Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Is Harry Potter in cahoots with hell?
Hit movie renews concerns that children are being lured to Satan
Posted: November 29, 2010
9:45 pm Eastern
By Drew Zahn
For the second weekend in a row, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 " – the seventh film in author J.K. Rowling's fantastically successful series about young wizards – sits atop the box office charts, smashing ticket-sale records as the franchise only gains steam en route to its finale.
But the wild success of "Pottermania" has also brought back critics of the franchise who question – or even outright condemn – the movies' spiritual ramifications.
"Harry Potter and these 'Twilight' vampires glamorize the power of evil," argues author and Roman Catholic Priest Thomas J. Euteneuers.
A practicing exorcist, Euteneuers told Deal W. Hudson of InsideCatholic that he intended his new book, "Exorcism and the Church Militant," as a warning on how the Harry Potter series and Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" movies about teenage vampires, for example, desensitize children to "the dark world" of witchcraft.