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Harry Potter: Magic Perspective?

and the book reads on one breath," "The Book review" writes on December 18th, 2000.

In 2002 in Kiev there was a theatrical show-presentation of the first Ukrainian edition "Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone" which was issued under the support of the British Council in Ukraine …

The stories, іndeed, are written in a breath-taking manner. Besides, they give detailed descriptions of ritual spells, making of amulets and pentacles. It factually is the manual on magic for beginners. In many a way, they interrelate with "The Book of the Law," the famous cult work by Alister Crowley. Ideologist of Satanism, he was dreaming of every child's perception of the magic and witchcraft the same everyday business as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It looks like, due to J.K. Rowling, his ideas are becoming reality.

"All of a sudden, unexpectedly, a book materialized in the world, a book which is able to tear boys and girls off the TV and computers, returning from the streets back to home. Moreover, it helps to find the common language with the teenage child, prickly, slovenly, that denies any authorities, and most of all, fatherly," Komsomol Pravda excitedly wrotein the issue of Dec 6, 2001.

I dare assure that the above statement corresponds to the truth in exactly the opposite manner. All of the books are saturated with revolt by іdealizing disobedience and lie. The crafty liar becomes a hero, an example to follow. Harry carries a special sign on his forehead, a scar in form of lightning. This sign is used in Satanism. It symbolizes destructive force. It was worn by the Nazi troops of the "death battalion." This sign is also used by some modern rock groups. No doubt, these books bring the ideals of the good to naught, have destructive influence on the relations between children and parents. The books have also the obvious division of people into the dedicated - magicians, and the simpletons - magi, which is part of every occult society. Satanist's A. Crowley's ideology openly imposes the call "do anything you like" time leitmotif. by the

The writer tells about herself that she became interested in alchemy in childhood, magic, and fantasies. To the question where the plots for her books come from, she gives an evasive answer: "I would like to preserve romantic ignorance as to the sources of inspiration… Potter, she continues, is the surname of a brother and sister of a small gang of which my sister and I were members at about age 12. It was an extraordinary hooligan couple. I liked the surname very much." A children's book, in J. Rowling's opinion, should have "bright characters, lively unpredictable plot, mystery element (fearful, but not bloodthirsty).

Devil worshipers brag that, during the publication of the first novel about Harry Potter, they were visited by about 20 million children. Chris Columbus, director of the "Home Alone" movie, and Warner Bros Company made the movie "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone" in 2001. The writer holds talks on production of dolls, games etc. No doubt, the business is profitable.

In the press, including Christian, there is polemics as to the writer's beliefs. Some authors consider her to be a Satanist, others, a Christian, for, as they say, the great success of her works testifies to the writer's hour of triumph by hard work. Such simplified opinions shock. For the reality significantly shows that no one can achieve such success without serious support, without massive promotion. So who needs it, who "ordered the music"?

Even at a surface encounter with J. Rowling's works, it is easy to recognize the "customer" and the "promoter.” The ideological orientation of the writer's books obviously intertwines with the ideas of New Age world-wide cult movement. All non-Christian mass media are actively implementing the postulates of this eclectic movement in people's consciousness.

Caryl Matrisciana, the famous specialist in occultism, calls "Harry Porter" witchcraft in a new package which represents the evil as the norm. "Through books about Potter, "she writes, "school-age children get accustomed to human sacrifices. They are shown how to suck off blood from dead animals, or how a person gets possessed by spirits."In the full power of her talent, as something extraordinary, the writer depicts the fear of black magic and satanic rituals, the demon-possessed, and other dreadful things. She pictures the evil in an interesting form. God's ban on the relations with the demon world is violated easily and pleasantly, the minds of children being implanted with enmity for people. Inand accessible form, the books lead their readers to the wide path of destruction, on which the Holy Scripture clearly warns: "But the...  sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8).

It is clear that here we have to do with phenomenally influential literature success. Harry Potter has assuredly become a considerable social phenomenon, element of modern culture. The magic perspective proposed by him is not but a fairy invention, but cruel reality, in the unseen nets of which millions of people are entangled. As a bait here serves the answer to the main need of today's children, the need for love, understanding, acceptance, self-importance. But instead of the expected "fish" children get the "rattle snake."

The first things Harry Potter leads children to, is magic and idolatry. Further on, they are invited to gain power, the only true way of getting the wish. Death is shown as another exciting adventure.

What as easy way to the occult kingdom! What an uncovered Satan's lie! The author of these lines is familiar with occultism not by hearsay, for over 30 years he was in the captivity of demonic world. As with Harry, everything began with fairy tales, spells, and the intercourse with the outer world. The truth is, Satan is a liar. He promises a lot, gives little, and takes everything.

Among those who actively oppose the spreading of occultists' works is the Austrian writer Alois Meier. He opened a special telephone line for those who don't like books on Harry Potter. As Freedom Radio reports, these bestsellers' opponents are so numerous that such lines are open also in Great Britain, Germany, and Switzerland.

In Taiwan, believers simply burn these books publicly. In the USA, some schools pronounce a "Harry Potter free zone." In the writer's motherland, England, they sign petitions demanding to ban the demonstration of the movie about Potter. The clergy of Western Ukraine opposed the demonstration of the movie and the books' spreading. The inter-church council of Ukrainian Christians addressed Verhovna Rada to ban licensing the non-traditional (occult) medical practice.

At the same time, theologian Dr. Andrey Kuraev considers that these books really teach that "motherly love defends better than any pistol… , "that there is no need to fear evil etc. In short, according to Kuraev, the books are good and wholesome4.

Sadly, the Orthodox deacon from Moscow is echoed by some protestant authorities from Saint Petersburg: "In our time the write introduces such notion as miracle which we strive to cast away from our lives. But children will yearn for miracle anyway. Especially the one that is not impossible but real."5

About the same understanding has А. Crowley in his notorious "Law Book" which he wrote under the dictation of the spirit from another world named Avans, – as he said, in order not to be shocked by the encounters with non-physical beings from the fallen spiritual world, one has to learn to believe in fairy tales since childhood. In this he sees the promise of the person's peaceful future. But, according to the Bible, "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood"(Rev. 22:14-15).

Invented, false world in Satan's territory. There there are no free gifts. He will not only require from the person to return what he acquired, but will also strive to take his life. Yes, Satan is a defeated enemy. But people themselves allow to possess them. Ignorance is dangerous. The Lord warns not in vain: "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge" (Hos. 4:6).

Neeedless to say, J. Rowling's books are totally incompatible with what we as Christians are called for: "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."(1Pet. 2:9). However, emotional and occult temptation of J. Rowling's books is directed not on adults, but on children, and this is why their parents should make a first step in their defence. It is clear that, only by bannning, one can only achieve the opposite.

Obviously, Potteromania's boom will test parents' authority, relations with children, and maybe – there is no good without evil, as they say, - will push some parents to re-inspect their rules. Families that know Christ, pray together, where there is trust and love, where each spoken thought is treated with respect, where they aren't ashamed of recognizing their own faults – such families don't fear Potteromania.

1 "Sobesednik" magazine, № 38.
2 Eclectism is mechanical unprincipled unity of different, incompatible, sometimes opposite views, theories, ideological orientation etc. (Dictionary).
3 From "However" Christian periodical, № 3, 2002.
4 "Christianity" magazine, № 4, 2002.
5 "Mirth" newspaper, № 3, 2002.
 "Evangelical Field" magazine,№ 4, 2002.
translated by Anna Sedova



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