Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Line in the Harry Potter Sand

Sister Mary Martha has a very interesting post on her blog . . . . I welcome the opinions of friends and readers.

Dear Sister,
Due to a recent discussion among some good Catholics I know the whole witch/magic thing has been on my mind lately and I'M SO CONFUSED!!!! I feel like everyone has their own adamant opinion of where the line should be drawn with reading that kind of stuff and I can't figure out where the line should ACTUALLY be drawn. Like is Harry Potter okay? What about Twilight? I feel like you have the Bible on one end of the spectrum and the satanic bible on the other and somewhere in between a line has to be drawn but I don't know where! Oh and if witches aren't real then why is this stuff a problem at all? HELP!

I actually think I can clear this up for you! You have to draw your own line. That's the simple answer. But it's not a shot in the dark. (Note from Soutenus:  I would add that your line just might be different than your child's. Age, formation, maturity and personality tendencies all must be considered)

Let's walk you through it.

Point #1. There are no witches, warlocks, werewolves, vampires, magic spells, potions or wizards.

There are, however, people who attempt to be these things. That doesn't mean they actually are these things, or that they have any magical, mystical powers.

Point #2. Evil exists. The devil exists. The devil is trying to win your soul.

Now, if you were the devil how would you go about that? If I were the devil, I would work with people who think they are witches and I would work on you to believe that they had some power over you.

The mind is the most powerful thing in this equation. It's easier to believe that the reason you never finish anything is because you are an Aries with Gemini rising, than to believe the truth, that you are a little lazy or scattered or unable to concentrate. The next thing you know, you're checking your chart to see what to do next. Thanks, Omar!

The question is, how seriously do you take this stuff? I think I can safely read Harry Potter. (I haven't, but only because I'm just not interested. I like to read about Abraham Lincoln.) I can do that because I fully understand that it is fully fiction and I can sit back an enjoy the fantasy world because it is just that -- fantasy.

As I have mentioned before, "The Wizard of Oz" is all about witches, too, but I don't hear anyone squawking about that delightful fantasy. Fairy tales are full of magic and sorcery and witches, too. Is anyone talking about banning the Brothers Grimm. Let me answer that: no.
Perhaps the Jehovah's Witnesses, on second thought.

If you want to dress up like Harry Potter or the Wicked Witch of the West for Halloween, great! Have fun!
But if your interest in Harry Potter causes you to study the black arts, or talk about it as though it were real, or question the Pope, then stay away from this stuff.

The Catholic Church actually wishes everyone would stay away from this stuff, but not because it is, oh, so dangerous. The Catholic Church has to take care of everybody, and everybody can't handle it. Mother Church can't take the chance on telling everyone to have at Harry Potter and then have some poor soul decide he is a wizard and run around in a pointy hat until he finds himself in Hell.

The Catholic Church will always warn you never to open the door to the devil. Isn't that the moral of the story of "Dracula"? Never open the door to a vampire. Evil = the devil.

I can't tell you whether or not to read such things. I can understand why some people are so adamantly against them. People are weak. We must guard the weak. (Another note from Soutenus - you may also want to read "weak" as: young, naive, ignorant, morally at risk, those who do not do well with peer pressure, etc.)

As long as you understand that witches and the like are not real at all, then they are no problems at all. The giant that lived at the top of the beanstalk is no threat to you and neither is Harry Potter.

Point #3: Do stay away from the "Twilight" series. It's not about vampires. It's about teenage sex and a heroine who is readily willing to risk her own soul to be with a vampire.  Thanks, devil!
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GrandmaK said...

Very good explanation. I did enjoy Harry Potter, but have no interest in Twilight series. Harry Potter was entertaining. But then I know there as no such thing as wizards, witches, etc. Wishing you well and a wonderful week. Cathy

bridget {bake at 350} said...

We read and LOVED Harry Potter. The message behind it is not to believe in witches and wizards, but the strength of love and sacrifice and loyalty and bravery. I think many people who shun it would be surprised...especially by the ending....not to give anything away here. ;)

And I never thought about the Wizard of Oz. Interesting!

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