Here we go; whether you believe it or not. I would take the advice of the Chief Vatican Exorcist and an Ex-High Wizard Satanist over someone’s over-attatched opinion on H.P. any day. Here a quite and clear cut article on our lovely British Wizard, Harry Potter.
HARRY POTTER NO, BUT LORD OF THE RINGS YES?
This wonderful Catholic gentleman explains this quite well, better than I; (NOTE; he starts to talk about H.P. at 1:02 )
Why would God mention in the Bible about 33 times if it (Sorcery, Magick, Spells, ect) wasn’t something that was REAL or a THREAT to our souls? Need I say more? Well I’m not going to; its getting late and I have a lot more to write. If this doesn’t at least interest you nothing will.
2 Kings 17:17: And they burned their sons and their daughters as offerings, and used divination and sorcery, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking him to anger.
2 Chronicles 33:6: And he burned his sons as an offering in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and practiced soothsaying and augury and sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking him to anger.
Wisdom 12:4: thou didst hate for their detestable practices, their works of sorcery and unholy rites.
EX WIZARD SHARES HIS INSIGHT
ZACHARY KING: an ex-High Wizard Satanist now has a beautiful apostolate. On his youtube he posted this video that mentions Harry Potter:
His wife posted this on their Facebook page last year, concerning the Harry Potter series;
“As someone who is a convert from occult and new age, and my husband from satanism and deep occult (including ancient and traditional practices and actual intentional possession), the repetition, intention, and a demon present is all that it takes to make a spell work. How much so is that the case for the hundreds, thousands, of children who desperately want to be a part of the Harry Potter world, who google search wands, mandrake root, spells, witchcraft, even terms from the book looking for more, hungry for more than what the book gave. However innocent the authors intention satan helped write that book, and through it has tempted countless children to the occult. The sheer number of people who have sought occult through either wiccan or blatant satanic sources after getting involved in these books is shocking.
Many people discount exorcist or deliverance priests as ‘paranoid’ so I’m not sure how seriously you would take this issue, but our ministry works closely with several exorcists and are brought in for counsel when they need to better understand the ‘other side of the coin’ when in battle, an exorcist friend of ours constantly is dealing with families who have let Harry Potter into their homes and have since been struggling with demonic presences. We are told that we will know something by its fruit, but what is the fruit of Harry Potter? I don’t see much of an uprising in selfless, sacrificial love. But I do see an uptake in occult obsession, a surge of occult books, even children books that contain actual spells and instructions on how to use magick related items, in book stores and libraries, and above all… possessions, opressions, and obsessions of people and their homes.”
EXORCISTS KNOW THEIR STUFF
FR. GABRIEL AMORTH: the (now deceased) Chief Exorcist of Rome, who performed over a thousand exorcisms denounced Harry Potter on several occasions. Fr. Amorth, said of the books, “You start off with Harry Potter, who comes across as a likeable wizard, but you end up with the Devil. There is no doubt that the signature of the Prince of Darkness is clearly within these books.”
“By reading Harry Potter a young child will be drawn into magic and from there it is a simple step to Satanism and the Devil,” he said.
In a 2002 interview with the Italian ANSA news agency, Rev. Amorth said “Behind Harry Potter hides the signature of the king of the darkness, the devil.” The exorcist, with his decades of experience in directly combating evil, explained that J.K. Rowling’s books contain innumerable positive references to magic, “the satanic art”. He noted that the books attempt to make a false distinction between black and white magic, when in fact, the distinction “does not exist, because magic is always a turn to the devil.”
(From article on Lifesitenews)
CARDINAL RATZINGER: Writing to Germany’s best known Potter critic Gabriele Kuby, the man who was to become Pope Benedict XVI wrote, “It is good that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because those are subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly.”
NEW AGE & OCCULT INFORMATION AUTHOR
SUSAN BRINKMANN: OCDS, author and journalist, a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites, he has won numerous national awards for her work and has published several books. She writes much on the New Age and Occult. Here is what she has to say about Harry Potter;
“I have many solid reasons for being against the proliferation of Harry Potter and Potter-like books that promote sorcery to children. Here are the top three:
#1 – The Books Teach Authentic Sorcery to Children
The spells and rituals in the Harry Potter books aren’t the figment of author J.K. Rowling’s imagination. They’re real. For instance, in the first book alone, former occult practitioner and expert Toni Collins lists the “Sorting Ceremony” described on pages 117-122, the Body-Bind spell on page 273 and brews listed in Professor Snape’s potions class on pages 136-139, as being authentic. She said only someone who has engaged in these practices would know they weren’t fantasy, and only someone who had done meticulous research into Wiccan practices could have written them. (See http://www.envoymagazine.com/harrypotter.htm )
Collins is far from alone. Other former occult practitioner, such as Steve Wood, host of St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers radio show, also confirmed that he used many of the rituals that are casually described in Potter books.
