An incredibly popular movie series by J.K. Rowling.
Marketing the Occult
By Berit Kjos, November 2005
“Weak-kneed muggles may recoil from ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.’ Dubbed ‘Scary Potter’ in the British press, the latest screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s increasingly dark books is the first in the franchise to be slapped with a PG-13 rating.”
“Spiritual transformation… is mediated through a person’s religious imagination.” Lancaster Theological Seminary
“The world of imagination and fantasy can help pass on to the child cultural and social messages [and] function as a way to experience vicariously things an individual could not do first-hand.” International Journal of Adolescent Medicine & Health
As the movie begins, Harry Potter is dreaming. A large serpent slithers out of the darkness, and Harry hears the cold, hissing voice of the murderous Voldemort. This evil wizard — whose body had been decimated during a futile attempt to kill Harry thirteen years earlier — is instructing his groveling servant Wormtail. Their deadly plot would require Harry’s life. “I will not disappoint you, my Lord,” Wormtail promises.
This nightmare introduces a major theme of the story: Voldemort is planning his return to a physical body through a blood sacrifice involving the 14-year-old student wizard.
Compared to Voldemort’s wicked plans and heartless brutality, Harry’s magical training seems downright good. So when the dark scene above is replaced with Ron Weasley’s fun-loving home (where Harry and Hermione are finishing up their summer break), all seems well. Who cares if these friendly folks are all witches and wizards? Here paganism seems normal! Never mind that the supernatural forces they manipulate correspond to those of Satan rather than God. In this enticing setting, the occult realm feels good to the unthinking audience. .
Those affirming feelings are important. They help the audience identify with the “good” wizards and — through the imagination — participate in the action. When Harry triumphs, the viewers share the exultation. When danger threatens, they feel Harry’s anxiety. This emotional bond silences the moral reasoning that should warn Christians that this plot is displeasing to our Lord.
Led by Mr. Weasley, the group hurries to a hilltop “portkey” which magically transports them to the celebrated Quidditch World Cup festivities. But the popular event is interrupted by an invasion of Voldemort’s Death Eaters. As this ruthless horde spreads fire and destruction, the spectators flee for their lives.
The students return to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. They are greeted by a new, less gentlemanly version of Professor Dumbledore, who introduces the Triwizard Tournament. Like the real-world Olympics, this international contest is supposed to build peace and co-operation between diverse pagan groups.
Its three contestants are magically chosen by the Goblet of Fire. Surrounded by what looks like a ritual “sacred circle,” this “sacred” goblet spews out three names that are read by Dumbledore and cheered by the crowd. But the goblet has a surprise in store. A fourth name appears: Harry Potter. Some complain that the famed wizard is too young to qualify, but the goblet’s choice prevails.
Mad-eye Moody, the new Defense of the Dark Arts, helps Harry prepare the spells and curses needed for victory in the upcoming tournament. But this undercover agent for Voldemort is no true friend. Though he teaches Harry defensive strategies, his classroom instructions expose his values and puts these shocking suggestions into young minds:
“Reducio,” said Moody softly. “You don’t need thumbscrews or knives to torture someone if you can perform the Cruciatus Curse…. Anyone know any other [spells]?
Hermione’s hand shook slightly as, for the third time, she raised it into the air.
“Yes?” said Moody, looking at her.
“Avada Kedavra,” Hermione whispered. …
“Ah,” said Moody, another slight smile twisting his lopsided mouth. “Yes, the last and the worst. Avada Kedavra… the Killing Curse.”
I’m not saying that the movie would drive its audience to actually torture or kill anyone. The effects of these suggestions are far more subtle. They fit into the dialectic process — conceived by occultist Georg Hegel and embraced by Marx and Lenin and other revolutionaries. This process calls for social change through continual exposure to opposing beliefs and values (thesis versus antithesis). The tension or conflict created by those contradictions prompts traditional thinkers to compromise and conform to an evolving consensus (synthesis). Christians are not immune to this mind-changing process.
The goal of this revolutionary process is to change the way most people think and relate. The contrary suggestions will gradually “free” minds from the old absolute truths and values of the Bible. After a while, people will no longer react negatively to the evils that God abhors. Their consciences is desensitized. Everything becomes tolerable except Biblical truth, which exposes sin and draws a politically incorrect dividing line between what God calls good and evil.
Human nature naturally delights in occult or violent entertainment! In ancient Rome, the thrill-seeking masses flocked into the huge Coliseum to be energized by gory gladiators and Christian martyrs torn by hungry lions. Centuries later, during the anti-Protestant Inquisition, the crowds gathered to watch the bloody spectacles of hanging, burning, beheading and quartering. Only a few decades ago, the evil Darth Vader became the most popular Star Wars character. Today the public’s growing thirst for blood and gore is partly quenched through vicious games and movies. Do you wonder what will satisfy that craving ten years from now?
Knowing our weaknesses better than we know ourselves, God rebuked his rebellious people long ago with these words:
“You love evil more than good….” Psalm 52:3
“All those who hate me love death.” Proverb 8:36
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil….” Isaiah 5:20-21
The final showdown with Voldemort demonstrates most of the forbidden “abominations” listed in Deuteronomy 18:9-12: witchcraft, sorcery, spellcasting, spiritism, and necromancy (communicating with the dead). “All who do these things,” warned Moses, “are an abomination to the Lord…”
That list of timeless occult practices is a warning, not only to those who actually participate in occultism, but also to those who merely imagine these things. Jesus explained this principle in the context of immorality: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28
The transformational power of the imagination is documented in a study by International Journal of Adolescent Medicine & Health:
“The world of imagination and fantasy can help pass on to the child cultural and social messages [and] function as a way to experience vicariously things an individual could not do first-hand.” International Journal of Adolescent Medicine & Health
In light of these warnings, ponder this last scene:
“…suddenly, the sparks emanating from the cauldron were extinguished… Through the mist in front of him, he [Harry] saw, with an icy surge of terror, the dark outline of a man, tall and skeletally thin, rising slowly from inside the cauldron…. Whiter than a skull, with wide, livid scarlet eyes and a nose that was flat as a snake’s with slits for nostrils…. Lord Voldemort had risen again.” (643)
“He knew he was facing the thing against which Moody had always warned… the unblockable Avada Kedavra curse — and Voldemort was right — his mother was not here to die for him this time.” (660)
“Voldemort’s dead victims whispered as they circled the dueler…. And now another head was emerging from the tip of Voldemort’s wand…. Harry, his arms shaking madly now, looked back into the ghostly face of his father. ‘Your mother’s coming…’ he said quietly. ‘She wants to see you…. When the connection is broken, we will linger for only moments…. you must get to thePortkey, it will return you to Hogwarts.’…
“Harry…” whispered the [dead] figure of Cedric, ‘take my body back, will you?’…
“‘Accio!’ Harry yelled, pointing his wand at the Triwizard Cup. It flew into the air and soared toward him. Harry caught it by the handle. He heard Voldemort’s scream of fury at the same moment that he felt the jerk behind his navel that meant the Portkey had worked — it was speeding him away in a whirl of wind and color, and Cedric with him…. They were going back.” (667-669)
The movie mentions Harry’s choice “between what is right and what is easy.” Harry had supposedly chosen what was “right.” At least, that’s how today’s pluralistic, amoral world would see it. But would Harry’s choices be “right” for Christians? Of course not!
Today’s emphasis on group conformity and consensus builds an ever-changing moral and spiritual understanding. An important part in that process of change is cognitive dissonance — mental or emotional confusion. It occurs when people think or act in ways that may feel right but clashes with their Bible-based conscience. The natural or most comfortable way to resolve this confusion ordissonance is simply to adapt their moral understanding to the new situation.
For children tutored in paganism by popular authors, movie producers, and computer programmers, there may be no turning back. The images they imprint on their minds cannot be erased by the human will. Aldous Huxley summarized it well in The Doors of Perception: “The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out.”
We would be foolish to ignore the restless cravings stirred by imagined experiences in forbidden realms. A little dabbling in the occult usually fuels urges to explore other practices. It doesn’t matter whether seekers pursue Eastern pantheism, Western witchcraft, or create their own personal blend. In our times, these all fit together. Whether packaged for our youth as D&D, yoga or Hogwarts School for Witchcraft or Wizardry, they desensitize their captive fans to the dangers of occult forces. And all too often they become irresistible to the enthusiastic victim.
On the other hand, each time we say “no” to the ever present temptation to accept the world’s counterfeit gods, idols, thoughts and ways, we honor God and strengthen our will to resist. When we set our minds to know, love, and follow Him, He gives us the power and perseverance to triumph over the world’s counterfeit promises, tempting deceptions, and painful persecution.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ….” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
1. Rebecca Louie, “Goblet’ brims with fear,” New York Daily News, 11-13-05 at http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/story/364708p-310544c.html
The Deadly Magic of Potter Movies
The Order of the Phoenix is not “just fantasy!”
“…it can’t be much darker – or more dramatic – than the challenge the young wizard faces with the re-emergence of Lord Voldemort…. Claiming to have seen the mysterious Voldemort, Harry is met with disbelief and derision … and the suspicion that he’s a liar rapidly spreads through the school. More than ever before, the thing that makes Harry special also makes him an outcast.” Movie review
“Harry longed to bite the man… but he must master the impulse. He had more important work to do. But the man was stirring…. He had no choice…. He reared high from the floor and struck once, twice, three times, plunging his fangs deeply into the man’s flesh…. The man was yelling in pain… then he fell silent…. Blood was splattering onto the floor…. [Harry’s] forehead hurt terribly.” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Parents who watch the Harry Potter movies may not always be aware of the dark occult world that empowers this series. Unlike the book, this dark movie doesn’t explain the nightmarish scene above. Nor does it describe the murderous spells and curses that kill Sirius Black, Harry’s beloved friend and “godfather.” To better understand those forces you may want to read our review of the book behind the fifth movie, The Order of the Phoenix.
You may not know that Sirius, like Harry, was an animagus (shape-shifter) who could turn himself into a large, black dog. This shape-shifting process is sometimes called transmutation. Its roots may not trouble those who delight in Harry’s magical world, but Christians should remember that shape-shifting has been part of sorcery and shamanism through the centuries.
In this segment of the seven-part series, Voldemort, the evil wizard with the cravings of a vampire, repeatedly makes his deadly assaults through the jaws of a serpent. And since Harry was psychically linked to this devilish wizard, he participates in the attack as if he were actually inside the snake — as if Voldemort’s spirit had possessed Harry’s mind.
Yet, this event is not an example of shape-shifting. Both Harry and Voldemort have the magical ability to “talk” with snakes (parseltongue), but this is different. Harry is now an unwilling participant in Voldemort’s mind. He feels his enemy’s hatred, shares his thirst for blood, and participates in his murderous action. As Harry explains in the book,
“I thought I was a snake, I felt like one – my scar really hurt… It was like something rose up inside me….” (Page 481)
Not a nice story for children, is it? The rest of this sinister plot isn’t much better. Harry is depressed and angry. His best friends don’t understand him. Professor Dumbledore, Harry’s father-like former protector avoids him. Though most Hogwarts students once admired him, they now distrust him. And the end of the movie leaves little hope in a better future. In fact, a coveted but hidden prophecy — one that fueled some of the cruel curses near the movie’s end — warns that either Voldemort or Harry must die. One must kill the other.
Throughout the book, rage, revenge, lies, sarcasm and sorcery bombard the imagination of the reader. The movie dramatizes the same somber mood. Harry fears he is becoming increasingly like Voldemort, while the merciless wizard is rebuilding his army of scheming death eaters, many of whom are the fathers of Harry’s most hostile classmates. Scene after scene immerses viewers into unforgettable evil — often wielded by supposedly “good” wizards.
Today’s love for such depravity shows that God’s warnings are as relevant as ever. Here He describes ancient Israel, which had turned from God’s loving protection to the deceptive guidance of diviners and sorcerers:
“…they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart.” Jeremiah 11:8.
From enticing fantasy to demonic reality
In some ways Rowling’s wizards resemble the real wizards behind medieval alchemy. The facts and philosophy behind alchemy are rarely mentioned these days, which might explain why Biblically illiterate “Christians” are so easily persuaded to equate it with Christianity. Author John Granger first introduced this deception in his 2004 book, Looking for God in Harry Potter, published by the “Christian” Tyndale House. He argues that alchemy (plus mysticism), rather than the cross of Christ, is the pathway to redemption — and that Potter will show us the way:
“Understanding the Harry Potter books as alchemical writing in the tradition of the English ‘Greats’ will explain otherwise bizarre events, plot turns, and names in the novels…. The alchemist, like all traditional or non-modern people, understood man to be essentially spirit (as man is created by the Spirit), then soul, then physical body…. [H]is tragedy was that he was fallen, i.e., that he had lost his spiritual capacity or intellectus, by means of which Adam walked and talked with God in the garden. Alchemy was the means, in conjunction with the mysteries of the Church, by which he could regain this lost capacity….
“It is essentially a super-conscious or spiritual work that happens through correspondence with archetypes that are above, not below, individual consciousness…. Rowling clearly understands both ‘alchemy in literature’ and the ‘alchemy of literature.’ Her books satisfy the need in us, born in a profane culture without heroes or avenues of transcendent experience….We get this experience in our identification with Harry…. Rowling’s novels are so popular because her works transform the human person via imaginative identification, catharsis, and resurrection.” [Emphasis added]
Yes, Rowling obviously understands both alchemy and sorcery. And her occult wizard-world may well “transform” members of emerging and market-driven churches through “imaginative identification.” But Granger’s misplaced reference to “resurrection” has nothing to do with Jesus Christ who gave His life to free us from bondage to the forces of evil.
In contrast, his usage of words such as “correspondence,” “above” and “below” fit right into medieval alchemy and Rowling’s magic. The phrase, “as above so below” dates back to ancient “mystery religions” and to the mythical Greek god Hermes. The occult philosophy linked to his name also gave birth to Hermetic magic, the mystical Kabbalah, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy and other occult organizations that flourished during the 19th and 20th centuries.
A former member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn who became a Christian and renounced these works of darkness, explained it to us in these words:
“I was taught in ritual magick how to go to different planes of existence outside the physical body. I could create a realm there in which I could practice ritual magick and perfect my magical skills…. Through my will and imagination, I made things happen on the physical plane. As above, so below! This ritual magick is a manifestation of the power of your will.”
