Monday, July 20, 2009

HP6 Fun Movie or Evil Movie

I saw Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince last week. I have been a Potter fan for many years now, read all the books and enjoy the movies. Potter much like Jurassic Park is a much better book but the movies are fun. Now to the titular question. Is Harry evil exposing kids to witchcraft or what?

I'm going with or what. It's no secret I am a Christian and have been involved with Churches working with youth for half my life. So with that knowledge I think I am in a good place to say Harry Potter is not going to drive kids to witchcraft. I see Harry Potter and I see a story of the importance of friendship and family. The struggle between good and evil and the internal fight we all have inside us to choose the good. If you look closely you even see how govt intrusion hurts society and the importance of freedom.

The witchcraft in the movie is no different than the wizardry used by Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings or C.S. Lewis in The Chronicles of Narnia. Now I understand that J.K. Rowlings in no C.S. Lewis but that doesn't change the fact that Harry is wholesome story that will at the most have a small child waving a stick like a wand saying Aloha Mora (a spell to open a locked door {I think}).