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The Harry Potter Debate


Various Perspectives on Harry Potter

Harry Potter is the main character in a series of childrens' books by British author, J.K. Rowling. The secular books are considered controversial by some because Harry, who attends the "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry," is learning ''witchcraft'' skills.

Consequently, some people are concerned that these books may lead children to explore modern-day witchcraft and/or occult practices themselves.

The new Harry Potter movie heading to theaters next week has enflamed a small legion of conservative Christian critics who claim the boy wizard is a tool leading children to witchcraft and sin.

But as anticipation grows for ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,'' other Christians insist the stories are harmless fantasies about magic and morals.

''I'm so tired of people saying he's evil,'' says Connie Neal, a Christian author who has investigated the Potter claims. ''They're choosing to interpret the books in a very selective way.''

Neal - a mother of three and author of ''What's a Christian to do with Harry Potter?'' - characterized herself as a ''discreet fan.''

Yet other authors maintain reservations about the mysticism of Harry's world, in which magical people predict the future, change shapes and communicate with ghosts.

''Although the story is fictional, Harry Potter has real-world occult parallels,'' said Richard Abanes, author of ''Harry Potter and the Bible: The Menace Behind the Magick.''

''The books present astrology, numerology mediumship, crystal gazing,'' he said. ''Kids are enthralled with it. And kids like to copy.''

''There's a real religious concern,'' observes Jana Riess of Publishers Weekly, who moderated an Abanes-Neal debate at a July convention of Christian retailers. ''Evangelical Christians believe that witchcraft is real.''

But, she said, witchcraft in the Potter novels ''is not a worldview in the way evangelicals would think of it.'' She likens the fuss to parallel complaints when ''The Wizard of Oz'' was published a century ago.

Scottish author J.K. Rowling calls the accusations ''absurd,'' saying Harry Potter's world is entirely imaginary.

''I have met thousands of children now, and not even one time has a child come up to me and said, 'Ms. Rowling, I'm so glad I've read these books because now I want to be a witch,''' the author has said.

Though more than 50 million copies are in print worldwide, there has been no evidence of widespread conversions to paganism or witchcraft.

Andy Norfolk of the London-based Pagan Federation, said the youth-aimed Potter books have created no serious interest in his movement because they don't appeal to older people seeking spiritual options who ''see them as rather uncool.''

Enemies of Pottermania abound, nonetheless.
Source: The Harry Potter Debate, AP, Nov. 9, 2001

Ms. Rowling says:

''I absolutely did not start writing these books to encourage any child into witchcraft,'' she says with an uncomfortable chuckle. ''I'm laughing slightly because to me, the idea is absurd.''

''I have met thousands of children now, and not even one time has a child come up to me and said, 'Ms. Rowling, I'm so glad I've read these books because now I want to be a witch.' They see it for what it is,'' she emphasized. ''It is a fantasy world and they understand that completely.

''I don't believe in magic, either,'' she said.

While Ms. Rowling may not have the intention  of encouraging chilren to explore witchcraft, those who have read the series are concerned that the overall positive portrayal of witchcraft may indeed lead children to explore the religion. That said, it should be noted that the witchcraft used in Rowling's books has little in common with modern-day witchcraft.

Many Christians not only accept the Harry Potter books for what they are - fairy tales - but also see allegorical values:

Christian conservatives have made headlines by attacking the Harry Potter adventure books as violent, death-obsessed and Satanic. But Christian opinion on the skinny kid with glasses turns out to be far more charitable and not so monolithic.

J.K. Rowling's three books about the young wizard-in-the-making have sold more than 13 million hardback copies, and many of those readers are Christians who view Potter as a near-messianic paragon of humility, courage and self-sacrifice.

''There are some distinctly Christian themes in those books, so much so that I'd like to preach a sermon on Harry Potter,'' says the Rev. John Kraps, a Methodist in Cupertino, Calif., who dressed up as Potter for Halloween and is ''frosted'' over criticisms of Rowling's series. ''We love Harry Potter, and our whole family is outraged by the opposition of the Christian right.''

Contrary to what some news reports have implied, Christians who admire Rowling's fiction turn out to cut across denominational and political lines.

