Friday, July 24, 2009

Harry Potter controversy once again

Every time a new Harry Potter movie comes out, it seems that the debate rages again. Is "Harry Potter" a force for good or evil? Catholic Exchange is running a good article today on Harry Potter and the terrifying order to obey which discusses the role of obedience in Harry Potter - how Harry has to obey no matter what, something that we have to do in relation to God. If you read the comments, you will see that the naysayers are in force once again, condemning Harry Potter and condemning CE for running the article.

I think that most of these people haven't read the books, because if they did, they would know that the overriding theme of Harry Potter is that self-sacrifice and love are what ultimately conquers evil, a very Christian concept. People obviously have a choice of what to read and what to allow their children to read, but I think it is sad that people feel compelled to condemn something that haven't read based on what they think that they know. I was a bit wary when my children wanted to read this series as well based on what I heard, but I read it with them and loved the story and the message. At heart, it is a good vs. evil classic, with good being ultimately triumphant.

2 comments:

Jennifer Gladen said...

Love this blog :) I'm a Roman Catholic author and mom as well. I too enjoy the HP books. I think kids will imitate what they see in real life the most. The kids and I enjoyed a Harry Potter movie the other night. But they also come and join me when it's time to say the Rosary or go to Mass. They know who their God is.

Angela said...

Thanks for this refreshing commentary on the Harry Potter saga. I have not read the books (this genre does not hold my interest) so I know nothing. What I do know is that I am tired of the controversy. And I am happy to see someone saying positive things about this series.

I really like your blog!