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Does My Belief In God Prevent Me From Liking Harry Potter?

Updated on November 22, 2011

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.

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  • tlmcgaa70 profile imageAUTHOR

    tlmcgaa70 

    6 years ago from south dakota, usa

    hello robwrite...when the books first came out...or maybe the first movie by this time even, i vaguely remember those who opposed the books claiming some kid jumped off his roof trying to fly because of them. and personally i agree with you as i have seen a group of kids playing a video game where they are the bad guys and the goal was to kill as many cops as possible. utterly sick if you ask me. and far more damaging to a childs mind and attitude. thank you for stopping by to read this...have a wonderful night.

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    Rob 

    6 years ago from Oviedo, FL

    I know several strictly religious people who have a problem with the Harry Potter stories. Personally, I think it's a silly thing to worry about because the Potter books are set in a Fantasy world that clearly doesn't exist.

    Kids know the difference. I don't know any kid who tried to ride a broomstick after seeing the latest Harry Potter film.

    I'd rather see a kid reading Harry Potter books than playing violent computer games like "Call of duty" where they act out killing people.

    Rob

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    Brenda Durham 

    6 years ago

    You too! And a great Thanksgiving!

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    tlmcgaa70 

    6 years ago from south dakota, usa

    brenda...you make some very good and true points. the thiing is that all kinds of "bad" stuff is out there for anyone who wants to have it. i can't control anyone so for the most part i concern myself with myself...what can or will hurt me and what wont. i cannot even convince someone i love they are living a harmful lifestyle. people are set on believing what they want and doing what they want. it is the rare person who listens to the advice of someone telling them they are wrong. all i can do is pray for them.

    thank you for reading my hub...have a wonderful night.

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    Brenda Durham 

    6 years ago

    timcgaa70, I'm like you in the fact that I don't have a problem with watching Harry Potter myself. But then....I was raised to know how to differentiate between fantasy and reality. Some people, whether taught or not, can't seem to understand. And some don't WANT to understand. Those are the ones for whom Harry Potter and other stories of witchcraft are a huge distraction; a distraction from their ability to grow in the Lord, even. Even some grownups. I know a man in his 30's....and even though he does seem to know the difference between fantasy and reality, allows his interest in such stories to take up his time and attention and spiritual growth when he would better serve God by putting an end to his little pasttimes of cartoon-watching and Harry-Potter-fanship!

    So....it can be a huge mistake to get involved in some of those stories. Because it goes farther than realizing the good points that you've described so well (and truthfully); it goes deep into a person's life, distracting and detracting from spiritual growth.

    I like your hub. You've explained your viewpoint well. But I should add that the person I'm talking about has a history of delving into unBiblical ideas, even practicing a form of witchcraft at one time, and still using witchcraft (manipulation) sometimes. It can be a serious thing. And it's all disguised as harmless. It isn't always harmless. And the tolerance for that type of entertainment only feeds the distraction. But yet, you're right in that there's not much a person can do about it, 'cause it's spreading all over the media.

    I think the Twilight series is even worse than Harry Potter. Yet I have Christian friends who allow their children to fawn over those stories. It's a tough thing.....

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    tlmcgaa70 

    6 years ago from south dakota, usa

    freewayflyer...i agree with you completely

    nialee...i also agree with you, and i am glad you liked this hub. thank you both for stopping by to read it and i hope you both have a wonderful day.

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    NiaLee 

    6 years ago from BIG APPLE

    I think that believers as they call themselves are more scared of the literal use of magic, contact with the spirit world that Harry and his friends practice. They are scared that some people may be misled by the devil while trying to practice magic, that some won't make concrete enduring efforts no more resorting to "magic". It is said that the devil is the one that gives power to people who try to do things that are not "natural".

    This is where the war starts. I had a friend telling me that she will send the fire of God to Harry Potter and burn him. My son got scared, he was 4, I had to explain to him that some people think that anything that is spiritual and magical that is not a demand to God is evil or misleading!

    Now I understand a lot of believers stay away from magic, horoscope and all those things that are not channeled by God or their prophet. To me, my relationship with God and his Universe can not be limited by others' experience, interpretation and vision,because I am my own spiritual being.

    I understand the fear, the fact that children could get confused... I explain things to my children and let them grow. They watch Harry Potter, me too!

    I love your insight and the fact that you wrote about that subject so passionately because without imagination, airplanes, electricity and so many other things wouldn't existed... i love nature but don't deny the benefits of some inventions.

    Remember Galileo went to jail because he said earth was round??? Be aware of ignorance, fear and misunderstanding.

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    Paul Swendson 

    6 years ago

    I am not a Christian, but if I was, I would have no problem with the Harry Potter series. If you did have a problem with it, then I guess that it would be necessary to stay away from all forms of fantasy books, movies, and TV shows. Even people who profess to believe in demons and magic do not actually believe in giants, unicorns, trolls, flying brooms, polyjuice potion, and all the rest of it. Some people need to grow up and stop living a life based on fear.

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