The questing adventures of Potter and his friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have inspired liberal Episcopalians as well as more than a few conservative Evangelicals.

Many clerics and theologians extract explicitly Christian themes from the books: Potter's mother is a Christ figure, hovering over the stories, who died so that her son might live; Potter has a special destiny that he is not fully aware of, much like numerous biblical prophets and perhaps even Jesus himself.

Looked at from this point of view, Rowling's books are not so much anti-Christian as they are fully Christian, drawing on the legacy of fellow British writers C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, whose popular children's tales about the magical lands of Narnia and Middle Earth were written as Christian allegory.
Source: Harry Potter Readers Say Christian Right Is Wrong, Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 27, 1999
When Connie Neal settled onto a sofa in her family room with a copy of ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'' on her lap, the Christian author and lecturer steeled herself for the plunge into a world of mysticism and magic she was certain would clash with her beliefs.

Three "Harry Potter" books later, Neal adores the bespectacled kid wizard -- and he has become one of her greatest evangelization tools.

"I thought I was reading the book to explain to my kids why they shouldn't read it," said Neal, author of the new "What's a Christian to Do With Harry Potter?"Off-site Link (Waterbrook Press). "Once I had made [the] distinction for my kids about the fantasy world versus our real world, I realized these books were so rich and really had lessons that directly connected to the Bible."
Source: Finding the Spiritual Power of Harry Potter, Religion News Service, June 30, 2001

Conservative Christian organization, Focus On The Family, has a different view:

Christian fans of Harry Potter insist that the series is no different than C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, a series that many Christian parents accept.

It is true that both authors create fantasy parallel worlds involving young British children who encounter magical creatures. Both develop admirable characters and evil villains. But this is where the comparison ends.

The difference between the two hinges on the concept of authority. From a Christian perspective, authority and supernatural power are linked.

Take a look at Mark 2, where Jesus heals a paralytic. When Jesus first sees the paralytic, He says, ''Son, your sins are forgiven.'' This sets up the following scene:

Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, ''Why does this fellow teach like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?'' Immediately Jesus knew . . . that this was what they were thinking . . . and He said to them, ''Why are you thinking such things? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . .'' He said to the paralytic, ''I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.'' He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. (Mark 2:6-12a)

Christ's power flows from His authority. That's the nature of all legitimate power–it is granted and guided by authority.

When we read Rowling's series, we find that she effectively divorces power from authority. There is no sovereign person or principle governing the use of the supernatural.

Magical power is gained through inheritance and learning. It is not granted by a higher authority, because there is no Higher Authority–at least none higher than Harry's mentor, Albus Dumbledore, and the evil Lord Voldemort. The two are equal, antagonistic and unaccountable to a higher authority.

In C.S. Lewis' Narnia, power and authority are welded together. That authority is Jesus, in the character of the great lion Aslan–creator and sovereign ruler of Narnia, son of the Emperor Beyond the Sea. Good power is power that is bestowed by Aslan and exercised in accordance with his will. This good power is at work when the children Peter, Susan and Lucy use gifts bestowed on them by an agent of Aslan.

Evil power, on the other hand, is power that is seized or conjured–rather than bestowed–and exercised for selfish ends. Those who resist the temptation to use such power are commended, as was Digory, in The Magician's Nephew. But those who wield it (such as Jadis, also in The Magician's Nephew) and the White Witch (in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) are eventually vanquished by Aslan.

Despite superficial similarities, Rowling's and Lewis' worlds are as far apart as east is from west. Rowling's work invites children to a world where witchcraft is ''neutral'' and where authority is determined solely by one's cleverness. Lewis invites readers to a world where God's authority is not only recognized, but celebrated–a world that resounds with His goodness and care.

It's a difference no Christian should ignore.
Source: John Andrew Murray, The Trouble With Harry, Teachers In Focus

Note that Focus on the Family also published, What Shall We Do With Harry?, a well-balanced editorial that looks at the issue from both sides. The author, Lindy Beam, writes:

To be on the offensive, we need to raise up more Christian thinkers who can enter the realm of entertainment armed with a critical knowledge of both the Scripture and the false world views they’re combating. One father I've spoken with has decided to read and discuss Harry Potter with his daughter because, ''She's a bit more mature than most 11-year-olds, powerfully grounded in the Christian perspective for her age, a careful and thoughtful child who loves both to read and write for the glory of God, and whose motivation, beyond being entertained, is to be 'salt and light' to the many friends, both Christian and non-Christian, who are reading the series.'' Indeed, it is these Christians who will have a redemptive effect on society, making positive changes for the long run.

