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What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Answers to the Burning Questions Christian Parents, Educators, and Others Are Asking about Harry Potter.

In the world of publishing, few successes have equaled that of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series—magical stories centered on one boy’s adventures at Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry. Yet this popular series presents a perplexing—even divisive—challenge t
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by WaterBrook Press
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Nov 08, 2007 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian parents
Wow! I really got a lot out of this book! As a mom of 2 boys who will inevitably be introduced to Harry Potter at some point in the coming years, I wanted to educate myself on this controversial series so that we can decide for our family whether or not it will be alright to read these books. This book is full of examples and discusses legitimate concerns but also demonstrates how this series can be used to teach our children biblical principles if we choose to read it. The author is a reputable ...more
This is targeted to a very specific audience, obviously, and unfortunately it falls into the trap of its printing context. Its copyright is 2001--three of the HP books hadn't even been published yet, and the first film was still in Coming Attractions mode. So when Neal takes the first chapter or two to convince her audience that they shouldn't ignore Harry Potter because the phenomenon isn't going away, she doesn't know the half of it! She has another book that came out in 2007 that includes HP ...more
Adam Ross
This book is not so much about Harry Potter as it is a book about how to deal with Christians who disagree with you. If you're looking for detailed interaction with the Potter novels, this isn't the place, but if you want to learn about how to deal with differences, using the Potter novels as a test case, then pick it up. Very helpful.
The debate surrounding the Harry Potter books is fierce. Few statements will divide a room faster than "I am a Harry Potter fan" and incite a barrage of ad hominem attacks from the opposing corners. This is sadly, especially true in the Christian community and this should not be.

Mrs. Neal addresses the issue full-on in this book, explaining what the books /really/ are about instead of what some people /say/ they are about, why they properly belong in the same tradition as The Chronicles of Narn
Nov 04, 2008 Simone marked it as to-read
I haven't read this yet, but I expect it to be crazed and filled with ignorance. Why is magic okay when it happens in C.S. Lewis books or when Jesus does it, but not Harry Potter?
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Excellent book on the back-and-forth debate over Harry Potter. The author is pro-HP, but fairly presents a rational look at the other side, while encouraging readers to decide for themselves.
Apr 21, 2012 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who doesn't know what to think about Harry Potter.
This was not on my long list of "To-Read" books. Just picked this off of the shelf at the Library and thought "you should read this." After reading the cover, I had an idea of what this book would be about, how wrong I was. Even though C.W. Neal does not share my same opinion, I loved her approach to this book. Not judging other people by what they choose to do or do not is a loud and clear message. Very good research.
If you are somewhat uncertain about reading the Harry Potter series, this is definitely the book for you. Or if you're half-way through, and you suddenly are not so sure this is a good idea. Or maybe you're just interested in what the fuss is about.
I love the concept of chosing for yourself adn how each person due to past experiences can arrive at a different answer.
Interesting, but fairly basic and really geared toward those unfamiliar with any of the Harry Potter books.
Cool! comprehensive, unbiased, and very helpful (especially for my thesis, heheh)
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