Originally Posted by 3momkmb
I've never understood why magic is good in some books (LOR, Narnia) and not in others (HP). I did find this http://www.onetruthministries.com/po...lord_rings.htm
which attempts to explain it, but I really still don't get it. I guess it's because Harry didn't
get corrupted by magic?
I just went to the link, but didn't take time to read the whole article. It seemed like the author was saying that Harry Potter is different because the wizard plays a central role in this series, not just a subordinate/helping role.
And yet -- it wasn't wizardry that defeated Tom Riddle: it was Harry's willingness to "lay down his life for his friends" (Biblical concept), the love that Riddle was too fragmented to understand.
To me, Harry Potter is a real embodiment of the Biblical concept that the first shall be last, and the last shall be first. Riddle, who seemed so powerful and crafty and cunning, was destroyed by the knowledge that he lacked, the knowledge that he'd scoffed at and never valued enough to learn: the knowledge of the power of love.
It was the gap in this knowledge that caused Riddle's first downfall, when he let Harry's mother give her life up for her son. And he seemingly forgot about this, and felt safe giving the killing curse to a Harry who had just willingly offered himself up (in the same way that his mother had).
I realize that we're going to see everything through the lenses of our own faith and beliefs: As a Christian, I read Harry Potter and feel surrounded by the imagery of Christlike love. Someone else may not see it this way.
I can respect any Christian who feels a need to steer clear of these books. But I hate to see anyone being ostracized for having a different view. Because of my concerns about being ostracized, I initially held off on getting the books and reading them to my oldest dd. Then I decided I just can't live my life in fear. Our girls also go trick-or-treating for Halloween, and I think we're about the only Christian family I know of who does this.
It hasn't caused us any rejections so far. But my oldest is now expressing a strong desire to branch out and make more friends (and her best friend is moving soon
). Dd plays some with the neighborhood children, but of course their playtime is limited during the schoolyear. So now we're joining our local neighborhood homeschooling group (Christian), and I'm waiting to see how it all goes.
I'm sorry for what happened, Dharmama!
On a similar note, I recently discovered online that some conservative Christians are even dissing C.S. Lewis, and warning Christian parents against the Narnia books for their children!