Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Should Christians Watch The Movie?

Should Christians watch or read Harry Potter is one of those questions that keeps popping up and popping up and well… popping up.  With the release of the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part II at midnight tonight, the question will continue to be asked and the subject debated.  As a matter of fact there are thousands of Christians that will be lined up at the strike of midnight to be the first to check out the movie.  so

I thought it would be a good time to take this discussion to the people, that’s right the people of BigIsTheNewSmall.com and the online community in general.  Not long ago, I was able to listen to, engage in and play devils advocate during a Harry Potter Debate amongst Christians and 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 any Harry Potter Movie or read any Harry Potter 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?  Are you going to see Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part II?  Share your reasons for or against.  Ready, Set, Go!

  • Know about Harry Potter and what it is about. Learn how to apply Christianity to aspects of HP (e.g. Lily Potter, Harry’s mother, willingly sacrificed her life to save Harry…that can be equated to Jesus willingly sacrificing His life to save us from Hell. In the movie Dumbledore states that what saved Harry from Voldemort was love and that is what saved us.) With anything that appears counter to biblical Christianity, find ways to get the Gospel in there and show people who God really is and that Jesus is to be believed.

  • MP

    So, what about Star Wars, Narnia, Lord of the Rings, etc, etc? Magic is magic so should Christians watch those movies? I am a Christian and I very much enjoy HP and all the aforementioned books and movies. I think we all like to wonder what it would be like to fly or have a magical power but it doesnt sway me to pursue it. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness…

    • Heckel

      Narnia and Lord of the Rings were written by two Christians not a practicing witch.

  • Paul Clifford

    C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien can write about witches and wizards and that’s pure and holy, but if anyone else does we need to boycott them. Yep. It’s clear that Lewis and Tolkien got special dispensation from Clement of Alexandria or Pat Robertson or someone like that to write about magic. Harry Potter is just evil because he is. (end sarcasm)

    Seriously, why does Christian culture demonize so easily? Hasn’t Jesus already beat Satan? Why don’t we act like conquers not victims?

    Paul

  • After 7 novels and 8 books I would think that this is the equivalent to beating a dead horse. Why is it that Harry potter has to meet a higher standard than any other secular book? Does reading Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers make one want to commit murder? Does the Wizard of Oz create a firestorm of criticism every time it is played on TV? Maybe now, that the last movie is released we can get to more important discussions.

  • It’s unfortunate people want to “should” others with their beliefs. There is no higher power in LOTR, yet Tolkien’s faith makes his fiction nonoffensive. Perhaps those who insist Christians “should” stay away might do well to listen to Rowling’s interviews where she admits being a believer. She also says she’s tired of having to answer the question. How unfortunate if she should eventually stop believing because she’s tired of trying to convince a caustic group.
    I type this as I’m waiting in line for the midnight show, by the way. 🙂

  • Alexandra

    I am in question if Narnia and LOTR would apply because they do suggest a higher power… I interpreted Gandolf and Aslan both symbolizing God, God’s strength and salvation. When watching those movies you have a clear perspective of Gods love for us through rescuing us from evil. I don’t have an opinion of Harry Potter however all of this does leave me to question when referring back to the verse Scott posted.. Are we to read this and say “yah but… there are worse movies out there”?

    I wonder if as christians we tend to look at the worser cases or worser movies so we can say “i am not as bad as that person..” or “this movie is not as bad as such and such and I haven’t seen such and such”… That then makes us feel better about what we are doing or watching.

    Just throwing some questions out there 🙂

  • I just came out of the 5:00 sneak peek. It. was. fabulous. 🙂 I’ve seen them all and let my kids watch them (although, the last few have been a bit dark for my kids so, they can wait a few years to catch up.) There are great points up there in the comments

  • I don’t personally care for them just because they are not my style of movie, but my daughter is at the theatre as we speak watching 1 and 2. She has loved them since she was a teen (she is 25 now). There honestly are so many other movies I would prefer she not watch that Harry P seems tame in comparison. Because of the “darkness” of some of it I would be conscious of the age of a child that sees it but beyond that I would not ban, boycott it or anything.

