Arts & Culture
Burriss on the Media: Harry Potter
By Larry Burriss, PhD
Murfreesboro, TN – A few years ago the movie "The Golden Compass" was going to lead to the end of religion as we know it. And then "The daVinci Code" was going to destroy the Catholic Church. And of course Harry Potter was going to do all of this and more as it allegedly lead us down all sorts of paths of destruction.
The Harry Potter books and movies have not only generated a lot of hype, but also a lot of controversy, what with the subject matter and all. In fact, several web sites provide lists of Bible references to show how the books are allegedly satanic, and one even provides a list of colors the author uses to show how evil the books are. The satanic colors, by the way, are yellow, red, purple, green and blue. Sites also criticize the Vatican, Focus on the Family, and the magazine "Christianity Today" because they produced favorable reviews.
There have also been endless stories about how children were turning to witchcraft and casting spells because of the books and movies. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, all of these "facts" turned out to be either deliberate hoaxes or inaccurate reports.
Other religious groups have said that magic in Harry Potter isn't so much occult as it is more like a the works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, both of whom include heavy doses of Christianity in their books.
So you can see in the Harry Potter movies, or any other movie for that matter, whatever you want to see. After all, Snow White could be viewed as the story of a young teenager living in a commune with seven men old enough to be her father.
Now, if people want to criticize and condemn Harry Potter, that's ok with me. But I think they would help their cause if they checked out their facts first, before going off the deep end. But, like I always say, why let the facts stand in the way of a good story.
I'm Larry Burriss.