I got to be a continuing bad influence today. I have one friend who has been a die hard Harry Potter fan since the first book came out. I started reading from the beginning when the 4th one came out. But we have another friend who was the type of Christian who thought that Harry Potter was evil. We tried to convince her otherwise but she wouldn’t listen. Finally our overwhelming enthusiasm for the arrival of the last book this summer pushed her over the edge. She borrowed book one and read it. She’s now on book 4. When she finished book one her husband started reading it. He loved it. So we told him that whenever he finished a book we’d have a get together and watch the movie version of the book he just finished. We watched the first movie today. He was all excited. He even called me yesterday to confirm that we were really coming over to watch the movie. He’s working on book 2 slowly. Their transformation from anti-Harry Potter people to fans is about complete. Obviously we are aiding and abetting sending them straight to hell complete with a handbasket!

4 Replies to “Bad influence”

  1. Maybe you did quite the opposite! 🙂 Maybe you are influencing them away from the dogma, maybe making room for the more spiritual elements of Christianity to be part of their lives.

    When I first started reading the books, my roommate was against them. I was Christian at the time and my church had a Harry Potter reading group, which I think frustrated the hell out of her (I bet she thought our church was influenced by the devil – we even had woman minister!). Anyways, thinking back, I should have walked around the house with a broom saying I was going to learn to play quidditch, since it seemed their whole premise for why the books were evil was because people just might start wanting to live in a Harry Potter world! Oops, better not read any fiction then, because if you have the problem with mixing Harry Potter with reality, you’d probably have the same problem with any fictional book, TV show, or movie.

  2. LOL Glad to hear we’ve got more converts to “the dark side”. *grin* It amazes me to no end how folks can be so blindly disapproving, and yet how so many of them realize, when they finally read the books, that Harry Potter is not completely evil and a 1 way, immediate-use, ticket straight to hell. One Christian friend of mine had the right idea when she was reading them with her kids (esp. her oldest daughter at that time, Mom would read them first then hand them off to the daughter), then they’d discuss the aspects of the book that they enjoyed, and didn’t, what they think Harry & pals did right, what they did wrong, what they could have done better, etc. So, all involved get to enjoy the books, while learning not only the difference between good & evil, but between good & bad, between right & wrong, should & shouldn’t. I certainly don’t think that Harry always does everything right, but I also think there are most definitely times in the books where adults screw up, and there’s (hypothetical) room for improvement in the lives of all the characters.

    Anyway, glad to hear that a couple more have opened their eyes to the decency of the HP world!

  3. :::: rubs hands and cackles ::::

    Ah yes another convert! LOL

    We spent the other evening in an almost entirely HP fashion. A friend and fellow fan came over and we watched OOTP, played with her new HP 20Q game, played the newest HP Scene It, and watched various shorts on potterpuppetpals.com. All in all it was a wonderful evening and we all agreed we wished we could drink a magic potion and wake up at Hogwart’s … it would even be worth being 11 again.

    Blessings for the New Year
    Mama Kelly

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