Harry Potter Not Universally Admired

By: Jenny Rabin
By: Jenny Rabin

Harry Potter fans across the country are counting the hours until 12:01 a.m. on Saturday. That is when the book's fifth installment, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," goes on sale.

But some Christian organizations are upset about the book's popularity.

Christians say that the bible teaches that everyone needs to be aware of evil. Some Christians have a problem with the Harry Potter series because they say it teaches children that evil is good.

"I believe that Harry Potter is evil because it deals with witches and sourcery and things that are real," says Christian school teacher Bettie Mae Liedkie.

Liedkie reads the bible every day with her daughter Autumn. They found many passages that they say point out that evil lurks everywhere and evil is bad.

"The Bible says the struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the powers, against the forces of this darkness," Liedke says.

"Understand this Harry because it's very important, not all wizards are good."

Says her daughter, Autumn: "It just doesn't appeal to me because I'm a Christian and I know the Lord and he doesn't like us doing that stuff and I love him so much and I don't want to displease him."

But not all area Christians have a problem with the Harry Potter series. Some faiths say a solid biblical background gives students the tools they need to understand the story.

"If we're teaching the foundation of the faith then I think people can read that book and read it as a book as opposed to a witchcraft manual," says Pastor Darin Elquist of Emanuel First Baptist Church.

Says Sarah Brabo, who attends Baptist Church: "I don't practice WICA and all that stuff because I know that's bad because that's worshipping the devil but I think people are going a little bit overboard with the whole Harry Potter, he's evil and stuff."

Some churches we spoke with today say they will be encorporating Harry Potter into their Sunday school lessons this weekend. They say they are going to teach students the difference between fantasy and reality.


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