His words remind me of the Wiccan author Starhawk’s formula for magic and spells. Author of The Spiral Dance and founder of the “Covenant of the Goddess” she taught her followers exactly what Harry and his young wizard friends were learning at Hogwarts. Rowling seems to know those occult principles well:
“To work magic is to weave the unseen forces into form, to soar beyond sight, to explore the uncharted dream realm of the hidden reality… to leap beyond imagination into that space between the worlds where fantasy becomes real; to be at once animal and god….
“Spells [and magic]… require the combined faculties of relaxation, visualization, concentration, and [mental] projection.”
From pagan bondage to Christian freedom
To equate the wizard world with Christianity, Rowling and “Christian” Potter fans must divide the wizard population into two categories: good and evil, or light and dark. The “good” wizards can then be likened to “Christians” who fight the forces of Satan.
But this wishful logic is flawed. Unlike the “good” and “evil” wizards, Christians and occultists turn to opposite sources of strength. And while Christians trust God’s grace for victory, occultists trust their own magical skills and concentration for victory. There are no enlightening parallels between God’s people and occult adepts!
Before the spread of Christianity, cultures around the world relied on the dark forces of the occult. Contrary to the modern illusions of noble, earth-loving primitives, tribal people of the past lived with constant, justifiable fears. They sought peace and healing, revenge and rewards through divination, sorcery and magic. Their shamans or medicine men could be kind or cruel, but their only source of supernatural relief was a dark pool of capricious demonic forces.
In those days, ordinary people feared angry spirits as much as they feared their jealous neighbors. So to save a sick child from a supposed angry spirit, a mother might offer a sacrifice to a “benevolent” spirit. To kill a rival, an offended warrior might rely on a powerful deity. Both might hire the services of the tribal shaman — one who had “sold his soul” to gain his power.
That pagan world illustrates Harry’s wizard world. Rowling’s spiritual forces may seem less personal and more predictable, but neither world offers anything comparable to our Biblical God. There is no “good side” apart from knowing Christ.
The timeless results of popularizing spiritual alternatives are all around us. Our children and grandchildren are learning to —
1. Love tempting alternatives rather than God. (Revelation 2:4-5)
2. Enjoy evil more than good. (Psalm 52:3 & Isaiah 5:20-21)
3. Trust fantasy more than Truth. (Jeremiah 7:24, 23:16)
4. Reject God’s unchanging Truth and adapt home-taught values to changing culture. (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
5. Redefine Biblical words to support today’s thrills. (Isaiah 5:20-21)
6. Ignore contrary suggestions and follow the crowd. (2 Timothy 3:1-14)
The solution, of course, is to turn back to God, to heed His warnings, and to follow His way:
“There shall not be found among you anyone who… practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out…” Deuteronomy 18:10-12
“Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:8-10
1. “Magical, but dark” at http://www.mercurynews.com/harrypotterheadlines/ci_6338686
Harry’s Last Battles & Rowling’s Beliefs
By Berit Kjos – July 24, 2007
“Days before the release of the seventh and final novel in the series, youth leaders are being told they could use the popularity of the Potter books and films as a ‘launch pad’ for exploring Christian themes.” 
“The story of Harry Potter is, and always was, a Christian allegory – a fictionalized modern day adaptation of the life of Christ, intended to introduce his character to a new generation….
“…knowing more about her [Rowling’s] religious beliefs is not just crucial, not just enormously significant, but will blow the whole thing open, so that even a 10 year old will be able to figure it out.” Abigail BeauSeigneur
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness…” Isaiah 5:20
“The story of Harry Potter is an allegory,” observed Peter Lanz, a former temple-master in an occult order. “It is written and packaged to look like fantasy when, in truth, it is a carefully written true description of the training and work of an initiate in an occult order.” Peter continues,
“…everything Harry does is an extension of his belief system. His foundation is in magic through will. The concept that magick is an extension of will is a foundational occult truth and is diametrically opposed to the Christian concept of will where every born again believer’s individual will is brought into submission under Christ.”
In spite of this unbridgeable chasm between occultism and Christianity, Joanne Rowling insists that she is a believer. She has kept the details of her faith a secret, explaining that such information would disclose the mysterious ending of her popular story. So when asked if she was a Christian, she gave this answer:
“Yes, I am, which seems to offend the religious right far worse than if I said I thought there was no God. Every time I’ve been asked if I believe in God, I’ve said yes, because I do, but no one ever really has gone any more deeply into it than that, and I have to say that does suit me, because if I talk too freely about that, I think the intelligent reader, whether 10 or 60, will be able to guess what’s coming in the books.”
Now that the final book is out, there’s no need to guess. We know the end of the story — one that apparently corresponds to the author’s beliefs. So what does it tell us?
Rowling created a hero with many noble characteristics, and in this last book, Harry willingly gives his life. Responding to a message he magically received from Hogwarts’ former Headmaster Dumbledorethrough Professor Snape’s memories, the young wizard walks unarmed up to the evil wizard Voldemort, who points his wand at him and projects a killing curse. Harry falls down, apparently dead.
He awakens in a large hall. Noticing his own nakedness, he wishes to be clothed — and some fitting clothes magically appear. Then Dumbledore (who died in the previous book) arrives and praises Harry for his courageous sacrifice. Here are some glimpses into their long, mysterious conversation:
“‘But you’re dead,’ said Harry.
“‘Oh yes,’ said Dumbldore matter-of-factly.
“‘Then … I’m dead too?’
“‘… on the whole, dear boy, I think not….’
“’…But I should have died — I didn’t defend myself! I meant to let him kill me!’
“’And that,’ said Dumbledore, ‘will, I think, have made all the difference.’ Happiness seemed to radiate from Dumbledore….
“So the part of his soul that was in me. … has it gone?’
“’Oh yes!’ said Dumbledore. “Yes, he destroyed it. Your soul is whole, and completely your own, Harry.’…
“’But if Voldemort used the Killing Curse… and nobody died for me this time — how can I be alive?’
“’I think you know,’ said Dumbledore….
“’He took my blood,’ said Harry.
“’Precisely!’ said Dumbledore. ‘He took your blood and rebuilt his living body with it! Your blood in his veins, Harry…. He tethered you to life while he lives!’
“’I live… while he lives? But I thought… I thought it was the other way round! I thought we both had to die?’…
“You were the seventh Horcrux…. What you must understand, Harry, is that you and Lord Voldemort have journeyed together into realms of magic hitherto un-known and untested.'” (707-709)
A Horcrux? What is it? Why is it important?
Fearing death, Voldemort had hidden pieces of his soul in seven Horcruxes (containers). By now, Harry and his friends had found and destroyed five of these magical receptacles. Two were left when Harry’s near-death experience began.
One was Harry himself. So if Harry had simply killed his arch-enemy, a piece of Voldemort’s murderous soul would still be hidden inside Harry. For some time, this soul-link between the supposedly “good” wizard and the evil wizard had given Harry a painful access to Voldemort’s thoughts and emotions. Only by giving his life could Harry be freed from this bondage.
Now, the only remaining Horcrux is Nagini, Voldemort’s huge pet snake. Knowing the challenges ahead, Harry continues his conversation with Dumbledore:
“‘I’ve got to go back, haven’t I?’
“’That is up to you.’ ….
“’Tell me one last thing,’ said Harry. ‘Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?’…
“’Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?’” (721-722)
Harry chooses to return to his lifeless body at Voldemort’s feet. After some torturous tests to verify the absence of life, Voldemort declares that Harry is dead. He will soon realize his error, for Harry has still another battle to fight and win.