  • Lisa

    I suppose I have a somewhat unique viewpoint in that my mom was a Satan worshiper. She personally knew the man who wrote the Black Bible. When I was in 3rd grade, our class had some kind of Halloween newsletter. In an attempt to be cute and witty, the teacher included a potion and spell in the newsletter. What she meant as being harmless and powerless DID actually have power. I personally don’t see HP as any different. While it may be viewed as harmless entertainment, the way I see it is that it still has power. Ephesians 6 is quite clear we do not wrestle with flesh and blood, but against powers of darkness. That is fact. Unarguable Biblical truth. But I also fully believe that we each have our own convictions in regards to things. I will never see HP, nor will I read the books. That is my conviction because I was raised knowing very well that the things written about in the books and thus brought to “life” on the big screen ARE real. Obviously not exactly, but magic, sorcery, spells, wizards – very real. Very powerful. Very evil power behind them. I know that in my mom’s life, by her actions, she opened a door to another world that cannot be fully shut, and as her child, it’s best I stay away from them. I’m also well aware that just because I need to stay away from something does not mean everyone does – and I trust the Holy Spirit can do a much better job at establishing personal convictions in people. Because really, that is HIS job, not mine.

    • Lisa, though i feel that the story is harmless, in your case i would support you. as Paul states, if something would cause your brother to sin you should take part in it. I’m not saying this would cause you to sin, but you’ve made it clear that the theme of magic is not conducive to harmony in faith for you; thus, as your brother in the faith i would honor you by not partaking in these films/books. Would watch them in private or something. (not a fan of HP at all, but just speculating) stay strong, and be blessed!

    • Lisa, My sons are Satan supporters. Satan is real & powerful. We need to keep kids away from thinking the occult is cool. As I was typing this, I was disconnected from the internet. It would not suprise me if it were Satan’s work. So I’m trying again. God bless you for your witness. People tend not to believe in Satan or demons until they experience it in their own life or in the family.

  • Derik

    Yes I should watch it! Main reason-I have already watched all the others now I have to finish the series.

    On a serious note, if we as Christians say we can’t watch Harry Potter due to content then I wish other Christians would stop telling me about the new CSI show and what happened on it. Murder v. wizardry…wizardry is evil and murder is not…?

  • Zach

    If God is our everything, how can Harry Potter or any other movie that doesn’t bring us closer to God be anything? I myself am so guilty of watching movies that do not lead me closer to God. But I tire of making excuses, for myself or anyone else. If God is our everything, Harry Potter must be nothing. I’m not going to condemn watching Harry Potter, but if watching it has no positive effect on one’s walk with Christ, (in all candor) we shouldn’t be watching it.

    • Zach, you’re very right.

      I’ve gone 4 years without cable, and have not owned at TV at all for nearly 2 years now. Why? the news is so depressing, it does not encourage my faith. Sitcoms are a dreary way of eating up my evening, cartoons are fantasy.. nothing on Television is uplifting to my faith in anyway. …

      I honestly think HP is an innocent tale written by a woman who has let fame and money consume her, but still, i feel the story is innocent. Also, i mean what i said in that first paragraph, if it doesn’t uplift your faith eliminate it; however, i wonder if you realize the magnitude of that statement you just made. Not owning a TV or watching secular films is one thing… living by this motto, and not being a flaming hypocrite, is tough in America… and if you truly live a daily life where you live like that I admire you.

      Caffeine provides false not from God energy, eliminate it. Alcohol provides a not from God calm, makes us act out of character, makes us lose control, and if we’re not in control of our flesh, who is?– eliminate it. My job.. it’s not uplifting my faith, sure i need money, so i guess i should find a job in a church, this job as an web designer does not lift of my faith so i should eliminate it. I sure do look sharp in these name brand clothes, but they too only distract me from my saviour, eliminate.

      Please, I am not mocking you, but i’ve seen this argument before. It’s a matter of scope. I feel that you’re looking at this through a magnifying glass and knowingly, or unknowingly, leaving out the full picture. I’m no HP fan, but i know making a generalized statement like that just leaves you open … think of that statement, imagine where it takes you, affects your daily life, and it truly will bring you a lot closer to God.

  • MP

    A lot of good viewpoints here. Lisa, thank you for sharing your story. You’re right – we tend to take a lot of what you described too lightly. I have personally stopped someone from using a Ouija board because I didn’t want them to inadvertantly “open that door.” I think we have to be strong in our convictions & be mindful of our strengths & weaknesses (so that they cannot be manipulated).

