 

 – Christianity Today on Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.
 – In July 2001, Anne Morse interviewed Connie Neal, author of What’s a Christian to Do with Harry Potter, for Breakpoint.  Since Breakpoint revamped their website some months ago, the article got lost in the shuffle, but was recently restored.   Morse’s article is one of the most thoughtful, thorough and balanced one-stop pieces I’ve read on Harry Potter, and ultimately compelled me to finally read the books for myself. 
 – La Shawn Barber has also written a wonderful pair of essays regarding her experience with the novels.
–  And if you really want to know just how much there is to celebrate in J.K. Rowling’s wizard tomes, read John Granger’s Looking for God in Harry Potter.

(HTs: Fantasy Fiction for Christians, Sword of Gryffindor, and The Point)


Written by taj

October 5, 2006 at 2:42 pm

Posted in Books

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  1. Three cheers for this article! If the media and people like Lauren Mallory hadn’t brought up the issue, I never would have decided that these books were full of the occult or a form of Wiccan promotion.

    The only hints at religions are Christian (Sirius Black is Harry’s GODFATHER, they celebrate Christmas, I believe there was a mention of Easter break, and the “God Rest Ye Merry Hippogriffs” song which Sirius sings in Order of the Phoenix that I am dying to find the lyrics to!).

    And, as you have pointed out, the morals are quite clear and quite good. If Laura Mallory spoke out against the entire series and condemned every moral it presents, she would be a hypocrite, because the books promote very Christian moral guidelines.

    Thank you for a bit of sanity on the internet which does not merely consist of insulting Ms. Mallory. (I’ve seen countless individuals just fighting eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Not wise. Not helpful.) You’re method is preferable.


    December 13, 2006 at 6:27 pm

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