Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged
Reviewed by: Douglas Downs
Teen to Adult
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Is there anyone in Western Civilization that has not heard of Harry Potter? His image is plastered everywhere. There are action figures, games, books, backpacks, posters, etc. I know many parents are concerned and curious about its appeal. This new video (2001 release) from Jeremiah Films is one of the best resources I have looked at on this topic. I have read several books and articles on the subject of Harry Potter. The first three Potter books sold over 33 million copies and even ABC’s “Nightline” (along with several news agencies) covered the midnight release of the fourth book on July 8, 2000.
I have worked on film documentaries before. I can appreciate the work that is involved. This video is fresh, crisp, and fast paced. It is anything but boring. It features Robert S. McGee, the author of “The Search for Significance” and Cult expert Caryl Matrisciana. Caryl has written Gods of the New Age and the Evolution Conspiracy. The contents of this film reveal and contrast today’s practicing witches rituals and spells with the so-called fantasy world of Harry Potter’s witchcraft.
The influence of the occult is growing in this country. I live in a small town (about 12,000). Students at our local high school are trying to organize a Wicca chapter. We have a store downtown that sells witchcraft and occult items. We may not be comfortable with the topic, but this dark influence is real.
Viewers will discover compelling information on the US publisher, Scholastic Inc. They are the largest publisher of children’s books in the world. They reach more than 32 million children a year with their materials. You thought the influence of their other series “Goosebumps” was scary. The Potter impact is frightening. The series does make “evil look innocent”.
Witchcraft is regarded by our government as a religion. They are given non-profit status and are welcome to use religious facilities in military installations (currently, they are working on having Pagan chaplains instituted in the military). There is no separation for the blatant presentation of this belief system. While taxpayer funded public schools are not permitted to have the Bible read aloud in classrooms, Harry Potter is given honorable status and a strategic position. Jeremiah Films points out, “through Harry’s world of sorcery they learn what tools today’s witches and pagans are using.”
Harry’s books are about a modern sorcerer’s apprentice. He is invited to be a student at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The video plainly points out “all his teachers are practicing occultists, and tutor their students in the dark arts and curse casting.” Many of the Harry Potter web sites are hyper linked with sites that contain occult information. Our children are learning how to cast spells and mix potions. Their imaginations dream of having the same power that Harry has.
I highly recommend viewing this film before the much-publicized Harry Potter film is released on Nov. 16, 2001. I encourage every discerning Christian to secure a copy for their church library. Paul wrote in II Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” Ephesians 5:11 “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”
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