How Is Harry Potter Different Than the Bible?

How Is Harry Potter Different Than the Bible? August 27, 2016

How is Harry Potter different than the Bible

In fact, they read it all the way through, paying close attention to detail, on more than one occasion. It seems to me as though many Christians who claim to take the Bible seriously actually merely pay lip service to it. Perhaps someone should write a spoof book about how to fake knowledge of and adherence to the Bible, in a way that gets at what people actually do?


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  • Erp

    I wonder how many Harry Potter fans have just watched the movies?

    • How ever many just watch the film, the series has sold over 450 million books world wide.

  • Mike Pavlik

    plenty have just watched the movies…of course, plenty of folks have just watched “Th 10 Commandments” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told”

    • I was in a bookstore at midnight on July 31st watching hundreds of kids lining up to buy the new book-length play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. This series is still inspiring plenty of kids to read, and probably will for years to come.

      • Mike Pavlik

        my point wasn’t against Potter – I spent more than 1 release night at a Borders near me. My wife and my children and I have all read all 7 books…and we’ve all seen all 8 movies. We know quite a few folks who have just seen the movies, though, exactly the same way we know a lot of people who never read the scriptures

        • Yes, that mix exists for both scriptures and Harry Potter.

  • Let’s see the King James Authorized Bible has a word count of 783,137. The largest Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows book has 204,796 words. Yes, I could see the kids of today opting for the easier read. But those words in the Bible, aren’t they really sort of special?

    • Every kid I’ve ever met who has read Harry Potter has read all seven books in the series; they’re addictive in the best sense possible!

      The entire seven book series has a word count of 1,084,170 words – over a million! Neuroscience studies are showing consistently that reading improves cognition, and the more reading the better the long term affect.

      Given that the Harry Potter series has inspired thousands of children to read, I’d say those words are pretty special!

      • Well that helps in explaining why very few kids teach Sunday school class.

        • Better ways to spend they’re time I imagine.

          Seriously though, kids don’t teach Sunday School because Sunday Schools are organized by grownups. But my guess is that the kids who are whizzes at the Bible are the same kids who love to read – the same kids who quite often read Harry Potter. The two books don’t have to be mutually exclusive. A love of reading spurs all sorts of reading.

          In fact, an even more obvious answer just struck me. My 24 year old daughter does teach Sunday School; and she was a kid who read Harry Potter.