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Does Harry Potter Encourage Witchcraft?

I have read Harry Potter books 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. it is supposed to be a children's book, but it talks about death and witchcraft, and for some reason children are reading it!

Some people believe it encourages witchcraft, and should be avoided for religious reasons. What's your opinion?

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Yeah! I agree, so do ALL Disney movies, ALL fairy tales, MOST children's stories. Additionally, MOST television stories promote sinful behavior - kissing your boyfriend or girlfriend, having sexual thoughts, magical beings - idolatry and witchcraft.

The best thing for our kids is to keep them locked up in the house where they will see, hear, and speak no evil and the only time we allow them to leave are the times we shuttle them to church. Further, we must be careful in church so they are not influenced by the materialism of the world, pastors in their Jeeps while other people suffer, the clothing people wear - heck We should keep kids from church, there are lots of unGodly activity there too

SO, yeah, the best thing is to just keep them locked up in the house. Yeah. . .I think that will do.

I mean, its not like parents are smart enough to teach children not to take something literally. Look at the number of kids who believe in Santa. Parents are useless. They let videogames, movies, books, other people, tv, and the rest of the world control their kids. Its really NOT the parents fault when a child does some things. I mean, no responsibility for educating children should be placed on the parents! Parents should have to speak once, and the children OBEY. That is what it says in the bible.

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Harry Potter does encourage withcraft! These books are teaching children to cast spells and vexes on others as well as to have them to be changed into other images. I remember not too long ago how when a Harry Potter book was being released children where sleeping in front of books stores to get the book. That is idolzing! We need to teach our children the truth so they can be set free.

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yep, and we should not allow our kids to watch most television shows - any sexual relationships between adults is fake and does not describe the real complexities of life. Also, kids should not watch any disney movies or fairy tales - those too are fake and could initiate our children into witchcraft. And our kids should not atch cartoons - too much violence between those power rangers or captain planet - they may grow to think they should use their physical might against others. No more video games for children, they should learn that everyone has a good chance of succeeding in life. We should not allow our kids to hear "success" stories - these present an inaccurate picture of life and make kids think that if they work hard they will succeed - plenty of people work hard with very limited success.

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Can someone still answer this please!

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i think seun should have a "i don't know" in the poll section because i don't know.

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yes he does. I hate harry potter.

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It's fiction...

But you have to be careful with what you feed kids with at a young age.

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There is an offer of 1 million pounds to anyone who can prove the existence of magic, telepathy or supernatural.

No one has won it yet!

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Sure mate, let me know when you're free. I'll take you to my village.

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ok can anyone here tell me how you know when witchcraft is real?

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i cant agree less with u guys... ther's nothing that bad in harry porter series my children wont watch......

i see nothing absolutely wrong in the film.... all the witchcrafts u guys re complaining about ain't gonna have adverse effects on children except for those who are evil from birth (may we not have those ones as our children :amen)

a good kid will want to be like harry & his friends not like malfoy, sirus black e.t.c.

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I agree with the last 2 posters.

How will kids perform witchcraft by watching or reading books ?

Sleeping Beauty-- Slept for 100yrs under the spell of magic

Sesame street-- Count Dracula was mesmerizing kids with magic.

Jack and the beanstalk- Magic beans.

Pot of Life ( Nigerian TV series)- Full of spells.

Some won't let their kids read Harry Porter but will let them watch most of the Disney cartoons. Double standards i say.

I think we should be more open minded about certain things in life.

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I feel you Viera,

Most of the repondents probably grew up reading all the ladybird series. What are fairies and what do they practice if not magic..

I wonder why you wont let your kid watch harry potter but let them watch Disney cartoons

Aladdin was all about Magic and genies, Beauty and the Beast is about magic, so was Little Mermaid and any Disney you care to name.

The only one that comes to mind without Magic is Tarzan, even Mulan had families talking to there dead ancestors (necromancy).

Yet I dont hear anyone complaining about disney..

Heck Shakespear had aa lot of magic and spells and yet you odnt complain about that one? Go read the Tempest again and tell me if Prospero wasnt a wizard with a demon at his service.. Or what did Puck the fairy do in a Midsummer Nightsdream?

I don tire jare...

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though its purely religious fiction, i doubt if it would be "healthy" for the new genaration of kids to watch or read. though if i had a kid( goddamn it i'm just 16), i wouldnt allow that, if my kid is kind of "adventuruous". a book like harry potter would give him wierd idea's.