Incidentally, it is clear that the success of the Harry Potter series is leading many children to explore classics such as the Chronicles of Narnia:

Addicted fans who have gobbled up J.K. Rowling's three bestsellers about the young wizard have been appalled to learn that the next instalment, Harry Potter and the Doomspell Tournament, will not be out until September. As a substitute, booksellers are cashing in on America's new-found obsession for children's fantasy by recommending ''Potteresque'' alternatives - spurring a mini-boom in works such as The Hobbit and the Narnia series.

The American Booksellers' Association's Book Sense marketing campaign recently polled its 1,200 affiliates for suggested alternatives. The group's ''Potteresque Top Ten'' features such staples of British children's literature as The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
Source: Spellbound Harry Potter fans are given a temporary fix, The Times (England), Feb. 29, 2000

Apologetics Index Recommendation

Christians can and do disagree on disputable issues. According to the Bible, that's OK. (See ''Are Christians Allowed To...?'' for a look at the Bible's guidelines on how to deal with such issues)

The publisher of Apologetics Index thinks that parents should not overreact to the Potter series. Rather, they should be well-informed so that they can provide their kids with balanced information. Make sure they know they difference between fantasy and reality. Christian parents may want to encourage their kids to discover the possible allegories in the Potter stories. See, for example, Connie Neal's book, ''What's A Christian To Do With Harry Potter?''. See also this Bible Study that uses one of the Harry Potter books. Focus on the Family's reviews of the four Potter books, linked to at the end of this editorial, provide invaluable help.

In addition, it is a good idea to teach older kids about the reality of the occult, the religion of Wicca (Witchcraft), and the Bible's teachings regarding these topics. For this, see Witchcraft: Exploring the World of Wicca, by Christian author, Craig S. Hawkins.

The Harry Potter Hoax

Regardless of what side of the Harry Potter debate you're on, it pays to check your sources. The writer of this hoax clearly did not do so...

Currently, an email is doing the rounds in which a Christian is trying to warn readers against the alleged evils of the Harry Potter Series. Within the email is the URL of a story on which this person based his or her research:

Still not convinced? I will leave you with something to let you make up your own mind. First the URL to read some background of what I have given you: http://theonion.com/onion3625/harry_potter.html ( Harry Potter Books Spark Rise In Satanism Among Children   [sic]

If the author of that email would had ''researched'' just a bit more carefully, he or she may have observed that the current edition of The Onion, which bills itself as ''America's Finest News Source,'' includes the following news reports:
  • New Orleans Adopts $10 Cover Charge
    NEW ORLEANS--New Orleans announced plans Monday to impose a $10 cover charge on all nonresidents seeking to enter the city.
  • Area Man's Recommended Daily Caloric Intake Exceeded By 9 A.M.
  • Jury Finds Defendant Pretty
  • Christian Right Lobbies To Overturn Second Law Of Thermodynamics
  • An infographic on what the government is doing to combat the western wildfires (One suggestion: Bomb Iraq).

In case you hadn't guessed, the publication is the WWW's equivalent of TV's Saturday Night Live.

Anyone who wishes to use the material published in The Onion as ''background'' should apply as a writer for Late Night with David Letterman (or join some of the ''pop-apologists'' who have inside information about poisoned water wells, government cover-ups, and the current member list of the Illuminati).

The Onion itself says:

The Onion® is a satirical newspaper published by Onion, Inc.

The Onion® uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

The Onion® is not intended for readers under 18 years of age.
Source: The Onion

The story is meant as satire only. [Definition of ''satire'' ] The entire item - quotes included - is fiction, not fact.