But Harry’s final victory is less significant than the above near-death encounter. By presenting a counterfeit version of Biblical salvation, Rowling gives her readers an image of a counterfeit Christianity that embraces the occult. Most people accept it as true, for such dialectical lies (union of opposites) — taught through occult systems such as the Kabbalah, Gnosticism, Rosicrucianism, and Unity — have now become an accepted way of thinking around the world. Indeed, what God calls evil, now seems deceptively good!
Only by standing firm on God’s Truth can we resist such tantalizing deceptions. Yet churches around the world are choosing to ignore politically incorrect Scriptures such as these:
“There shall not be found among you anyone who… practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead [necromancy]. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out…”Deuteronomy 18:10-12
“And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.” Leviticus 20:26
Merging opposites: good and evil, light and dark…..
As in Old Testament days, today’s world sees God’s guidelines concerning occult influences as a hindrance to their quest for mystical thrills. In contrast, blending good and evil makes sense to postmodern churches. And as Harry and his friend Hermione point out, such compromise serves the pluralistic vision for “common good.”
John Granger, author of Looking for God in Harry Potter, may be the most effective promoter of this dialectical heresy. He puts the entire series into an occult context.
Notice the references to the union of opposites — and to the occult use of Scriptures — in Granger’s quotes:
“…the principal activity of alchemy is the chemical marriage of the imbalanced ‘arguing couple’: masculine sulfur and feminine quicksilver. These two qualities have to be reconciledand resolved (die and be reborn) before then can be rejoined in a perfected golden unity. Opposites have to be reconciled and resolved for there to be a new life.
“Alchemists frequently cited Christ’s words: ‘…except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.’ (John 12:24) Alchemists took this verse and the hope of eternal life in Christ’s death and resurrection as a scriptural confirmation that their doctrines were correct.”[3, page 44]
Those who immerse their minds in Rowling’s occult message enter into a virtual experience — not of Christian redemption — but of this magical merger of good and evil. God warns us to shun any such “common ground” between His Truth and the world’s illusions. For,
“…what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ ‘Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate,’ says the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-17
“Walk as children of light for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth, finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:8-10
Rowling’s twisted gospel clouds minds and corrupts the truth. It pleases man, not God. Yet, even global leaders like Rick Warren support this pagan movement. His “Ministry Toolbox” newsletter (June 21) included this promotion by James Emery White:
“Though the seventh and final installment is yet to be released (July 21, to be exact), when it does, it will be well-worth reading. Though some would disagree, I am one to put Rowling’s work in the camp of fantasy literature, along with Lewis and Tolkien, with her use of magic more mechanical than occultic. I found her earlier six volumes instant classics of the genre, and the final book will undoubtedly cement this series as among the best written.”
But our friend Peter Lanz (who left the world of the occult decades ago), warns us that
“It is not only foolish but it is also dangerous to dismiss the indoctrination of the adventures of Harry Potter with the excuse, ‘It’s ONLY fiction,’ ‘it’s JUST a book,’ something without a real agenda. The agenda of J. K. Rowling is very real — she is writing to instill in children a familiarity with occult ‘truth.'”
The nature of Rowling’s beliefs and savior
With this final book came the clues to Rowling’s “Christian” beliefs. Ponder these comparisons:
1. No need for the cross. The true Christ was holy and sinless; Harry Potter was neither. From an occult perspective, he was a relatively “good” wizard, but his life and associations model the dark evil forces arrayed against God from the beginning of time. His powerful magic is an extension of his own will — exercised not by faith in God, but by willful projection of an occult power usually channeled through a magical object. Representing the “beautiful side of evil,” as Johanna Michelson called it long ago, his supposed likeness to Jesus is a mockery of our Lord. Remember how God views occult practitioners:
“…he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger.” 2 Chronicles 33:6
2. Victory through human effort. The saving work of the true Christ was finished on the cross. In contrast, Harry killed Voldemort after his near-death experience. As a wizard, his “work” relied on a forbidden magical formula used by sorcerers or occultists through the ages: mental concentration, purposeful visualization, and willful projection of an occult force — usually channeled through amagical object.
“…what communion has light with darkness? … ‘Come out from among them and be separate.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-17
3. Fellowship with the dead. Unlike Jesus who knelt in prayer to His Father before facing the cross, Harry met with the wizards he loved before his false death. His murdered father, mother, and special friends walked and talked with him before his surrender to Voldemort. Afterwards, he met with the dead (yet alive) Dumbledore. These encounters illustrate necromancy — the forbidden act of communicating with the dead. Can authors who commend what God abhors be followers of Christ?
4. Loving the forces of evil rather than God. Ultimately, any comparison between the world of witchcraft and the Kingdom of God is meaningless. Harry’s actions are accomplished in an occult context that is abhorrent to our holy God. The domain of darkness will always clash with God’s way, truth and life!
Since few mythical saviors have more power to draw crowds than Harry Potter, it’s not surprising that Rowling’s message is praised as a “launch pad” for “exploring Christian themes.” All the more, we need to “be on guard” — always ready to test what we hear by the light of God’s Word.
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8
God’s way to victory
Unlike Harry’s fans who relish occult empowerment and magical skills, the friends of Jesus can delight in the peace and promises of God:
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ… and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:1-9
For “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”Galatians 2:20
2. Abigail BeauSeigneur at www.mugglenet.com/editorials/editorials/edit-beauseigneura01.shtml
5. Accio Quote! at www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-vancouversun-wyman.htm
Movie Review: Part 1 of
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
By Berit Kjos – November 24, 2010
“When we first started ‘Harry Potter’ and cast 10-year-old Daniel Radcliffe in the title role, parents drove their 10-year-olds to see the movies. Today, those same kids are now driving themselves to the midnight shows.” Dan Fellman, Warner Brothers“In a chilling performance by Ralph Fiennes, the [Voldemort] character plays out like a dimensional compliment to Adolf Hitler. He is as hungry for power as they come. … his deliberate hatred of the muggle race [humans] mirrors the Nazi internment of the Jews.”
“Death Eaters constitute a group of wizards and witches, led by the dark wizard Lord Voldemort… who seek to purify the Wizarding community by eliminating the Muggle-borns. They…recognize one another by the Dark Mark on their left forearm, a sign created by Voldemort to summon them instantly to him.”
“The whole world is under the sway of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19
Dark, dismal, demonic, deadly…. There’s no sign of joy in this disturbing movie! Yet it captivates children, stirs love for evil, and arouses addictive cravings for more stimuli and ever darker thrills. Why are the forces of evil so enticing?
“These are dark times…” declared Rufus Scrimgeour, the Minister of Magic (rumored to be a vampire), as the movie begins. “Our world has never faced a greater threat.”
He’s right in more ways than one. That solemn warning could be applied to at least three different spiritual battlefields:
1. Lord Voldemort’s murderous domain.
2. Harry Potter’s lighter, more deceptive face of the occult.
3. Today’s embattled world, where love for occult entertainment is fast becoming more acceptable than God’s Truth.
1. The deadly domain of the occult
Voldemort and his horde of Death Eaters have taken control of the Ministry of Magic. Their resisters are killed. Fear and chaos shadow the land. Rufus Scrimgeour, who refused to help them find Harry Potter, has been cruelly tortured and killed.
