Voice of the People - Chicago Tribune
Letter to the Editor
The Harry Potter series of children's books are not as innocent as they seem.
While some educators rave about the Potter
phenomenon as something positive for
children, there is a troubling aspect, concerning the content of these books,
which should give pause to parents and our society as a whole.
I'm sure there are many who will scoff at what I am about to say. But I
believe the Potter books are introducing an
entire generation to magic and witchcraft.
As sales of the Potter books continue to break records, millions of
children are mesmerized by the literary series.
Children are being exposed to the occult, while naive adults praise the books
simply because students are reading. Using this
type of logic, we also would be happy if
kids were reading pornography. Obviously, this is a ridiculous premise, yet
tampering with the occult is potentially far more dangerous for children, often
leading to spiritual confusion, psychological problems and, in all too many
Those of us who believe there is a spiritual aspect to our world are not
surprised by the popularity of the Potter books.
The occult is a dangerous and seductive thing which the three major world
religions warn against. In fact, the scriptural teachings of Christianity, Islam
and Judaism are emphatic about the dangers
of such practices. The Potter books, under a cloak of innocence, are infecting
the minds of millions.
Unfortunately, traditional religion has been scrubbed clean from American
society. At the same time, things like the Potter books, which elaborate on
magic and witchcraft, are welcome in public schools. Subsequently, many children
have nothing in their lives concerning personal faith. Therefore, the occult
continues to become an answer for more and more young people.
J. K. Rowling, the author of the Potter series, said the idea for the books
came to her while she was riding on a train. I have no problem ascertaining what
spiritual force was behind her enlightenment.
Most troubling, however, is how readily accepted these books are in public
schools. We actually have a friendly wizard, conjuring his way through one
adventure after another, and no one even raises an eyebrow. Imagine if Potter
was a Priest or Rabbi praying their way through each episode. We all know such a
character would be taboo in modern public schools. Yet, in the books, Harry
Potter is a wizard, practicing the faith of Wicca, the only religion not subject
to the so-called rules concerning separation of church and state.
I believe the Potter books represent something dark and sinister, under the
guise of entertainment for children. As the saying goes, wolves will come in
sheep's clothing. In the Potter series, this certainly seems to be the case.
Daniel T Zanoza