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What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?

Not Going to See Harry Potter Movies? Consider These Alternatives:

            If you have made a conscientious decision NOT to see the Harry Potter movie, help your children understand why. Besides with all the media coverage and excited conversation among kids about the movie, they will need your instruction so they do not imitate practices the Bible forbids. Also help them understand that many people see the Harry Potter stories as make believe, so they are not endorsing real witchcraft by enjoying this movie. The Bible also strongly commands Christians not to judge or look down on other Christians who enjoy debatable interaction with their culture. See Romans 14.

The Bible Spells Out What is Forbidden

Below is a basic checklist against occult practices from Deuteronomy 18:9-14. If you need help explaining these to your children, you will find help in ďWhatís a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?Ē Chapter Seven, Protecting Kids from Real-World Occult Practices, is written in kidspeak, to be read aloud by a parent to a child.
∑ No human sacrifice -- hopefully not an issue!
∑ No practicing divination (any attempt to get guidance or foretell the future from any supernatural source other than God). This includes astrology and horoscopes.
∑ No sorcery (using magic powers)
∑ No interpreting omens (trying to discover hidden knowledge through signs or superstition like reading tea leaves, or -- in Bible times -- the liver or entrails of animals.
∑ No casting spells
∑ No consulting or being a medium or spiritist (those who contact spirits and allow the spirits to communicate through them)
∑ No trying to consult the dead
∑ No engaging in witchcraft (appealing to occult powers -- any supernatural power or spirit other than God, the Holy Spirit) Witchcraft is also associated with the use of drugs, incantations, spells, potions, charms, amulets and so on, to experience something supernatural or to ward off evil spirits. Known today as Wicca, modern-day witchcraft is a pagan religion in which nature and goddesses are worshiped.  

Discuss this with your own kids. Donít argue about it with other Christians who donít see Harry to be promoting real witchcraft. If they see it that way, they are not free to involve themselves with it. Donít try to get them to accept your personal interpretation.

  If you have decided not to read or watch the Harry Potter stories but want similar entertainment options that many Christians feel more comfortable with consider the following: (Even with resources from Christian sources, be sure to consider your childrenís age, sensitivities, understanding, and maturity level.)

         The radio theater versions of The Chronicles of Narnia produced by Focus on the Family available at www.family.org

         The Lord of the Rings movie opening December 19, 2001. That fantasy also has wizards fighting on the side of good, however it was written with decidedly Christian intentions. You can help your children draw out the Christian lessons by reading Finding God in Lord of the Rings by Kurt Bruner, available at www.family.org.

Alternative Books:

        The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Be aware these books include some magic, witches, and violent battle scenes. The characters from the fantasy world sometimes cross over into our real world. At times even good characters cast spells -- Lucy in Voyage of the Dawn Treader, practice magic, Coriakin in Voyage of the Dawn Treader and use crystals -- Dr. Cornelius in Prince Caspian. There are mentions of astrology being used by characters on Aslanís side, and references to gods / spirits of the trees etc. However, all of these are clearly in a fantasy world created by a man who openly proclaimed his Christian worldview, therefore many Christians are more comfortable with this than they are with Harry Potter.)

        Forbidden Doors Series by Bill Myers This series, by an excellent Christian writer, addresses interest in the occult, showing the dangers in our real world.

        The Cooper Kids Adventure Series by Frank Peretti (While featuring a Christian family, these Indiana Jones-style adventure stories have some very scary and violent scenes. Not for younger kids. Definitely pre-read. Probably not bedtime reading, but older kids love these stories.)

        The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein. Also read Finding God in Lord of the Rings by Kurt Bruner.

        The Indian in the Cupboard Series by Lynne Reid Banks  (Not Christian, but a well-written fantasy where plastic toy Cowboys and Indians come to life and complicate the lives of the boys who started out just playing.)

        Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

        James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

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