British newspaper The Times, allegedly cited in The Onion story, answers email inquiries by writing:

Thank you for your email about the alleged quote from The London Times which appeared in an article in The Onion. http://www.theonion.com/onion3625/harry_potter.html)

We are looking into this as it appears to have caused confusion amongst some readers, which is, of course, a matter of concern to us.

In the meantime I would remind you that The Onion is renowned as an amusing and jokey site which publishes spoof articles - not to be taken seriously. The quote attributed by them to J K Rowling and The Times is, of course, not a true quote.

Thank you again for your email and please feel free to forward this to any of your friends and colleagues who are experiencing the same concerns as yourself. We have replied to over 300 readers e-mails so far.
Email (on file), editors The Times

The email also refers to a Times  special on Harry Potter, and includes the text of The Times's  interview with J.K. Rowling. [URLs updated, July 9, 2001]

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Christian Can Any Good Come from Harry Potter? by Lindy Beam, of Focus on the Family
Christian Christianity Today Collection of Christianity Today articles and editorials on the Harry Potter phenomenon
Christian Deconstructing Rowling Book Review by David Kopel
J. K. Rowling is an Inkling. That's the well-argued thesis of John Granger's fine book The Hidden Key to Harry Potter. Granger demonstrates the absurdity of the claim that Harry Potter is anti-Christian. And even if you've never worried about charges brought by misguided fundamentalists, The Hidden Key will substantially augment your understanding of what's really at stake in Harry's adventures.

The Inklings were originally a group of Oxford dons who wrote Christian fiction. The most famous of them are J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Lord of the Rings and the Narnia series never mention Christianity overtly, and in Tolkien's books, religion itself is absent from the plot. Yet these mythopoeic books aim to "baptize the imagination" of the reader — to teach her the importance of fighting for the right, no matter how powerful the forces of evil may appear.
Christian Finding the Spiritual Power of Harry Potter A Religion News Service  article about Connie Neal's book, What's a Christian to Do With Harry Potter?
Christian Harry Potter's Magic (Pro) Alan Jacobs, Professor of English at Wheaton College, in the Jan. 2000, First Things
Secular J. K. Rowling: the interview The Times (England) interview with J.K. Rowling. Part of The Times' online special on Harry Potter.
Secular Harry Potter Scholastic, Inc. is an education site for parents, teachers, and kids. This link leads to its section on the Potter books, including sample chapters, interview with J.K. Rowling, discussion guide, etcetera
Christian Harry Potter and the Disputable Matter (Pro) A BreakPoint Online interview with Connie Neal, author of What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?.
Christian The Harry Potter Controversy: Does Harry Potter promote Witchcraft or the Occult? Balanced presentation by Daniel Eaton
Christian Harry Potter, Sorcery and Fantasy (Contra) by Marcia Montenegro, of Christian Answers for the New Age
Secular Meet J.K. Rowling Scholastic, Inc's introduction and interview with the author
Christian More Clay Than Potter (Contra) Anne McCain, director of children's education at Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Charlottesville, Va., writing in WORLD Magazine, Oct. 20, 1999: "Moral ambiguity and alienation of youth are strong themes in the series, which are wrongly marketed as modern successors to The Chronicles of Narnia. Unlike biblical stories, in Potter's world bad things seem to happen for no reason."
Christian Opinion Roundup: Positive About Potter (Pro) by Ted Olsen, Online and Opinion Editor of Christianity Today: "Despite what you've heard, Christian leaders like the children's books."
Christian The Perils of Harry Potter (contra) "Literary device or not; witchcraft is real - and dangerous"
Secular A Primer On Harry's World TIME magazine, Sept. 20, 1999
Christian Sourcery in a Stone: A Closer Look (Contra) An excerpt from Rich Abanes' anti-Potter book, Harry Potter and the Bible : The Menace Behind the Magick
Secular The Times Online Special The (London) Times collection of articles about Harry Potter. Includes an interview with J.K. Rowling
Christian The Trouble With Harry An article from Focus On The Family's "Teachers in Focus" magazine.
Christian Focus on The Family A variety of Focus On The Family articles on the Harry Potter phenomenon
Christian Virtue on a Broomstick (Pro) Michael G. Maudlin, online executive editor of Christianity Today, highlights a variety of opinions on the Potter books. Subtitled, "The Harry Potter books, and the controversy surrounding them, bode well for the culture."
Christian What Shall We Do With Harry? A call for discernment, from Focus on the Family's Lindy Beam. Excellent look at both sides of the issue, along with common sense suggestions. Includes links to thorough reviews of the Harry Potter books. Highly recommended.
Secular Wiccans Dispute Potter Claims Excerpts from an Oct. 25, 2000 news article: "Local Wiccans have come out against the claim the books promote their religion. They said the book is fiction, and does not represent their beliefs in any way."
Christian Why We Like Harry Potter (Pro) A Christianity Today editorial. "The series is a 'Book of Virtues' with a preadolescent funny bone."
Secular Wild About Harry TIME magazine, Sep. 20, 1999 cover story.