  • joakim

    Is this some kind of joke or what! It’s 2011 not 1154, it is a movie nothing more nothing lessn. Voldmort does not excist

  • Dee

    I like to live my life by thinking ‘What you Jesus do?’, ‘What would Jesus think of this?’. I can see Jesus outside a cinema showing Harry Potter and preaching against it. As mentioned above, for me, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis have Biblical analogies, whereas Harry Potter is about witches and wizards and presents them in a positive light. As also mentioned above, we are also talking about spiritual forces, which are very real and effect our lives, whether you are consciously aware of this or not. The Bible says stay clear of witchcraft. I think Satan would be pleased that HP is so popular and that even Christians say seeing the film is harmless. Think about it.

    • Dee,

      I have not read LoTR, Narnia, or Potter, seen some of the films for all though so i’m familiar with concept… We embrace Tolkien and Lewis because these were men of conviction, we condemn Potters author because she is not (i’m assuming, know nothing of her) Correct me if i’m wrong, but Gandolf is a wizard, and is cast in a positive light… there is a ton of witch craft in both the tales of lewis and Tolkien, but it’s ok because they have a spiritual undertone?

      Don’t you see how contradictory that statement is? The first time i saw Star Wars (the originals) I conveyed a spiritual undertone, a parallel to the bible, i actually composed a mini sermon for my highschool first priority meeting when i spoke at it..but then i researched George Lucas, i discovered that he’s not a Christian, i saw what i wanted to see in the story, i took out of it what i wanted to. That’s good story telling (it pains me to complement Lucas in this way after the prequels, haha, but it’s true) a good story allows the reader to take whatever they want out of it-even allow you to condemn it, i was looking for encouragement in my faith, and i found it in star wars… Likewise, i could find judgement here… HP calls them wizards, Star Wars calls them Jedi, same thing.

      someone earlier in this comment thread pointed this out, what saves the main character from death as an infant? The antagonist tries to kill the protagonist as a child with a curse that no man can survive (err sin?.. no man can escape it), but this boy did. The underlying theme could be argued that love, which saved the boy, is a power greater than any other. A love so great that sacrificing ones life to save the world seems painful, but worth it. That my dear friend is the underlying theme of Harry Potter for me, and that is the theme of the life of Jesus Christ. The flying on a broom, shape-shifting, and elves and what-not are all story elements assisting in the delivery of this message to the reader/viewer: Love is greater than any evil, and friendship is the most important value when times are tough.

      i feel like many of us hop on the religious bandwagon to persecute something just because others do and don’t even do our due diligence. a friend i’ve known since i was four years old is guilty of this. He will not touch an HP novel or film because they’re “evil” but he knows nothing about them – just because the Torah was written for those who crashed their airplanes into the Twin Towers doesn’t mean the book itself is evil, it’s actually good for me to read it so i can know what my fellow man believes– it helps me witness to these people in my life.

      It surprises me, we live in a society where knowledge is power, but the religious embrace ignorance. I urge you to reconsider, to humble yourself, to formulate your own opinion, and to seek knowledge that your faith may be edified. I’m no fan of Harry Potter, actually i don’t favor Narnia either, and LotR was just too long for my attention span, but all of these films have been done exceptionally well, all have a spitiual undertone if you’re not biased/blind when viewing them…

      is that Storm from X-men in your little profile pic? I can’t tell, but Storm is an excellent example of a character performing magic with absolutely no spiritual meaning in it at all. X-men is a tale of magical beings (or mutants) with no underlying push the Gospel message- it’s just a fun fantasy we enjoyed as comic book readers, or as kids watch satruday morning cartoons in the 90’s…

  • forgive me for being terse, but if someone is going to use that passage of scripture to ban harry potter from their life, they better not shave their beard or their sideburns, or have tattoos, and must cast out their women to the edges of the city while they’re on their cycle… Christ has fulfilled the laws and covenant of the Old Testament, but if someone would like to still live by the old covenant, then don’t pick and chose the commands you’ll obey… sacrifice your sheep, and do it right.

    Furthermore, healing a crippled hand, raising the dead, making a hand full of fish and loaves of bread feed thousands… (i’d be called a heretic for saying this by many) but there are those who would say Christ was performing witchcraft… and to be honest, if you’re being objective, he is. Only exception is that Christ’s power comes from God, and not within himself or from midi-chlorians or whatever empowers HP characters.

