God's Word does have quite a bit to say about Harry Potter. "And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God" (Leviticus 20:6-7). That, my friend, is just the beginning of what God says about Harry Potter and its wickedness.
America's kids have gone wild over Harry Potter. Everywhere you go: grocery stores, department stores, book stores, and other retail places, you will find Harry Potter items. These items have infiltrated homes, libraries, stores, games, and theaters, along with the minds of America's young people. The market has been flooded with the witchcraft and wizardry of Harry Potter.
While there seems to be lot of controversy about whether or not these books are suitable for the young reader, such need not be the case for Christians. A casual reading of these books will quickly expose their dangerous and destructive content. The Christian is to be separate from the wicked things of this world. We are commanded to, "... have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Ephesians 5:11). If Christians would obey this verse alone, there would be no question about Harry Potter. Reading Harry Potter is drinking from the devil's cup.
The pursuits and activities of Harry Potter are enough to discern that these writings are dangerous and should not be accepted by anyone. The Harry Potter series of novels is the work of Scottish author, J. K. Rowling. Her main character is Harry, an eleven year old son of wizard parents who were both murdered by the wicked wizard Lord Voldemort. Wizards are of the devil! Orphaned Harry is sent to live with his mean "muggle" (non-wizard humans) relatives, his horrible uncle Vernon and aunt Petunia Dursley along with their despicable and disgusting son, Dudley. In his new home Harry is forced to sleep in a small closet under the stairs. It is not long until he discovers his predestination to be a wizard when an owl delivers a message to Harry telling him that he has been accepted at the famous "Hogwart's School of Wizardry and Witchcraft." It is at this school where Harry meets a whole host of wicked and demonic characters. At Hogwarts, Harry is introduced to the world of witchcraft, wizardry, and sorcery as he becomes involved in all sorts of occult activity like creating potions, casting spells, necromancy, and other wicked practices.
Although Harry is portrayed as the main character, it is easy to see that he is not. Witches, wizards, ghosts, and other eerie characters play the lead roles in the Potter series. Potter books portray the world of sorcery and witchcraft as exciting and attractive. Witches are portrayed as dazzling and wonderful, while normal people (known as Muggles in the books) are boring and unbelieving. Harry Potter, along with his wizard and witch friends, lies, steals, breaks rules, disobeys and disregards authority. There is swearing, revenge, and violence. One of the textbooks at Harry school (Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) is titled "The Standard Book of Spells." The instructors of the school are ghosts who died frightening and horrible deaths. One of the characters is named "Near Headless Nick." He was killed by being struck forty-five times on the neck with a dull axe. There are ghosts who haunt bathroom toilets. There are creatures called Dementors that suck the soul of people. Harry Potter makes and uses drug potions, including the dangerous psychodelic drug thujone, used to make a drink called Absinthe!
Though Rowling claims that her books are merely fiction Harry Potter books are none the less loaded with raw occultism. Throughout the pages of Potter one will find wizardry, witchcraft, sorcery, magic, divination, casting spells, etc. In addition you find disrespect for authority, rebellion, and a multitude of other wickedness clearly condemned by God in His Word. Evil and wickedness are presented as attractive and acceptable. Can you see the evil in this? Though the stories may be fiction, it is evident that the practices promoted in the stories are far from fiction. They are indeed a reality and forbidden by the Word of God. "When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee" (Deuteronomy 18:9-12). Harry Potter has all these in it!
The Bible clearly warns against and condemns the occult and it's practices. Harry Potter erroneously teaches that there are "good witches" and "bad witches." For the sake of sales, Rowling dresses her witchcraft in deceptive language to make it appear as a battle between good and evil. Satan has a way of making dark things appear to be good. "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14). All witchcraft is wicked. The result of practicing these wicked things is unmistakable and clear. "All that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD"(Deuteronomy 18:12). Potter is loaded with occult practices. The word 'occult' is derived from the Latin word 'occultus' which means, "things hidden, secret and mysterious." Harry Potter's world is one of wicked occult practices. While many pass the spirit world off as fantasy and child's play, it is, nonetheless, very real and dangerous.
Is Harry Potter simply harmless fantasy and fiction? The answer is no! The Bible declares that "...Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." Satan has peddled Harry Potter to the world as something that is harmless fun. Satan is a great deceiver who is able to make things look good when they are not. The Potter phenomenon is not simple fiction and fantasy - it is instead a subtle and satanic indoctrination of young people. Children are young and impressionable. God has designed that their young minds and character are to be developed by the principles of His Word (Eph. 6:4). My friend, trust Jesus as your Savior from SIN (Romans 10:9-10,John 3:16). May you and your children start living for the Lord, not Harry Potter!
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