Even Voldemort is in trouble. In his fanatical quest for power and immortality, he has created six Horcruxes that contain imbedded parts of his own soul. Harry and others have already found and destroyed some of them, and now they are searching for the rest. Voldemort’s goal is to kill Harry before he destroys more of his soul. His life depends on it! To plot Harry’s capture and murder, he summons his Death Eaters to a meeting at Lucius Malfoy’s manor. Voldemort must do the killing himself, but he can’t use his own magic wand since it shares the same phoenix feather “core” as Harry’s.
“What about you, Lucius, he asks coldly. “I require your wand.” Seething with silent rage, Lucius reluctantly hands his precious wand to his despised master.
Meanwhile, the bound and tortured body of a woman hangs upside down from the ceiling. Voldemort identifies her as Professor Charity Burbage. She is guilty of teaching Hogwarts students that Pure-bloods (witches or wizards) are free to “mate with muggles.” That violates Voldemort’s standard for racial purity, so he kills her. He then invites his monstrous serpent Nagini to eat his bloody “dinner.”Such horror may actually sound funny to some. It’s not. The unthinkable images, the addictive thrills and the twisted values in this story will not be easily erased from young minds. As Joanne Rowling and the movie makers intended, this horrendous tale will captivate people of all ages and cause them to crave more such thrills.
Lieutenant Colonel David Grossman, who has long researched the effects of visual images and suggestions on children, shared this illustration:
“After the Jonesboro shootings, one of the high-school teachers told me how her students reacted….’They laughed,’ she told me with dismay. A similar reaction happens all the time inmovie theaters when there is bloody violence. The young people laugh and cheer and keep right on eating popcorn….
“We have raised a generation of barbarians who have learned to associate violence with pleasure, like the Romans cheering and snacking as the Christians were slaughtered in the Coliseum.”
2. The deceptive side of evil
As the skies turn black, Harry Potter and his loyal friends hurry to pack their belongings and flee their foes. By now, the hateful Professor Snape has alerted Voldemort to their plans, and the masked Death Eaters soon intercept their journey through the skies. Magical spells and deafening explosions shatter the stillness of the night, but Harry and most of his supporters survive. They straggle into their temporary “safe” house to rest and heal their battle wounds.
It’s tempting to cheer for the weaker side in this struggle. But life is not as it seems in this world of guided images and tempting illusions. The war between Hogwarts’ supposedly “good” sorcerers and the despicably evil ones may look like a battle between good and evil, but it’s not! Both sides trust the dark forces of magic — wielded through magical wands, spells and swords.
So do some of their fans. But those who “love evil more than good,” [Psalm 52:3] will experience the devastating consequences of the values they have chosen to embrace. As God warns us:
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness…. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21
God’s warnings become meaningless irritations to those who identify with Harry and his two best friends, Ron and Hermione. In their imaginary world, the key to victory lies in superhuman feats, not Biblical faith. At the moment, their focus is on Horcruxes — those physical objects empowered through fragments of Voldemort’s corrupted soul.
Hermione had studied the book, Secrets of the Darkest Art. “It’s a horrible book,” she explained, “really awful, full of evil magic…. And the more I’ve read about them [Horcruxes], the more horrible they seem, and the less I can believe that he actually made six. It warns in this book how unstable you make the rest of your soul by ripping it.”
A Wikia article reveals more secrets:
“The process makes the part of the soul remaining in the witch or wizard unstable. If the maker’s physical body is later destroyed, he or she will live on in non-corporeal form…. Destruction of a Horcrux is difficult, but not impossible, and requires that the object be damaged beyond most magical repair….”
“The fragments of a person’s soul within a Horcrux… have certain magical abilities, including the ability to influence those in their vicinity. When Harry, Ron, and Hermione were carrying Salazar Slytherin’s Locket around their necks in 1997, they each became moodier and more prone to fighting, especially Ron.”
Using their wands and spells, the trio did capture that locket. Now they just have to destroy it! They tried their most powerful spells, but nothing worked. The best they could do was to guard it by wearing it. In turn, they all suffered those annoying mood swings. Ron’s dark mood and jealousy finally drove them apart, and he left.
One day, while wearing the locket, Harry noticed a glimmer of light in the distance. It grew into the shape of a deer that led him to a frozen pond and then revealed a sword hidden under the ice. Excited, Harry broke the ice, undressed and swam to the bottom of the icy water. When he reached for the sword, he was blocked by a force from the soul-fragment in the locket. Unable to swim up for air, he nearly drowned.
Ron’s timely return saved Harry’s life. Ron retrieved the sword and used it to slash and destroy the locket. But their sweet success was short lived, for evil forces continued to pursue the trio until the end.
The last scene could hardly be more depressing. Lord Voldemort comes to Deathly Hallows to dig up Dumbledore’s grave. Like Harry, he suspected that the legendary “Elder Wand” would be buried with its master. The movie ends as Voldemort lifts the coveted wand into the air as a sign of victory.
3. Actual occult forces in the real world
Spiritual warfare has raged since the beginning of time, though many refuse to believe it. It’s simply not politically correct to suggest that actual witchcraft, magic and sorcery could have darkened tribes and civilizations throughout history. As Al Gore suggested in his 1992 book, Earth in the Balance, historical paganism should be honored, not criticized:
“The richness and diversity of our religious tradition throughout history is a spiritual resource long ignored by people of faith, who are often afraid to open their minds to teachings first offered outside their own system of belief.”
“[Ceremonial sites] seem to confirm the notion that a goddess religion was ubiquitous throughout much of the world until the antecedents of today’s religions — most of which still have a distinctly masculine orientation — swept out of India and the Near East, almost obliterating belief in the goddess. The last vestige of organized goddess worship was eliminated by Christianity….[I]t seems obvious that a better understanding of a religious heritage preceding our own by so many thousands of years could offer us new insights…”
But Mr. Gore was distorting the truth. Witchcraft, goddess worship and other practices linked to ancient paganism were cruel and bloody, not kind and benevolent. The main goddesses in the Middle East three to four thousand years ago included Asherah, Astarte, Ishtar and others. Their ritual worship involved spiritism, sorcery, witchcraft and human sacrifices — as did Voldemort’s occult rituals.
Around 1450 BC), when Moses was preparing the Israelites to enter the promised land he spoke this warning:
“There shall not be found among you anyone who practices witchcraft… interprets omens, or a sorcerer… conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord…” Deuteronomy 18:10-12.
Raised and trained at the Egyptian court, Moses would surely have learned to write. In recent times, archeologists have uncovered all kinds of magical tools, pagan idols, and mythical scripts that reach back to ancient Egypt, Canaan, the Hittites and other parts of the world.
Dr. Paolo Matthiae, Director of the Italian Archeological Mission in Syria discovered “more than 15,000 cuneiform tablets and fragments” and unveiled a Semitic empire that dominated the Middle East more than four thousand years ago. Its hub was Ebla, where educated scribes filled ancient libraries with written records of history, people, places and commerce.
Western nations have been relatively free from occult entrapment since the Protestant Reformation. But now that God’s Truth and guidelines are increasingly banned and silenced — by law as well as through political correctness — that freedom is fading fast.
No public rules or boundaries are preventing occult enticements from spreading around the world. Never before have people been so ready and willing to receive the world’s most corrupting images and suggestions as they are today!
How does that impact our children? The Journal of the American Medical Association offers some clues:
“It compared two nations or regions that were demographically and ethnically identical; only one variable is different: the presence of television. ‘In every nation, region, or city with television, there is an immediate explosion of violence on the playground, and within 15 years there is a doubling of the murder rate. Why 15 years? That is how long it takes for the brutalization of a three-to five-year-old to reach the ‘prime crime age.’”
What can parents do to monitor and restrict violent and occult media messages? Here are a few suggestions:
Pray — fervently, frequently and confidently — based on God’s Word!
Teach your children to “put on” and wear the Armor of God. The greatest weapon against the world’s deceptions is His Truth. The Armor (Ephesians 6:10-18) provides an outline of the vital truth that can expose and resist any of Satan’s lies.
Be watchful. Explain the danger of occult entertainment to your children. Share the statistics and the horrendous consequences of the conditioning process. Show them items in the newspaper that provide current and relevant examples and warnings.
Understand the Nature and Tactics of Satan. Children need to be alert to both his timeless and his current strategies. We are all engaged in a spiritual war—and we cannot close our eyes to the realities of the foes that assault us.
- Keep thanking God who gives us the victory. Know His Names and count on His promises. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
1. Lauren A. E. Schuker, “‘Potter’ Charms Aging Audience,” WSJ, 11-22-10. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703567304575628783648960748.html?KEYWORDS=Harry+potter+deathly
2. “These are dark times,” http://www.gcsunade.com/2010/11/18/movie-review-‘these-are-dark-times-’/
3. Harry Potter Wiki, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Eater
4. Allison Wingate, “Dark times ahead for Harry Potter,” 11-20-10, www.reviewtimes.com/Issues/2010/Nov/20/ar_news_112010_story3.asp?d=112010_story3,2010,Nov,20&c=n
5. Read this testimony: “Leading Me Back Through the Darkness” at http://www.crossroad.to/Victory/testimonies/jonathan.htm
6 .Dave Grossman, “Trained to Kill” at http://www.killology.com/print/print_trainedtokill.htm
7. Horcrux, http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Horcrux
8. Al Gore, Earth in the Balance; Ecology and the Human Spirit (Houghton Mifflin, 1992), p.260
A review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
By Berit Kjos – July 18, 2011
“I have been encouraged by my pastor at my CHRISTIAN church to read the Harry Potter books, because even though they have references to magic and sorcery, they can teach us more about the values of Friendship and Bravery than he can…. I am no longer Christian. Somewhere along the way my beliefs changed. I practice Wicca.” A young visitor to our website
“Days before the release of the seventh and final novel in the series, youth leaders are being told they could use the popularity of the Potter books and films as a ‘launch pad’ for exploring Christian themes.”
“In its early years, ‘Harry Potter’ was a litmus test of orthodoxy for some conservative Christians, who expressed concern over its portrayal of witchcraft….The hysteria has largely died down, and not many religious leaders asked their flocks to avoid the final movie….Many Christians have cheered the portrayals of loyalty, courage and love.”
“[They] practiced witchcraft and soothsaying, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord….” 2 Kings 17:17
I had plenty of company last Saturday morning as I hurried into the movie theater to see the final film in the Harry Potter series. Several families with children walked in ahead of me. Others followed. One little girl couldn’t be more than three years old! How would she react to this scary movie?
For more than two hours, the audience sat immersed in a mystical world filled with frightening shrieks, explosive sounds of death and destruction, and enticing suggestions certain to appeal to power-hungry youth already attuned to the forces of evil.
If you are a parent, please don’t take your children to see this movie!
By its end, it had exposed the two sides of today’s popular evil. Like the yin-yang symbol, there is an obvious dark side and a more subtle “light” side to occult deceptions. To resist their mind-changing allure, we need to understand both.
The Dark Side of Evil
This last part of the Harry Potter sequence promotes everything God bans in this warning:
“There shall not be found among you anyone who… practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead…. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord…” Deuteronomy 18:10-12
During the last three centuries, Americans have enjoyed relative freedom from the occult forces that have tormented many other parts of the world. From the beginning, the pilgrims and a significant number of other believers trusted God and built this nation on the foundation of His Word. Therefore God protected their land. Few were exposed to words and actions that led to the occult.
But times have changed and God’s actual truth is rarely heard in public places. We can no longer shut out the well-marketed forces of evil that press into our lives — even in churches. That’s all the more reason to prepare for the spiritual warfare ahead. Let’s begin by taking a closer look at the occult practices listed in the above verses from Deuteronomy. Each practice is featured in this movie.
1. WITCHCRAFT: Trusting the occult spirit world for power to perform all kinds of magical spells and wonders.
Witchcraft was common in Old Testament days. Back then it was already a “normal” part of life in cultures around the world. Finally, in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, such practices faded in the West. More recently, that trend has been reversed. The mind-changing fantasies spread by Rowling and her admirers have sparked a rapid revival of interest and delight in occult empowerment.
2. SOOTHSAYER: A fortuneteller, diviner or seer in communication with demonic spirits.
3. INTERPRETING OMENS: Receiving messages and interpretations — usually ominous – from the spirit world.
4. SORCERY: Performing magical feats through occult forces.
If witchcraft and sorcery sound like fantasy and fairy tales to teens and children today, the devil must be very pleased. He is constantly on the lookout for those who will follow his ways — even if “just” in their imaginations. As God warned long ago,
“They…walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart….” Jeremiah 7:24
5. CONJURE SPELLS: Manipulating occult forces according to mental formulas and projecting the spell through a physical object.
“To cast a spell is to project energy through a symbol,” explained Starhawk, the wiccan author of The Spiral Dance. “Spells… require the combined faculties of relaxation, visualization, concentration, and [mental] projection.”
Most spells in the movie were cast through magically empowered wands. The powerful Elder Wand apparently had a mind of its own and could choose whether or not to serve a new master. Wikipedia explains its bizarre history:
“In the preceding movie, Voldemort…opens Dumbledore’s tomb and claims the wand as his own. Assuming incorrectly that Snape is the wand’s current master, Voldemort slays Snape, not realizing that the wand’s allegiance was to Draco….Harry had subsequently disarmed Draco and taken his wand. …the Elder Wand’s allegiance had since shifted to Harry….Voldemort uses the Elder Wand to cast his final Killing Curse against Harry’s Expelliarmus charm. But since the wand’s allegiance is to Harry, Voldemort’s spell backfires and kills him once and for all.”
Spells were also essential to the creation and destruction of the horcruxes used by Voldemort to secure his own immortality. “Invented” by J.K Rowling, they only exist in the imaginations of those who are captivated by her tales and by the additional “information” they inspire. For example, Wikipedia adds this gruesome description:
“…the creation of a Horcrux requires one to commit a murder, which, as the supreme act of evil, ‘rips the soul apart.’ After the murder, a spell is cast to infuse part of the ripped soul into an object, which becomes the Horcrux….Both inanimate objects and living organisms have been used as Horcruxes, though the latter are considered riskier to use, since an organism can move and think for itself….
“To be destroyed, a Horcrux must suffer damage so severe that repair through magical means would be impossible….Once a Horcrux is irreparably damaged, the fragment of soul within it is destroyed.”
