Earlier this week, it was claimed that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling missed out on the Presidential Medal of Freedom because some US politicians believed she "encouraged witchcraft".

Just wondering if this is a widely held view.

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Do you think the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling encourages witchcraft?
Earlier this week, it was claimed that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling missed out on the Presidential Medal of Freedom because some US politicians believed she "encouraged witchcraft".

Just wondering if this is a widely held view.


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12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/1/09 - 10:41:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, widely held among the intellectually impaired.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/1/09 - 10:52:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 10/1/09 - 10:41:47 PM mynameismike wrote:
Yes, widely held among the intellectually impaired.

At first, I read that as "intellectually inspired."
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/1/09 - 10:53:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
It was labeled as that a LONG time ago. That's why they banned it from schools.

But that is stupid to withhold that from her.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/1/09 - 11:43:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
They banned it from schools because it encourages witchcraft? I wonder what they do with all the 13-17 year old bisexual wiccans in schools?

On a side note, when HP first got going in the US, we were living in the bible belt and my mom found out that several local churches were protestesting/boycotting stores that sold them. She marched down and bought the entire shelf. Christmas presents for the whole extended family. And that's how I came to read them.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 12:02:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." - - A. Einstein

In 2005 a Christian fundamentalist wanted the government to change the name of a conspicuous local mountain because the name we've all used for over two hundred years offended his religion.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 12:10:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
I knew a guy who wouldn't let his kids read them or watch the movies for this reason. He was one of those extremely nutty Christians. He also thought homosexuality was a choice.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 12:14:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
witchcraft isn't real
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 12:28:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
I was read Harry Potter in Catholic School
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 1:05:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
It encourages make-believe, like any good children's book.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 1:13:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's not the books it's the fans.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 5:51:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 10/2/09 - 12:14:56 AM amaqdrinker wrote:
witchcraft isn't real

Really not the point...
And I've heard people say that it does, but I personally don't really think so.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 5:54:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 10/2/09 - 12:28:44 AM griffin_wf wrote:
I was read Harry Potter in Catholic School

Burn the witch!
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 6:10:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 10/2/09 - 12:28:44 AM griffin_wf wrote:
I was read Harry Potter in Catholic School
On Friday 10/2/09 - 5:54:14 PM NarcoticNico wrote:
Burn the witch!


Burn the ginger!
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 6:44:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Encourages witchcraft as much as Star Wars encourages intergalactic warfare.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 9:05:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 10/2/09 - 12:28:44 AM griffin_wf wrote:
I was read Harry Potter in Catholic School
On Friday 10/2/09 - 5:54:14 PM NarcoticNico wrote:
Burn the witch!
On Friday 10/2/09 - 6:10:00 PM griffin_wf wrote:
Burn the ginger!

On a stick!
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 9:58:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Ok, I'm done laughing.

If we were to ban to condemn every book involving witchcraft, wizardry, vampirism, etc., that would be one hell of a book genocide.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/2/09 - 11:03:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
I found it odd that Christians condemn magic when prayer is one of the oldest and most prevalent forms of magic.

I would also put in a word about the magic present in sacraments and the Catholic mass, but then I remembered that the Catholic Church is thankfully above all this nonsense.

Faith healing, speaking in tongues and baptisms are all additional forms of magic extremely prevalent in the fringe protestants who so vehemently condemn "witchcraft" in children's literature.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/3/09 - 4:10:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 10/2/09 - 6:44:11 PM KnifeGoingIn wrote:
Encourages witchcraft as much as Star Wars encourages intergalactic warfare.

Jediism and Sithism exist, and judging by the posts I've read in some of their discussion forums, they believe the Force exists. So it is possible that Harry Potter encourages "witchcraft".
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/3/09 - 9:29:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
Where is Potterism on the religion list! I have reformed!
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/3/09 - 9:37:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
Kids are impressionable, so if they read a book involving witchcraft and they really enjoy the book, they are naturally going to want to expand their knowledge of that subject. It's not a groundless accusation, it's common sense.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/3/09 - 12:19:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 10/3/09 - 9:37:38 AM reallygotme wrote:
Kids are impressionable, so if they read a book involving witchcraft and they really enjoy the book, they are naturally going to want to expand their knowledge of that subject. It's not a groundless accusation, it's common sense.


Except what they describe is nonexistent "Real" witchcraft, (I guess Wicca would fit the bill seeing as that it's a genuine religious movement) has nothing to do with the Harry Potter books as the two things are completely and utterly different.

Saying the Harry Potter books will lead kids into Wicca, Voodoo, Santeria or other pagan religions is like saying a book on dragons will lead kids to play with alligators. It's just stupid.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 10/4/09 - 4:49:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
that is f-ing ridiculous, this isn't the 1700's



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