"The Wicked World of Harry Potter," is available
from Vernon Baptist Church, Pastor Glen
Spencer, Jr., SR2 2002 E, Punkhannock, Pennsylvania 18657. 570-333-4263
VernonBaptist@prodigy.net (e-mail) --
As a Pastor I have received many questions over the past few
years about Harry Potter and his
shenanigans. With the popularity of Potter continuing to soar
Christian parents need to be
informed so as to make the right choices. God has not left us
in the dark concerning what is,
and what is not acceptable for His people. As in all matters
of faith and practice, the Word
of God is our final authority. We will not look at the Word of
God in light of Harry Potter,
but rather, Harry Potter in light of the Word of God. God's Word
does have quite a bit to say
about Harry Potter.
"And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar
spirits, and after wizards, to go a
whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul,
and will cut him off from among
his people. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for
I am the LORD your God"
"When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy
God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to
do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be
found among you any one that
maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that
useth divination, or an
observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer,
or a consulter with familiar
spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these
things are an abomination unto
the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God
doth drive them out from before
thee" (Deuteronomy 18:9-12).
America's kids have gone wild over Harry Potter. Everywhere
you go-grocery stores, department
stores, book stores, and other retail places, you will find Harry
Potter books. These books
have infiltrated homes, school libraries, public libraries, along
with the minds of America's
young people. The market has been flooded with the witchcraft
and wizardry of Harry Potter.
The BBC News agency recently reported:
"Bloomsbury has now sold more than 110 million copies
of the books in several languages around
the world. The company has also cashed in on the phenomenon through
a range of Harry Potter
merchandise. It is now preparing for the launch of the film in
November and says its printers
are poised for a 'wide range of possible reprint figures.'"
Think about that! One hundred and ten million copies. It is
obvious that sin and wickedness is
popular in this depraved world.
While there seems to be lot of controversy about whether or
not these books are suitable for
the young reader, such need not be the case for Christians. A
casual reading of these books
will quickly expose their dangerous and destructive content.
The Christian is to be separated
from the wicked things of this world. We are commanded to, "...
have no fellowship with the
unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Ephesians
5:11). If Christians would
obey this verse alone, there would be no question about Harry
Potter. Our place is not to get
mixed up in the darkness, but as the light of the world, we are
to expose the darkness. Paul
said, "Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup
of devils" (1 Corinthians 10:21).
There is no middle ground here. Reading Harry Potter is drinking
from the devil's cup. The
pursuits and activities of Harry Potter are enough to discern
that these writings are
dangerous and should not be accepted by anyone-let alone Christians.
However, during the past several months numerous "Christian
leaders" have accepted and
promoted Harry Potter as harmless and helpful for young people.
Here are a few quotes from
these so-called leaders:
Recently the popular and new evangelical, radio commentator,
Chuck Colson, in his Breakpoint
broadcast, praised Potter and his friends for their: "Courage,
loyalty, and a willingness to
sacrifice for one another-even at the risk of their lives."
Colson went on to brush Potter's satanic practices off as:
"Purely mechanical, as opposed to
occultic. That is, Harry and his friends cast spells, read crystal
balls, and turn themselves
into animals-but they don't make contact with a supernatural
Roy Maynard, author for highly circulated World Magazine praised
Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer's Stone as: "A delight-with a surprising bit of
depth ... Rowling ... keeps it safe,
inoffensive, and non-occult. This is the realm of Gandalf and
the Wizard of Id, not
witchcraft. There is a fairy-tale order to it all in which, as
Chesterton and Tolkien pointed
out, magic must have rules, and good does not-cannot-mix with
Wheaton College professor Alan Jacobs said that Harry Potter
promotes: "A kind of spiritual
warfare.... A struggle between good and evil.... There is in
books like this the possibility
for serious moral reflection ... the question of what to do with
magic powers is explored in
an appropriate and morally serious way."
The popular Christianity Today magazine published the following
comment: "We think you should
read the Harry Potter books to our kids. The literary witchcraft
of the series has almost no
resemblance to the I-am-God mumbo jumbo of Wiccan circles. Author
Rowling has created a world
with real good and evil, and Harry is definitely on the side
of light fighting the 'dark
powers'... Among the laugh-out-loud scenes are wonderful examples
of compassion, loyalty,
courage, friendship and self-sacrifice."
