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Are you going to see the new Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” this weekend?

This movie franchise has been a phenomenal success over the past decade and will probably be tops at the box office this weekend and for several weeks to come.

But there’s more to “Harry Potter” than a fun night at the movies. Some of the major threads that the filmmakers have drawn from J.K. Rowling’s books are those of love, relationships, and community. These are the tools that Harry, Ron, and Hermione possess that the villain Voldemort and his Death Eaters do not – and therefore make the protagonists worth watching.

In past movies, Harry Potter has not vanquished evil on his own. Instead, he has his friends, classmates, and mentors to stand by his side and support him.

In our own worlds, we might think we can solve all our problems by ourselves, but in reality we need one another. Like Harry, we need good, solid relationships – especially those with a foundation of shared Catholic spirituality, morals, and outlook – to make it through the day.

In the scriptures, Jesus tells Simon Peter, “Satan has demanded to sift you all like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail. And once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers here” (Luke 22:31-32). Likewise, God knows that life will hand us our share of troubles, but we don’t have to do it alone. Our friends, our relationships and our mentors can strengthen and support us just as the students and teachers at Hogwarts are there for Harry.

In the end (although that technically won’t come until the second half of the movie is released next summer), the ultimate magic that Harry needs to combat Voldemort isn’t necessarily a summoning charm or a levitation incantation. The ultimate tool is the love shared among friends.

And the best part about that?

We Muggles don’t need to be enrolled at Hogwarts to achieve that magic. When we open ourselves to others and establish good, faith-filled relationships, we receive one of God’s greatest gifts, the love of Christ expressed through one another.



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12 Comments

  1. Nicholas-124272 November 19, 2010

    Harry Potter is satanic.

    • Angel-613532 November 20, 2010

      If Nicholas is not joking…I agree with him. Harry Potter is not other thing that a film looking to prepare the minds of the new generations to have an obscure vision of the world, promoting apostasy, and ocultism. Of course what is behind this film is not God, nothing good.

      BUT the worst of all IS NOT THE FILM itself, the worst of all are the already prepared minds to ridicule, attack, degrade, and to mock of opinions like Nichola’s and mine, labeling them as “extremists” and “religious fanatic”….that is the world today….sadly.

      GOD WITH US.

      • Lauren-595722 November 20, 2010

        I agree with Nicholas and Angel. I see it so sadly that nearly EVERYONE was talking about this movie and the books, and they don’t realize that they’re toying with the devil. JK Rowling is a self-proclaimed witch, using spells and magic in the books and now the movies that are shown to be real spells that witches in this world do profess to use. It’s scary, and when people start talking about how amazing it is, yes, the movies and how they’re made are very well done, but good movies that praise God can be just as well done. It’s horrible…and most people don’t even know that it’s bad. I have STRONG Catholic friends who go nuts over this movie, and it just sickens me. All we can do is give out the facts, and pray. God bless all those who see the truth. and we pray that God will touch those who are “blind.”

      • Luke-595297 November 21, 2010

        Re Angel and Nicholas

        I think you two couldn’t be more wrong. If Harry Potter is satanic, then so is Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, and the Lord of the Rings.

        The magic in the Harry Potter books/films does not come from an evil place. They just exist. It is as natural as oxygen. There is no distortion of good, no trying to abuse the natural order. That’s what makes satanic magic evil. As in most things in life, the evil magic that is done i in these stories ares a result how HOW people use it. NOT where they get it.

        The book is literally (pun intended) soaked with Christian theology. Lets look at the antagonist Voldemort. He is born from a witch who put a love charm on a man she was obsessed with. Of course when this man comes to his senses, he wants nothing to do with her. She is so obsessed with this man that she can not continue her life without him. Upon giving birth to their son she dies.

        This son was Voldemort. What’s so Christian about this? Christian theology states that love must be freely chosen. Forced love isn’t real and will lead to . To do so would be unnatural and does not honor the dignity due to the parties involved or the child that can result from it. It will produce bad ‘fruit.’ Voldermort is born our of forced and fake love. Therefor he is never really able to know love.

        As another example, look at this line from this book (I’m paraphrasing), “Well of course it’s all in your head. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less real.” Remind you of anything? Like say…ohhh prayer?

        There’s more, but I doubt it will help. Before you go off shouting such serious accusations, you really should know what you are talking about. This ignorance and bigotry are one of the many reasons why we’re losing the cultural war.

        “If the Church does not engage in culture, the Gospel falls silent.”

      • Luke-595297 November 21, 2010

        (Please ignore my other post. Since this website is two years behind tech wise, my Chrome plug-in messed it all up. This is the complete version.)

        Re Angel and Nicholas

        I think you two couldn’t be more wrong. If Harry Potter is satanic, then so is Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, and the Lord of the Rings.

        The magic in the Harry Potter books/films does not come from an evil place. It just exists. It is as natural as oxygen. There is no distortion of good, no abuse of the natural order. As in most things in life, any ‘evil’ magic in these stories results from how people use it. Not where they get it.