    That being said, i’m not an HP fan, seen the movies, but have not read the books. In my opinion, you cannot be against harry potter without also being against Star Wars, Star Trek, any Disney movie (not because of their views of homosexuality, but on content), Bewitched, Scooby Doo.. i could go on forever. The truth is, magic, and witchcraft are things we dream about… it is a fantasy for mankind to be more than it is naturally. As a Christian we know that is what is promised when the bride of Christ is brought to Christ; however, is it a sin to let a child explore their imagination? Is it wrong to let kids dream? It’s wrong to let it become an idol, or to allow someone to confuse it with reality, yes… but i cannot agree with any of the reasons i’ve been presented with to suggest HP is evil. Especially since those very same people embraces “evils” of different types at the same time.

    Harry Potter is honest, the books call them what they are, witches, George Lucas calls them Jedi, there’s a plethora of other names for them as well. Bottom line is, i think many christians are just jealous of the popularity and fame these books have geared. Which is ok, after all, we’re all sinners.

  • Jordan

    I think it is possible to take anything, movies included, too far. It is very possible to idolize a movie, fictional characters, and even practices the Bible condemns.

    However, I think those that are strongly against it are acting on fear, ignorance, or both. I’ve been a Harry Potter fan roughly as long as I have been a Christian and I have never felt that the two could not coexist. In fact, I was telling my wife last night after the midnight showing that I was shocked to see a plethora of Biblical imagery in the film (whether it was intentional or not).

    It’s perfectly ok to be a Potter lover or hater, but I don’t think Christians who condemn it have sufficient verses/evidence to do so. They can avoid it as much as they want, but judging others about something so unclear scripturally is taking it a bit too far.

    – Jordan (@HerroHeroux)

  • I heard someone say once, “It’s not sinful, it’s just stupid.” People can pull spiritually meaning out of this movie, I’m sure, but it glorify God? If Jesus was to come back would I want to be in a theater watching this movie? It’s a waste of time, in my opinion

  • Thats a really good thought. I have never been drawn to see Harry Potter and for no specific reason as just not interested. I think as long as you have a good ground of belief in your life and know that TV and movies are strictly fictional entertainment, it doesn’t matter. Now if you get obsessed with these medias and go home and try to conjure up some potions, then I think you may have some issues. My 11 year old has watched Harry Potter and for him its just fun make-believe. I do monitor all TV/movie content that my kids watch on the theory of once you see it, you can’t unsee it; But thats a whole different subject

  • Tunde

    Its a dicey situation that can get people easily entangled. so, my contribution to this debate is 1Cor 6:12 ‘All things are lawful unto me but all things are not EXPEDIENT; all things are lawful for me but i will not be brought under the power of any’ and 1 Cor 10:23 ‘All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient; all things are lawful for me but all things EDIFY not’ (emphasis mine). Let the word be our arbitrator and not simple reasoning or common sense.

    • Great scripture… 🙂

      my cup of coffee does not edify my faith, does not affect my morality in anyway.. but i enjoy consuming it, much like millions of Christians enjoy consuming HP media.

      it’s a moot debate i think…

  • Harry Potter or C.H. Spurgeon:
    “But alas! we have worm in the heart, a pest-house, a charnel-house within, lusts, vile imaginations, and strong evil passions, which, like wells of poisonous water, send out continually streams of impurity. I have a heart, which God knoweth, I wish I could wring from my body and hurl to an infinite distance; a soul which is a cage of unclean birds, a den of loathsome creatures, where dragons haunt and owls do congregate, where every evil beast of ill-omen dwells; a heart too vile to have a parallel – “deceitful above all things and desparately wicked.” This is the reason why I am forgetful of Christ.” (excerpt from The Remembrance of Christ, a sermon by CH Spurgeon, 1/7/1855)

    • Bill, can you clarify? I’m confused by your statement. Are you saying that because of this sermon you quoted you’re forgetful of Christ, or have put your faith aside?

      I don’t know CH Spurgeon, but the era he’s preaching is shortly after the witch hunt days eh? He’s a bit extreme, but regardless, no individual should base their faith in God, or lack thereof, off of the words another said. Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship with the God that sacrificed himself for us. That’s what makes it unique. Thus, a one on one relationship is formed between the believer and the deity resulting in an everlasting union culminating in a life filled with the Holy Spirit sent after Christ ascended into Heaven.

