♥ Part II: The Truth about Harry (Potter) — 14 Comments

  1. A wonderful post! You’ve eloquently explained why Harry Potter is so popular. As a longtime Christian (and an adult child of divorce, BTW) I admit, I’ve steered clear of this series. Planning to tweet your post. My DH will appreciate your thoughts as well.

    Thanks for leaving such sweet comments on my creative writing blog, “Chrysalis Press.” I spend most of my time at “Chrysalis” so it was good of you to stop by over there.

    Have a blessed weekend!

    Hugs, e-Mom :~D

  2. That was a beautiful piece of writing, and full of truth. I love how God makes truth accessible in all sorts of unlikely places to start drawing people to him who might not otherwise be able to come.

  3. This is a great post and a great objective assessment of Harry Potters, not just for what the story lines is but more importantly for the lessons they teach. I too was a little late getting into the books and movies but once I did i enjoyed them and even more what they do for youth.

  4. Firstly, I just love your header pic. Your blog name evokes fresh memories. And I’ve never read HP, but a book I did like (your post below made me think of it) was Finding God in The Lord of the Rings. Made me look at the books in ways I hadn’t before.

  5. Great post! I think some times people (especially Christians, too often) can bash something before they really know what it is, or what good they could actually derive from it. Thanks for opening some eyes.

  6. wow what a powerful post – I haven’t read the books myself for the same reason. My kids have not seen the movies or read the books either. I can understand why they would be drawn to them after reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hi there – that is a fantastic post with a nuanced approach towards pop culture from a Christian perspective.

    For the record – i do love those Harry Potter books. Maybe because I’m a young mommy. I just don’t see the link between reading it and taking part in witchcraft (which was the main preposition against reading it)… I hope this doesn’t start a fire but just being brutally honest here!

  8. I remember all the HP-is-evil hype when I was new to Christian circles (about 8 years ago). Never having read the book nor studied the objections against it, I jumped on the bandwagon. I no longer think that HP is necessarily evil. I think there are good things, and if my kids wanted to read them, I probably would let them, with me reading them first and some discussion about the good and the bad things. I think it’s the best way to approach many things…there are problems with everything from Veggie Tales on up, we just need to help our children learn how to be discerning.

  9. If you have books or movies that go against your beliefs, but the society is urging them to read them, I think the perfect solution is to read them together. Talk about what it is in the book that goes against your beliefs. Don’t give the books or movies more power by labeling it so your children are drawn to read it or watch it when you’re not there.

    Knowledge is power. Words are powerful. Children can learn to respect differences in opinion, and reject the things that you feel are bad for them.

    It’s better that the questions come to YOU, rather than from their friends.

  10. I think this is a very good and informative post on the Harry Potter books. I am so thankful that you took the time to read them and to break down into simple facts, exactly what you found by reading it. In the Christian world, I think it is interesting how quickly rash decisions are made and suddenly become facts. I have sat in on many discussions regarding these books. Yours was the best and most thought through analyalzis. Thank you for sharing this with us. It truly helped me to understand why the Potter craze exists.

  11. What a fabulous post. Living in the Bible Belt, I’ve heard so much about this book series. Personally, I loved the books. And as a former teacher I love anything that gets kids reading…especially books that long and with such advanced vocabulary!! If parents are concerned, they can always read the book *with* their child and have open, frank dialogue. But making it “forbidden fruit” isn’t the most productive or realistic way to approach anything.

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