Skip to comments.Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged (Who's Behind Harry Potter?)
Posted on 12/12/2001 7:47:07 PM PST by jedediah smith
The following transcript is excerpted from the latest video by Jeremiah Films, concerning the use of the Harry Potter video to brainwash students into experimenting with witchcraft:
Each year, thousands of teens are turning their backs on Christianity, and joining witches' covens, in order to learn spells, so as to pass school exams, attract boyfriends or girlfriends, and get rich. The secretary of the Magic Circle Young Magicians' club, credits the Harry Potter books, as the latest rage, which he says has rekindled the childlike approach to the fact that the impossible may be possible. He gives thanks to Harry, who he says has sparked an interest in pure magic, real magic, strong magic.
Harry Potter, the orphan child wizard, already famous in his own magical world, because he survived the murderous black magic death curse of the evil Lord Voldimore, has now duplicated his fame in the real world. Under the category of children's fantasy literature, sales of Harry Potter books have received phenomenal acceptance worldwide, breaking all records...
A massive global marketing campaign, partnered by Warner Brothers, Mattel and Coca-Cola, guarantees that the Harry Potter image will be kept before the public for years to come... According to a US Consumer Research survey, over half of all children between the ages of six and seventeen, have read at least one Harry Potter book, with thousands reporting multiple readings of all of the books. These volumes range anywhere from 309 to 734 pages. While many parents are thrilled by the prospect of their children taking an interest in reading, other parents and educators view Harry Potter as the latest tool being used to disciple children into the darkest aspects of black magic. Through Harry Potter books and audios, children as young as kindergarten age are being introduced to human sacrifice, the sucking of blood from dead animals, and possession by spirit beings.
Set in England, the Harry Potter story begins on Halloween night, with the murder of Harry's parents by the evil Lord Voldimore. Through the sacrificial goddess magic of his mother's love, baby Harry is saved, and his blood is given magical powers. Unable to kill Harry, in revenge, Voldimore sears a death curse of a lightening bolt on Harry's forehead. In the real world, thousands of young fans demonstrate their allegiance to Harry, by taking the mark of the lightening bolt on their own foreheads...
Harry is magically selected to attend the one thousand-year old Hogwort's school of witchcraft and wizardry. Both Voldimore and Harry's parents attended the prestigious boarding school before him. All of Hogwort's teachers are practicing occultists, and instruct their students in the proper use of magic tools, spells, and rituals.
Headmaster, Aldous Dumbledore, owns a phoenix. The powerful mythological bird, the symbol of resurrection. The magical wands of both Harry and Voldimore, share the same power, which is a tail feather from Dumbledore's phoenix. Therefore, in the world of Harry Potter, the power source of Harry's so-called good magic, and Voldimore's evil magic, is one and the same. The question is, should parents be concerned that the alluring power behind witchcraft is being made to look innocent, and is being targeted towards their children, through the Harry Potter phenomena...
Robert McGee is the author of The Search for Significance and founder of the Ratha Treatment Centers.
McGee: "There are those who defend the Harry Potter books by saying they're just fantasy. And so when people object to these books, they're made to look like fools, because the people say, 'How can you object to these books, they're just fantasy?' But that line of reasoning would tell you, that you could include in fantasy, any violence, pornography, whatever you wanted, and still defend those books by that very same statement."
As an expert in world religions, noted cult and occult researcher Carol Matriciana, has authored the best-selling books, Gods of the New Age, and The Evolution Conspiracy, and has written and produced numerous videos for Jeremiah Films.
Matriciana: Many argue that Harry Potter is just merely children's fantasy, and therefore it's harmless. The lie about this is that witchcraft is reality. J.K. Rawlings, the author of the Harry Potter series, has gone through an awful lot of research. She is very accurate, otherwise we would have witches all over the country and the world saying 'This is not a true representation of our religion.' This is a true representation of witchcraft, and the black arts and black magic, and yet we have people that say this is merely fantasy and harmless reading for our children. Actually what makes this more dangerous is that it is couched in fantasy language, and children's literature, and made to be humorous, and beautifully written, and extremely provocative reading, and it just opens up children to want to have the next one. This is what is so harmful.
"Joann Rawlings majored in mythology in Exeter University in England. She has borrowed not only from pagan religions, Celtic religions, the religions of the Druids, witchcraft, Satanism, a lot of the spells, the incantations, the philosophy behind the mythology and the religion, is being put into Harry Potter's books. Yes, Harry Potter may be fictional, but there is a lot of religious teaching, in symbols that perhaps the reader doesn't always pick out.
"The actual word 'potter,' if you ask a pagan, a witch, any knowledgeable expert in the occult or hidden arts, the potter is the female goddess, the goddess of Babylon, who is considered the potter who created human beings, from clay, and they believe that the patriarchal God of Christianity, the God of Israel, copied that in a very poor imitation, because He cannot give birth. Now listen how to important that is to understand. The feminine- orientated cult of witchcraft sees the woman, and her process of birth, as fundamental in the new life, the transformation, the alchemy, the changing of the inner man, to higher consciousness, which is what Harry Potter is all about. In fact, that's what the first book is called, The Sorcerer's Stone, the alchemy of being transfomed and changed through the inner man, to become a new creature. Which is again, an upside-down reversal of what a Christian believes that when they come into understanding a relationship, a personal relationship with Christ, they are transformed, and take on the mind of Christ.
"The concept of fertility-based cults, feminine-oriented cults, such as witchcraft, is the concept that the new birth can take place, inside, through meditation, you have inner transformation, inner wisdom, inner knowledge. And all this is done through concentration, visualization. All through Harry's books, Armani, and others, say 'Concentrate Harry, if you concentrate hard enough you can have what you want.'
"One of the arguments is that Harry Potter series does not actually teach witchcraft, that it is not teaching the concept of mother goddess, and her consort the horned god, which is essential to the fertility cult, sort of fertility-oriented witchcraft religion. And yes there are the concepts of mother goddess being taught, because Harry's mother gave her life for Harry, the sacrificial death that she gave through love is a symbolism of goddess worship. It's an inversion, if you will, of God the Father, whose Son gave His life, in love, for his people. Now the concept of teaching mother goddess is very, very important. Harry's mother gave her life for Harry so that he should be saved, and through this love sacrifice, Harry was protected from death. Now this concept is brought up several times. In fact, it is so important in witchcraft and pagan thinking, that Voldimore, Harry's arch enemy, takes a vial of blood from Harry in book number 4, in order to have the blood run through his own veins in order that he can be resurrected and have a body..."
McGee: "One of the most disturbing things about the Harry Potter book, is it teaches children that witchcraft is for children. It does this by allowing children to read about other children in a school setting, and watching these children learn how to use spells and all the other elements of witchcraft. It teaches these children that witchcraft is just not for adults, but that children can access this power and use this power also.
"If you say there is no real problem with witchcraft, then you should have no problem with the Harry Potter book, but there are two problems in your line of reasoning. First of all you're denying the experience of hundreds of thousands of people, who've practiced witchcraft, through the ages. Plus, you're saying that God's warning in the Bible about divination, sorcery, and all the elements of witchcraft is actually worthless...Despite God's warning, many youth, including Christian youth, don't see much harm in witchcraft...They do not know that they're opening doors in their life, to spirits which will come in, and create very compulsive behaviors. And this is why many in witchcraft are compulsively into drug usage, into sexual activity, and all manner of conduct which is very destructive. And yet, why should they be concerned when they hear nothing from the adults, that warned them of what's coming...
"I know a nine-year old girl, in a Christian school, who said, "I love Harry Potter. I've always wanted to be a witch. I want to have the same power he has." The daughter of a pastor, [she] wakes up at night, dreaming of being able to use the same powers as Harry. She's grown up in the church. She even witnesses to people who are in Wicca, but does not recognize, what she's dreaming about is to actually use demonic power.
"I had a young youth pastor tell me recently about a girl that came to be part of his youth group. But she was also part of Wicca. She began recruiting children out of his youth group. He wasn't aware that those in Wicca, take great joy out of seducing Christian children into Wicca. But Christian children are usually easy prey, for they don't understand witchcraft or what to look out for..."
Matriciana: "Those who say that Harry Potter's books do not teach witchcraft don't understand that one of the essentials of witchcraft is that there is no good or evil. There is no right or wrong. It is as you perceive it. So there's a sort of relativism, that in your situation if you do one thing or in my situation if I do a different thing, we're both doing the right thing even if it's wrong. There are no absolutes...In fact, throughout the books, Harry is rewarded when he deliberately lies, or deliberately does something wrong, instead of the teachers expelling him, which Harry thinks he's going to be expelled for something he did wrong, he is rewarded...It doesn't matter what this little boy does is wrong, he's rewarded for it...
"The lightening bolt [seen on Harry's forehead] is a mark of power from the god Thor, again the horned god, the god of power. And this lightening bolt was considered so important in occult mythology that Hitler used it on his uniforms, on the collar of his uniforms, and it is part of the swastika, which is the other lightening bolt that goes across..."
As the largest publisher of children's books in the world, Scholastic Inc., the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter series, supplies nearly every public school in America with its products, thereby reaching more than 32 million children each year. In the last two decades, Scholastic has been producing more and more materials featuring witchcraft, graphic horror, supernaturalism and spiritism. Scholastic eagerly secured the publishing rights to Harry Potter, which far surpassed the popularity of its predecessor...As a supplier of teaching materials to American schools for over eighty years, Scholastic used its unrivaled position in the educational system to flood classrooms and libraries with Harry Potter books, recommending that teachers read them aloud in class. Scholastic's 35 school-based magazines, published for grades K-12, tirelessly markets the Potter books to students while its award-winning website helps integrate Harry Potter materials into classroom activities...While the reading of Bible-based material is banned in American schools, the religion of witchcraft, repackaged through Harry Potter, is given honorable status and the strategic position.
McGee: "...In the days to come, there will be many other issues. There will be many other books, there will be many other ways that the pagans and the witches attempt to influence our children...If this were an auto race, the pagans and the witches would have lapped us many times. They've gained this advantage because of the ignorance of Christians. To show an example, there is a book in which a person actually justifies Harry Potter through Scripture. I cannot think of anything more blasphemous. Here we have Harry Potter, a wizard, going to a school to better learn demonic power, and this individual is justifying these books through Scripture."
Matriciana: "We need to be educated and aware about what is the content of the Harry Potter books, what is the phenomenon that is sweeping through the globe at the moment, and what is the purpose of this indoctrination? Where is it coming from? What is behind Harry Potter?..."
Question #18 may be effective in answering the unbelievers.
Question I..........Whether the Belief that there are such Beings as Witches is so Essential a Part of the Catholic Faith that Obstinacy to maintain the Opposite Opinion manifestly savours of Heresy.
HYPOCRITE, n. One who, professing virtues that he does not respect, secures the advantage of seeming to be what he depises.
That being said, I have to ask...do you feel that people are reading the Harry Potter series as a guide to life? Or are they reading it simply because it's something to read? Or is it a mixed bag, some reading it for entertainment, and some reading it as a guide to life?
If you stand against the novels because some may be reading it as a guide to life, then surely, you must stand against any sort of self-help book that isn't the Bible, after all, people don't read those for entertainment.
Do you stand against Stephen King's novels or the writings of Dean Koontz?
I read The Once and Future King years ago. Arthur is transformed by Merlin (a wizard living backwards in time) to different types of animals, in order to gain experience in different situations. There was a lot of magic in this book, but it didn't lead me into witchcraft.
As I said to someone in freepmail...it's a book, for Pete's sake. It's an adventure story. If it were "Harry Potter's Guide to Witchcraft for the Complete Idiot (includes chalk for your pentagrams!)," then I might be concerned.
CONSERVATIVE, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.. :)
CROWD: A witch! A witch! A witch! A witch! We've found a witch! A witch! A witch! A witch! A witch! We've got a witch! A witch! A witch! Burn her! Burn her!
We have found a witch. May we burn her?
Burn her! Burn! Burn her! Burn her!
How do you know she is a witch?
She looks like one.
Right! Yeah! Yeah!
Bring her forward.
I'm not a witch. I'm not a witch.
Uh, but you are dressed as one.
They dressed me up like this.
Augh, we didn't! We didn't...
And this isn't my nose. It's a false one.
Well, we did do the nose.
And the hat, but she is a witch!
We burn her! Right! Yeaaah! Yeaah!
Did you dress her up like this?
VILLAGER #2 and 3:
Yes. Yeah, a bit.
She has got a wart.
What makes you think she is a witch?
Well, she turned me into a newt.
I got better.
Burn her anyway!
Sure me. It usually leads to me staying up all night to read it again, then being grumpy and surly the next day from lack of sleep ;)
Doc D=>You have no idea.
"For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." II Timothy 1:7
Have fun playing y'all! catch up with you tomorrow...
Its started already - this should be "Sure do." ;)
As the great WC said, "Start each day with a smile, so you can get it over with."
(Hmmmm...someone left my lunch uncorked.)
Witchcraft is NOT dear to me; however , through a post grad course in Comparative Religions ( hey, don't blame me for the name of the course ) and outside readings , I know enough about it, to tell you that this entire article is hogwash , you believe in fairy tales as reality, and if the Bible is the ONLY thing upon which you base your way of life, then WHY are you on line, and not out there doing what it says you are to do, in the Bible ? Do you follow the OT and the NT, or just the NT ? If both, then do you eat pork, shrimp, and lobster ? Do you, in other words do ALL that is commanded in Deuteronomy, and other laws books?
You did NOT read the entire article, yet, you have decided that the article is correct and you have ageed with it. The atircle plainly states that THE ROYALS IF ENGLAND WORSHIP SATAN, AND THE ENGLAND IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HOTBED OF WWITCHCRAFT . FYI ... the monarch of England, in this case, Queen Elizabeth II , is THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND! The Church of England is NOT a SATANTIC, DEVIL WORSHIPPING religion !
And you wonder WHY people here , think that you have a problem with gullibility ?
No,I do not stand against non-Bible self-help books. Of course it depends on the book as to whether or not I'd read it. I'm very particular about my reading material, but I'm not the public censor. Stephen King's novels? I've never been attracted to them. Too much pure horror. Dean Koontz' novels? I used to be an addicted fan of them. Wow, that man can really tell a story, and what an imagination. Truth be told, I love his novels. (The movies they've made from them just haven't measured up.) I stopped reading them though. Just other more important things to do.
I read The Once and Future King years ago. Arthur is transformed by Merlin (a wizard living backwards in time) to different types of animals, in order to gain experience in different situations. There was a lot of magic in this book, but it didn't lead me into witchcraft.
Haven't read it. But it sounds like a combo of fantasy and science fiction. My objection to Harry Potter is that it doesn't just have some elements of witchcraft in it as literary vehicles, as most fairy tales do. It is 100% witchcraft through and through, without any break from it. It just creeped me out, and I trust my intuitions.
Paragraph 2. Well, your point is well taken about why I'm on line instead of studying. I've been asking myself the same question for about a half hour now. Yes I eat pork etc. How about yourself?
Paragraph 3. I think I already apologized for not reading the whole article before speaking out about it. I still agree with what I read, which was a critique of the movie. There's no need to yell about it.
Paragraph 4. No, -- I didn't wonder why people thought I had a problem with gullibility. I wondered why people couldn't be civil in their comments about it.
And now I need to get some sleep. Good night.
If you simply take all the things Pharoah's magicians did in trying to emulate the works of Moses, I think it's pretty clear that we're talking about the same thing, translations notwithstanding.
You know what ? Go read your Bible, pray, do NOT do anything at all else; ESPECIALLY , do NOT come onto a FR thread, ignore the artile, put words into other people's mnouths, and then accuse them of things they did NOT say !
You whinged and whined about people being " insulting " and yet, YOU have the nerve to break one of the 10 Commandments ( THOU SHALLT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS ! ) , all the while you talk about Harry Potter being " FULL OF WITCHCRAft ', and you haven't a clue what " witchcraft " is ! Harry Potter's witchcraft is abut on the same level as the witch in Hansel & Grettel, Cinderella, ALL of the Aurthurian legends, and " THE LORD OF THE RINGS " !
You are a bloody hypocrite, a liar, ill educated, and a blasphemer !
I'm not the one who claims to be living my life EXACTLY to the letter of EVERY law in the Bible, so ot is irrelevant as to whether or not I eat pork; but, yes, I like bacon, and suasages , and BBQ ribs. : - )
As ti the rest, YOU have now become THE head insult person here, newbie. Think TWICE before you start whinging again; hypocrite.
Too bad you can't just read the books and decide for yourself. If you did you'd realize how silly your comment was. Instead you let someone else decide for you. Do you always let other people dictate what you read and think?
I hadn't bothered trying to explain what should have been an obvious oxymoron but you handled it marvelously. Thanks ever so
Shall I burn him at the stake?
Woah, there, Jackson! One of the first things out of your mouth on this thread was that you were up for an old-fashioned book-burning, and now you're supposed to be the champion of reasoned debate? No sale.
The rest of us learned as children that witches and goblins and the rest AREN'T REAL. People DREAMED THEM UP. Apparently you either missed the memo, or--more likely--your parents withheld it from you, but either way you are no less valid an object of ridicule than if you'd come on here to complain earnestly that the tooth fairy had overlooked the bicuspid you placed under your pillow last night.
What's the big deal, I was introduced to human sacrifice and blood sucking in pre-school, but then again, I was raised Catholic..."
Must have been a couple of Catholics who stabbed a 12 yr. old girl thru the eyes and cut out her heart about 5 miles down the road from me some 10-12 yrs. ago. Of course, that was before Harry Potter was around.
Funny thing (ha ha) was, about the same time a 14 yr. old girl got the same 'treatment' about 250 miles away where my Mother lived. Must have been Catholics again.
The 16-17 yr. old boys who did the ritual near my Mother's home are loose now, all mentally fixed up. No worry there, huh? The ones near us never got caught that we know of, because the Circuit Judge put a Gag Order on the whole thing.
Yep, it's all just harmless Kids Fantasy.
If witchcraft only involves the Devil, the witches and the tacit permission of God (Who allows us to choose Evil so that we have a truely Free Will), then the magic talked about in the Harry Potter books cannot be witchcraft, because the Devil is no-where present. Indeed, worship is no-where present in those books, that I know (and I certainly have not wasted my time reading the entire series of what are, after all, childrens' books), which rules out both Satanic Witchcraft and neo-pagan Wicca.
Ignorance is bliss, ne?
Satan is a christian invention, witches(wiccans, pagans, etc) don't even believe in the existance of satan.
You know what to do to find out. Remember, wood floats and so does a ... duck.
Sorts like good ol' Walt, eh, with his Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Escape from Witch Mountain and the Sorceror's Apprentice?
I suppose Satan only works by banging people over the head so they can readily distinguish evil and good. Yeah, that's how he works. Subtlety is not his strongsuit. He would never try to appeal to that part of our nature that wants to be powerful and magical, it would be too obvious and we would be on to his tricks.
Yeah, and if a bunch of kids seeing adults running around freaking out over it/believing in it, of course they are going to do something, if only to irritate the adults (that's what kids like to do it seems).
I haven't been able to find a really date-specific start point, just "on a long train ride". But an estimate based on quick scanning thru some bio stuff would be around '97-'98. Here's some Bio -----
"The idea that we could have a child who escapes from the confines of the adult world and goes somewhere where he has power, both literally and metaphorically, really appealed to me."
Like that of her own character, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling's life has the luster of a fairy tale. Divorced, living on public assistance in a tiny Edinburgh flat with her infant daughter, Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at a table in a café during her daughter's naps and it was Harry Potter that rescued her. First, the Scottish Arts Council gave her a grant to finish the book. After its sale to Bloomsbury (UK) and Scholastic Books, the accolades began to pile up. Harry Potter won The British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, and the Smarties Prize, and rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Book rights have been sold to England, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Greece, Finland, Denmark, Spain and Sweden.
A graduate of Exeter University, a teacher, and then an unemployed single parent, Rowling wrote Harry Potter when "I was very low, and I had to achieve something. Without the challenge, I would have gone stark raving mad." But Rowling has always written; her first book was called "Rabbit." "I was about six, and I haven't stopped scribbling since."
For Rowling, the change in her fortunes has been slightly bewildering. But her daughter has no doubt about her mother's new career: when asked what mommies do, she replies without hesitation, "Mommies write!"
re : ... Britain has rampant witchcraft and occult activity, and that the British monarchy are avowed satanists
re : Harry Potter appears to be just one more battle in a long war by Britain and the Olympians on America's (and the world's) Christian worldview.
re : This assault really accelerated with the British export of satanic rock groups to America in the sixties. When we look at the damage they inflicted upon our country by using similar cultural manipulative techniques such as promoting rock concerts/illicit drugs, we must realize that the Harry Potter brainwashing is but yet another even more powerful, satanic attack that we can only resist with a supernatural effort through God.
I never knew we still had it in us
A few thoughts:
1. "Voldimore" = Voldemort. Someone else already pointed this out. I'm not sure if the error is in the orginal transcript or the retyping...
2. Therefore, in the world of Harry Potter, the power source of Harry's so-called good magic, and Voldimore's evil magic, is one and the same. It is the same in our world...think it through.
3. J.K. Rawlings, the author of the Harry Potter series - It's J.K. Rowling. Are these people even afraid of spellcheck?
4. Joann Rawlings majored in mythology in Exeter University in England. Every bio I've read (and I've search before based on this comment) says that she majored in French.
5. The actual word 'potter,' if you ask a pagan But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Isaiah 64:8
6. There is no right or wrong. Except of course, in that statement.
7. While the reading of Bible-based material is banned in American schools That's a real stretch. Unwelcome? Yes. Banned? Depends...
8. We need to be educated and aware about what is the content of the Harry Potter books That certainly would be helpful.
I've said on countless threads that I respect the opinion of people who are concerned about Harry Potter and don't want their kids to read the books. But there's a lot of misinformation out there in anti-Potter hysteria.
The usual lies, lies and more damnable lies from the usual sources.
Some Christians are completely untrustworty.
wrong question it should be who...now we all know the answer to that!
So the word of God is a lie?
Exodus 4:1And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
4:2And the LORD said unto him, What [is] that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
4:3And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
4:4And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
4:5That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
perhaps the crucification and resurrection were "tricks " too