I can very safely say that Harry Potter is not dangerous. It's really not.
The danger of sorcerers and magicians and peeping wizards and so on is that
they direct people toward them for revelation and understanding, rather than the
prophets. Harry Potter doesn't give kids the idea to trust in
stupid-sounding magic phrases at the dismissal of family home evening or
scripture study.I can understand the gray area you get into with
some media, but for really benign stuff like this (or pokémon, or most
Disney films, etc) is that people who actually present dangerous influence can
point their finger and say "See? They're just
religious/conservative/whatever wackos!" and go on to promote ideas and
media that -are- harmful.... Not that they wouldn't anyway.
Well said, Stormwalker.
@John Charity Spring: "Shame on the purveyors of this program."Ummmm... Unless I am missing something, this site and program is free. There
may be plans in the future to monetize some part(s) of it, but that is not
evident on any of the information. It seems to be a labor of love among fans who
grew up reading the Potter books and want to continue to play within that
universe. Rowling considers herself a follower of both CS Lewis and
JRR Tolkein, and worked hard to emulate their style. The series of all three
authors do contain violence, but it is always the wise and viliant standing
against evil and protecting the innocent. Rowling's books
actually honor strong families - the Weasley family is very central to the
entire narrative, as is the sacrifice made by both Harry's and
Neville's parents. Partly due to the example of the Weasley family at the
end Harry is married and has his own family. The books are fantasy
and promote paganism in the same way as Narnia and Middle Earth. Not at all.
Shame on the purveyors of this program. They care more about money than the
welfare of children.One major source of evil today is the modern
entertainment industry. Indeed, modern Hollywood produces one movie after
another that glorifies gang violence, drug use, and deviant sexuality. It is
completely naive to think that the public can consume this evil without
imitating it and becoming more and more depraved.Harry Potter is a
perfect example of this. It glamorizes violence and denigrates the traditional
family. It also goes out of its way to popularize anti-Christian paganism.In short, the ignorant and slumbering masses must awake to a sense of
civic responsibility. That is the only way to win the fight against evil.
@ Stormwalker: It is a totally non-serious site - it was built by fans for fans
and includes things like "Defense of the Dark Arts," "Potions,"
and "Transfiguration." There is a clear disclaimer that it
is a fan experience with no connection to JK Rowling, and, while there is not a
disclaimer about links to Paganism or Wicca, anyone with serious magick
practitioner will be able to tell very quickly that this site is not related.It does try to keep the feel of really attending Hogwarts by having you
select a House, telling you you cannot use magic outside of school due to the
laws of the Ministry of Magic (with an exception being made for your home, since
it is an online school), having you "purchase" books from Diagon Alley
with the "money" in your Gringotts' account, reminding your parents
that first year students are not allowed to own their own brooms, and credits
can only be transferred to other magical schools - but much of what is there to
help provide the feel also helps illustrate that it is not real.It's just fun. :)
The Harry Potter books are made up magick, no more about useful for teaching
witchcraft than Star Trek for teaching science. Both, however, created interest.
Magick is defined as "changing realty through force of
will." It may use tools, rituals and words to focus, but the willpower
itself brings the changes. The Potter scenes that utilize a flick of the wand
and pseudo-Latin are not real magick, anymore than a hacker can break into a
data bank with a few key strokes. There are schools, on-line and
brick-and-mortar, that teach various systems of real magick. Some are for
children, some are for adults and serious practitioners. Most charge, some have
impressive campus facilities, well developed coursework, and extensive
libraries.I am curious about who is behind this one - another online
academy that was consciously modeled on Hogwarts was founded by leaders and
teachers in the Pagan, Wiccan, and magickal community. Their names were
prominent and it gave a feeling that their coursework was serious. This group
seems to be staying out of the spotlight, which begs the seriousness of the
@ gmlewis: Yes, people who enroll in these classes think they will really learn
witch- and wizard- craft and will be able to do magic when they are done - just
as people who play video games, cosplay, and live action role playing think that
stuff is real and just like people who watch movies think that stuff is real.Seriously, dude? You think people aren't going to know it is
make-believe? I really think the only people who think any of this
is real are people like you - the rest of us know it is all make-believe and
done in fun. (And for the record, people who play real-life Quidditch
don't really fly around on brooms, nor does the Golden Snitch fly around on
I really enjoyed the Harry Potter series, but had some initial trepedation that
the books might be used to actually teach witchcraft. I rejected that notion,
thinking that nobody would be stupid enough to believe that this magic is real.
Oops, I guess I underestimated stupid.