Hour of the Witch
Millions of children across the globe are enjoying the magical adventures of Harry Potter. Are these harmless fantasies or is a sinister spirit lurking behind the best-selling books? Hour of the Witch: Harry Potter, Wicca Witchcraft, and the Bible scrutinizes these popular tales from a spiritual standpoint. Sorcery and the supernatural are essential to Harry Potter's escapades and parents should consider how all this wizardry influences their kids. Does being immersed in images of witchcraft have a lasting impact on an impressionable mind? Beyond this, real Wicca Witchcraft is growing rapidly among teens. Is Harry Potter fueling Wiccan growth?
learn the truth behind Harry Potter and how to protect your children from being bewitched.
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Is it proper for Christian parents to permit their chldren to read materials like "Harry Potter"? When the church members ask him, the pastor needs a cogent response; this book helps think the subject through. Read full review
First things first, has anybody actually got concrete proof that "occult practices" actually work, that it's not just people performing ceremonies that are solely ritual? On to the actual criticism.
The Author of this book completely ignores the possibility of magic being a metaphor for power in the real world, a literary tool to shine the spotlight on each character's faults and virtues. They actually completely ignore a lot of pretty obvious mirrors to the real world for example: Quidditch is the wizarding equivalent of Soccer, the Triwizard Tournament has a similar purpose to the Olympics (international cooperation). Then he ignores that JK Rowling places huge emphasis on the fact that those who do not get a letter to Hogwarts (or whatever fictional school would fit their location) CAN'T DO MAGIC. The author actually ignores that some things could be complete coincidences. The Dai Llewellyn ward for example, the author goes on about how there is a publisher of occult books with the name Llewellyn, but completely ignores the fact that it is a fairly common Welsh surname with some alternate spellings as well. No less than 28 separate article appeared when I searched it as a surname, and that is just the famous people with that last name. There were also nearly as many entries for people with Llewellyn (or an alternate spelling) as a first name.
Another issue, is that the author uses gross over simplifications and plain old misinformation to prove his points. On page 67 he says "concerned that Harry might be woefully unprepared for his next encounter with Voldemort one teacher offered advanced instruction" he then quotes a passage from the third book, which is not only one of the two books where Harry does not confront Voldemort. This passage also has nothing to do with battling Voldemort personally, it is actually the beginning of Professor Lupin's explanation of the Patronus charm which is used for fighting Dementors, Lethifolds, and as a messenger for members of the Order of the Phoenix.
My next bone of contention is the reference to the Salem witch trials. First of all there is the assumption that "witchcraft" works. Next there is an abundance of literature that talks about witches in Salem. There are entire series of books about a girl who goes to witch school in Salem. There is in fact a sports team called the Salem Witches. Why is he so worried that Harry potter has a Salem witches reference too. He completely ignores that the residents of Salem Village and Salem Town were famously disagreeable and that there was a townwide involvement in a family feud. It is also commonly theorized that the "afflicted" girls were high on LSD which came from a certain kind of fungus that grows on rye bread. Or possibly something so simple as pure spitefulness and jealousy.
Next come some criticisms of the titles of the course books assigned at Hogwarts, how apparently they are similar to titles of actual books. Well, I suggest going to the cookbook section, or actually any non fiction subject's section of a bookstore or library and comparing the titles. You will notice that they are all pretty similar because there are only so many things you can call a book about cupcakes, or plants, or quantum physics. What was JK Rowling supposed to do? Name her her herblogy text book "things that come out of the ground and stuff"?
Then there is the theory where one of the authors of an assigned text book had a last name that if you rearrange the letters it's is a real person who was an occultist. It is an Eastern European sounding name, you can take nearly any name, rearrange the letters and get a different real name, it is especially easy with non English names. That is the sort of "evidence" that people cite from The Shining to support the faked moon landing theory. When I read that part I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe. Once I stopped laughing I put this on the Joke book section of my bookshelf.
Hour of the Witch
Harry Potter Goes to Hogwarts
Is Harry Healthy for Kids?
Johnny Is Reading a Book
It Is Only Fiction
Mixing Fantasy With Reality
What the Bible Says About Sorcery
Potter Fans Turn to Witchcraft
What Is Wrong With Wicca?
Prophecies in Conflict
The Man With Scars
Loves Chamber of Secrets
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Magic Versus Muggles