The Potter Parody That Got Out of Hand
Condemned for defending Harry Potter, the author thinks Christians should heed St. Paul's advice.
BY: Anne Morse
And reading Harry Potter books, or viewing the film, are "disputable matters." Within Christianity, disputable matters are points at which spiritual and cultural matters collide. Paul's letter to the Romans describes how first-century Christians argued over whether eating meat that their pagan neighbors had sacrificed to idols was sinful. Paul told them, in effect, to quit arguing about it. Regarding matters of conscience (as opposed to clear Biblical commands), he said, "Let each person be fully convinced in his own mind."
This suggests that Christians are free to read our culture's literature-including the Potter books. We can also use it to witness to the One we worship, as some Christians are already doing with Rowling's creations.
Some Christians will conclude that it's wrong for them to read Harry Potter or see the film, believing the witchcraft too closely mimics the real thing, or that their own kids are too susceptible to real-life occultism. A loving Church will support their decision. But we should also support those who believe the books will help their children grow in wisdom.
Above all, when it comes to Harry Potter or any other cultural conundrum, we should relax; we know how the ultimate Story ends. God will not triumph over evil; He already has triumphed over evil, on the Cross, 2,000 years ago.
Which is why I hope my fellow Christians will cut me some slack. My kids and I have already bought opening-day tickets to "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," and we can hardly wait to see it-even though saying so will probably result in the faithful clogging my e-mail box (Amorse666@satan.com) with letters consigning me to the heart of Hell. Just as well, I figure, since my Potter-loving kids will already be there. They'll need someone to remind them to floss.