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I love the books and films. There is so much fun and plenty to laugh about. there is the nice ol" good wins over evil endings. I believe the occultic and witchcraft opinions stems from the fact that we have a success and a bestseller here. I am a good Christian to be modest. Kids that turn out better in their classes always have better imagination through materials that they read. Lets stop fooling around too much... kids know better!. they know more about sex than you knew when you crossed over to adolescence. they watch films that you may not have seen. the concept is to teach a child in the way to go and when he grows he will not leave from it. harry potter wont enable him/her to become a witch neither will it let the kid fly. locking him up or not exposing him to information doesnt qualify as teaching in my opinion. Ofcourse, there are limits. certainly all things in life comes with limits even food does... but dont give me that witch escuse for a kid not to enjoy a well written story!.

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Hey, it definitely does! I've read 1-4 (yet to read the 5th) though I don't dwell on them. It's just that I really love reading books. Please don't allow your kids read the book. I have cousins who really dwell on it and they go to the xtent of placing curses on me! How horrible please desist!

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if you say that, then what would you say about Lord of the Rings? Kids also watch that, don't they? Though I agree that Harry Potter has strong occult undertones.

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well i do not hink tht harry porter encourages witchcraft. for crying out loud we r in d 21 century. and i do not believe in tht.

i think tht it is a good movie tht encourages kids to be free wif their imagination. it encourages them to explore and to think 3 dimensionally but it definately does not encourage witchcraft. if parents do not feel good bout tht, at leats they could watch the movir with the kids and just explain stuff to them bout the movie if tht would make them feel better.

kids are allowed to watch cartoons, but they r violent. cartoon characters are often shot at ( thought they never die) and kid get the impression tht if some one is shot at tht tht is ok. i mean tht is just not reality!! there are also cartoon characters tht strap them,selves wif explosives. so if it is ok for them to watch those then it is equally ok for them to watch harry porter.

i think tht tht is one great movie. althought i did not get to watch all three of them but i did enjoy them and i think tht it is a good entertainment for kids.

dis is all my opnion. feel free to rebuke.

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i have read bks 1-4 and quite a number of other books that make Harry potter seem pale in comparison, however i would say that such books would not catch childrens' fancy the way Harry Potter does. I think the reason why there's so much of an outcry against it is 'cos its so popular however I agree that it is not suitable for children which might seem unfortunate since i guess the book seems particularly geared towards them. Does it encourage witchcraft? i don't know but i think kids below a certain age shld not be allowed to read such books. (Seun u say u've 1-5, correct me if i'm wrong but i think the films might actually be worse than the books )

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In as much as i dont believe in witchcraft, if i want my children to enyoy some educational fiction story books, i think i will prefer the fairy tale stories like Cinderella and the likes. I think Harry Potter should be for the matured mind.

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Harry Potter's books and movies have been known to have strong witchcraft and occult contents. With this in mind, it will be foolish letting kids have access to these materials, otherwise they will be initiated into witchcraft or might grow up with a warped or deformed forms of thinking.

Beware please, as witchcraft is a highly dangerous practice in this part of the world. A witch in a family (either young or old) can spell a lot of disaster and nightmares. They bring no good to their family.

It is my strong opinion that under no circumstances should children have access to any of Harry Potter's materials.

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It's not just about the lessons in Harry Potter (that sometimes life can be unpleasant and you have to fight 'evil').

It's about the fact that millions of children are [I]willingly[/I] reading several long novels telling one story, and they are not asking for pretty pictures. That's what's so unique about Harry Potter: children are reading willingly!

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I have read the books 1 to 5. In my opinion, the films are tamer than the books, because a faithful movie rendition of 'Harry Potter' would be:[list]

[li]Far too long[/li]

[li]Rated 18![/li]

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I think the reason many people in the West aren't concerned about whether it encourages witchcraft or not is because they don't believe in witchcraft in the first place.

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Your question reads Does Harry Potter encourage witchcraft?

It sure does, whether book or movie. I have watched two of the movies and read the book too. I found it interesting i must say, but then for the younger minds, it aint too good.

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I've been compelled to watch some of his films and I've seen some of their adverts, they are really wierd.

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have you watched the films?

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I hate both the character and the author.

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you hate a fictional character or the actor?

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Harry Porter, I may say, may be a witch himself. His films clearly show that he encourages witchcraft to the highest levels.

I hate him though.

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Nope, I cannot understand. If I know that lying is evil, then I will do my best to not lie. You on the other hand are PURPOSEFULLY engaging in something which would introduce what you believe is evil to others. You are not accidentally participating in something you feel is evil, you are purposefully doing that. This is not a case of you are trying to resist a sin and cannot help yourself. Not only have you decided to commit (what you believe is) a sin, you are also boldly broadcasting it to the world.

