Now that our family’s friendship with Harry Potter is public knowledge, I can begin to move into what I really want to write about. In previous posts, I wrote the story of how we came to enjoy the Potter books, but my real point in doing this was so I can work through questions that have been rattling around in my head.
Having read the Potter series, faced my own prejudices, and met some similar prejudices in others, I have the following questions…
1) Why do so many Christians have such a negative view of Harry Potter, and is this view justified?
2) Why does the magic in Harry Potter pose a problem for Christians, or does it? Should it?
3) Is it OK for Christians to read Harry Potter?
4) More broadly, is it OK for Christians to read non-Christian fiction? In other words, is it OK for Christians to read anything but Christian theology and other related Christian-living books? If yes, then why do those of us who do often get sideways glances from other Christians?
5) What exactly is literature, and could Harry Potter be considered literature?
6) What is escapist fiction and can it be read, too?
7) What other questions should I be asking and thinking through?