Tomorrow – Friday the 13th – sees the release of the long-awaited sixth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince . Brace yourselves for outpouring of condemnation from the usual suspects: Christians crazies who believe H P is the worst thing to happen to humankind since Adam dropped his figleaf.
Among these anti-H P Jesus jockeys is Pope Benedict XVI. In two letters written before he succeeded Pope John Paul II, but just published online, he condemned the Harry Potter books for containing “subtle seductions” that could corrupt Christians. The 2003 letters were written to German author Gabriele Kuby, who had sent him a copy of her book, Harry Potter: Good or Evil?
“By reading Harry Potter a young child will be drawn into magic and from there it is a simple step to Satanism and the Devil,” he said.
The exorcist, “with his decades of experience in directly combating evil”, explained that J K Rowling’s books contain innumerable positive references to magic, “the satanic art”.
He noted that the books attempt to make a false distinction between black and white magic, when in fact, the distinction “does not exist, because magic is always a turn to the devil.”
A Pentecostal teaching assistant who quit her job at a foundation primary school after she was disciplined for refusing to hear a child read a Harry Potter book is seeking compensation for religious discrimination. She claimed that the book glorified witchcraft. See the Guardian report here.