Voice of the People - Chicago Tribune

Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir:

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 cases, suicide.

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





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