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Conservative Christians Give Harry Potter Their Blessing

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Posted on Jul 17, 2009
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Making the sign of the ... lightning bolt: The latest film in the “Potter” franchise gets L’Osservatore’s seal of approval, if not the pope’s.

Although the pope and other prominent Christians have registered their disapproval of the Harry Potter franchise in the past, the newest film in the series, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” is getting glowing reviews from fellow members of their fold. It’s not quite on the level of WWHPD? but some are noting the teenage wand-wielder’s similarities to a certain other powerful young man from a very popular book.

“Under God” in The Washington Post:

“As ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens, we are once again reminded of the characteristics that make him something of a Christ figure,” Connie Neal writes for the evangelical Christianity Today.

“It is more likely that at the end of the viewing or reading, rather than the allure of magic ... what remains are the scenes that evoke values such as friendship, altruism, loyalty, and the gift of self,” wrote L’Osservatore, the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper.

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By BruSays, July 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment

Damn Leefeller! How’d you sneak on this blog? Bet you were wearing your invisibility cloak, right?

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By Leefeller, July 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment

What do you mean, Harry Potter is not real?

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By mike112769, July 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment

I need somebody’s blessing to watch a movie? I don’t think so. Who cares what the church says about anydamnthing?

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By BruSays, July 22, 2009 at 10:49 am Link to this comment

RAE…it’s the “god gene” at work.

First, there’s species survival. In animals with smaller brains, it’s instinctive to fight for territory, food and sex. With our larger brains, that need is still instinctive only it sure helps to embellish it! Whoever comes up with the better religion - the better fairy tale - more completely feeds and satisfies that instinct.

Second, our larger brains allow us to do what no other animal can: ponder its fate. Unfortunately, that fate is death, something unhappy for all of us and unacceptable to most of us. What better way to attract a following (and thus, greater chances of species survival) than to promise eternal life?

Bingo. Fairy tales! Some (Peter Pan, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny) we outgrow - or do we? Strong stuff, these religion genes.

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By hippie4ever, July 22, 2009 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

Their blessing? Is this a Voldemort trick?

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By RAE, July 22, 2009 at 6:03 am Link to this comment

Well I guess it’s only FAIR that those who clearly BELIEVE IN FAIRY TALES should be allowed to “give their blessing” to the FAIRY TALES OF OTHERS.

For the life of me I cannot understand what fuels the minds of those SO GULLIBLE that they’ll actually run their entire lives according to rules and regulations MANUFACTURED BY OTHERS whose only goal is to CONTROL THEM (for profit).

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By Mary Ann McNeely, July 21, 2009 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment

Conservative Christians Give Harry Potter Their Blessing

Well, hooray.

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By knute, July 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment
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Now that the conservative christians say its OK, maybe I’ll watch the movie ? The same people who have blindly backed the war criminals who were our last administration. Somehow I don’t think their opinion carries much water with me, or anyone with the capacity to think for themselves. They are a ridiculous bunge of hypocryts, nothing more. The same folks who blindly support Israel even though it was the jews who killed the man they say they follow. Truth is they haven’t a clue apparently what Christ’s teachings were. If they did they would have been the most adamant in protesting Bush’s war, instead of being his cheerleader all the way. Ironically I think their repulsive behavior over the past years will no doubt increase secularism in this country. Because it appears the only qualification needed to join their group is to not have the ability, to think for yourself.

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By hippie4ever, July 21, 2009 at 11:53 am Link to this comment

It IS confusing, Lou, I agree. When confronted with a “blessing” from Christians, consider it first and foremost a curse. It’s bad ju-ju but there is an antidote: sprinkle liberally lots of salt and fresh water, while burning lots of incense. Earth, sea, fire: that blessing will melt away faster than you can say “Jumpin’ Jesus.”

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By Night-Gaunt, July 21, 2009 at 8:08 am Link to this comment

Yes, the stricter they are in their beliefs the harder line they will take or want to take on things they consider blasphemous and forbidden. But then I have been waiting for those horror stories of children getting wands and casting spells and them working. Communication with the dead, the sidhe and other beings of the Otherworld. So far no stories. Maybe it doesn’t work. So then they have nothing to worry about then.

