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}).

1 comment:

  1. Jay,
    Your right. At first, I was taught to steer clear of Harry Potter due to the wichcraft. But how more two-sided could I be? I read Twilight, I write erotic stories. That does not make me a bad person. Ok, so the latter does. But what a hippocrite!! I have been staying away from Potter due to the witchcraft and magic, but I love vampires and Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney). Yah, I make no sense. And you are SO RIGHT! I grew up reading and watching C S Lewis and Tolkien. But what is so different? There is good and evil in all sides, in all stories. Makes no sense for children to stay away from Harry. Is any of the above for a child under 6? Prolly not, a 6 is cutting it close. Kids need to understand the concept, or have a parent who is willing to tell them, teach them the difference between right, wrong. Good, evil.
    Thanks for this! Makes sense, and really helps me out. :)