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Really? you can't understand that? Because i know that lying is evil. I know that lusting is evil, I know hating is evil, and yet i contribute to those evils by sining.

Are you saying that implying that you don't sin, or that sin is not bad. Because you cannot say that you sin, and yet don't undersand why a person would contribute to something they think is evil.

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i cannot understand why a person would think something is evil and yet contribute to it.

Parenting is supposed to correct things like that. Otherwise, the kids will grow up to be adults that still think they can fly like superman (assuming they haven't already tried it and found out for themselves that they cannot)

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my 7 year old cousin saw the movie of superman later that they he tied a wrapper arround his neck and jumped off a table he only lost one tooth..............my point children use there imagination a lot and reading a book like harry potter is not very advisable witchcraft is real belive it or not and to get children all so caught up in it is not nice teenagers and adults we mature enough but children i dont think so.......

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Ok, well, i think Children should be protected, but not to such an extent that they don't know anything about life. Magic is apart of life, because it is very real. So, they should know about it, so they can decided for themselves what to believe. Because it is not my desision for them to be a Christian... or a Muslim or a Buddist or whatever, it's their choice. I just have to not drowned them in it.

i guess i do perpetuate it by writting my own fanfics, but i do it in the name of imagination, just as i will allow my children to read them in the name of imagination, as long as they realize that magic can never be good.

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so though you believe all "magic" is evil and are powers granted from the devil and children should be "protected"

You are going to perpetuate this by writing your own fanfics.

You walk a strange line. .

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I have read all 6 of the Harry Potter books,  i have only read the 6th one once, but all the others.... at least 4 times. i once read 1-5 in 5 days. I have seen all the movies. I am currently writing 2 Harry Potter fan-fictions.

for all you that don't know, a fan fiction is a hypothetical story line based on the characters/setting/plot line of a T.V. show, book, movie, anime, maga, etc...

fist i would like to tell Pinky, that Siruis Black is not a bad person in the story (on the first page of this you made a comment including this) he is actually Harry's GodFather, and was betrayed and framed by Petter Pedigrew.

Now, i love these books, alot. But i'm not sure about whether they are appropriate for kids because they Do encourage witchcraft, in such a subtle way...

The main plot line is a boy who discovered he could do magic, trying to kill the most evil wizard of all time.

both Harry AND Voldemort can do magic.

Harry is good, and Voldemort is evil.

This implies that magic can be good, in certain cercumstances.

and THAT  is false.

magic, or magick or however you spell it, is when someone is using power from the Devil.

it can never be good.

although the magic in the books and movies are not real.... they symbolize and give kids ideas about REAL magic.

when a kid waves a stick around yelling 'lumos' the kid is trying to do witch craft.

he is trying to do something that is evil.

even though he can't do it... he still is trying to.

Did you all know, that JK Rowling recieves thousands, maybe even millions of letters from little kids wanting to know how to get to Hogwarts?

Kids are not smart enough to know it's not real.

But, the problem is. They are great books. They spark imagination, and let the creative juices flow. i do know though, that we CANNOT lock our children up. if we do that, they WIll rebel, take no doubt about that. or they will be so miserable that they might just cut or kill themselves. and if they do neither of those things, you would have to keep them in that bubble for their entire life. because the second they learn what the world is like, they will fall to pieces. We have to let them make their own choices. Put an age limit on it, and explain to them how magick is real, but it is never a good thing, how this is a wonderfully written book, but they have to understand that magick is not good.

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Or maybe she has a good imagination and the drive to write a book.

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I wonder where J.K. Rowlings is getting her inspirations from. I think she sold her soul to the devil. She is a billionaire now. Perhaps it's worth it after all.

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Oh, and another thing; I think that witchcraft is over dramatized. I know of many people whom practice wicca, a pagan religion, and they advocate peace and harmony, not death or torture as so many believe. Perhaps it is time that people look at the facts and stop the mindless discrimination against other religions. A pagan religion is just as valid as a monotheistic one like christianity, judaism or islam. Acceptance would make this world a much better place, or so I believe at least.

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Does it encourage children to turn to wicca and such? Maybe for older teenagers, but for the most part, children find Harry Potter as a welcome escape from the world, and I believe that that's not a bad thing; children have imagination; I think it is wrong to stifle that creative spark that children posess. They have no bad intentions when they wave around a wooden stick or say the various "spells" observed in harry potter. They just wish to play and have fun. It's silly to make such a huge deal out of a children's book.

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The last few posts on this thread have rekindled my faith in my naija peeps.

It is heartwarmimg to see people able to see beyond the strictures that others try to impose and make judgements for themselves.

