It is understandable why many Christian critics have formed these views, in these following verses:
Leviticus 19:26- “Do not practice divination or sorcery.”
Galatians 5:19-21- “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
We agree that the actual practice of witchcraft and sorcery is sinful, we condemn all those practice them.
However, the Harry Potter books are merely fantasy, not reality, and kids realize that it’s a fantasy setting in which many of the themes of real life are played out.
The main themes addressed in the book series are love, friendship, bravery, loyalty, and growing up.
Author JK Rowling had this to say on the subject in a 1999 interview with Book Links:
“If this subject offends people, that isn’t what I want to do, but I don’t believe in censorship for any age group, and this is what I wanted to write about. The book is really about the power of the imagination. What Harry is learning to do is to develop his full potential. Wizardry is just the analogy I use. If anyone expects it to be a book that seriously advocates learning magic, they will be disappointed. Not least because the author does not believe in magic in that way.”
Another theme of the series is the constant battle between good (Harry Potter) and evil (Voldemort). These themes are presented in engaging ways, as they are intertwined in wonderfully intricate plots that spark one’s imagination. More »