These dark fantasies share a common consequence with actual occult realities. Both stir cravings for new and ever darker occult thrills and knowledge. The natural consequences of pursuing such a path is spiritual bondage and torment. Listen again to God’s warning:
“They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke.
Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.” (Proverbs 1:30-31)
6. CALL UP THE DEAD [Necromancy]: Invoking the spirit of a deceased person through occult formulas.
Here the story gets more complicated. Harry himself was one of Voldemort’s horcruxes, since a piece of Voldemort’s soul was hidden inside him. Therefore Harry had to die before Voldemort could be killed. That realization made Harry’s life bleak indeed. The months of hiding from Voldemort and his armies had taken their toll. Choosing to face his inevitable death rather than fight it, he walked unarmed into Voldemort’s forest camp.
But first Harry wanted to see his dead parents and friends. His magical Resurrection Stone enabled him to call up the spirits of his father and mother as well as Remus Lupin and Sirius Black. They promised to stay with him until he died.
During his brief time in the state of “death,” Harry was visited by the spirit of Albus Dumbledore who suggested that he return to life. Since “dying” had freed him from bondage to Voldemort’s horcrux, he chose to return.
Many have equated Harry’s death with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They are way off track! Any such comparison is a mockery of God’s actual Truth.
The “Light“ Side of Evil
Surrounded by Hogwarts ash-covered ruins, Harry wins his final battle against Voldemort. Later, as he stands on a high ridge with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he pulls out his Elder Wand, the most powerful wand known to wizards. He breaks it in two and throws the pieces into the canyon below. Apparently, there’s no need for it anymore.
Did he really believe that all warfare ended when Voldemort died? Would peace now prevail in the region cleansed of its cruel leader? What about Voldemort’s surviving army of ambitious, murderous “death eaters”? Might not some of them fight for his lofty, tyrannical position?
Harry doesn’t answer those questions.
The movie concludes with a brief glimpse of the three friends nineteen years later. Ron, of course, married Hermione. Harry married Ron’s sister Ginny. Now the two couples are standing with their children on the magical railroad Platform 9¾, ready to send their older children off to school on the Hogwarts Express.
When Harry’s middle son admits his fear of being “sorted” into the Slytherin dorm rather than Gryffindor, his father comforts him:
“Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin [Severus Snape] and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”
He was? The sour, sullen, ruthless Severus Snape was no friend to Harry during his school years. Nor was any other member of the Slytherin clan. Most of them were deadly enemies. Many joined the Death Eaters. In light of the previous Potter books, this sudden emphasis on peace, harmony and reconciliation makes no sense!
George Orwell would probably agree. His familiar book, 1984, sums up such strange contradictions with these words: “War is PEACE. Freedom is SLAVERY. Ignorance is STRENGTH.“
We might add this lie: Evil is Good! In a world that despises God’s Word and moral guidelines, it’s not surprising that a series of books based on witchcraft and wizardry has won the hearts of the people. Occult themes, whether in books, movies or computer games, have become one of today’s most effective tools for social transformation. Even churches are promoting the change. The “light” side of evil could hardly be more deceptive!
As God’s Word tells us, “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19) That’s reality today! But the consequences for those who believe his lies will be severe:
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.” Isaiah 5:20-21
God’s Ultimate Victory
Today’s rising world system has called for unbiblical peace and a prescribed form of solidarity that has little tolerance for Christians who refuse to compromise. Yet, if we stand firm in Jesus Christ, our sovereign Lord, He will surely meet all our needs — and much more! Those who resist the world’s tempting lies in His name will be safe in Him — now and forever!
This world system denies the message of the cross. That’s why the name of Jesus is banned from all kinds of public places. But we cannot be silent! What Jesus prayed to His Father almost 2000 years ago is now His message for us:
“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one…. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” John 17:14-19
1. “Use Harry Potter to spread Christian message,” The Telegraph [a British newspaper], July 18, 2007. This link is now obsolete: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;?xml=/news/2007/07/17/npotter217.xml
2. Sarah P. Bailey, “How Christians Warmed to Harry Potter,” Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2011, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303812104576441641674217076.html. See also John Granger’s message at www.crossroad.to/articles2/04/harry-granger.htm
3. Starhawk, Spiral Dance (San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1979), 25.
4. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horcrux#Deathly_Hallows
5. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horcrux#Horcruxes
6. George Orwell, 1984 at George Orwell’s 1984
By Peter Lanz
The story of Harry Potter is an allegory: It is written and packaged to look like fantasy when, in truth, it is a carefully written true description of the training and work of an initiate in an occult order.
In every instance, everything Harry does is an extension of his belief system. His foundation is in magic through will. The concept that magick is an extension of will is a foundational occult truth and is diametrically opposed to the Christian concept of will where every born again believer’s individual will is brought into submission under Christ.
Everything that Harry learns is immediately applied to his life and practiced over and over. Harry learns that everything he thinks, says or does is an act of magick. This concept in magick is written out through the exercises that he does while at Hogwarts School for Wizardry and Witchcraft. Christians should be discipled that their belief system is the foundation of everything that they think, do and say. The fact is that everything we think, do and say is an extension of our belief system. It is dangerous to suspend our belief system when it comes to judging the value of what we give our children to “read for entertainment.”
Harry Potter is instilled with the traits of “Every Man.” There are characteristics of Harry Potter that every kid will identify with. Kids will defend Harry’s choices and actions as justifiable. The author is very successful in evoking strong sympathy and empathy for Harry in her readers. The books teach situation ethics rather than absolute values of right and wrong that are taught in the scriptures.
What is important to emphasize is that words have meaning and power. Words influence culture. It is impossible to read something and not be effected by it or learn something from it. It is not only foolish but it is also dangerous to dismiss the indoctrination of the adventures of Harry Potter with the excuse, “It’s ONLY fiction,” “it’s JUST a book,” something without a real agenda. The agenda of J. K. Rowling is very real — she is writing to instill in children a familiarity with occult truth — she just clothed it in fun.
For the non-Christian, there is nothing wrong with this story. For the Christian, what the author writes is considered an abomination by the LORD. (Deut. 18) See the following!
|Book 1, page 51: Harry is invited to attend
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where:
|A person is INVITED to join an occult order
|The first book is called, “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.”
||Occultists use sorcerers’ stones to transmute substances from one
|Book 1, page 66. Harry is informed about how much work goes into becoming a
wizard and about how much there is to study. The book tittles listed, while not actual books, are significant.
|The content Harry has to study includes:
Astrology, Herbology, Astronomy (book 1, p. 133), Channeling power, how to use magick
The titles of the books listed closely align to actual occult book.
|Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry:Book 1,
page 90-94 to get to the school, people have to go through a portal and
get on a train.