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J. K. Rowling is an Inkling. That's the well-argued thesis of John Granger's fine book The Hidden Key to Harry Potter. Granger demonstrates the absurdity of the claim that Harry Potter is anti-Christian. And even if you've never worried about charges brought by misguided fundamentalists, The Hidden Key will substantially augment your understanding of what's really at stake in Harry's adventures.

The Inklings were originally a group of Oxford dons who wrote Christian fiction. The most famous of them are J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Lord of the Rings and the Narnia series never mention Christianity overtly, and in Tolkien's books, religion itself is absent from the plot. Yet these mythopoeic books aim to "baptize the imagination" of the reader — to teach her the importance of fighting for the right, no matter how powerful the forces of evil may appear.
Source: Deconstructing Rowling Book Review by David Kopel
Secular More of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books
Secular Harry Potter Store The latest Potter book, in a variety of versions (including braille, audio cassette, audio CD, etcetera) and languages. Plus toys, movie preview, and etcetera
Christian What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? by Connie Neal (See Finding the Spiritual Power of Harry Potter - a Religion News Service  article about Connie Neal's book). Sample Chapter: What Would Jesus Do With Harry Potter? (Balanced).
Any parents questioning the appropriateness of the Harry Potter books should get a hold of Connie Neal's book. Not only does she answer all the questions with clarity and depth, but she also provides a model for how to discern all such issues. Christian discourse would dramatically improve if we followed her example.
Michael G. Maudlin, Executive Editor of Christian Parenting Today magazine

In January, this column panned a Harry-bashing evangelical book called Harry Potter and the Bible, from Christian Publications. Now, PW is happy to point to a much more thoughtful Christian take on the young wizard phenom: Connie Neal's What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? In the storm of controversy, Neal navigates a via media by offering support to Christians who have decided to boycott the series, but also giving suggestions to parents who wish to read and discuss the books with their children. Spiritual discernment, Neal says, is the key for any Christian and an important quality to help children develop.
Publishers Weekly, quoted at Amazon.com

Christian Witchcraft: Exploring the World of Wicca, by Craig S. Hawkins. This book does not address the Harry Potter phenomenon. However, it is an indepth look at the reality of the occult and Witchcraft beliefs and practices. As such, it is invaluable in teaching older kids what the Bible says about these subjects.

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Christian The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed set of the C.S. Lewis children's classic
Christian Companion to Narnia An "ABC guide to the themes, characters, and events of C.S. Lewis's seven Narnia books. It also brings to life the story of the great Christ-figure, Aslan, for readers of all ages."
» More books by C.S. Lewis

Secular The Complete Guide To Middle Earth The ideal tour guide for the dedicated Tolkien fan
Secular The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy Boxed set of J.R.R. Tolkien's Classic tales
» More books by J.R.R. Tolkien

Christian At The Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
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- FAQs and Reference -
Secular Harry Potter FAQ
Secular Harry Potter Lexicon Timelines, people, places, muggles, other characters, and much more.
Secular JK Rowling FAQ Provided by the Unofficial Harry Potter Fanclub. Includes a biography, articles and interviews, address, etcetera
Secular Who's Who? All the characters listed individually, or by groups (e.g. Muggles, Hogwarth Students, etc.)
Secular Word Gallery A comprehensive list of all words and phrases that have been changed in the US editions, compared to the original UK editions

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» Google's round-up of News items about the second Harry Potter movie

Note: Just like the first book, the first Potter movie was released under two titels: ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,'' and ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'' in some countries outside the USA.

