By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
Imagine MOVIEGUIDE® giving a Harry Potter movie Minus Two instead of a Minus Four. The reason is simply this – HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE is one of the mildest Harry Potters in terms of violence and in terms of witchcraft. The witchcraft is less fun and appealing, and more of the state of being in a fallen world. Both the good witches and the bad witches don’t look like they’re having fun. There are also some direct encouragements toward cardinal virtues, such as Tom Riddle being told when he comes to Hogwarts not to steal.
That said, it should be noted that even criminals have their own codes of honor and every religion has some virtues. Thus, the moral virtues in HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, therefore, are not, on closer inspection, quite like Christian virtues. They are relative to the plot problem that the character faces. For example, honesty is good, but only up to a point, and sometimes stealing is okay. Consequently, there’s a limit to the moral virtues and how consistently they are applied. In other words, man is the final arbiter of what is good and bad, not God. And, there is no God or biblical base for the story and the characters.
So, in the final analysis, the HARRY POTTER characters are not worthy role models for your children.
Of course, as I noted in my book with MOVIEGUIDE® Editor Tom Snyder, FRODO & HARRY: Visual Media and Its Impact on Our Youth (Crossway Books, 2003), the Bible is very clear about the evils of witchcraft, sorcery and other occult practices.
In Deut. 18:10-13, for example, Moses clearly says, “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.” Also, in Rev. 21:8, Jesus Himself says, “The cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Furthermore, in Galatians 5:19-21, the Apostle Paul says, “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”
All of these biblical passages – and more besides – show us, beyond all reasonable doubt, that God wants us to avoid completely witchcraft and sorcery.
You must protect your children and grandchildren, therefore, from the occult evils promoted by the HARRY POTTER books and movies. This kind of fiction poses all kinds of dangers for your children and teenager. In fact, as detailed in my book FRODO & HARRY, on sites promoting the HARRY POTTER books, we found children as young as age 11 actually practicing witchcraft, sorcery and even idolatry (worship of pagan gods)!!!
HARRY POTTER is not just a “harmless” fantasy. It is a dangerous gateway to the occult that could entice your child and grandchild away from Jesus Christ and put them under the spell of Satan and his demonic minions. Beware!
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