Couldn’t Help It

“Harry Potter is about doing what is right in the face of adversity.  Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.”
-Stephen King

I wasn’t going to do this, I wasn’t going to do this.  You have to believe me, I was really trying to leave well enough alone, but now I can’t anymore.

There is nothing wrong with Harry Potter.

Sure, there’s some grammar issues, and the writing isn’t as good as other people out there, but it’s also not as bad as some people say, and it’s not devil-worship if you watch and read it.  Sure, some people think it’s lame.  That’s their prerogative.  (Sidenote: I didn’t know there was an extra “r” in “prerogative”).  I think some of their movie choices are lame too.

I didn’t hitch my wagon to the Harry Potter train till the wait between The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows, so lucky for me, I got to read them all in succession – no waiting!  In my readings, I can’t remember a mention to the Devil at all.  And for that matter, not even God.  So why is it, the same people who can condemn Harry will watch Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings, who don’t mention devil nor God also?

I’m going to make a statement that people may or may not believe in.  I think people (er, Christians) are more apt to accept Lord of the Rings because it was written by a Christian.  That’s knocking on hypocrisy’s door.   It’s the same formula:  Good vs. Evil, just a different way of going about it.  And guess what?  Lord of the Rings is a BORING set of books.  The first half of Fellowship is practically all songs!  How many of us (and I know I am guilty) say we read a book because it’s the cool thing to do?  LoTR is one of them, admit it.  Oh, and 95% of modern Christian books suck.  THEY have bad grammar, run on sentences and even the bad people are good.  That’s not what real life is.  Perhaps we should emerge from the bubble and look upon the real world and see it for what it is.

If I may digress for a moment, HP has it’s boring moments too.  For example, Hermione’s deal with giving elves rights?  Most of that could have been written out.

I’m beating a dead horse, we’re all going to believe what we want to believe, but since Christianity as a whole is ruining Jesus for a bunch of people, here’s a thought.  Sure, disparage Harry Potter as evil.  That’s your choice.  But then, you can also never watch/read the following:

  • Star Wars
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Care Bears
  • She-Ra
  • He-Man
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Angel
  • Elf
  • Hercules (any of them)
  • Thor
  • Green Lantern
  • The Simpsons
  • Today’s Special
  • Gem and the Holograms
  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Willow
This list is by no means exhaustive, but I’m sure you, “you” who have a problem with Harry Potter will have everything else not to watch/read, right?  You’re not just picking and choosing?
One last thing:  Sure, the writing isn’t the best but it got a bunch of kids reading again.  Illiteracy is a BIG problem in this day and age; are you sure we should be stopping kids from reading, even if it does have run-on sentences?  Get them interested, THEN have them read some Montgomery, or whoever.  I grew up on Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden and I turned out as an alright reader.  I think young Rowlings readers will be fine.
Well that was as disjointed a rant as ever there was.  Chances are the people who I’m writing this for won’t even read this, but I’ve had my say.
20,109/62,000 or 32% (Have you ever been stuck on the stupidest thing?  I don’t know why one character is at the farm.  It’s killing me!)


  1. People still think it’s evil?

    • Heard/Read one guy liken it to pornography. “I know people say it’s entertainment, but so is pornography”. Bit extreme.

      • It baffles me.

  2. I’ve had this conversation with a number of Christian friends and family and often find myself annoyed by the dichotomy of Christian versus non-Christian literature/media. I remember reading a book about this (sorry can’t remember the name) where a painter knocks on a man’s door and when he asks him if he’s a good painter he replies, “well I’m a Christian”. The name of the chapter is “But can you paint?”
    Great works aren’t any less great because they’re written/directed by a non-Christian and a work is not guaranteed to be good because it’s written by a Christian. If anything I’ve too often found the opposite to be true. I was pleasantly surprised by “The Shack” but not so much because it’s an amazing literary feat as it’s a story that really impacts the reader. Anyway I’ve said all this to say I agree Kim – and I like Harry Potter!

  3. I am amazed at the crap that sells simply because it’s Christian. I understand that the stricter adherents to the faith prefer Christian media because they know it’s message will probably not conflict with their belief system, and I also understand that people tend to gravitate towards media that shares their point of view. I just wish that more people would also understand that when they buy books, music, and movies just because they are Christian that they are setting the standard that you don’t need to have a good product to make money as long as it’s marketed to Christians.

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