Earlier James Dobson's Focus on the Family made the following
comment: "Harry Potter is a
standard tale of good vs. evil, and good always wins in the end.
Harry, the hero, often
triumphs because of his upright character and pure motives. Unconditional
love and courage are
held as ideals of great importance. By following Harry and his
best friend Ron, the reader
gets a glimpse of true loyalty and friendship, as well as self-sacrifice."
These are just a few sad remarks by undiscerning Christian
leaders who will not take a stand.
How one can read the Bible, believe what God has said, and promote
Harry Potter is beyond me.
That these books are demonic and dangerous can hardly be denied.
"Woe unto them that call evil
good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for
darkness; that put bitter for
sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20).
The Decorative Tale
The Harry Potter series of novels is the work of Scottish
author J. K. Rowling. Her main
character is Harry, an eleven year old son of wizard parents
who were both murdered by the
wicked wizard Lord Voldemort. Orphaned Harry is sent to live
with his mean "muggle" (non-
wizard humans) relatives, his horrible uncle Vernon and aunt
Petunia Dursley along with their
despicable and disgusting son, Dudley. In his new home Harry
is forced to sleep in a small
closet under the stairs. It is not long until he discovers his
predestination to be a wizard
when an owl delivers a message to Harry telling him that he has
been accepted at the famous
"Hogwart's School of Wizardry and Witchcraft." It is
at this school where Harry meets a whole
host of wicked and demonic characters.
At Hogwarts Harry is introduced to the world of witchcraft,
wizardry, and sorcery as he
becomes involved in all sorts of occult activity like creating
potions, casting spells,
necromancy, and other wicked practices. Although Harry is portrayed
as the main character-it
is easy to see that he is not. Witches, wizards, ghosts, and
other eerie characters play the
lead roles in the Potter series.
Potter books portray the world of sorcery and witchcraft as
exciting and attractive. Witches
are portrayed as dazzling and wonderful, while normal people
(known as Muggles in the books)
are boring and unbelieving. Harry Potter along with his wizard
and witch friends lie, steal,
break rules, disobey and disregard authority. There is swearing,
revenge, and violence.
One of the textbooks at Harry school (Hogwarts School of Witchcraft
and Wizardry) is titled
"The Standard Book of Spells." The instructors of the
school are ghosts who died frightening
and horrible deaths. One of the characters is named "Near
Headless Nick." He was killed by
being struck forty-five times on the neck with a dull axe. There
are ghosts who haunt bathroom
toilets. There are creatures called Dementors that suck the soul
Harry Potter makes and uses drug potions, including the dangerous
psychedelic drug thujone
used to make a drink called Absinthe. Absinthe was very popular
in the 1700's but has been
illegal to produce or sell in the United States since March 16,
1915. Other potions and
additives used by Potter are Monkshood, Mandrake, and the "The
Elixer Of Life," a potion that
gives wizards and witches eternal life. In one of the Potter
novels there is a "Sorcerer's
Stone" that has the power to give eternal life.
Though Rowling claims that her books are merely fiction Harry
Potter books are none the less
loaded with raw occultism. Throughout the pages of Potter one
will find wizardry, witchcraft,
sorcery, magic, divination, casting spells, etc. In addition
you find disrespect for
authority, rebellion, and a multitude of other wickedness clearly
condemned by God in His
Word. Evil and wickedness are presented as attractive and acceptable.
The Devil's Territory
There is nothing holy and honorable about Potter. Although
wrapped in fancy covers and dressed
with captivating storylines, the fact that Potter is deceptive
and dangerous cannot be denied.
Rowling claims that her books are only fiction and are therefore,
harmless to the young people
who read them. While we understand that the stories may be fiction,
it is evident that the
practices promoted in the stories are far from fiction. They
are indeed a reality and
forbidden by the Word of God. "When thou art come into the
land which the LORD thy God giveth
thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those
nations. There shall not be
found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to
pass through the fire, or that
useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or
a witch, Or a charmer, or a
consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
For all that do these things
are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations
the LORD thy God doth
drive them out from before thee" (Deuteronomy 18:9-12).
This passage of Scripture, though
written thousands of years ago, is just as up to date as tomorrows
headlines. Here we find
nine practices forbidden by God and from the start He identifies
them as "abominations."
Several of these practices overlap. They are:
(1) To make a child "to pass through the fire."
