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Harry Potter: The Hero for Modern Witchcraft

By Jack M. Roper

CBN.com - Periodically in our society, mystical heroes penetrate our culture. Harry Potter, an orphaned witch, is one such hero who has captured the innocent heart of many children. When such a hero uses evil as a problem solving tool, we need to be warned. This article is one of those warnings.

The media has played an important role in the proliferation of the pagan witch child acceptance in America and abroad. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, now 4 books, has been given outstanding reviews in TIME magazine (front cover story September 20, 1999), Newsweek (front cover July 17, 2000), New York Times Bestseller List for many weeks, No.1 USA Today Bestseller List, Winner of the National Book Award (United Kingdom), Warner Brothers film to be, etc. It is the fastest selling children book series in U.S. history. The first four books sold around 40 million and is now in multiple languages, including Chinese.

As a cult researcher for many years, I have seen contemporary witchcraft packaged in many seductive forms, and Harry Potter is the best. Potter makes spiritualism and witchcraft look wonderful. Just as the popular movie The Sixth Sense communicated with the dead, so does Potter. Witches (Wiccans) have found an effective social tool for children to accept witchcraft as a normal non-evil religion. The invited witch who comes to an elementary school to talk to kids has a literary spring board into a child’s heart. Over time the child can become adapted to the dark world of witchcraft and not even know that it is dangerous. What if the Potter fan is dropped off at a Barnes & Noble Bookstore to check out the latest Potter display? Will the child then run over to the witchcraft section among other books to see what Potter is really talking about? Potter repeatedly discusses various witchcraft and magical books in his series such as the History of Magic. The magic we are discussing here is not sleight of hand but occult magic.

Shall we ban magical evil from the young and innocent? Shall we desensitize our children because they have found a “good book” to read? The Harry Potter books give the acceptance that good witchcraft is good and that we should use good magic to fight black magic. The difference between good magic and black magic is that the intent is different but the source of power is the same. That flip of the coin power is evil on both sides.

Why do we allow our children to wear Potter’s evil lightning-bolt tattoo on their forehead as pictured in TIME magazine. The lightning-bolt in the Potter’s series represents “a powerful evil curse." Over 650,000 lightning-bolt tattoos were sent to U.S. bookstores last year. This symbol is of the wicked Voldemort. It is interesting also to note that the lightning illustration is found also in the Book of Luke chapter 10:18 - symbolic of Satan.

Question: Does evil play an important role in this childrens’ series?

One of the salient figures in the Harry Potter occult adventure is the wizard Voldemort. The scholarly book, Exploring Harry Potter, by Elizabeth D. Schafer ( ISBN: 0-933833-57-1) gives us some insights. Dr. Schafer has her Ph.D. in the History of Science and Technology from Auburn University. Schafer is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Children’s Literature Association.

Dr. Schafer states:

Rowling confirms that Lord Voldemort’s powers are strengthening and that more characters will die to emphasize the dastardly nature of evil. She says that only after careful consideration did she decide to include so many deaths to accentuate the deepening conflict between good and evil forces and the resulting victimization of innocents... As the books’ dark tones intensify, there will probably be more anti-Potter attempts to ban the books (page 426).

Do we protect our children from such violence, or will they end up in the Potter’s Field?

Why does J.K.Rowling use witchcraft in this seven-to-be book series? Because it sells well today in our society? Such TV programs as Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have preconditioned our children and even some adults to accept Harry Potter’s powers as an acceptable norm. Dr. Schafer writes, “The evils presented in the Harry Potter series parallel modern horrors... The college town of Iowa City, Iowa, has enforced restrictions on children dressing as witches or devils or wearing clothing with those images at school” (p 207).

Dr. Schafer’s book is secular in its reasoning. The strength of her book is in its deconstructing the Potter series, which J.K. Rowling constructed. Schafer’s book does not present a Christian view point but a worldly view. She states, “Modern witches proclaim to practice pagan rituals of nature worship... Known as ‘Wicca’ this witchcraft is not Satanic." Witchcraft (Wicca) is not satanism, but its powers are satanic in its spiritual nature. Wicca is not from the true God. The Bible warns about witchcraft in Deuteronomy chapter 18. Dr. Schafer also recommends various books that strongly promote magic and witchcraft in Section IV of her book. Stephen King, the Horror writer, endorsed her book jacket: “Elizabeth Schafer’s book will help enrich the Harry Potter experience, and that is a very good thing."

