See this page in: Public school educators and many parents in America are thrilled with a series that has captured the imagination of children like no other in history, prompting a revived interest in reading. Reading is a good thing, but not all is as innocent as Potter fans would have others believe. Rowling This series of books by British author J. Rowling focuses on the plights of young Harry, who is selected to attend the prestigious year-old Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At the age of 11, Harry travels to Hogwarts, where he and and other students are taught by the faculty, all accomplished wizards and witches , how to properly use magic tools, spells and rituals.
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Harry Potter: The Story Behind the Stories
Fictional universe of Harry Potter The central character in the series is Harry Potter , a boy who lives in Surrey with his aunt, uncle, and cousin — the Dursleys — and discovers, at the age of eleven, that he is a wizard , though he lives in the ordinary world of non-magical people known as Muggles. His magical ability is inborn, and children with such abilities are invited to attend exclusive magic schools that teach the necessary skills to succeed in the wizarding world. As Harry develops through his adolescence, he learns to overcome the problems that face him: The environment Rowling created is intimately connected to reality.
Is the “Harry Potter…” series truly harmless?
I lived by the stars as an astrologer and numerologist casting horoscopes and spells. I lived in the mysterious and shadowy realm of the occult. By means of spells and magic, I was able to invoke the powers of the "controlling unknown" and fly upon the night winds transcending the astral plane. Halloween was my favorite time of the year and I was intrigued and absorbed in the realm of Wiccan witchcraft. All of this was happening in the decade of the 's when witchcraft was just starting to come out of the broom closet.
Evangelicalism[ edit ] Most of the criticism of Harry Potter is from fundamentalist evangelical Christian groups, who believe the series' depiction of witchcraft is dangerous to children. Paul Hetrick, spokesman for Focus on the Family , an American Evangelical Christian group based in Colorado Springs, Colorado , outlined the reasons for his opposition to them: Witchcraft Repackaged, which stated that "Harry's world says that drinking dead animal blood gives power, a satanic human sacrifice and Harry's powerful blood brings new life, demon possession is not spiritually dangerous, and that passing through fire, contacting the dead, and conversing with ghosts, others in the spirit world, and more, is normal and acceptable. Harry Potter and the Bible: