July 14, 2011
Christians: Harry Potter, not so evil after all
We are about two hours until the beginning of the end of the “Harry Potter” film series. And I imagine that somewhere, Christians are rejoicing. Not as fans, but foes.
I haven’t read the books—my wife has, a few times—but I definitely have enjoyed the movies. As do a lot of Christians my age. But many of Christians from my parents generation have not. Or at least were not.
This is not the first time I have mentioned the “Christians who haven’t seen the movies or read the books they profess to be evil.” And I still can remember my aunt chastising my sister for reading those devil-inspired witch-worshipping books.
The difference for Harry Potter over, say, Dan Brown’s books or “The Golden Compass,” is that many Christians have warmed up. (See “The Harry Potter Gospel.”) Sarah Pulliam Bailey turned this phenomenon into a pretty cool op-ed tomorrow for the Wall Street Journal:
Read the rest here, where Sarah puts the old Potter controversy in the context of other authors whose works Christians initially criticized.
In other “Harry Potter” memories, remember when Iran banned the book because it was part of the “zionist conspiracy” to take over the world?