Examining Harry Potter

The following is a brief overview of some of the contents and key words in the present Potter series of Book 1 and 2. Books 3 and 4 will be discussed in Part 2 of this article. Page numbers are given to examine the contents and context.

Note: As you assess the witchcraft terminology or vocabulary, there are two sources to consider:

  • Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult by George Mather. Harper-Collins / Zondervan Publishing (ISBN:: 0-31053100-4).1-800-727-3480. 1993. Mather was the Founder & Director of the New England Institute of Religious Research. Multiple pictures, 400 pages/ Hard Bd.
  • Dictionary of Mysticism and the Occult by Nevill Drury. Harper-Collins (ISBN:: 0-06-062094-3). Drury is an occultist. No pictures. Paperback , 281 pages.1985

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone -- Book 1

Potter is an 11-year-old orphan boy who was taken in by a muggle (non witch) family. In this book, Potter eventually attends the fall, 1991 Hogwart's boarding school of witchcraft where Harry encounters the evil wizard Voldemort.

Harry’s real parents (witches) were killed by Voldemort around the time that Harry was 1 years old. A lightning-bolt symbol was left on Harry’s forehead by Voldemort at the time Harry’s parents died.

Bold comments after the quotes are by the author of this Potter exposé.

Quotes:

“He’ll be famous -- a legend -- I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in the future -- there will be books written about Harry -- every child in our world will know his name!”(page 13).

“The only thing Harry liked about his own appearance was a thin scar on his forehead that was shaped like a bolt of lightning” (page 20).

“Harry, yer a wizard” (page 50).

“A Muggle’, said Hagrid, it’s what we call non-magic folk like them. An’ it’s your bad luck you grew up in a family o’ the biggest Muggles I ever laid eyes on” (page 53).

“That was no ordinary cut. That’s what yeh get when a powerful, evil curse touches yeh...” (This refers to the lightning-bolt on Potter’s head) (page 55).

“But what does a Ministry of Magic do? Well, their main job is to keep it from the Muggles [non-witchcraft folks] that there’s still witches an’ wizards up an’ down the country” (page 65).

“All students should have a copy of each of the following: The Standard Book of Spells ... A History of Magic ... Magical Theory ... A Beginners’ Guide To Transfiguration ... Magical Drafts and Potions” (curriculum books) (page 66).

“I don’t know how the Muggles manage without magic” (Muggles don’t need occultic magick to live -- there is someone greater) (page 67).

“You’ll be g-getting all your equipment, I suppose? I’ve g-got to p-pick up a new b-book on vampires, m-myself. He looked terrified at the very thought” (page 70).

“Hagrid almost had to drag Harry away from Curses and Counter-curses (Bewitch Your Friends and Befuddle Your Enemies with the Latest Revenges: Hair Loss, Jelly Legs, Tongue-Tying and Much, Much More) by Professor Vindictus Viridian” (page 80).

“A magical wand... this is what Harry had been really looking forward to” ( page 81).

“I mean, it’s the very best school of witchcraft there is, I’ve heard-I’ve learned all our course books by heart, of course, I just hope it will be enough” (page 105).

"Each house has its own noble history and each has produced outstanding witches and wizards” (page 114).

"It was lit by thousands and thousands of candles that were floating in mid air over four long tables, where the rest of the students were sitting” (levitation) (page 116).

“...and a sharp, hot pain shot across the scar on Harry’s forehead” (Voldemort was near) (page 126).

“Potion lessons took place down in one of the dungeons... You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making” (I wouldn’t drink it Harry!) (page 136).

“For your information Potter, asphodel and wormwood make a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of Living Death” (page 138).

“I’ll get him, said Ron, grinding his teeth at Malfoy’s back, one of these days, I’ll get him” (Black magic?) (page 196).

“He, Ron, and Hermione kept to themselves, working late into the night, trying to remember the ingredients in complicated potions, learn charms and spells by heart...” (He=Harry) (page 246).

“Get yer wands out an’ practice now” (I wouldn’t wand-der too far) (page 251).

“The hooded figure raised its head and looked right at Harry-unicorn blood was dripping down its front. It got to its feet and came swiftly toward Harry --he couldn’t move for fear.Then a pain like he’d never felt before pierced his head; it was as though his scar were on fire... The pain in Harry’s head was so bad he fell to his knees. It took a minute or two to pass” (page 256).