If they had the theocracy they are lusting for they would ban all of this to the “Wizard of Oz” too. And use the police to enforce it and jails to hold people until they can be assigned work for years to come to pay off the penance as they see it. [Corporate slave labor instead of prisons.]

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By godistwaddle, July 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment

Gee, ain’t it nice of the christ-tards to say we can enjoy what we like?  Lying in wait to ban Galileo again?

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By BruSays, July 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

The Movie:
I saw the movie and liked it…not as much as the first one but it’s interesting to see the characters mature not just in age, but in their acting capabilities. As those abilities grow, the reliance on special effects subsides - a good thing, I’m sure.
The Message:
Interesting that Christians are realizing that the movie underscores timeless qualities such as loyalty, duty, selflessness, etc…the same qualities all major religions value.

There are some close analogies here.

At the core of the movie you have timeless values - values that along with our species, have evolved over millennia and support our survival. It is from these same values that world religions create their foundations. 

Beyond this core, the movie has its “fluff” - the special effects, the CG department stuff to awe and stun. This can be equated to the hocus-pocus religious rites, rules, testaments, commandments, crosses, omens, icons, virgins and miracles of world religions. 

Still, at the end of the day, movies and relgions - they’re both fantasies.

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By photoshock, July 20, 2009 at 6:36 am Link to this comment

Personally, I believe that the Far Right Wing Nuts, have such closed minds that nothing that isn’t Christianity or about G-d can get through their purported minds.
Nothing about the fictional series about the character
Harry Potter is true, much the same as the Bible. The
bible uses allegory and fiction to teach the values and principles of the one thing that the world does not have enough of, LOVE!

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By Commune115, July 20, 2009 at 12:46 am Link to this comment

Wow, we haven’t progressed much since the Dark Ages it seems.

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By sri, July 19, 2009 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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David Yates (director) did a superb job just magnificent to watch, may be Alfonso Cuarón would have made them ROCK. I am a great fan of Harry Potter series. My favorite still remains HP3: Prisoner of Azkaban. But Half Blood was simply outstanding on levels.
Being a great fan I have collected a list of good sites and articles (may be around 200) related to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (movie information, movie schedule, movie reviews, books, games, news,  wallpapers and many more). If you are interested take a look at the below link

http://markthispage.blogspot.com/2009/07/all-you-want-to-know-about-harry-potter.html

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By LaRhonda, July 19, 2009 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but my friend who saw it says it’s not very good, or as good as the others, I plan on seeing it for myself soon and most likely will comment on it then.

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By hippie4ever, July 18, 2009 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment

I don’t care what they think they think.

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By Folktruther, July 18, 2009 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment

My daughter and wife saw it.  They said it was aweful.  And they like all kinds of crap.

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By Roughboy, July 18, 2009 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment
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Daniel Radcliffe is a self-professed atheist (and proud of it).  has this been considered (or is it even known) to these religious folk?  this is a group of people that is infamously quick to be offended by anything that doesn’t go with its personal dogma.

there are elements in this film/story, just as there are in their bible, that, were they present in any other tale, would earn it immediate and total censure by these people.  is this story really so close to that of their jesus that they find it easy to attribute it this special place reserved, it seems, for little (if anything) else?  or, more reasonably, is this another example of the rationalization that is so common with these people?

personally, i would begin to have second thoughts about my personal messiah if i found it easy to compare him to a character in a pop children’s movie.

anyway, it wouldn’t, in fact, make the least bit of difference if they went so far as to actually worship harry potter rather than jesus christ, would it?  i suppose one should be allowed to worship whatever magical wizard messiah one pleases.  or combination of magical wizard messiahs, as the case may be.

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By Lou, July 18, 2009 at 3:04 am Link to this comment
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Oh sorry, I thought this was the comments section for Pedophiles, Witches and Kids. It’ so easy to get it confused with the Pope and Conservative Christians….

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