      Don’t let the words of a fool set your path or sway your opinion– make your own path, find your own opinion, do your own research. You’ll find that to be much more rewarding.

  • I definitely agree with you on this one. I haven’t seen any of the movies or read any of the books. I also like the Scripture that you included at the end of your post. As Christians we have so much junk coming at us that I don’t need any more. I’m getting to the point in my life that if I cannot see a benefit to it in my life then I will probably avoid it.

  • Ryan-
    Just a light-hearted comparison for the comment audience. I was reading Spurgeon’s sermon based on the fact that Christ told us to “do this in remembrance of him” also points to our ability often times to forget Christ. The sermon was out of context.

    However, when I read this section to my wife, she mentioned that it “sounded” more like Harry Potter than a Christian sermon. I put “sounded” in quotation marks because it seems a lot of people chiming in on this argument start their stance by staying away from anything using literary imagery from dragons and wizards.

    Realistically I think their are two discussions: one – can Christians use a secular theme to point to Christ, whether it’s a lion and some kids in a fantasy land, or a kid in a castle learning about his destiny among wizards and magic. We say this is easier in Narnia than HP, but not impossible. Paul even used non-biblical context to preach Jesus at the Aereopagus of Mars Hill.

    The other argument is more important to me. Is there life and death in the messages preached in books and movies? It is a valid argument that can be solved quite simply biblically, as stated several times above.

    The other half of that argument once you decide that witchcraft can influence someone from demonic inspiration is this: what is the mission??? If Paul had went to the festival in Ephesus for entertainment, he certainly could have left his heart unguarded, enjoyed the party, and regretted any spiritual footholds that opened up. Since, however, he went into a spiritually demonic STRONGHOLD and preached Jesus as his MISSION AND PURPOSE FOR BEING THERE, the Ephesians were reached and many turned away from witchcraft to follow Christ.

    We must get this discussion away from “Christian living” and bring it to discussing “Christian mission.”

    • ah got ya now.. I agree.. There’s no real difference in the wizards of Potter and the wizards of Tolkein, so like you i feel people need to be consistent with their viewpoint.

      I don’t feel like Potter is portraying a bad message. I see two major themes in these books/films: 1.) love is a power greater than any evil, love ultimately sacrifices self for all of mankind- Christ figure is harry potter. (the christ figure is NOT a new theme… goes back a millennia or more)

      and 2.) the bonds of friendship, and when ever those who need and deserve the help of their friends, said help will be there. The ultimate bond between friends should always be more important than the circumstance at hand. This is a great moral to teach to little children, after all it is classified under juvenile fiction.

      I saw the theme of magic as a secondary contender, it’s an environmental effect. It does not affect the theme, it is the culture of the story, not the moral, not the point. Use the same cast, strip the magic and replace it with soccer or football and you can have the same exact story, for the most part. The author chose magic and wizards because we all dream about magic, it’s fitting that the dress at Hogwarts or medieval in influence as that’s where most of these magical stories take place.

      Harry Potter is as innocent as bacon as long as the viewer is consciously aware of the fact that it is indeed fiction. Furthermore, Potter can become sin, like any other object in this world, when an individual puts it before God. I have personally seen 0 people befall victim of sin due to Harry Potter. I can’t tell you how many people i’ve seen befall victim of sin due to Facebook, it’s in the dozens.

  • I would also recommend Spurgeon to you for study. His life was an amazing story. He is called the “prince of preaches” and his preaching saw revival all over Europe in the 1800’s.

  • Scott Williams

    Great discussion… I’m just reading and listening! 🙂

  • jimmy hankins

    Does it matter? Unless someone is wearing a t-shirt that says “I’m a Christian”, everyone will just assume they are. Unless Someone wears a t-shirt that says” I’m a Christian and I probably shouldn’t be at a Harry Potter Movie!” No one will care. And besides, you can’t fit all that on a t-shirt anyway. Well maybe back and front. What was the question again? Seriously, as long as you aren’t doing that “sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire” thingy, nobody is gonna pay attention. And no, letting them read the books or watch the movies is NOT the same thing. Christians are boring. Silly rabbits. (grin)

  • Jennifer Martin

    I’m considered a Christian. I have a personal relationship, belief, love, and faith in God. I didn’t set that aside when I went to see the final chapter in Harry Potter’s life, nor when I read the books. Nor when I live everyday life. I don’t compromise my belief because of fictional characters or entertainment. I have seen no evidence those characters exist in any form. I have seen evidence God exists. I simply go to the movies to see HP, LOTR, Star Wars, Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Transformers, Vampires, Aliens, Narnia, Green Hornets, Hulks, Olympians, and a whole list of other fictional characters because I enjoy going to the movies with family and friends. We talked about it in the car briefly before we discussed where we would go for ice-cream. My kids may have mentioned that the movie was “really good” to their friends. I may have pointed out similarities in the good vs. evil, good always wins to everyday life and even mentioned similarities of certain characters being like people in the bible I read. In all of it though I just had a fun hanging out with the people I love and cherish, sharing some time with them. Afterwards, my kids didn’t debate the whole christian non-christian, black or white, green or red issues, they simply said…”thanks for spending time with me, taking me places (both church and the movies), teaching me things, making me whole, talking to me about the things that matter and are real everyday. Those are the things that will determine and set examples of faith and belief, not some movies that will be forgotten till one day their kids mention it and they go “oh yeah, I remember that one…it was really good, my mom always spent time with us, taking us out and my favorite part, was the ice-cream afterward.” In fact if you ask my kids what was the most memorable thing we have done with them, they will tell you maybe about that time we took them out to dunkin donuts for dinner and every sunday we go to church together as a family…because it’s consistent, important, teachable moments and how you use them that will steady their faith and solidify their belief. There needs to be no debate when you show and share your faith in everything you do or see, and every moment you find to do it.In fact non of those fictional characters are really a big deal in my house because we don’t make it that way. We have fun with it all, and focus on what really matters.

  • Dee

    At the end of the day your opinion is your own. If you like Harrry Potter fine, if you hate Harry Potter, fine. If it’s causing this much debate, in my opinion there’s something wrong. Ryan you have made some good points. But we’re not talking ‘witchcraft’, more ‘supernatural forces’. Jesus was not a wizard, He used supernatural forces to perform His miracles and you could say the Jesus story is one of supernatural forces -good versus evil, which a lot of the above stories are. As I’ve mentioned above, I cannot see Jesus queuing up to the any Harry Potter film, so for me, it’s a no.

  • Rennette

    I personally went to see part II mainly because I had seen most of the others. When I began watching the films, it was because a friend challenged me not to be closed minded. How could i argue against or protest against something i knew not of? My choice of not seeing the films and reading the books was based solely on what others had to say about it! As I watched these last two parts, I purposely looked for God in it. I found Him in the themes of love, sacrifice, friendship. Those are artibutes of God. HP sacrificed his life because of the love he had for his friends & others. Even those who seemed to b working against him in all of the books turned out to b ones who were protecting him for they knew his greater purpose!
    Have I ever read the books? No. Do I plan on reading them? Bigger no! Just like I don’t plan on reading Twilight or seeing the films. Have no desire and plus, i’ve never cared for vampires & wolves. If we consider HP 2 b ungodly, then we need to include Thor, Superman, Spiderman, Batman just to name a few!

  • Justin McCullah

    I am a Christ follower and have been for 27 years. I am also a Harry Potter fan. We can sit here and argue about this movie and say it is right and wrong all day long. The thing is Christians battle each other over stupid issues like this more than we are concerned about spreading Christ love and divine salvation. As a recovering baptist I remember when one of the CEO’s of Disney came out of the closet. We as baptists were told to boycott all things Disney. WOW Christ ‘s love was shown all in that immature strike. Now as a Christ follower I see things a little differently. My God is bigger and more powerful than any movie, book series or Potter culture on this or any other planet. So I say we as Christians stop spreading rumors such as the writer is a witch and we should not ever associate ourselves with any of them. Instead now I have a common ground to start up a conversation with them and can talk parallels in the Harry Potter series and all things Christ. But then again as a recovering baptist I find myself going against a lot of the things other Christians find appalling. So honestly I don’t care what others think. Where I would see a problem is if Harry Potter takes place of that coveted Holy Bible the spoken word of God. Then you have a problem.

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  • JlGas

    Really? This is what people have time to spend their intellect on? Really?

