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Harry Potter and the Bible: The Menace Behind the Magick (And the Bible Series) [Paperback]

Richard Abanes
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  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Publications,U.S. (14 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889652015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889652019
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A look at the occult undertones in the Harry Potter series of books by author J K Rowling. The first four Potter volumes are assessed in detail. Part 2 of the book looks at occultism today in general

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worthwhile for either HP fans or skeptics 22 Jun 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In my judgment, this book is poorly organized in that the author gets confusingly sidetracked into tangents that have no bearing on the discussion at hand. The narrative includes repetitive phrasing, making the same basic points in numerous places. Most all of the favorable reviews of this book cite its extensive documentation, even to the point of emphasizing that the book includes hundreds of footnotes. Perhaps these reviewers are more impressed by quantity than quality as even cursory examination of the author's sources should raise some reasonable doubts about the nature of the underlying research. Abanes relies heavily on sources of questionable authority for the propositions he sets forth. A 6th grader doing his/her first research report uses encyclopedias and dictionaries as sources; a scholarly "expert" in a field should be using more credible sources. He quotes the Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology over and over. He also relies heavily on websites as sources. He doesn't cite sources for some of his less credible claims (such as his assertion that numerous Christian experts on occultism object to the HP books - if this is true, why no source?).
Abanes has asserted (and at least one review notes) that Rowling said that one-third of the material in the HP books is based on "actual occultism." Perhaps I don't understand Mr. Abanes' definition of "occultism," but Rowling's actual words in the interview he cites were that approximately one-third of the material in the books is based on British folklore and legends. Myths, legends and folk tales hardly constitute "occultism," in the mind of the average person; they are rather part of our rich cultural and literary heritage.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I forgive him for being deceived 8 July 2003
Format:Paperback
I am a bible believing Christian. I am also in awe of the love shown in the Harry Potter books.
It is easy to become concerned with books which describe magic and to forget that the intention of them is not to promote witchcraft but to convey spiritual truths and to exercise creativity (something the bible recommends).
The fact that Harry is not as pure as the driven snow adds to his character. Jesus himself told stories as part of his ministry and the characters in his stories were less than perfect as well, eg the prodigal son, the preacher and the Levite in the Good Samaritan etc etc.
The fact of the matter is that although it is possible for the books to be twisted to reflect occult intentions, this is the case with every book, even the bible. Satan himself quoted scripture to Jesus in the wilderness to tempt him. Fortunately, Jesus did not see this as good enough reason to throw out the bible and nor should we allow Satan to do the same with Harry Potter.
The underlying message of the bible is love and the underlying message of Harry Potter (obviously not as pronounced) is also love. The love that Lily Potter showed when she gave up her life for Harry.
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends" - Jesus Christ (John 15:13)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor and anything but objective 25 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I found this book ill thought out, poorly argued and petty minded. Far from taking a balanced view and trying to find anything positive in the Harry Potter books, Abanes has decided they are all bad and only uses extracts from the books that he hopes will show them in a bad light.
Even here though he often misquotes the books or states blatant falsehoods (Trelawney is portrayed as a fraud Mr Abanes, not as a successful Futurologist). Other times he wanders off on a complete tangent, particularly where he talks of one young man's (admittedly tragic) descent into occultism, in which he does not mention Harry Potter once.
Speaking as a practicing Christian, I admit there are some parts of the Harry Potter books I find uncomfortable. But this has to be weighed against their many positive aspects and I would like to have seen a properly balanced biblical argument, not some ill-researched ranting.
I cannot recommend this book at all, as I found its content offensive and petty. Far better treatment of the same subject can be found in 'What's a Christian to do with Harry Potter' by Connie Neal.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well-meaning but mistaken 12 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
The author is obviously a sincere person but is I think grossly mistaken between the practice of magic - ie in religious terms controlling demons - and a fictional story. The Bible never condemned telling tales about magic, and this occurs in such indisputably Christian authors as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. tolkien. For a balanced and informative assessment and critique of Harry Potter and similar tales, including Star Wars and The Lord of The Rings,, I recommend Return of the Heroes, by Hal GP Colebatch, which has recently been re-published.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars And we wonder why there are holy wars???? 25 Mar 2004
By galen
Format:Paperback
At best a Christian diatribe, at worst Fundamentalist clap-trap.
Mr Abanes seems to have trouble differentiating between (historical) fact and (religious) faith - the former happened, the latter is a belief - avoid this book at all costs and save your money. (I want to give a rating of 0 stars, but the review form won't let me do this!)
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Christian beliefs today and harry potter. 29 Mar 2005
By Philip
Format:Paperback
It is easy to see why some christians who have a strong faith in God may think that Harry potter is "the devil", personally harry potter is the best book ever written, but thats only one persons opinion of course, if you want to be thrown into a debate on whether a simple childs book is work of occultism and the devil then please buy this book, personally i thought that the author was making a pathetic attempt to discredit jk's excellent works, and is quite jealous of her excellent writing skills, mabye he wants to jump on the bandwagon and get someting out of her fame,( the 111,000 amazon sales count speaks for itself!) honestly i mean no disrespect to the christian faith but pushing or Forcing it onto some inncoent reader is unethical, mabye the author should review his book and realise that proposing that a childs book has satanism in is ludicrus! , this is only one average joes opinion but heck i gotta review it, closing statements are 1.dont buy it if you are easily offended.
2.And keep an opened mind!
Phil :)
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