Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sorry, Harry Potter is not my cup of tea....

Not that I have a deep grudge against Rowling's books or anything. Some of my younger siblings have read and enjoyed them very much. The Potter series just never appealed to me, but seemed a bit shallow, although I could not quite put my finger on what bored me about the whole thing. Finally, I found an article (via the NOR) that describes pretty much my own take on Harry Potter. As far as the occult element, I can see how the stories could become substitutes for genuine mysticism, especially for unchurched young people who are raised without religion or spirituality. The Christian parents I know, whose children are into Harry Potter, read and discuss the books with their children, which is as it should be with any book or movie. Share

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

my husband read the first one aloud to our children, as i listened i had that "feeling." some of the imagery was creepy. esp. when she used the term "transfiguration." i asked him not to read the rest of the series to the children and he agreed.

elena maria vidal said...

I found the imagery to be creepy, too.

Elisa said...

I was introduced to the Harry Potter books when I was a freshman in college and have enjoyed them. (I'm getting through the 6th book)Yes, there are dark elements and may not be suitable for all young readers. I enjoy fantasy as well as historical fiction!

alaughland said...

I am grateful that my children had C.S. Lewis and J.R. Tolkien to read.

Margaret said...

Apparently, our Holy Father isn't too keen on Harry Potter.

http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005
/jul/05071301.html

I defer to his judgment! :)