“If you’re going to be cursed forever, death’s better, isn’t it?” (For some, Hell follows -- see U.S. News & World Report, Jan 31, 2000, front cover story) (page 258).

“Their very last exam was History of Magic” (This book is no magical solution-try God!) (page 263).

“Harry-you’re a great wizard, you know” (page 287).

“There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it...” (Professor Quirrell Look at the world -no evil ? Look at Potter) (page 291).

“...to the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure” (heaven is the greatest adventure -- try Jesus -- He is better than Potter) (page 302).

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets -- Book 2

“The Dursleys were what wizards called Muggles (not a drop of magical blood in their veins), and as far as they were concerned, having a wizard in the family was a matter of deepest shame” (pages 3-4).

Do you know what the Scriptures say about witchcraft? (Deuteronomy chapter 18:9-12.) Potter fits the bill.

“The wizard family Dobby serves, sir... Dobby is a house elf-bound to serve one house and one family forever’(page 14).

The Dictionary of Mysticism and the Occult by Drury has this to say : Elves were spirit-creatures that were hidden from God’s sight because they were unclean. The Bible calls them demons in Mark chap. 1:26-27. Can we call these elves “dinky demons”?

“We would also ask you to remember that any magical activity that risks notice by members of the non-magical community(Muggles) is a serious offense under section 13 of the International Confederation of Warlocks Statute of Secrecy” (page 21).

Drury’s Dictionary has defined warlock as, “The male counterpart of a female witch. The term is also used to describe a sorcerer who is skilled in summoning supernatural evil forces and practicing black magic”.

“House-elves have got powerful magic of their own, but they can’t usually use it without their master’s permission” (elves as “dinky demons” who have power?) (page 28).

“Yeah, Dad’s crazy about everything to do with Muggles; our shed’s full of Muggle stuff. He takes it apart, puts spells on it, and puts it back together again. If he raided our house he’d have to put himself under arrest” (page 31).

In George Mather’s Dictionary , a spell is defined as “a spoken word, charm, or incantation that harnesses magical power. Spells may be cast on another person or may invoke power for selfish use on the part of a sorcerer”. Now we start to see where Potter series is going for his readers. It gets much worse.

“Second-year Students will Require: The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2...Travel with Trolls... Voyages with Vampires...Wanderings with Werewolves” (page 43-44).

Drury discusses these spirit beings. “Trolls took two forms -- they were either giants or dwarfs -- and they were regarded by country folks with extreme caution.”

“Harry took a pinch of Floo powder and walked to the edge of the fire. He took a deep breath, scattered the powder into the flames, and stepped forward; the fire felt like a warm breeze; he opened his mouth and immediately swallowed a lot of hot ash” (page 48). (Does this give his fans ideas?)

“A glass case nearby held a withered hand on a cushion, a blood stained pack of cards, and a staring glass eye. Evil-looked masks stared down from the wall, an assortment of human bones lay upon the counter, and rusty, spiked instruments hung from the ceiling” (page 49).

Dr. Schafer was right about the horror element.

“Draco paused to examine a long coil of hangman’s rope and to read, smirking, the card propped on a magnificent necklace of opals, Caution: Do Not Touch.Cursed-Has Claimed the Lives of Nineteen Muggle Owners to Date (page 52).

“Harry felt a hot surge of anger.-and as you see, certain of these poisons might make it appear-” (page 51).

“The aged witch stood in front of him, holding a tray of what looked horribly like whole fingernails. She leered at him, showing mossy teeth. Harry backed away” (page 54).

“For a few horrible seconds he had feared that the hat was going to put him in Slytherin, the house that turned out more Dark witches and wizards than any other-” (page 77).

“We’ll be repotting Mandrakes today. Now who can tell me the properties of the Mandrake”? (page 91-92). Mandrake causes hallucination and is poisonous.

“Of course , Mother was slightly disappointed, but since made her read Lockhart’s books I think she’s begun to see how useful it’ll be to have a fully trained wizard in the family...” ( page 94).

“And a few of you need to read Wanderings with Werewolves more carefully-I clearly state in chapter twelve that my ideal birthday gift would be harmony between all magic and non-magic people-” ( page 100).

“Alicia shrieked, ‘How dare you!’,and Ron plunged his hand into his robes, pulled out his wand, yelling, ‘You’ll pay for that one, Malfoy!” and pointed it [wand] furiously under Flint’s arm at Malfoy’s face” (page 112).

