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Some would say the Potter series is subtly encouraging Christians to embrace the occult, but unlike television programs like Charmed or the animated series W.I.T.C.H., Harry Potter doesn’t seem rooted in the same rituals and religion that Scripture warns us about. People seem to be changing their minds after seeing the films or reading the books, discovering that there’s more to J.K. Rowling’s multi-volume masterpiece than fantastic storytelling. They’re finding redemptive themes that point to larger life lessons in harmony with Christian beliefs.

Russ Breimeier writes one of the better, and more succinct, arguments in favor of Harry Potter. The points he makes are among those I’ve made in various conversations and which have stood out to me since the day I first saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on the Warner Brothers lot a few years ago, a viewing which prompted me to go out and buy all the four books then out, and each since.

I dare say that Harry Potter is among the most Christian books in the market today, with the themes showing much more connection to the fuller message of the Scriptures than such “Christian” novels such as the Left Behind series. One might argue they are without Christ, but so are the Lord of the Rings books.

For that matter, the book of Esther doesn’t mention God either. God, we learn through the prophets, tends to care more about themes than specific phrases. Our Christianity tends to be more focused on the specific phrases while forgetting the more important themes.

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