This passage refers to the pagan custom of
sacrificing children to the pagan god Molech. Many who would
never think of sacrificing their
children physically are sacrificing them spiritually with satanism
and spiritism as found in
Harry Potter books.
(2) The use of "divination." Noah Webster defines
divination as, "The act of divining; a
foretelling future events, or discovering things secret or obscure,
by the aid of superior
beings, or by other than human means." The wicked practice
of divination can easily be found
throughout the Potter series.
(3) "An observer of times." One who claims to foretell
the future, a soothsayer, a false
prophet. Such is a prevailing theme with Potter.
(4) "An enchanter." Noah Webster defines an enchanter
as, "One who enchants; a sorcerer or
magician; one who has spirits or demons at his command; one who
practices enchantment, or
pretends to perform surprising things by the agency of demons."
One would not have to stretch
his imagination to see such wicked practices in Harry Potter.
(5) "A witch." One who practices witchcraft (one
who makes use of magic formulas (potions) or
spells. Potter books are loaded with potions and spells. There
is a lot of controversy in our
time about "good witches" and "bad witches."
It is just a smokescreen! All witchcraft is an
(6) "A charmer." "One that charms, or has power
to charm; one that uses or has the power of
enchantment" Noah Webster. "A dealer in spells, one
who by means of spells or charms pretends
to achieve some desired result. The verb here used primarily
means to bind, and the species of
magic indicated is probably that practiced by binding certain
knots, whereby it was supposed
that the curse or blessing, as the case might he, was bound on
its object; this was
accompanied apparently with incantation" (Psalm 58:5)-W.
A. Alexander, The Pulpit Commentary.
As we can see, the practice of the charmer overlaps with the
witch. One of Harry's textbooks
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he attends
school is titled "The Standard
Book of Spells."
(7) "A consulter with familiar spirits." "One
who asks or inquires of an Ob, that is, a
Python, or divining spirit. This spirit was supposed to be in
the person of the conjurer, and
to be able to reveal to him what was secret or hidden in the
future (Leviticus 20:27; Samuel
28:7, 8; Acts 16:16). The notion of "a familiar spirit,"
i.e. a spirit not dwelling in the
person, but with which he is intimate - generally the spirit
of one who formerly lived on
earth - is a modern notion not known to Scripture-W. A. Alexander,
The Pulpit Commentary.
Harry and his friends are constantly meddling with the spirit
(8) "a wizard." A male witch. One who makes use
of magic formulas (potions) or casting spells.
(See comments under 5 6).
(9) "A necromancer." This is someone who inquires
of the dead. Noah Webster defines it as,
"One who pretends to foretell future events by holding converse
with departed spirits; a
The Bible clearly warns against and condemns the occult and
it's practices. Harry Potter
erroneously teaches that there are "good witches" and
"bad witches." For the sake of sales,
Rowling dresses her witchcraft in deceptive language to make
it appear as a battle between
good and evil. Satan has a way of making dark things appear to
be good. "And no marvel; for
Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light" (2
Corinthians 11:14). All witchcraft is
wicked. The result of practicing these wicked things is unmistakable
and clear. "All that do
these things are an abomination unto the LORD"(Deuteronomy
Such practices are "an abomination unto the LORD."
God did not pass them off as fantasy and
fiction. Instead He listed them as capital offenses that were
not to be accepted or tolerated.
Christians today need to quit play games with God's Word and
just obey it. In Old Testament
times witches were not allowed. "Thou shalt not suffer a
witch to live" (Exodus 22:18). We are
not sent out on witch hunts today. However, we must realize that
God takes these abominable
practices seriously and so must we. Harry Potter books are loaded
down with many if not all of
the practices and abominations that God forbids His people to
be involved in.
Jesus said, "For every tree is known by his own fruit.
For of thorns men do not gather figs,
nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes" (Luke 6:44). Please
answer this question. What kind
of fruit comes from Harry Potter? The answer is undeniable. The
pages of Potter are overloaded
with rebellion, witchcraft, wizardry, sorcery, divination, observing
of times, consulting with
familiar spirits, spell casting, etc. Harry Potter is full of
abominable sin. Paul said, "Now
the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery,
lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations,
wrath, strife, seditions,
heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such
like: of the which I tell you
before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which
do such things shall not inherit
the kingdom of God" (Galatians 5:19-21). Instead of try
to make excuses to toy with sin, why
not just take God at His Word and reject Harry Potter.
