Bits and Bobs
Stephen Baker, Manchester
As the latest Harry Potter film hits cinemas, one writer is warning Christians that something sinister lurks beneath the wizardry and hocus-pocus.
Steve Wohlberg, the author of the new book Exposing Harry Potter and Witchcraft: The Menace Beneath the Magic, strongly advises against seeing it. He said the trend toward witchcraft, vampirism, and occultism among teens has rapidly increased since the Harry Potter craze began in 1997. Written by J. K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series explores sorcery, witchcraft, and Wicca. He outlines his discoveries of evil themes in the series. ‘The more I read the books, the more I realized how spiritually dangerous the material is’, he said. ‘Even though it’s fiction there is a lot of reality woven in it. My warning is that Harry Potter is a major contributor to Wicca’. Wohlberg also argues that although Rowling claims that there are Christian themes in the seven-part series, the author is being used as a channel for evil.
Wohlberg has seen the negative effects of the fantasy novels and films on young people. In his book, he gives several personal accounts of people who have dabbled in witchcraft specifically because of Harry Potter. Teenagers, he explained, are vulnerable to these themes because they are fascinated with the message that magic gives you power. He gives accounts of teens at bookstores on the day of the release of a new Harry Potter book, describing how they have ‘the book in one hand, and a wicca book in the other’.
Wohlberg wants to remind them of a greater power. ‘God has power far superior to witchcraft – power of love and eternal life’, he said. Wolhberg has published more than twenty-five books denouncing the Harry Potter series as well as the Twilight series – another wildly popular novel series among youths. The author emphasized the role that parents must play in assisting their children to steer away from the culture of witchcraft and cults. He cited Proverbs chapter 22 verse 6, ‘Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it’.
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