I have listened to many people lately, complain that the schools are encouraging children to read the Harry Potter series, by author J.K. Rawlings. Is this an actual legitimate complaint? Considering the fact that most parents have not read the series, or remotely know what it is even about; are they safe to assume that Harry Potter is as negative or as evil as perceived?
Sure, Harry Potter is an orphaned, abused child who somehow happens to be a (brace yourself) wizard. However, is this book really that different than the other ones that the kids are forced to read in school? Think for instance, every person in school is forced to read WIlliam Shakespeare or Edgar Allan Poe. Shakespeare's work seems so sweet and romantic and has nice rhythmic prose. However, when you get into the depths of his work, it is far worse than any horror story that I have ever heard of. Comparitively, Harry Potter is not so bad. In fact, it is safe to say that I wil rather my children read Harry Potter, which is far more innocent, than forced to read William Shakespeare or the dark works of Edgar Allan Poe.
Christians have no real reason to hate the series. Consider this, if one were to look in a Christian's home movie collection, the vast majority own Disney movies. I challenge any reader to compare something like Snow White to Harry Potter. There is absolutely no difference. Snow White had an evil stepmother who cast a magic spell, a plot to end Snow White's life. Harry Potter fought to save his life by using basic magic. Taking a Christian perspective, the amount of evil is the same. They both use magic, there is death in both stories, and love at the end. There is absolutely no difference between the two.
I am a preacher and have read and enjoyed the entire Harry Potter series. I find J.K, Rawlings to be a very talented author. I am not saying one should be pro Harry Potter. It is known that whatever is not for God is of the flesh. However, I am saying choose your battles wisely. If you are allowing your children to pretend they are a Disney princess, I wouldn't stop them from reading Harry Potter. The series has been known to take children who are not avid readers to reading books with 800+ pages. That is a very positive thing in which I would support the schools with.