I have been placed in an awkward situation many times where I am asked if I have ever read Harry Potter. My answer is a big fat NO.
- My parents did not allow me to read it.
- I have never had an interest in reading it.
- I do not wish to subject myself to witchcraft.
Most of the people I talk to don’t understand this, because Harry Potter is such a widely accepted series of books. My closest friends have fallen into the trap of reading. I know that could happen to me if I am not careful, and that is why I protect myself. My answer is no longer that my parents will not let me read the books. It is that I will not let myself read the books.
Harry Potter, Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings was suggested to me by another blogger named Glory To God Alone.
I am hardly through the book, and my eyes have already been opened to the reason why I have always been so hesitant about the idea of HP, even though I knew close to nothing about it.
Is Every Fantasy Story for Everyone?
Fantasy can help children see with spiritual eyes, says Richard Abanes, bestselling author of Harry Potter and the Bible. It confirms the reality of good and evil. But is every fantasy story appropriate for everyone?
In this evenhanded exploration of the books of J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as the films based on their writings, Abanes—a fantasy fan himself—answers key questions
- What is inspiring and healthy in these works? What is misleading and harmful?
- Do I need to be concerned about occult influence from fantasy?
- How do movies and merchandising impact kids’ minds??
Pro-literature and pro-fun, Harry Potter, Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings helps you evaluate fantasy’s strengths and dangers from a balanced Christian perspective.
The following is a section from the book, quoting a journalist of the European Wall Street Journal:
“Harry is good because he’s nice, and we can’t help sympathizing with him, since Voldemort killed his parents and all. This is very straightforward stuff, and there’s little to argue with in it. But there’s also little to argue for. Tolkien delves deeper…In short, Tolkien is doubtful of man’s ability to resist the temptation of absolute power. That is one of the great themes of the book. Thus Tolkien’s ring is most dangerous to its wisest and most powerful characters—princes and wizards who can be made to believe that they will wield absolute power benevolently….Even Frodo, the hobbit ring-beater in Tolkien’s tale, is not immune to the temptation to use the ring, and when the moment comes for him to destroy it, he cannot bring himself to cast it away. This kind of moral complexity is simply absent from Ms. Rowling’s books…
In Tolkien’s world the temptation of evil is one that all, or nearly all, of his characters must confront….[The Lord of the Eings] presents a serious rebuttal to the idea that good ends justify using evil….It is time to shake off our moral complacency. “Harry Potter” will not help. For all its charms, it comes close to moral fatuousness by reducing food and evil to naughty and nice. Tolkien did much more—showing the ethical challenges we all face, as individuals and as nations.”
(From page 170)
My question for You: What is your favorite fantasy/fiction novel?