        The book is literally (pun intended) soaked with Christian theology. Lets look at the antagonist Voldemort. He is born from an obsessed witch who put uses a love charm to seduce the object of her obsession. Of course when this man comes to his senses, he wants nothing to do with her. She is so obsessed with this man that she cannot continue her life without him. Upon giving birth to their son (Voldemort) she dies.

        Christian theology states that authentic love must result from choice. Forced love isn’t real. To do so would be unnatural and does not honor the dignity of all parties involved. It will produce bad ‘fruit.’ Voldemort is born our of forced and fake love. Because of this selfishness, he is never able to know love.

        As another example, look at this line from the ‘Deathly Hallows (I’m paraphrasing): “Well of course it’s all in your head. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less real.”

        Remind you of anything? Like say…ohhh prayer?

        Before you go off shouting such serious accusations, you really should know what you are talking about. This ignorance and bigotry are one of the many reasons why we’re losing the cultural war.

        “If the Church does not engage in culture, the Gospel falls silent.”

  2. Lori-215472 November 20, 2010

    I don’t know how Harry Potter is supposed to relate to us.

  3. Alaina-112145 November 20, 2010

    When I read Harry Potter, sometimes it feels like a parallel to my own life (a stretched one I know- but hey I have a fantastic imagination). I see a group of inexperienced, ill-prepared, scared-but-brave, young people living a life set against a tragic situation. Together they fight for the only thing worth fighting for (if you understand the dignity of life) each other! I myself am inexperienced, ill-prepared, and scared but trying to be brave. And sometimes this world that I live in feels like a tragic situation indeed with the lure and power of evil entering into people’s hearts mounting a growing threat. Furthermore I believe we are all called to be Harry Potters of our own life and times. Each of us is the chosen one- the elect- the called and we can’t turn our back on our mission. I may not have a lightening shaped scar on my forehead but at baptism I was marked with an indelible sign of what is to be expected of me. Because of sin my family too has perished but I was saved by love to live a life of battle against what tries to tear the world apart.
    Like I said, maybe that is stretching. But I don’t believe Harry Potter is anymore satanic than making a wish when you blow out your candles. It’s a story- and if you take away the controversial element (witchcraft and wizardry) then you have a pretty great moral as well. “Love conquers all.”

  4. Katy-303480 November 20, 2010

    I happen to love the books and movies. I am a teacher and have seen many kids who didn’t enjoy reading overcome that when they discover this series. I think it’s unfortunate that some of you are so quick to demean someone’s work – something she poured her heart and soul into – because of what you imply the tones to be. I would hope that none of you would want to take away someone’s right to enjoy FICTIONAL work.

    Lori, I understand your comment, “I don’t know how Harry Potter is supposed to relate to us;” however, the whole point is that these books and movies are FICTIONAL. You may not relate to them, but you can learn from, observe, and be entertained by them. I love the book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but I can’t relate to Scout.

    A great lesson for all, as said by Professor Dumbledore, is, “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

  5. Nnenna-651592 November 21, 2010

    i think we are all missing the point here. harry potter might be based on magic and etc, but the point he is trying to make is that love conquers all and the fight between good and evil is ongoing, but in the end, love, friendship, and the good in us is what will see us through. And as long as we remember that this is just fiction, i guess we will be fine.

  6. Marianne-646552 November 21, 2010

    Harry Potter promotes the paganization of culture. This is especially dangerous when so many modern Catholics are poorly formed in The Faith. We can’t be naive ! Literature shapes culture and culture shapes our lives . As Catholics–we are called to be apart from the “world” and it’s novelties / deceptions.Without a strong Faith foundation and knowledge of our Holy religion–we cannot be true soldiers for Christ. Without a strong Faith –we risk becoming blinded by a little magic and subtly drawn away from Truth. one book at a time. Remember– reading books is a powerful tool for conversion–it directly influences the way we think ! Think of St Ignatious of Loyola–he chose to read The Lives of the Saints ! Catholics today read Harry Potter………….

  7. Marcia-638548 November 22, 2010

    Since being on Catholic Match, I’m amazed at how many Catholics don’t seem to understand their faith. It’s inappropriate to promote movies and books which contain material that go against Catholic teaching–on a Catholic website–regardless if the theme has some “good things.”

  8. Catherine-609475 November 22, 2010

    Yet another perspective: The author of this book clearly knows more about the occult that the average bear. A lot more. One needs to consider how close to the fire you can sit before being burned. Harry Potter is polemic, some have a fear response that seems narrow and off-putting; this seems to cause others to react to the messenger and not the message. In order to believe that this book is OK for children you must be able to suspend what we know about people who live in the occult world. You must also be willing to say that lemon trees can grow pecans. Lots of adults will find a good message in the Potter series is they are already good people. “Blessed are the pure in heart, they will see God.” But children should have grown ups that protect them from messages that are not pure and true.

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