While Pagans celebrate TV shows like "Buffy," "Sabrina," "Xena," and "Charmed," as hopeful signs, evangelicals are even more adamant that their values be respected--"just like Pagans wouldn't want their children to see Christian-based films," notes theblessed7 (post #275). Devout Christian parents feel they are losing control over what their children are exposed to. "Society at large is being desensitized and conditioned to the acceptance, embracing, and glorification of witchcraft and occult philosophies and ideas," says j473 (post #21) "Witchcraft is exploding among teenage girls presently. This is NO coincidence. There is a subtle conditioning going on."
Not all Christians, of course, are raising alarms about Harry. "Harry doesn't need a bible," writes GodIsLove. "He already knows the main principle of God's on-going message, which says that God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him."A Catholic Buddhist named mocastel sees Potter as a test of one's faith: "To say that it corrupts one's faith is to say one's faith is weak. To villify secular traditions is to doubt the strength of spiritual traditions." Agrees redkim, "I'm afraid that by avoiding it, you are giving it the power it's not really seeking." (post #310)
The most common cry on the boards, no matter what the member's faith, was: "It's just a book!" But the controversy is an important one to many readers because it concerns not just their beliefs, but their children's well-being. "Though there may be nothing harmful in the general themes of Harry Potter, it is that I see no profit in it," says one Christian (post #24). "I would much rather a Christian child read something that would at least edify their Christian spirit as entertain them solely for the purpose of entertainment's sake."
At bottom, the Potter controversy is about a bigger question about the culture around us. Should we protect our children from what the culture pumps out? Can we, and if so, how? One sensible-sounding recommendation came from RDAD: "My children are curious to see the movie and i will go with them. We may get up and leave before the end or watch it and fully discuss its effect on us at home."