Is Harry Potter a work of evil?
August 17, 2007 7:17am CST
The religious sector is claiming that this book is a work of evil. What can you say about it? For me, it is not a work of evil at any rate. Because the story is about a boy who got his parents lost into a tradegy brought about by Lord Voldemort. He lived with this uncle and aunt and their son who treated him unjustly.
• United States
17 Aug 07
I often wonder about the people who complain about the books. I don't think they coould possibly have read them because if they had they would have noticed that a bunch of good kids use their brains and friendship to overcome the bad characters in the stories. If that's not a positive for kids I don't know what is.
3 Jun 08
What's so evil about Harry Potter? The whole story is about struggle against evil and about love that can defeat said evil. Honestly, can love be evil? Maybe people are just jealous of JKR's success. Or they want to make a big sensation so their sect can be famous too. Just my two cents.
• United States
2 Jun 08
Reading is never evil. Nor is a FANTASY novel, meant solely for entertainment. Ignorance and refusal to educate and read are the true evils in this world. Harry Potter is not evil. Harry Potter is a little kid trying to find his way in a harsh world. The same people calling this book evil are the ignorant ones that say they follow the 10 commandments, while they are JUDGING at the same time. (Which is against those same commandments.) Education is Godly. Open-mindedness and getting to know and accept others around the world and many beliefs without judging is Godly. Refusal to do so, refusal to accept others, open the mind or..refusal to LOVE is evil. Ignorance is evil. Education/reading and understanding that your way isn't the only way..that is the opposite of evil. The sooner we all make the effort to read,educate and understand other people and other ways and avoid wars, ..then there will be a better place to live. I find it odd that these same people thought it great to go see the killing of Jesus for 40 minutes and called it wonderful..while they watched their supposed "saviour" be tortured and die for 40 minutes did not find that EVIL! But they have a problem with a story about a little child finding a fantasy way out of being abused by his own family! Maybe it cuts them too close to home? But no..I think the series was fun and entertaining. It is ridiculous to call a fantasy book that SO many children were interested in enough to actually read..evil. Hey! It got kids reading! Take it and run!!! What next? Are they also going to call Charolette's Web evil? (Does anyone really listen to these fanatics anymore? If we listened to them, we;d have believed multiple times the world was gonna end on the last day of EVERY century, for goodness sakes!!)
22 Feb 08
Many people claimed that Harry Potter is a work of evil. I just don't know why. I've read and re-read all the books, and I see no evil in it. The words of the spells are mainly in Latin, JK said so, and they have literal meanings. Also, how could a children's/young adult's book be evil? For one, there is nothing evil about 3 kids fighting and struggling to outtake Voldemort in his quest for the ultimate domination of Muggles. There is also nothing evil about "love," which is the first and final concept of Voldemort's defeat the first and the last time around. And is there any evil in Dumbledore? He is almost perfect, except for the fact that he collaborated and worked with Grindelwald when he was younger. I do love the Harry Potter series and I think there is nothing evil about it. It even reveals that evil people have their own fears. Some of the ideas in the stories are also applicable in the real world, and I see no evil in that. I guess they call it evil because it patronizes "magic" "wizards" and "witches" with whom people feared in the mid 16th (?) century.
18 Aug 07
Are you kidding me?! Even if all the stars in the sky were summed. Not even a word that as many times stronger than the word "EVIL" could ever used to discribe this book. I guess it's just shows that the more famous you are the more people are jealous of you.
• United States
17 Aug 07
I think that there is nothing evil about Harry Potter. Some preacher I heard talking about the books said that it taught kids to direct their energies toward magic. That it taught kids to concentrate hard enough to make bad things happen to others through witchcraft. He even stated that the inclusion of "spells", which any Potter reader will tell you is nothing more than some Latin words thrown in, is proof that the books were teaching the children how to perform magic. No disrespect to this particular preacher or to the countless others who disagree with Harry Potter, but, give me a break! There are those who are afraid to even read the book for fear that it will make them think evil thoughts, etc. Their arguments apparently stem from witchcraft (the meaning of which was far too mistranslated in the King James version of the Bible), being thought of as evil. To them, the very fact that Harry is a wizard, Hermione a witch, is what makes the books "evil". In their eyes, to heroize someone who practices any SORT of magic, is to promote evil, and sin, and Satan. You can thank that little portion in the Bible which says, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live". In the Bible there were quite a few references to witches, which included changing their total meanings. For instance, the witch of Endor, wasn't a witch at all in the original versions of the Bible, she was a seer, which is nothing at all like a witch. Remember the King James version was written during times when witch-hunts were the norm. So, anyone "negative" was instantly turned into a witch or a sorcerer. That said, there have been many books written throughout the annals of time which pits good against evil. Afterall, this is the CORE message of the Harry Potter series. Good versus evil. Which, to me, reinforces christian or religious values, simply by showing that good (the side of God) will always triumph over evil (the side of the devil). But, as I stated before, to those who follow the idea that magic, sorcery, witchcraft, etc. is evil, they believe that there is no such thing as "white" or "good" magic. To them, all of it is practicing the dark arts. I had this argument with my mother over the books. She warned me before I had ever read any of them that they were evil. She told me that it was unsuitable for me or my children to read them. I didn't begin reading them until after the release of the 5th book, not from fear of what was in the books, but for me I thought they were too mainstream. Once I began to read them, I couldn't stop. I let my children watch the movies and I even read the books to them. This angered my mother, who listened intently to the preacher who stated that it was all a work of evil. I'm sorry, but if you can find a book that is interesting, entertaining and provides good morals, then I'm all for it.