For those visitors to our blog who are new to the Harry Potter occult controversy, to parents whose children have read the books and seen the films, and to those in general, who just do not see the dangers of Harry Potter, I invite you to read on and discover the truth of the matter.
Father Gabriele repeated warnings, in February 2006, when he was quoted as saying, "You start off with Harry Potter, who comes across as a likeable wizard, but you end up with the Devil. There is no doubt that the signature of the Prince of Darkness is clearly within these books. By reading Harry Potter a young child will be drawn into magic and from there it is a simple step to Satanism and the Devil."
Gabriele Kuby, who raised objections against J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter series. The main thrust of Kuby's objection was that the books corrupt the hearts of the young by preventing them from developing a properly ordered sense of good and evil. This harms their relationship with God while that relationship is still in its infancy.
In an interview with Zenit News Agency, Kuby quoted Pope Benedict XVI's support for her efforts, "It is good that you shed light and inform us on the Harry Potter matter, for these are subtle seductions that are barely noticeable and precisely because of that, deeply affect (children) and corrupt the Christian faith in souls before it (the Faith) could properly grow." Since then, Gabriele Kuby, has completed a book on the Harry Potter occult controversy entitled, Harry Potter: Gut Oder Bose (Good or Evil). If you visit her web site and click on the "Books" navigation menu item, in the following page's left sidebar, you will see a "Harry Potter"link. This will take you to her dedicated Harry Potter page, where she lists:
- 10 Arguments Against Harry Potter
- At her Resonance section, quotes from Pope Benedict XVI
- Copies of letters sent from Pope Benedict XVI to her, encouraging her to inform and make clear the Harry Potter matter
Michael D. O'Brien, a Canadian Catholic writer and artist who is dedicated to the restoration of Christian culture, has written extensively on the dangers of Harry Potter. I would like to draw your attention to two key sources from O'Brien. The first is his recently released book entitled, Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture. Included is an analysis of each Harry Potter book, parental strategies for a healthy family culture, information on Pope Benedict and Harry Potter, insights into the war of disinformation and opinion, other occult material such as Twilight of The West, the Golden Compass and much more.
The second is an article O'Brien wrote entitled, Harry Potter and the Paganization of Children's Culture. In it, he provides a wealth of information exposing the truth of Harry Potter's occult content. Right from the beginning on the Harry Potter section, O'Brien states, "...the series presents the world of witchcraft and sorcery in a positive light..." He goes on to further expose the first four books. Here's a short list of just some of the occult content he has commented on:
- the reader is introduced into the world of sorcery
- the main character, Harry, enters Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry, where student witches/wizards are taught to cast hexes and spells and there are different classes for divination, potions, spells, herbology and other occult knowledge
- there is a false notion throughout that "the end justifies the means"
- there is no reference to a system or moral absolutes against which actions can be measured
- he quotes and refers to Fr. Gabriele Amorth, who has stated that sorcery is the growing cause of diabolic possession and other forms of bondage to evil
Do we want children to be exposed to the pursuit of power and esoteric knowledge as the wizard world of Harry Potter encourages? No, we do not! As O'Brien states, "...In reality, magic is an attempt to bypass the limitations of human nature and the authority of God, in oder to obtain power over material creation and the will of others through manipulation of the supernatural. Magic is about taking control. It is a fundamental rejection of the divine order in creation..."
The dangers of Harry Potter are real. We hope this information will help parents to guide their children away from the dangers of this occult world. Unfortunately, there is a very real possibility that children as they get older, just may dabble into the occult, a world that is not only familiar to them, but one that they can too easily become desensitized to because of the popularity and seduction of the Harry Potter series. As O'Brien states in the above mentioned article, "...If magic is presented as a good, or morally neutral, is there not an increased likelihood that when a young person encounters opportunities to explore the world of real magic he will be less able to resist its attractions?"
If you were never convinced of the dangers of Harry Potter, I hope this entry has provided you with something to consider. For those who are interested in reading more about this topic, below is a list of resources: