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Canada Opens First “Hogwarts” Witchcraft School
LifeSite ^ | January 18, 2006 | By Terry Vanderheyden

Posted on 01/19/2006 6:54:16 AM PST by Sweetjustusnow

It would seem there is truth to the warnings against the Harry Potter series if the opening of an honest-to-goodness witchcraft school in Canada is any indication of increased interest in the occult that has resulted from the books.


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EDMONTON, January 18, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – It would seem there is truth to the warnings against the Harry Potter series if the opening of an honest-to-goodness witchcraft school in Canada is any indication of increased interest in the occult that has resulted from the books.

The new school, Northern Star College of Mystical Studies, is compared to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter books by a CanWest News Service report. The school offers diploma and two-year certificate programs, open to adults only. The school teaches potions, astrology, tarot, hypnotherapy, divination, magic and other occult practices, among other subjects.

“Harry Potter starts to get everybody curious about the mystic inside of them,” admitted Catherine Potter, a hypnotherapist and professional astrologer who teaches at the school. She is a fan of J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series. “I think it stirs a yearning in people to know more than just the five senses.”

Despite naysayers, Potter’s own admission that Harry Potter spurned her interest in the occult confirms warnings like those from Pope Benedict XVI, Gabriele Kuby, Catholic artist and author Michael D. O’Brien, Father Alfonso Aguilar, and even Rome’s official exorcist, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, who said, “Behind Harry Potter hides the signature of the king of the darkness, the devil.”

In a letter dated March 7, 2003 Pope Benedict XVI – then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – thanked his friend Gabriele Kuby for her “instructive” book about Harry Potter – gut oder böse (Harry Potter- good or evil?), in which Kuby says the Potter books corrupt the hearts of the young, preventing them from developing a properly ordered sense of good and evil, thus harming their relationship with God while that relationship is still in its infancy.

“It is good, that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because those are subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly,” the Pope wrote.

Both O’Brien and Father Alfonso Aguilar meanwhile condemn the books for their similarities with an early anti-Christian cult known as Gnosticism. “The wizard world is about the pursuit of power and esoteric knowledge, and in this sense it is a modern representation of a branch of ancient Gnosticism, the cult that came close to undermining Christianity at its birth,” O’Brien explained in his essay, Harry Potter and the Paganization of Children's Culture, available here: http://www.lifesite.net/features/harrypotter/obrienpotter.ht....

“The so-called ‘Christian Gnostics’ of the 2nd century were in no way Christian, for they attempted to neutralize the meaning of the Incarnation and to distort the concept of salvation along traditional Gnostic lines: man saves himself by obtaining secret knowledge and power,” O’Brien wrote.

Defending his criticism of Rowling’s work as compared to JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, who some argue also portrays magic, O’Brien added: “Rowling portrays Harry’s victory as the fruit of esoteric knowledge and power. This is Gnosticism. Tolkien portrays Frodo’s victory as the fruit of humility, obedience, and courage in a state of radical suffering. This is Christianity.”

View the roster of eyebrow-raising courses such as Plant Spirit Integration, Sacred Circle, Oracle Exploration, Exploring the Concept of Reincarnation, Earth Medicine, and Crystal and Stone Helpers, at the school’s web site: http://www.centercollege-wholistic.ca/home.html

See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage: Pope Opposes Harry Potter Novels - Signed Letters from Cardinal Ratzinger Now Online http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/jul/05071301.html Ten Arguments Against Harry Potter - By Woman Who Corresponded with Cardinal Ratzinger http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/jul/05071508.html Rome’s Chief Exorcist Warns Parents against Harry Potter http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2002/jan/02010202.html

1 posted on 01/19/2006 6:54:17 AM PST by Sweetjustusnow
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To: Sweetjustusnow

Uhhhhhh.....guys. It's FICTION. That means it isn't true.

What next? A Jedi Academy?


2 posted on 01/19/2006 6:56:24 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Sweetjustusnow

Good Grief!
Silly people.
(wonder what they charge for tuition?)


3 posted on 01/19/2006 6:57:15 AM PST by cavtrooper21 (No snappy tagline ideas available at this time... Please try again later.)
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To: Sweetjustusnow; retrokitten
FCOL!

1. It's fiction

2. It's Canada!!!

4 posted on 01/19/2006 6:57:23 AM PST by grellis (can't sleep clown will eat me)
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To: grellis

What is fiction is the characters in a story line.

What is not fiction is the occult.

The USA is full of occult worship as well. Such as this in Eugene OR:

http://www.efn.org/~cophnia/


5 posted on 01/19/2006 7:03:30 AM PST by Sweetjustusnow (Oust the IslamoCommies here and abroad.)
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To: AppyPappy
The book is fiction. Witchcraft, evil spirits, etc. unfortunately, are very true.
6 posted on 01/19/2006 7:04:10 AM PST by Maximus of Texas (On my signal, unleash some real Cowboys to kick some Brokeback Mountain butt!)
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To: Maximus of Texas

Bah! The idea that someone can point a wand at me and turn me into a tea cozy is preposterous.


7 posted on 01/19/2006 7:06:53 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: tiredoflaundry; HungarianGypsy; JenB; Grendel9; dead; TwoWolves; js1138; MineralMan; ...

Potter Ping!

"She turned me into a newt.....I got better."


8 posted on 01/19/2006 7:11:21 AM PST by retrokitten (www.retrosrants.blogspot.com)
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To: grellis
2. It's Canada!!!

True. I don't know if there is anything less scary then a Canadian witch.

9 posted on 01/19/2006 7:14:03 AM PST by retrokitten (www.retrosrants.blogspot.com)
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To: retrokitten


;-)
10 posted on 01/19/2006 7:14:57 AM PST by tiredoflaundry (I'll admit it , I'm a Snow Flake !)
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To: retrokitten

LOL! See what nationalizing education will get you? LOL!


11 posted on 01/19/2006 7:15:19 AM PST by saveliberty (Proud to be Head Snowflake, Bushbot and a new member of Sam's Club)
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To: AppyPappy

Grad work at Star Fleet Command. Oh Canada.


12 posted on 01/19/2006 7:16:47 AM PST by bmwcyle (As the left takes to the streets the too many lazy Freeper sleep)
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To: tiredoflaundry

I don't know what is going on, but I can't see any image from photobucket on this computer. It saddens me deeply. :-(


13 posted on 01/19/2006 7:17:45 AM PST by retrokitten (www.retrosrants.blogspot.com)
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To: retrokitten

try by right clicking properties(on the x) & then copy & paste in your address bar.


14 posted on 01/19/2006 7:19:19 AM PST by tiredoflaundry (I'll admit it , I'm a Snow Flake !)
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To: tiredoflaundry

Tried and failed. Getting "page not found". So strange! I can see all other graphics, but not photobucket.


15 posted on 01/19/2006 7:25:29 AM PST by retrokitten (www.retrosrants.blogspot.com)
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To: AppyPappy
A Jedi Academy?

Hey! That's my idea!

16 posted on 01/19/2006 7:26:19 AM PST by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: retrokitten

Must be some sort of setting on your puter. :-(


17 posted on 01/19/2006 7:27:05 AM PST by tiredoflaundry (I'll admit it , I'm a Snow Flake !)
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To: Maximus of Texas

"The book is fiction. Witchcraft, evil spirits, etc. unfortunately, are very true."

I'm afraid that's just silly. A witch may wave a wand about and spout whatever nonsense he or she wishes. The effect will be nil.


18 posted on 01/19/2006 7:28:21 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: AppyPappy

"Bah! The idea that someone can point a wand at me and turn me into a tea cozy is preposterous."

But why would anyone want to turn you into a tea cozy? Why not something useful like an espresso machine? Let me see here....looking in my reference books....ah, yes, here it is:

Apparace Gaggio!

A nice bit of crema on top, please. Thanks!


19 posted on 01/19/2006 7:30:27 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Sweetjustusnow
There are also places where you can learn to speak elvish and Klingon, and people who pay big money to do so.

There are also people who write things like The Tao of Pooh, and The Te of Piglet.

You can't blame the HP books for the fact that folks are numbskulls.

20 posted on 01/19/2006 7:33:51 AM PST by r9etb
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To: AppyPappy
What next? A Jedi Academy?

You can go there now....

21 posted on 01/19/2006 7:35:15 AM PST by r9etb
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To: MineralMan

Hey! A bottle of Dewars 12 year-old just appeared on my desk. Do that again.


22 posted on 01/19/2006 7:35:18 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: r9etb

Geez, it's like a Christmas stocking: Full of fruits and nuts.


23 posted on 01/19/2006 7:37:19 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
Geez, it's like a Christmas stocking: Full of fruits and nuts.

Hm. I get chocolate and Spam in my stocking....

24 posted on 01/19/2006 7:39:03 AM PST by r9etb
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To: AppyPappy

"Hey! A bottle of Dewars 12 year-old just appeared on my desk. Do that again."

Awww...man! I'm going to have to quit using that particular Book of Shadows. The spells in there are always doing something they're not supposed to. Last time I used a spell from that book to fix a flat tire, I ended up with a small dragon attached to my rear axle.

Maybe I'm not holding my wand correctly or something.


25 posted on 01/19/2006 7:39:44 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: retrokitten; tiredoflaundry
I don't know what is going on, but I can't see any image from photobucket on this computer. It saddens me deeply. :-(

try by right clicking properties(on the x) & then copy & paste in your address bar.

Tried and failed. Getting "page not found". So strange! I can see all other graphics, but not photobucket.

I have the same problem with my computer here at work. (Yes! I'll admit it! I FReep while at work!)
However, I have no such problem at home.
This leads me to conclude that for some reason, my work server is denying access to any photobucket links.

I know is doesn't help, but it's all I can offer.

26 posted on 01/19/2006 7:42:46 AM PST by cuz_it_aint_their_money (Replacing Dan Rather with Katie Couric is like replacing an idiot with an imbecile.)
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To: MineralMan

Was the book written by someone named Clara?


27 posted on 01/19/2006 7:43:10 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: retrokitten
Tried and failed. Getting "page not found". So strange! I can see all other graphics, but not photobucket

Perhaps it's unplottable. Get thee to the Canadian HP Academy!

28 posted on 01/19/2006 7:54:20 AM PST by r9etb
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To: AppyPappy

"Was the book written by someone named Clara?"

I'm not sure. I got it at a garage sale. The folks there said it was their daughters, but she had graduated from high school and didn't want it any more.

I should have known, though, that it was worthless. All the "i"s were dotted with little hearts.


29 posted on 01/19/2006 7:56:29 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: r9etb

ROTFL!!


30 posted on 01/19/2006 7:57:53 AM PST by retrokitten (www.retrosrants.blogspot.com)
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To: MineralMan
All the "i"s were dotted with little hearts.

If they were real little hearts, though, you'd really have something....

31 posted on 01/19/2006 8:03:43 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Sweetjustusnow
A Hogwart is that similar to a Wart Hog?

Why would anyone want to go to school to be one of these?

32 posted on 01/19/2006 8:07:59 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: r9etb

"If they were real little hearts, though, you'd really have something...."

Well, there is that. I guess that's why the spells in that book are unreliable. There is a page, though, where the writer and two other girls left bloody thumbprints. Some kind of little witchy ritual, I suppose.

Still, the results of the spells are always fascinating. I tried the spell that was supposed to wash the dinner dishes, but they all just flew into the kitchen trash can instead. Effective, but not the desired result.

I'm still wondering if I'm holding the wand right, though.


33 posted on 01/19/2006 8:11:04 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Hogwart

34 posted on 01/19/2006 8:14:42 AM PST by r9etb
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To: MineralMan
I'm still wondering if I'm holding the wand right, though.

No comment....

35 posted on 01/19/2006 8:15:04 AM PST by r9etb
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To: r9etb

Ahhh....


36 posted on 01/19/2006 8:17:30 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: retrokitten

There is dark magic in Canada. They transfigured bacon into coasters.


37 posted on 01/19/2006 8:30:38 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim ("We're a meat-based society.")
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To: Tijeras_Slim

LOL! I agree. Clear evidence of dark magic.


38 posted on 01/19/2006 8:54:35 AM PST by retrokitten (www.retrosrants.blogspot.com)
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To: AppyPappy

Or StarFleet Acadamey? LOL!


39 posted on 01/19/2006 8:58:13 AM PST by Pippin
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To: grellis

It could be ANY country!


40 posted on 01/19/2006 8:59:20 AM PST by Pippin
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To: retrokitten
Why do they always pick on Canada!

The Canadians aren't anymore prone to occult or new age stuff than any other country.

41 posted on 01/19/2006 9:01:14 AM PST by Pippin
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To: AmericanMade1776

A wart hog! LOL!


42 posted on 01/19/2006 9:03:56 AM PST by Pippin
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To: GMMAC; fanfan; Canadian Outrage; UpHereEh; snugs; ozbushkin; Former Proud Canadian
hELP!

i NEED SOME MORAL SUPPORT HERE!

You should see what they are saying about Canada and Canadians.

43 posted on 01/19/2006 9:09:01 AM PST by Pippin
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To: Sweetjustusnow
I'm not disputing that the occult, or at least a belief in the occult, exists. I certainly dispute that a book can be the gateway to the occult.

I chalk that up to bad parenting.

44 posted on 01/19/2006 9:13:23 AM PST by grellis (can't sleep clown will eat me)
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To: Pippin
Having lived my whole life in Michigan, I can't stop myself from making fun of Canada. It's in my blood.

In a sense, I'm poking fun at the mitten. We generally think of Canada as Really Northern Michigan.

45 posted on 01/19/2006 9:16:42 AM PST by grellis (can't sleep clown will eat me)
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To: grellis
HEH! HEH!HEH!

Mitten talk!

Sorry about my little rant but as I'm part Canadian It just came naturally to start defending the Canadians.

I'll try to control that tendacy. :o)

46 posted on 01/19/2006 9:30:44 AM PST by Pippin
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To: Pippin; fanfan; Heatseeker

Canada to settle "witch issue" Monday:


47 posted on 01/19/2006 9:32:25 AM PST by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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To: grellis; Sweetjustusnow
I need to say in defense of the Harry Potter boooks.

Like other FANTASY novels, it is fiction!

I'm not disputing the existance of the occult, that unfortuneately is very real.

But I just know that a novel or series that is Sci-Fi/Fantasy will not turn anybody into witches or wizards or turn them on to evil things unless the reader has the inclination to evilo in them in the first place.

And if anybody has a weak faith than maybe they shouldn't be reading HP or any other fantasy book.

48 posted on 01/19/2006 9:35:49 AM PST by Pippin
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To: GMMAC
LOL!

Thanks, GMMAC !

49 posted on 01/19/2006 9:36:35 AM PST by Pippin
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To: Pippin

You're welcome & at your service always:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

50 posted on 01/19/2006 9:43:41 AM PST by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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