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Wizard-in-training Harry Potter, the
fictional star of a series of phenomenally
popular children’s books (by author J.K.
Rowling), has fended off evil warlocks, giant
snakes and a three-headed dog, but he may have
just gained his most powerful enemy yet – the
Lindy Beam, a "youth
culture analyst" for Focus on the Family
worried in her "What Shall We Do With
Harry?" piece about "desensitization
to witchcraft" and the fact that Rowling
"does not write from the basis of
Robert McGee, associate pastor for
discipleship at First Baptist Church in
Merritt Island, FL wrote an opinion column in
the Baptist Press on Nov. 2 saying, "God
has declared the very practices presented in
Harry Potter an abomination (see Deuteronomy
18). When individuals use the power of
witchcraft, they are using demonic power and
opening themselves to demons.
Unfortunately many Christians appear to
believe that God’s warnings about witchcraft
are worthless, as they have concluded that
witchcraft is just a bad use of imagination
and nothing else."
McGee continued, "This is a
crucial victory for Satan and has put our
children in great danger."
McGee has created an
anti-Potter website, www.therealpotter.com
McGee even appears in an
anti-Potter video titled "Harry Potter:
Witchcraft Repackaged – Making Evil Look
Jennifer L. Zebel, director of children’s
ministries at Applewood Baptist Chrurch in
Wheat Ridge, CO took her turn in the Baptist
Press to write, "I cannot believe that
any secular book, character or movie
advocating witchcraft of any kind could be
this wildly successful without Satan having an
agenda for it."
Zebel continued, "The bottom
line is that we know the right choice is to
steer clear of these books and movies, but we
don’t want to make the sacrifice. Satan
is a wonderful writer and movie
producer. I grieve for the misguided
effort of such a talented writer as J.K.
Rowling. She may have no idea that her
imaginative, creative mind is being used as a
tool by Satan to casually draw an entire
generation of Americans toward the seductive
side of witchcraft."
Richard Abanes, hawking his book Harry
Potter and the Bible: The Menace Behind the
Magic said, "The books present
astrology, numerology, mediumship, crystal
gazing. Kids are enthralled with it, and
kids like to copy."
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Potter: Seduction of the Occult"
By Martha Kleder, November/December
2001 issue of Family Voice
Rev. [Robert] McGee points out that the Potter
craze has a particular danger.
“With Harry Potter children are
for the first time seeing other children, step
by step, learning to access demonic power to
get what they want.”
“I counseled many with
backgrounds in witchcraft and the occult,”
said McGee. “Breaking an addiction to drugs
or alcohol is easier than leaving demonic
spiritual forces behind. Several of my
patients confirmed that many of today’s
witches, pagans and other occult practitioners
continue the practices of the ancients
including drug use and ritual sex.”
Montenegro, occult expert and founder of the
Answers for the New Age, disputes claims
that the books center on the theme of good
“There is no moral center in
Harry Potter,” said Montenegro. “Good and
evil are depicted as being two sides of the
same coin, which is an occult worldview.
“Why is Harry considered good?
He breaks the rules, gets away with it, and is
even rewarded for it. As one of Harry’s
professors says in book three, ‘Harry is a
law unto himself.’ From a Christian
perspective, this cannot be.”
A former astrology professional
and occult practitioner, Montenegro now serves
as a missionary with Fellowship
International Mission of Allentown,
Pennsylvania. She is also working on her
master’s degree in apologetics.
“The occult … is very
attractive to kids who are seeking power,
affirmation and acceptance, especially those
from dysfunctional homes,” Montenegro added.
“Harry Potter—targeted at children in the
critical ages of 9 through 13—feeds that
thirst with practices prohibited by the Bible.
I can’t understand why Christian parents
wouldn’t be concerned about it.”
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From Reuters, December
ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico
(Reuters) – A New Mexico church plans to burn
Harry Potter books because they are "an
abomination to God," the church pastor
said on Wednesday.
Pastor Jack Brock said he
would have a "holy bonfire" on
Sunday at the Christ Community Church in
Alamogordo in southern New Mexico to torch
books about the fictional teen-age wizard who
is wildly popular with young people.
"These books encourage
our youth to learn more about witches,
warlocks, and sorcerers, and those things are
an abomination to God and to me," Brock,
74, told Reuters.
"Harry Potter books are
going to destroy the lives of many young
The books, written by British
author J.K. Rowling, have been runaway
bestsellers and a movie, "Harry Potter
and the Sorcerer’s Stone," is currently a
Brock, whose said his
Christmas Eve sermon was titled "The Baby
Jesus or Harry Potter?," described the
book burning as part of an effort to encourage
Christians to remove everything from their
homes that prevents them from communicating
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From Associated Press,
ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico (AP) —
As hundreds protested nearby, a New Mexico
church group burned Harry Potter and other
Jack Brock, the Christ Community Church
founder and pastor, said the books burned
Sunday were "a masterpiece of satanic
"These books teach children how they can
get into witchcraft and become a witch, wizard
or warlock," Brock said. Members sang
"Amazing Grace" as they threw Potter
books, plus some other books and magazines,
into the fire.
Across the street, protesters chanting
"Stop burning books" stretched in a
line a quarter of a mile long.
"It may be useless but we want (the
church) to know the community is not behind
them," said Joann Booth, who protested
with her four grandchildren. One protester
dressed up as Adolf Hitler.
Brock told the congregation that he viewed the
attention the church received as a blessing.
"There are those that are doing their
best to make us look bad." Brock said.
"But because of this, I’ve been able to
preach the gospel around the world."
A letter to the Alamogordo Daily News inviting
the community to attend the fire sparked
debate in the town of 36,000. On Tuesday,
protesters held signs reading "Book
burning? Shame on our town" in front of
the public library. Inside was a display
highlighting the books.
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‘Harry Potter’ Prompts Police Boycott
PENRYN, Pa. (AP) – The police
department has refused to direct traffic at a
YMCA triathlon because it says the club
promotes witchcraft by reading Harry Potter
books to children.
Penryn Fire Police Capt.
Robert Fichthorn said the eight-member force
voted unanimously to boycott the 20th running
of the triathlon, scheduled for Sept. 7.
“I don’t feel right taking
our children’s minds and teaching them
(witchcraft),” Fichthorn said. “As long as
we don’t stand up, it won’t stop. It’s
unfortunate that this is the way it has to
The Lancaster Family YMCA
began reading chapters of the Harry Potter
books to children enrolled in an after-school
program in November.
In a letter to the township
and the YMCA, Fichthorn challenged the
religious integrity of the YMCA, and
questioned whether it was “serving the will
of God” in using the books.
The wildly popular children’s
books by J.K. Rowling chronicle the fictional
adventures of the young Harry Potter as he
attends a boarding school for wizards and
battles his nemesis, the evil sorcerer
The YMCA’s executive director,
Michael Carr, said he was disappointed by the
department’s decision, but doesn’t expect it
to stop about 600 triathletes from
participating in the race.
Township Supervisor Ronald
Krause said the YMCA may have to hire police
from another community to direct traffic for
The course includes a one-mile
swim, a 25-mile bicycle route and a 6.2-mile
run. About 200 volunteers are needed to run
the event, which passes through Penryn, a
small community about 66 miles west of
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