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Potter’s Morals vs. Bible’s Magic

by Wayne Dunn

Christians have it backward. If you’re worried about your child obsessing over magic, it’s not Harry Potter you should guard against; it’s the Bible. Author J.K. Rowling doesn’t bill her writing as anything other than fiction. Youngsters are thrilled as the courageous and incorruptible Potter overcomes seemingly insurmountable obstacles and achieves his goals. The fantastical realm of magic is merely the world Rowling devised in which to depict her ideal of good triumphing over evil, just as Melville used a high-seas setting to depict the self-destructive nature of an irrational lust for revenge. A child who reads Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or views the record-breaking movie) is no more likely to dabble in witchcraft than one who reads Moby Dick is to dabble in whaling.

If it’s morality you seek to instill, and a deep-rooted belief in the magical you hope to avert, then it’s not only safe but desirable that your child glean the abstract virtues Rowling promotes via the honest, brave and persevering Harry Potter, despite the fantastical setting she places him in. But steer them clear of the Bible.

Read the original article at: Capitalism Magazine

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