August 4, 2007

SEE THE SPLINTER, KNOW THE TREE:

Harry welcomed into church (Michelle Pauli, August 2, 2007, Guardian Unlimited)

Father Peter Fleetwood, a member of the Vatican's council for culture said at the time, "I don't see any problems in the Harry Potter series."

He went on to say that the good-versus-evil message of the books was consistent with Christian morality.

Countering suggestions from some evangelical groups that the tales of the magical school add glamour to occult beliefs, he said, "I don't think there's anyone in this room who grew up without fairies, magic and angels in their imaginary world. They aren't bad. They aren't serving as a banner for an anti-Christian ideology. If I have understood well the intentions of Harry Potter's author, they help children to see the difference between good and evil. And she is very clear on this."

Finally, he said JK Rowling was "Christian by conviction, is Christian in her mode of living, even in her way of writing."

Rowling said as much herself in an interview with Vancouver Sun in 2000. It "seems to offend the religious right far worse than if I said I thought there was no God," she commented, and added that it suited her not discuss her faith too freely because, otherwise, "I think the intelligent reader, whether 10 or 60, will be able to guess what's coming in the books."

Now, with the publication of the seventh and last book in the series, many more Christians seem to be coming round to this viewpoint.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 4, 2007 9:33 AM
Comments

"[F]airies, magic and angels in their imaginary world."

Hmm. I didn't realize that the church considered all those things imaginary.

Posted by: Ibid at August 4, 2007 11:18 AM

I took the above passage to mean cutesy "angelic" angels, as opposed to the angels described in the Bible.

Posted by: Stormy70 at August 4, 2007 2:15 PM

Couldn't Grawp be a stunted Nephilim?

Posted by: ratbert at August 4, 2007 4:55 PM

Those kind of complaints are a 'forest and trees' thing. It isn't the setting that is important, it is the message sent. IIRC, Father Brown once told Flambeau that even if there were other worlds with crystal trees, "Thou Shalt Not Steal" would still apply.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 5, 2007 2:01 PM
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