Book 1, p. 131-133. The rooms shift places until the students can lock
|The entire school of
Wizardry and Witchcraft is a creative visualization and exists on the
astral plane- not on the physical plane. You can’t get to it unless
you go through the portal at the train station. This is why the rooms in the
school move around. See
Games & Popular Occultism
|Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry is organized:
|Parallels any occult order:
No one confronts the power of an Imperator.
|Harry learns how to cast
elemental spirits, demonic entities, servitors, etc., as well as
circumstances and people through spells, acts of will, creative
visualizations, and ritual spells for their own benefit. (destruction
spells, death spells)
|Book 1, p. 114: There are four
houses within the Hogwarts School: Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor and
|Each one probably represents
an element. Air. Earth. Water. Fire. Since Hogwarts exists on the astral
plane, that takes care of the fifth element – ethers. We do not know this
yet by the end of book three.
|Book 1, 66. Harry has a spell
|Grimore — and occultist’s
personal book of incantations.
|Voldemort wants the sorcerer’s
stone so he can “create” a new body for himself.
|There really is a sorcerer’s
stone — no comment on what it does or how it’s used — just know that it
|In Harry Potter, the “will in
action” is a strong theme that runs throughout the story line.
|The will in action is a direct
reference tot he laws of Thelma, more specifically, the first law upon
which all other laws hinge: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the
law. Nothing supersedes the will. The supreme will rules.”
Voldemort wants the
|There really is a sorcerer’s
stone – no comment on what it does or how it’s used — just know that it
In Harry Potter, the “will in
|The will in action is a
direct reference to the laws of Thelema, more specifically, the
first law upon which all other laws hinge: “Do what thou wilt shall be
the whole of the law. Nothing supersedes the will. the supreme will rules.”
|Book 1, p. 53. Harry was told that his parents
died in a car crass. Actually they were psychically murdered.
|In the occult world, people
“die” by “accident” or “natural causes.”
|Book 1, p.164. Hedwig- Harry’s pet owl. All
the students at Hogwarts get and send their messages by owl.
|Actually, Hedwig and all the
other owls are familiar spirits. In the occult — familiar spirits are
used to convey messages from one occultist to others.
|Book 1, p.130-133. Harry returns to his
dormitory room through a “portrait hole.” The portrait asks for a
password.Book 2, p. 300. The sink
– another example of a portal and how to open it up.
|Portrait hole = portal
– the opening between the physical plane and the astral plane through
which entities move back and forth. Portals open with the correct words.
|Book 1, p. 138 and Book 3, p. 2. Harry
uses a quill pen, ink and parchment paper to document his magical
|Standard occult practice —
all occultists learn to document their spells in the initial stages
of their training.
|Book 1, p. The author gives a description of
what is referred to as Quirrell’s master.Harry could see a face on the back of
Quirrell is strengthened by unicorn blood,
|This is a description of a
real psychic vampire. The face says, “See what I have become, mere shadow
and vapor. I have form only when I can share another’s body. But
there have always been those willing to let me into their hearts and minds.”
(Book 1, p. 293)Psychic vampires are
real. Drinking blood is strictly forbidden in the Scriptures.
|Book 1, p. 291. “There is no good and evil,
there is only power and those too weak to seek it.”
|Power is the greatest central
them in the occult world. There is no god and no devil in the occult
world. There is ONLY POWER.
|Book 1, p. “Always use the proper name for
things — fear of a name of anything increases fear of the thing itself.”
|Harry is being instructed in
how to purge fear. All emotion, in the occult world is purged out of a
person. Fear could mean death.
|Book 2, p. 20-21. Harry broke the decree for
the restriction of underage wizardry because he had just done serious
magick. He gets a reprimand. He does it again in book 3 when he attacks
Aunt Marge. (p. 28-30)
|AKA – he broke the rules of
discretion that every occultists is well aware of. Occultist NEVER break
the rules of discretion.
|End of book 2 (p. 317, 322) A young girl gets
possessed; you see a conjurative being that threatens to kill. Harry kills
a certain conjured spirit (a snake) with a special sword.
|These passages are an indirect
reference to Kaballah, the Tree of Life, the Kundalini
(snake) and the Sword of Kerubum. “SELF” is the source of
|Book 2, p. 52 mentions a “Hand of Glory.”Book 3, p. 208. Hit Wizards.||These are references to items
used in VERY NEGATIVE magick.
|Book 2 explains why Voldemort is the way he
was (a psychic vampire) in book one. Harry doesn’t understand Voldemort
until Dumbledore explains him. In trying to protect Harry from a psychic
attack on his life by Voldemort, Harry’s mother took the attack on herself
and she died. When she took on the full brunt to the attack, she absorbed
most of the energy.
Harry absorbed some to the knowledge of
|Rowling gives a perfect
description of the difference between demons and fallen angels on the
physical plane in this example of Voldemort. She writes that Voldemort
once had a body, then he didn’t now he does when he attaches himself to
other people. This is the way demonic entities exist in the physical
world. They need a physical body in which to manifest.Angels, holy or fallen, do not need physical
bodies to manifest — they can make their own bodies on the physical
When occultists repel a psychic attack,
|Book 2, p. 314-322. Rowlings describes an
occult war: Voldemort says he’s the greatest sorcerer in the world and
Harry says that Dumbldore is the greatest wizard in the world. Then a fawkes, a phoenix and a sorting hat show up to defend and fight for Harry.
Voldemort gave Harry permission to use the tools Dumbledore sent him.
Harry defeats Voldemort.
|Occult wars are fought on the
spiritual level. This story line is straight psychic metaphor. Harry found
the weakness in Voldemort’s existence and capitalized on it. There are
references to items used in VERY NEGATIVE magic.
|Book 3, p. 247. The Dementor’s kiss.||Lupin explains that when
dementors wish to destroy someone utterly, they suck the soul out of the
person through their mouth. “You can exist without your soul, you know, as
long as your brain and heart are still working.”
|Book 3, p. 250, 251. Hermione is reading a
|Book 3, p. 426, 427. Harry has a conversation
with Dumbldore regarding saving Pettigrew’s life. Dumbledore tells Harry
that when one wizard “saves another wizard’s life, it creates a bond
between them. This is magic at its deepest and most impenetrable.”
|This bond and debt is called
an ON in the occult world.
|Harry does not know that he can talk in the
language of snakes. You get an inkling of this in books 1, page 28. When
Harry has a conversation with the boa constrictor, he thinks the snake is
talking English, when, in fact, it is Harry that is talking “snake.”
The conversation with a snake comes up
again in book 2, page 194. In a class titled “Defense Against the Dark
snake is ready to attack one of the members of his group, Justin, and
Harry tells the snake to stop. The snake obeys immediately. People were
astounded that Harry could speak snake.
|Those who practice the many
forms of familiar magick have the ability to communicate with animals.
I.e.: horse whisperers, medicine men, etc.
|Book 3, p. 28-30. Harry attacks his aunt Marge
for her disparaging comments about him and his family by placing a
swelling spell on her.
|This is a psychic attack.
Harry’s lightening bolt scar on his forehead is a symbol of his psychic
strength. The lightening bolt is similar in nature to the occult “Sword of
|Book 3, p. 133. Harry’s class practices on a
bogart to remove whatever fear they have. A bogart is an entity which
morphs into whatever anyone is afraid of. It is a shape shifter and will
change itself into “whatever it thinks will frighten us most.”
|Bogarts, called something else
in the occult world, are real. They are used in occult training as
practice for conquering fear and for perfecting their craft.
|Book 3, p. 83. Harry has a confrontation with
several dementors. These creatures are similar to vampires that can suck
the positive energy out of a person. They cause a person to be confronted
with their own evil and what the person fears. Harry is not successful in
deriving the dementors away on his own. In book 3, p. 236-237, Lupin
teachers him a spell to put a barrier between him and the dementors.
|In the occult, psychic
vampires are similar to dementors. They feed on the emotional energy of
people. Fear is a strong emotion that dementors feed on.