Perhaps the most telling confirmation that the books teach true sorcery comes from exorcists themselves, all of whom unequivocally condemn the books. Rome’s infamous exorcist, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, told the Italian ANSA news agency in December, 2001 that “behind Harry Potter hides the signature of the King of darkness, the devil.”
He and other exorcists condemned Rowling’s misguided portrayal of magic as being either “white or black” – a distinction that does not exist in real life. Magic is “always a turn to the devil,” he says, no matter what color you call it.
#2 – The Books Distort Good and Evil in the Minds of Children
This is another major reason why Potter books should be avoided.
In his book, A Landscape with Dragons: The Battle for Your Child’s Mind, best selling author Michael D. O’Brien protests the distorted way in which Rowling’s book portray the occult as “liberating, noble, exciting, and not what your parents and Christians in general say about it. Coupled with this message is the gross characterization of traditional families and anyone else who objects to the occult as abusive hypocrites . . .The whiff of morality makes them that much more deceptive. In this way, the moral order of the universe is deformed in a child’s mind far more effectively than by blatantly evil books.”
For instance, the books teach children that they can resort to an evil means if it brings about a good end. One can use magic to get a girl to like them, or to punish a foe. But what the books don’t tell the child is that the forces that are harnessed with magic spells are very real, very demonic, and use of them always ends badly for the practitioner. (My booklet on Magick gets into these grisly details – click on the New Age Resources button on the navigation bar above for more information.) The only people who would promote the teaching of sorcery to children are those who are either occultists themselves or who have no practical knowledge of the occult.
O’Brien is particularly disturbed by the fact that otherwise sensible people promote these books full of dangerous distortions and occult practices specifically forbidden by God to innocent children. The fact that this is happening even in Catholic households and schools is a sign of “a grave loss of discernment,” he says.
#3 – The Books Inspire Children With A Fascination for the Occult
Anyone who thinks Potter books don’t inspire an unhealthy fascination in the occult in children needs a reality check. The advent of the Harry Potter series unleashed an avalanche of occult fiction that are now the top selling categories in the children and teen market.
For example, Hollywood’s occult themed movies aimed at young adults, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Charmed, are all churning out paper-back series that have become the rage with young teens. Instead of reading Nancy Drew mysteries and the Babysitter’s Club, young girls are reading about Buffy’s near rape by her love-interest, Spike, or watching her die and then “resurrecting” herself by climbing out of a grave.
Then there’s the controversial Goosebumps series for grade school kids and the Fear Streetbooks for adolescents that intertwine the teen world of cheerleading and sports with supernatural evil. T-Witches contain the escapades of twin daughters of two powerful witches and Midnight Magic touts the use of tarot cards.
All this – and I have yet to even mention the latest vampire-inspired occult thriller – Twilight!
Those people who boo-hooed talk of a Potter-inspired rush to sorcery among youth (they called us hysterical back in 2001) are in dire need of a “come to Jesus” moment (pun intended).
I might also add that Pope Benedict XVI is no fan of Potter or its ilk. His personal condemnation of the books was uncovered in a letter from then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to Gabriele Kuby, author of Harry Potter – Good or Evil? Apparently, Kuby sent the Cardinal a copy of her book and he responded in a letter dated March 7, 2003, in which he thanked her for the “instructive” book.
“It is good that you enlighten people about Harry Potter because those are subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly,” he wrote.
Ironically, the Cardinal also suggested in the letter that she send a copy of the book to the same Vatican prelate, Msgr. Peter Fleetwood, who said during a Vatican Radio program that Harry Potter books were okay. Msgr. Fleetwood’s comments were broadcast around the world as “Vatican Approves of Potter” even though the Vatican has never made an official statement on the books.
I could go on and on about Harry Potter, but this should suffice for now.”
SECULAR MEDIA – Real Witches Weigh In:
“Pagans, druids, witches — whatever you call them, many local magic-workers are sad to see a series that made their lifestyle more acceptable to the general public come to an end.
‘I have seen a definite change in attitudes towards magic and being a witch,’ says Jade, a 38-year-old witch and suburban mom who was once criticized for allowing her kids to dress up as witches and wizards. ‘The Harry Potter world has done wonders to bring witchcraft out of the realm of devil worshiping (which it never was) and into mainstream society. Unfortunately, everyone now wants to be a witch or wizard.’ ”
Divination and magic
2115 God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, a sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all unhealthy curiosity about it. Improvidence, however, can constitute a lack of responsibility.
2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future.48 Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.
2117 All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others – even if this were for the sake of restoring their health – are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another’s credulity.