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The views expressed on this page are the opinions of the various authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Christian Broadcasting Network. Leading Christian thinkers have disparate views on the Harry Potter products, and how Christians should respond to them. We have offered several different viewpoints so that you, the reader, can prayerfully decide what is the correct response for your family.
'Harry Potter' Finale  

Should the 'Harry Potter' Finale Concern Parents?

Though the movies and books have drawn millions of fans, some have been leary of exposing kids to the elements of magic and evil they introduce.

 

HARRY POTTER NEWS

Harry Potter Finale a Global Blockbuster

MyCBN DISCUSSION

Is the Harry Potter series harmless fun or a gateway to the Occult?

 

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Christian Lessons from the Half-Blood Prince

The latest Harry Potter book is still topping best-seller lists. Can Christians learn anything from the series?

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What’s the Harm in Harry Potter?

The major concern of Christians is that the books trivialize the biblical admonitions against witchcraft and sorcery.

'A Parent's Guide to Harry Potter'  

'A Parent's Guide to Harry Potter'

Author Gina Burkart, sees many parallels to Christianity in the Harry Potter series. She argues that parents can use the series as a teaching tool.

What's a Christian to do with Harry Potter?  

What Would Jesus do with Harry Potter?

How do we determine what Jesus would do, particularly in the kind of debate where well-versed Christians disagree as they do over Harry Potter?

Can You Use Harry Potter to Share the Gospel?

What if you could use Harry Potter to advance God's kingdom?

Protecting Our Kids from Spiritual Forces of Evil

Instead of running from popular culture or leaving your children to interpret it on their own, study it and engage it with them.

Harry Potter: What's a Concerned Parent to do?

Should we build a wall around our children, or fit them with spiritual armor?

Harry Potter and the Existence of God

The fervor surrounding the Potter books is evidence of the human yearning for something beyond the mundane world of our daily experience.

What's a Christian to do with Harry Potter?

Is Harry Potter a vehicle for teaching moral values or a dangerous introduction into the occult? This book can help you decide.

Pokémon, Harry Potter, and the Magic of Story

Christians can reap valuable lessons from these products' phenomenal popularity.

The Potter Magic

It may relieve parents to know that the magic in these books is purely mechanical, as opposed to occultic.

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The Gospel According to Harry Potter: Spirituality in the Stories of the World's Most Famous Seeker

What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?

A Parent's Guide to Harry Potter

 

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"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

 

Harry Potter: Christian Novel or Doorway to the Occult?

Some Harry Potter fans argue that the books are valuable for children to read. Author Richard Abanes doesn't think so.

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

 

Harry Potter: The Hero for Modern Witchcraft

Harry Potter, an orphaned witch, is a hero who has captured the hearts of many children. When such a hero uses evil as a problem solving tool, we need to be warned.

'Hour of the Witch'  

Harry Potter and the 'Hour of the Witch'

Author Steve Wohlberg unmasks the subtle bewitching of American youth by making the Harry Potter/Wicca connection.

Getting Harry: A Review of 'Harry Potter and the Bible'

Are the Potter books a step toward a deadly fascination in the occult for today's children and teens?

Escaping Harry Potter's Grasp No Easy Task

I can't help but wonder why Jesus Christ does not have the same effect on people that a fictional school boy with ties to the occult seems to have.

Harry Potter: The Hero for Modern Witchcraft

Harry Potter, an orphaned witch, has captured the innocent heart of many children.

Muddled Mythology for a Postmodern World

Are the Potter books in the same class as writers C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, or do the Potter stories reflect some of the flaws of our present age?

Bewitched by Harry Potter

Oh, it's just fantasy, you may argue. It can't hurt. Actually, it's not that simple. The stories and times have changed, making the new generation of children far more vulnerable to deception than we were.

More Clay Than Potter

Moral ambiguity and alienation of youth are strong themes in the series, which are wrongly marketed as modern successors to The Chronicles of Narnia.

What You Need to Know About Fantasy Stories

Author Richard Abanes looks at the Potter books in light of how they could adversely affect some children

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Harry Potter, Narnia, and the Lord of the Rings: What You Need to Know about Fantasy Books and Movies