“And then Harry heard it...rip...tear...kill...Listen! said Harry urgently, and Ron and Hermione froze watching him...kill...time to kill...The voice was growing fainter” (page 137). Harry was now hearing voices.

“Mrs. Norris, the caretaker’s cat, was hanging by her tail from the torch bracket”. She was stiff as a board, her eyes wide and staring” (page 139).

“No, said Ron, without hesitation. Hearing voices no one else can hear isn’t a good sign, even in the wizarding world’ (page 145). Harry is hearing voices?

“For a few years, the founders worked in harmony together, seeking out youngsters who showed signs of magic and bringing them to the castle to be educated” (page 150). This is a good approach for your kid to become a full pledged Pagan witch.

“He believed that magical learning should be kept within all-magic families. He disliked taking students of Muggle parentage, believing them to be untrustworthy” (page 150). This is not sleight of hand magic but hard core witchcraft.

“Sir-what exactly do you mean by the ‘horror within’ the Chamber?” ( page 151).

“Peeves upset me so much I came in here and tried to kill myself. Then, of course, I remembered that I’m-that I’m-” “Already dead, said Ron helpfully”. ( page 156).

“Regrowing bones is a nasty business” (page 174).

“The holidays would be the perfect time to use the Polyjuice Potion and try to worm a confession out of him” (page 185).

“ I think I’d better do the actual stealing” (page 186).

“Potions lessons took place in one large dungeon...Twenty cauldrons stood steaming between the wooden desks, on which stood brass scales and jars of ingredients” (page 186).

“Then they raised their wands like swords in front of them” (page 190).

“A jet of silver light hit Malfoy in the stomach and he doubled up, wheezing” ( page 192).

“I’m a what? said Harry. ‘A Parselmouth!’ said Ron. ‘You can talk to snakes!” (page 195). I am trying to remember the last time someone talked to a snake.The Garden of Eden. Guess what that snake’s name was!

“That’s why the symbol of Slytherin House is a serpent” (page 196). An evil theme is also slithering through the Potter series.

“It’s not possible to live with the Dursleys and not hate them, said Harry" (page 200). Where is Harry’s love for the people (Muggles) who took him in?

“I’m sure I’ve done everything right, said Hermione, nervously rereading the splotched page of Moste Potente Potions. It looks like the book says it should...once we’ve drunk it, we’ll have exactly an hour before we change back into ourselves” ( page 215).

I hope no Potter fans start making their own potions thinking they will magically change. There are poisons out there. Witches in the past were known for their potions and poisons. See Man, Myth and Magic series. Volume 16.

“Yeah... said Malfoy. Luckily, they didn’t find much. Father’s got some very valuable Dark Arts stuff. But luckily, we’ve got our own secret chamber under the drawing-room floor”. Ho! said Ron” ( page 224). Anything to do with Black magic?

“You’d be surprised, said Ron, who was looking apprehensively at the book. Some of the books the Ministry’s confiscated-Dad’s told me-there was one that burned your eyes out” (page 230).

“Why not ask Professor Snape to show you how to whip up a Love Potion!” (page 236).

“I wish he was mine, he’s really divine, The hero who conquered the Dark Lord”. This was a singing valentine for Harry” ( page 238). Hero worship?

“It’s never too early to think about the future, so I’d recommend Divination” ( page 252).

“Kill this time...let me rip...tear... He shouted aloud and Ron and Hermione both jumped away from him in alarm. The voice said Harry...I just heard it again-didn’t you?” (page 254).

“Let me at him [Malfoy], Ron growled as Harry and Dean hung onto his arms. ‘I don’t care, I don’t need my wand, I’m going to kill him with my bare hands”. (page 267). Ron here has 2 weapons -- his wand and his “bare hands."

“A suspicious object like that, it was clearly full of Dark Magic” (page 329).

Summary to Part One:

Harry Potter is full of witchcraft concepts. Why are we allowing our children to read such books? Because it is good reading?

Witches recommend the Potter’s series and there is a reason!

While checking out the latest Harry Potter display at Barnes & Noble, I bought the Harry Potter 2001 Calendar. Three calendar month pictures stood out. January says, “Harry Casts A Magical Spell”. April illustrates, “The Journey To Hogwarts” (School of Witchcraft). Finally, November, 2001, says, “The Devil’s Snare”. This last sentence summarizes The Harry Potter series.

The Scripture says, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons" (1 Timothy 4:1). Will the child replace his or her Bible for Harry Potter? This is where the Potter’s Field comes in for his followers.

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