» Potter Film Reviews javascript popup window Newspapers and wire services.

Secular Audio Review Listen to the BBC's review from Front Row and Radio 4.
Christian The Education of Harry Potter Review of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone, by Mike Hertenstein, in Cornerstone.
Secular Harry Potter Homepage Run by Warner Brothers
Christian Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Reviewed by Andy Shudall of the Christian Union Movement (part of the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship).
The only book to rival the Harry Potter series for impact, prominence and reach is the Bible. That is where the comparison stops but the comparison there is interesting enough - that this story of escape and significance, of good and evil, about self-discovery and the search for understanding of why the world is as it is, should be so popular and so prominent in an age where we are told that the Biblical story is defunct. We are told, from within and without the Church, that the Bible's narrative of rescue and salvation (the One True God who is wholly good dealing with the reality of evil internal and external to the human heart, where the nature of things is explained and where who we truly are is revealed and where real hope is delivered and real justice promised) is unreal in our sceptical world. Harry Potter causes those who have given up on the Bible to think again.

Secular Harry Potter CBBC's (Childrens' BBC) Potter site
Secular Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone Special The BBC's feature-rich Potter movie site
Secular Save Harry! Site operated by an organization that protests Coca-Cola's sponsorship of the first Potter movie:
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, the leading nutrition-advocacy organization in North America, is spearheading a global campaign to urge the author of "Harry Potter" to end the agreement with Coca-Cola Co., Warner Brothers (part of AOL Time Warner) and herself... and to donate the royalties from the deal to fund nutrition campaigns. We also want her to stop all future sponsorship by Coca-Cola. Over 30 organizations in ten countries are supporting the campaign, the latest in the efforts of scientists, policy advocates, parents and teachers worldwide to protect children from aggressive advertising, especially of soft drinks.

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Up-to-date news about Harry Potter and related issues:
» Religion News Blog RNB logs current and archived news about religious cults, sects, alternative religions and related issues.
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» BBC javascript popup window Extensive coverage
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- News Database -
» Database of archived news items regarding Harry Potter
(Includes items added between Oct. 25, 1999 and Jan. 31, 2002. See about this database). Note: This database may not yet include the latest items posted. For those items, see the news links posted here. Or see check current, off-site news

See Also

Christian Bible Study Based on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Part of a series of ''Connect Bible Studies,'' whose moto is, ''linking the world and the Word.'' To view the file, you need to have Adobe's Acrobat Reader installed. Download the free reader hereOff-site Link
People say, ''I don't go to Bible studies because they never deal with the issues that friends are talking about at the pub or in the office.''

Connect Bible studies enable Christians to discover what the Bible says about the issues raised by the latest popular secular books, films, television programmes and music.
Connect Bible studies bring an exciting and innovative approach to studying the Bible together. Produced by Damaris Trust, Scripture Union and Premier Media Group, the studies link a passion for the Bible to a desire to be relevant to today's society. The material is produced in sets of four studies, each set based on a secular book, film or song etc, which is attracting popular attention. The topical issues raised by these are explored from a Biblical perspective and group members encouraged to link God's Word to the world.

Christian Are Christians Allowed To...? Christians can and do disagree on a variety of disputable issues. Discover the Bible's guidelines on how to deal with grey issues.
Christian C.S. Lewis
Christian J.R.R. Tolkien


Secular Harry Potter The publisher's official Potter site
Secular Harry Potter Warner Brothers' official Potter site
Secular Harry Potter The BBC's Potter site
Christian Harry Potter & The Bible (Contra) Decidedly anti-Potter site, by Richard Abanes. Includes excerpts from his anti-Potter book, Harry Potter and the Bible : The Menace Behind the Magick, and responses to various Christians who do not take Harry Potter quite as seriously.
Secular HP Galleries Unofficial site with a huge amount of information
Secular kidSPEAK! Supports kids, parents, and teachers who are fighting those who want to ban or restrict the books. Formerly known as Muggles for Harry Potter.
Secular The Unofficial Harry Potter Fanclub

» Yahoo! Directory of Harry Potter sites

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