Harry Potter: Pagan

So, I was having a great visit with an older family friend yesterday and he brought up that he was reading an interesting book on the impact of Harry Potter on American culture.  I definitely try and avoid political discussion with this person who I otherwise love, so I had a feeling it was best to try and move the conversation in another direction.  Good move!  A little googling last night I figured out he was referring to Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture.  Seriously?  Apparently, it’s not just extremely conservative Evangelicals who hate Harry Potter for promoting witchcraft and sorcery.  Apparently, extremely conservative Catholics do, too.  Rather eye opening.  I skimmed through some of the authors shorter essays I found on-line.  My favorite line: Harry Potter blurs the line between good and evil.  Ummm, Voldemort anyone?

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

3 Responses to Harry Potter: Pagan

  1. Mike Barr says:

    Harry uses magic, and magic is evil (pagans, demonic). Voldemart uses magic, and magic is evil. Thus, the good guy and bad guy use evil pagan magic, blurring the lines between good and evil.

  2. Steve Saideman says:

    Tolerance is also seen as bad by many, and Harry is quite accepting of all kinds of folks–house elves, centaurs, goblins, frizzy-haired people, the reality-averse, and so on.

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