The Dangerous Tolerance
God has designed that parents train their children in righteousness.
Our young people need to
be familiar with the Word of God-not the occult. "Hear,
O Israel: The LORD our God is one
LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart,
and with all thy soul, and
with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this
day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt
talk of them when thou
sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and
when thou liest down, and when
thou risest up" (Deuteronomy 6:4-7). It is every parent's
responsibility to raise their
children for God. "Train up a child in the way he should
go: and when he is old, he will not
depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).
The bombardment of Rowling's occult teaching breeds familiarity
in the minds of our young
people with that which God has commanded them to have no part
of. It is Satan's plan to
desensitize children concerning the wickedness and abomination
of such practices. The
attractive and dazzling stories that Rowling calls "fantasy"
serves to take the edge off the
sin and wickedness involved. As in Jeremiah's time, folks will
become so familiar with
wizardry, witchcraft, sorcery, and other abominable practices
that they won't even be ashamed
of it. "Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?
nay, they were not at all
ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall
among them that fall: in the time
of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD"
(Jeremiah 8:12). Notice that they
had gotten so use to the wickedness that they weren't even "ashamed"
of anymore and "neither
could they blush." They had been involved in their abominations
so long that they were use to
it. They had accepted the wicked practices forbidden by God-they
had become desensitized. That
which is condemned by God and once brought horror to God fearing
people the world doesn't even
take notice to it. In many cases they flaunt it as R. K. Rowling
does in her writings. "The
show of their countenance doth witness against them; and they
declare their sin as Sodom, they
hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil
unto themselves" (Isaiah 3:9).
Whether or not the stories are real to Rowling is irrelevant.
The reality of the content of
her books is very real. Young children are introduced to wicked
and forbidden practices
dressed up in story book garb it takes the edge off the sinful
and abominable practices
forbidden by God Almighty. Harry Potter creates the familiarity
and infatuation with
abominable practice-the next step is involvement.
The Divine Truth
We are living in the latter times-the exact time that the
Apostle Paul spoke of when he said,
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times
some shall depart from the faith,
giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils"
(1 Timothy 4:1). These seducing
spirits and doctrines of the devils are rampant today. The occult
has launched an all out
attack in an attempt to claim as many victims as possible. Harry
Potter is loaded with occult
practices. The word occult is derived from the Latin word occultus
which means, "things
hidden, secret and mysterious." It is the things that we
studied earlier from Deuteronomy 18:
9-12. Harry Potter's world is one of wicked occult practices.
While many pass the spirit world
off as fantasy and child's play, it is, nonetheless, very real
This world is a battleground and the Christian is engaged
in war. Paul warned us to, "Put on
the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against
the wiles of the devil. For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness
in high places" (Ephesians
6:11-12). Is Harry Potter simply harmless fantasy and fiction?
The answer is no! The Bible
declares that "...Satan himself is transformed into an angel
of light." Satan has peddled
Harry Potter to the world as something that is harmless fun.
Satan is a great deceiver who is
able to make things look good when they are not. The fancy covers
and entertaining content of
Potter books have captured the hearts and minds of many unsuspecting
readers. The forces of
evil and wickedness are gaining ground because so many Christians
have failed in their duty as
a soldier of Jesus Christ and have become entangled in the affairs
of this world. "No man that
warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that
he may please him who hath
chosen him to be a soldier" (2 Timothy 2:4). As God's people
we are not to be entangled in
this world's wickedness, but rather, engaged in warfare against
Rowling's books introduce her readers to witchcraft, satanism,
sorcery, magic, divination,
rebellion and other wickedness. It is not simple fiction and
fantasy-it is instead a subtle
and satanic indoctrination of young people. Children are young
and impressionable. God has
designed that their young minds and character are to be developed
by the principles of His
Word. As Christian parents we must reject that which God rejects
and train our children up in
the "nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
We cannot stop a pagan world from
enjoying the wickedness of their sins and gods. However, we can
refuse to sacrifice our
children to their "Molechs"
"Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of
devils" (1 Corinthians 10:21).
VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH Dr. Glen Spencer Jr. SR2 2002 E-Tunkhannock
Pa 18657 Phone: (570) 333- 4263 Email: VernonBaptist@prodigy.net>