Middle Road Between Christians on Harry Potter? Final Paper

            Middle Road Between Christians on Harry Potter?.


             The release of the Harry Potter film sustained a craze produced by J.K. Rowling's novel, Harry Potter. Within this craze developed two separate extremist groups founded in the Christian community on whether or not Harry Potter is a negative and unholy influence on the juvenile audience it was targeted to. The first group condemns Harry Potter for being a pagan attack against their children, while the other sees Harry Potter as not only non-threatening but also a source of Christian virtue. The problem with both is that neither addresses the situation with a solution that looks at all of the aspects and concerns surrounding the problem. By digesting both sides of the argument a middle-line can be drawn between them that becomes a more sensible solution to the debate about the value of Harry Potter in children's lives.

             Many parents are able to simply enjoy the fact that their children are reading and getting involved with a literary work, however many other parents are quick to scorn the popularity of the Potter craze and find the works to be an unholy and pagan attack on their youth. Upon this development of concern other Christian voices were raised claiming that the Potter works could actually be seen as positive material, providing sources of Christian values for our young people. Those in favor of Potter also praise the fact that it has brought the joy of reading back to today's youth.

             The anti Potter camp builds their argument upon the biblical verse, Deuteronomy 18: 10 that states, "let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire , who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spell”(The Holy Bible). From this viewpoint they take a very conservative approach claiming that Harry Potter embodies these detestable traits in such a manner that they are harmful to viewers.

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