I am an old man but I like watching and reading Harry Potter. It teaches good morals and will only encourage kids to do whats right and not whats easy.

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i have read books 1,2,3,4,5, and 6. i have also seen the movies 1,2,3 &4.

i don't think it encourages anything.  i  just  love the morals of the book. Sometimes, i think people should see passed the surface of things  and try looking underneath!

life is full of GOOD and BAD things.  AND we need to know what we are dealing with and most of all GOOD will always overcome evil  on matter how is being written or perceived~!

I LOVE THE BOOK AND I ALWAYS WILL![color=#990000][/color]

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Una go kill person O! Now I've got a belly ache from too much laughter,

Isolating kids from society and whats "out there" , will surely prevent them from having a fighting chance in the world. Of course there should be some boundaries, and if HP falls outside the borders you've set out for your kids, so be it.

I, for instance learnt somethings my parents would certainly not have approved of, but I still maintained the strong core of values they worked so hard to impart( even if I say so myself).

The reason why people are so afraid of TV, video games, etc, is because they abdicate their dutiy of raising their kids to these media. If you watch HP with children and explain the morals to them, thats what they'll make of it.

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Okay, i am a little late for this discussion but i must reply anyway. All of this about Harry Potter have occult undertones and major influence has really been misleading. For those who actually picked the book up the one thing that the everyone isn't very happy with is Divination. This is the ONLY magic in the book that is anywhere close to modern witchcraft. Harry and Ron are fully aware of the nonesense divination is; heck, even Dumbledore denounces it at the end of Goblet of fire. To many concerned Christian parents, this book is quite frightning because of media and other inaccurate sources. To help anyone really concerned... Wicca, Harry Potter and Satanism are all extremely different topics and should not be meshed together as one. the first mistake being that Satanism and the occult and neo-paganism are one. Satan who comes from Christian beliefs could not possibly come from Neo-paganism considering they don't believe in Heaven and hell...devil and god..so on. Second mistake is thinking Harry Potter is some sort of manual for real witchcraft. Oh geeze, those spells in that book hold no truth. If theres any magic that actually exists its the use of ones energy, real human energy. See, if the parents are being delusional how possibly are their children supposed to understand concepts...by mingling religion and fantasy, you're all creating your own nightmares. If you feel uncomfortable with the books that's fine..but don't proclaim that its something it isn't. If you feel your children are too influenced by it, discuss it, let them know that witchcraft simply doesn't exist...because it doesn't.

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Hello..

i read all HP-Books and i loved them. The movies...well...not bad i would say.

I think, Books as HP should be read from kids only at an older age, maybe from 10-12 years on. At this age most kids by the way have seen more horrible things than told in the novels. And at this age the understand, what reality is all about!

When i was 12 y., we had criminals and drug-dealers at school, Parents beating each other, Tschernobyl in TV and so on. Just watch the evening-news. They are more brutal than any book.

I believe, that if you have good parents, who educate you well about everything in life (religion/health/history etc.), than there should be no big harm from a book.

Did anyone here ever try Stephen King? Did you folks become killers later because of that?

greetz

Fumi

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I agree that there is no power in witchcraft but the important thing is that it is teaching children to conjure power from themselves and the not Our Holy and Matchless God!

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drawing power from yourself or drawing it from others has the same effect: none.

1) There is no power in witchcraft

2) The harm involved is serving something other than God

3) If harry potter is bad, we gotta ban disney, and every children's cartoon, every movie, at least half of all fiction books because they all require a "suspension of disbelief" which call it what you wish, that's what magic is.

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Regarding the question about when you know witchcraft is real: Occultic witchcraft (which HP is NOT, as I will show in a moment) is, unfortunately, real, and we can tell by the fact that they draw their power not from themselves, but from others (demons and evil spirits).

In the HP books however, several things absolutely disprove Rowling's version of magic as being the occultic magick. 1) The spelling of the word is different, implying the same idea of "magic" you get when you go to a magic show, as opposed to occultic "magick." 2) The power to use magic in HP supposedly comes from within, whereas occultic magick is drawn from others. 3) Occultic magick is something learned (and I say that with the greatest distaste), whereas in HP, you're either born with the ability or not.

These are the biggest (though certainly not the only) distinctions that need to be made. I would ask that no more people claim that HP is representative of true occult until and unless they are ready to defend those claims.

About idolizing: Is camping in front of book stores a strict dychotomy for idolization, or do we need to introduce a different (and possibly arbitrary) brightline?

And to back the few posters above, why is HP worse than fairy tales, or Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and "The Tempest", or the Chronicles of Narnia, or the Lord of the Rings, or ancient mythology, or so many others?

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