  • Ian

    J.k. Rowlings is a believer. Google it

  • Robin

    As a minister of the Gospel I am really tired of the bluster about Harry Potter. I grew up in the sixties and seventies and never once thought that anything from the movies, comic books, or my limited imagination was real. Yes Harry Potter is about witches and wizards, but for me it is the basic “good vs. evil” story! I’m not sure where God was in the “Wizard of Oz” as a human being in the form of a bad witch got killed by a house!
    I really like the comment about the Holy Spirit’s job! When are we as Christians going to stop being so self-righteous about who is a Christian and who isn’t (which seems to justify foolishness) and start telling a dying world about the Love God has for a dying world?

  • ST

    Everyone has a different opinion and everyone’s opinion seems right and I don’t know which one to go with! I’ve never seen a Harry Potter movie or read any of the books, and I don’t particularly want to, but my questions are about Star Wars. I really really like Star Wars. I’m being raised in a Christian home and I’ve pretty much always believed in Jesus. A few months ago, though, I realized that if I don’t truly live for Christ, I might end up in hell, and now I’m so afraid of hell and I must admit I’m becoming a perfectionist. Well, my family and I have watched all the Star Wars movies and I really like them a lot. My mom, who is a Christian, says it’s okay as long as I don’t believe in the force and start trying to move things around with my mind. I do not believe in the force, and I would not try to use it. I’m too afraid of hell. But what about books? There are tons of Star Wars books out there, and I’ve read a lot of them and enjoyed them immensely. That was before I became serious about Christianity. Now, I’ve just recently received the book Star Wars: Rogue Planet by Greg Bear. Part of me is aching to read it, to become absorbed in the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. The larger part of me, though, is terrified of hell. So, I’m not reading it, even though I really really really want to. I’ve prayed about it, but I’m not strong enough in my relationship with God to know exactly what He wants me to do. I’ve talked to my mom, and she says I can read it and that I’m being too serious. Is she right? Am I being too serious? I’m a kid! I want to enjoy life! But I also don’t want to end up in hell. Aren’t I supposed to be serious? CAN I READ STAR WARS BOOKS OR NOT???

    • Hollisters

      I don’t know if you’ll get this reply, or if anyone has replied to your comment in the past few months, but I want to say this: you will not go to hell for reading or  watching star wars. I am a youth pastor at a baptist church, and I face questions similar to this at my church with my young people. You must realize one thing, you don’t or don’t get to heaven based on what you do, you go to heaven because of your belief and trust in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. We all do bad things, and the punishment of those things is death or hell. Jesus took the punishment for your bad things on Himself so that you could go to heaven. If you accept Jesus and His payment, He promises that you will have eternal life with Him some day.

      Now, the question you should be asking if you are a Christian and a believer is, will watching or reading star wars affect your relationship with Christ? Will star wars become a stumbling block for you, meaning will it become more important in your life than God? Does it turn your mind away from Him? If it does, you might want to reconsider reading star wars. You should pray about it and ask God if He approves of you reading those books. If it does turn your heart away from God, you won’t lose your salvation and you won’t go to hell, but you might not have a good walk with God. It’s just something you need to pray about and seek the Lord’s will.

  • ricksta

    short answer NO!!, not even the first one, and not even the last. Why??…God forbids magic, spell-craft necromancy, witchcraft and divination, read Deuteronomy 18:10-12,
    1 John 2:15, Romans 12:2,   Leviticus 19:31. If you need more help to make you choice consider this, I was once a witch and a pagan, i can tell you there isn’t much difference with the magic in these movies and with the real thing. Obviously the lights, bells, whistles and flying stuff isn’t real, but using wands are, in wicca they are known as an athame, ritual daggers, designed to channel ones energy to cast spells..not much difference between that and the ones used in the harry potter movies…they can also be made from wood and have crystals and other magic items stuck to them to increase the power…ringing any bells…remember the wands in harry potter movies have things in then and on then to increase the power as well…and there is herbs, potions, cauldrons, and incantations charms spells…etc etc etc…still think its ok to watch harry potter???..if you do want to watch it, I cant stop you. But stop and think, I’m a Christian, should I be watching a movie that portrays a sin and disobedience to God in an entertaining manner?…oh and before anyone says “oh but you wouldn’t know you haven’t seen them”… I used to own them on blue ray, every last one, and 700 other movies, not a single one honoured God or his laws!!….so i got rid of them all….

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