This is one of those questions that keeps popping up and popping up — so I thought I would just take the discussion to the people. I was able to listen to, engage in and play devils advocate a recent Harry Potter Debate amongst some ministry staff.
According to an on-line Bible ministry that answers questions through a Biblical framework, they said this about Harry Potter and the debate: “Harry Potter books and films are full of stereotypical magic. Witchcraft and wizardry are central themes, and the lead roles are played by wizards, witches, and other magical creatures. Although the characters practice casting spells, reading crystal balls, etc., they do not communicate with spiritual (supernatural) forces. While this may be considered a positive, one definite negative is that there is no higher power to answer to at all.”
I’m not sure exactly what all of that means from a contextual perspective, because I have not seen the movie or read the book. I have not made the choice “to see or not to see” because of any specific reason, thought or belief… I simply have never watched it. I used to watch this cartoon called Hip Hop Harry with my youngest son, but I think that may be a different show. 🙂
The scripture that those arguing against indulging in Potter is Deuteronomy 18:10-12 “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their 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; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.”
Those on the other side of the argument, say “Why stop there the list could go on and on about the types of movies you should and should not watch.”
What do you think?
Should Christians Watch or Read Harry Potter? Is it different for adults and children? Share your reasons for or against. Ready, Set, Go!