Pope's right about Potter - Catholic Courier

Pope’s right about Potter

To the editor:

I have read all but the most recent Harry Potter book, and I have to say that I find them somewhat predictable. I am frankly puzzled by the hoopla over these books, and happen to agree with Pope Benedict’s concern over young people becoming fascinated with “subtle seduction” of the occult through reading the series.

God has been known to have many names, but “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” has only one, no matter how this book spells it. Msgr. Fleetwood (quoted in a wire story that appeared in some of the Courier’s July weekly editions) must know that by simply naming evil, does not necessarily mean one can confront it. Catholics have several better examples of those who confronted pure evil in real life. Two that come to mind are St. Jean-Marie Vianney and Maximilian Kolbe. How many Potter readers relate to those heroes as well as they do to fictitious Hogwarts characters?

One could argue that one of the reasons Harry has such powers to face evil is because of the love of his parents. So then, what does that say about the rest of us? Are we “chopped liver?” Harry does not have an exclusive on love from one’s progenitors. If it were that simple, then there’s no excuse for a good number of the rest of us in the battle of Good vs. Evil.

I say this series is predictable because it wouldn’t surprise me if J.K. Rowling will someday borrow a page from the Darth Vader-Luke Skywalker storyline. I predict she will write that Voldemort is — are you ready? — Harry’s grandfather. Could this perhaps explain how only Harry has a hold on the evil V.?

As believers in Christ, we KNOW from Whom our Lord Jesus was begotten. In the case of Potter’s genealogy however, it’s clear that necromancy plays a large part in his family tree. Therein lies the ‘ultimate seduction’ of this series of “harmless children’s fiction.”

Pat Ober

Genung Circle

Ithaca

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