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If you could change the title of one published book, which book would you choose, and what would the new title be?

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I would rename the Harry Potter series as:

“Harry Potter: The Systematic and Sequential Seduction of our Children into Witchcraft”.

People oddly defend this series, but the truth is: Children are being lured right into “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy” under the guise of “harmless fantasy”.

Here’s the way I see it…

The real fantasy is allowing ourselves to believe that witchcraft is harmless fantasy.


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ba1126
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
I think children are capable of knowing fantasy when they see it. They don't believe in purple hippos who sing and dance on Sesame Street, they don't believe that pixies and flying boys like Peter Pan are real, and they are capable of enjoying the pretense that people could ride brooms and fly. In fact, over the several books in the series, it becomes a battle of good vs. evil, and the good prevails.
1carolinabrown
Aug. 15th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
OK, so we have a little difference of opionion here but did I tell you that you made my day today when you welcomed me back so warmly?? I am so grateful for you!
ba1126
Aug. 15th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
Aww shucks, it was nothin'!

I did really miss your upbeat posts, though. I was worried that you were ill or something. When I was in the hospital last Fall for a week, I made my husband promise to go and post on my lj so my friends would know what was happening.

As to the difference of opinion, I believe firmly that we should not dabble in witchcraft. My children know that ouji boards, astrology charts, fortune tellers and psychics are all totally out of line with faith in God. My understanding of that passage is that trying to predict/control the future is what is contrary to trust in God.
advoir
Aug. 15th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Funny. No matter what you say, you are most assuredly not allowed to say anything against Harry Potter.
1carolinabrown
Aug. 15th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
I know, I know.... I can see I'm going to take some flack for this!!!
But, for the record- I DO love you all in spite of any flack I will need to endure from my Harry-Potter-loving friends.
advoir
Aug. 15th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
It was the flack that changed my mind. I couldn't care less about Harry Potter either way. But as soon as someone says something against it, like in your case, people crawl out of the woodwork to inundate you with all the reasons HP is good. Even though they say it is a matter of opinion, very obviously your opinion is wrong, because they won't leave your opinion alone - they MUST combat it! Frankly, it's creepy. So, even though I would otherwise simply not care, I've taken the anti-HP position because it appears to turn people into zombies and lemmings. And I write this knowing it will take a few hundred people all the willpower in the world to resist telling me how wrong (judgmental) I am, or how badly I misunderstand things, or how I just don't appreciate the merits of the series (I don't care!) and the character of the debate...
1carolinabrown
Aug. 15th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
Well, that's the wonderful thing about livejournal. I don't mind if a few hundred people have differing opinions and want to tell me so in my comment section. And, by the way, I really appreciate your comments! Photobucket
advoir
Aug. 15th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Hehe. Thanks.
bluesman
Aug. 15th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
I could not agree more.

There was a HP spell competition a couple of years ago, in which children were challenged to write a spell that they could cast against their parents. Presumably something along the lines of "for making me wash the dishes, I turn thee into a cake stand," but probably in poetic terms, naming the ingredients involved, eye of newt and hair of dog, etc, (I don't know much about spells, nor how they are written in the HP books). So something seemingly innocent and fun leads them into thinking about witchcraft.

I have heard that J K Rowling is not a Christian and has expressed enthusiasm for deterring children from it.

I think most kids know the difference between fiction and reality, and right and wrong, but witchcraft is very dodgy stuff, and that scripture says it all.
1carolinabrown
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Hello, telemeister. So nice to hear your thoughts today!
rhkpennsylvania
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Couldn't agree more : )
1carolinabrown
Aug. 15th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
...and I couldn't agree with you more...

Where two or more agree - NOTHING will be impossible.
broken_skai
Aug. 15th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
I've heard it said that in the HP movies, the spells that are being cast are the real thing. The actual spells that are used in witchcraft...Hollywood just adds special effects to bring the spells to life on the big screen. I watched the first movie shortly after it started showing up on movie channels. I didn't see what all the fuss was about...and thought it was actually a decent movie. But then I started to watched the second one and something just didn't feel right. I couldn't put my finger on it, but something just felt wrong...uncomfortable. So I heeded what I believe was a spiritual prompting of the Holy Spirit (though I didn't understand why at the time) And later on, I began to see all of the things that are actually anti-Christ about the series. I mean, just the overall themes of sorcery and witchcraft...what does God say in His Word about sorcery, witchcraft, and those that practice such things? His Word, and His feelings have not changed, nor will they ever. Yet some parents, (even Christian ones) have absolutely no problem blatantly exposing themselves and their children to these things...and then they go to church on Sunday, unrepentant about it, expecting the Lord to bless them?
1carolinabrown
Aug. 15th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Very good insight. I agree, if something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't right! We need to heed those promptings from the Holy Spirit every step along the way.
brokenangelred
Aug. 17th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
Just stumbled on this and well I don't want to be one of those 'fans that come out of the woodwork.'

but you know, I suppose I am.

I would like you to know, just for perspective, I am a /huge/ HP fan. I have all the books in hard back, have read them many times (starting when I was younger), I have a full replica of the school uniform/robes and a hand turned wand to match. Those nutters you see out dressed up for the film openings? That's me any my friends.

I have never /once/ believed that any of it was real. Certainly it would be nice if it was real but it simply isn't and nether my friends nor I have ever been of any other opinion. Even in our impressionable youth.

However, the themes in it are very true and very good for a young person to be exposed to. It is an entertaining, fun and well written story in which good must fight, struggle and sacrifice to win over evil. Nothing comes easy, even in a pretend world you have to work and persevere.

It is full of rich well developed characters, who, like all of us, have light and dark to them and must work to be better people every day. Or suffer for not doing so. It is a story full of responsibility, consequences and over all the idea that love and kindness is the right path. I can't think of any religion (and as my father is a Christian preacher and constantly studying many religions I have been exposed to a few) that would have trouble with teaching people these things.

Edited at 2010-08-17 07:26 am (UTC)
1carolinabrown
Aug. 17th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you felt free to come "out of the woodwork" and share your thoughts with us!
lunaticv
Aug. 18th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
i dont really get your last sentence, but anw,
'harmless fantasy'? wel yes, it is harmless. what harm can it do to children?
it shows that anything is possible (not that i'm saying magic is real), that we can still dream of a batter, colorful world out there.
It is a very creative, imaginative story.

that verse is talking about DOING the deed, not just imagining them. and i forget whatever else i was going to say XP
1carolinabrown
Aug. 19th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
I always like to hear what other people think, so thanks so much for taking the time to share your views!

Edited at 2010-08-19 11:37 am (UTC)
boreal_owl
Sep. 12th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
I am a Harry Potter fan. The books are imaginative, fun and well written. They have encouraged some reluctant readers to enjoy reading.

Since you may have not read these books, I just wanted to mention that the last book contains what could be interpreted as a Christian allegory. (And no, I'm not Christian. But there is a theme of sacrifice for the common good.)
1carolinabrown
Sep. 12th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Hi boreal owl! That was so nice of you to drop by and leave a comment. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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