Does My Belief In God Prevent Me From Liking Harry Potter?
I have a VERY strong relationship with my GOD. I also like the Harry Potter series. While most who profess to follow GOD would see a conflict in this...I don't. You see, while I can understand the worries some people have concerning the books and impressionable children, I am not in either one of those categories. People, adults and children, have problems. Some problems can be overwhelming, or seem that way in any case. You can't stop people from doing dumb and even stupid things...especially when they are under tremendous stress. Children who suffer abuse are under that immense kind of stress most people can only imagine. Sometimes it leads to a child who turns to living in a fantasy world in order to cope with the real world. One cannot blame the author of Harry Potter if a child tries to fly because it said in the book they could...I think rather that they ought to look at the childs home life or even peer pressure from kids at school, like bullies and such, to better understand why the child did what they did. Would you place blame on Tolkein if a child decided to ride a horse without any tack because it could be done in Tolkein's world...and the child ended up seriously injured or dead because of it?
To me, Harry Potter is the story of an abused boy, who despite that abuse, remains loving and having a sweet nature. HE is lead to believe by the Dursleys that he is unlovable and not worthy of any affection whatsoever. He discovers, as he reaches his 11th birthday, that not only is he famous, but he is loved as well. He gains new friends...and new enemies. HE shows in the very first book just what he is made of when Malfoy tells him he can help him find better friends than Ron Weasley...and he responds that he can tell for himself the wrong kind of friends...and the right kind.
Harry shows himself to be a boy with all the qualities I admire most in a person. Honesty, loyalty, humbleness, integrity, courage, and understanding the value of true friendship. It is no wonder the series has gained so many followers. We tend to be attracted to those things, even or especially when we desire those qualities in ourselves. And I think this is one of the biggest reasons I do not find myself and my belief to be compromised. It may be true that the book deals with magic, and it may be true that I believe that magic exists to a degree and that magic is never good or beneficial...even if a person starts our using it for good, it always ends up using and consuming them...then showing its true nature. But I do not believe the magic in Harry Potter to be real. And even if it was...those who desire to practice it will find out how from any number of sources. Have you seen how many witch shows are on T.V. lately? Being a witch is not something people hide these days. Of course, I am sure the true witches do not advertise themselves. But just as sex is prevalent...and no longer hidden...so is the fact that the world believes witches should be accepted part of society. This is an age of open minded dealings...even when being open minded about something is not a good idea at all.
What I am trying to say is try reading the series for the good that is in it. If you believe in GOD and this has kept you from reading it, consider this...your faith should be strong enough to understand that nothing in that series can hurt YOU. And not reading it is not going to take it off the market OR prevent someone from doing harm trying to do something in the books.