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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Author: ‘Pottermania’ spells trouble
Warns real occultism permeates popular children’s books

Posted: June 27, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jennifer Carden

© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

Within 24 hours after its July 2005 release, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" had sold 6.9 million copies in the United States alone – 287,564 books per hour – making it the fastest selling book in recent history.

If early buzz proves accurate, however, the whirlwind of Pottermania accompanying the July release of J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final installment, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will catapult the series to new heights in the world of literary accomplishment.

But, contends author Steve Wohlberg, what many people don’t know is that when Harry Potter and his Firebolt whoosh off the shelf, he’s not alone. A victory for Harry Potter means a victory for Wicca, a religion that practices various forms of witchcraft.

And the acclaimed DVD program, "Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged, dramatically documents Potter references to evolution, reincarnation, sorcery, divination, spells, curses and other occult factors.

Wohlberg’s new book "Exposing Harry Potter and Witchcraft: The Menace Beneath the Magic," asserts that "Harry Potter" purchases are often accompanied at the sales counter with materials on Wicca. Increasing numbers of young readers also frequent Wicca websites, cast "Love and Money Spells," and practice "white magic."

Why the "magical" upswing? One obvious source is right between the lines of Rowling’s pages, says Wohlberg.

"In the midst of fun and fantasy, J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ novels make witchcraft look ‘cool’ and exciting," he told WND. "It doesn’t matter that these novels are only ‘fictitious stories.’ Stories are powerful."

Riitta Leinonen, noted witchcraft expert and owner of "Hexeria" affirms that the books have pushed the once-occult practice into the entertainment sphere. "The Harry Potter phenomenon shows that there are also positive, and not only malicious, forces in sorcery and that innocent magic can be a good thing," she said. "Witchcraft is benefiting from the Harry Potter effect."

The Potter readership is comprised of a wide demographic, from children well under eight years old to adults, but Rowling’s use of juvenile themes specifically markets witchcraft to a young, impressionable audience, Wohlberg says.

Witch training centers have sprung up online modeled after the "Hogwarts" school, where children will "be like Harry Potter, go to Hogwarts, take classes, interact, get into trouble, and earn points." Everything looks like a game, one training description reads, but "things start to get real."

Wohlberg feels allowing children to read Potter just isn’t worth the risk. "There are much better things for our kids to read," he said. "My wife and I have a three-year-old son who loves stories. Daily we read to him stories that teach lessons about honesty, purity, truth-telling, respect for parents, faith, and obedience to God. In ‘Harry Potter,’ young Harry lies a lot, break rules at school, curses, throws temper tantrums, and even drinks ‘firewhisky’ (he’s an underage drinker)."

"There’s a big difference," said Wohlberg, between Harry Potter and other children’s fantasy fare. "J.K. Rowling has publicly admitted that at least 30 percent of her novels is based on real occultism. The ‘Harry Potter’ novels are a unique blend of fantasy and reality."

"They refer to real places, real occultists (Aldabert Waffling and Nicholas Flamel), real practices (astrology, palmistry, fortune-telling, divination), and real occult philosophy. Based on my research, the extent of real occultism embedded into ‘children’s literature’ is unprecedented," he continued.

But while children may be Potter’s targets, they’re not the only takers. One highly visible adult internet witchcraft school credits Rowling as a promoter of Wicca in a press release, stating, "Harry Potter has rekindled interest in beliefs that were already growing in the United Kingdom and United States for more than fifty years, and that belief is a faith called Wicca."

This "rekindling" prompted Wohlberg to write his book warning young people, especially, and their parents to avoid "dabbling" in witchcraft, and, more specifically, as emblazoned on his website, to "avoid Harry Potter."

But while he is quick to discount the value of Harry Potter, Wohlberg is equally quick to note that he is not "an unfeeling, judgmental, rabid anti-Wiccan lunatic." "Exposing Harry Potter and Witchcraft" refers to Wiccans respectfully, he said, because he cherishes religious freedom for all.

"People have a right to read Harry Potter if they wish, or to be Wiccans if they choose," he told WND. "I also have a right to express my concerns. Based on the explosive popularity of real witchcraft among young people, such a warning is urgently needed."

After reading his book, Wohlberg hopes that readers will "respond with an open heart, take warning, and avoid both Harry Potter and real witchcraft in all of its forms."

"Dabbling in the occult is dangerous… but I want my readers to begin (if they don’t already) to communicate with Wiccans respectfully, viewing them not as blood-drinking evil monsters (which they aren’t), but as real human beings who need additional enlightenment," he said.

As WND reported earlier, the Vatican’s top exorcist has condemned the series as leading children to the devil.

Rev. Gabriele Amorth said: "You start off with Harry Potter, who comes across as a likeable wizard, but you end up with the devil. There is no doubt that the signature of the Prince of Darkness is clearly within these books."

Filmmaker and occult expert Caryl Matrisciana tells WND about her documentary covering Harry Potter’s influence on children.

Her DVD, "Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged," details numerous similarities between the spells and magic used by Harry Potter and those used in the witchcraft of the Wiccan religion. Such striking similarity, said Matrisciana, is evidence that the author, J.K. Rowling, has meticulously researched Wicca and included its tenets in her children’s books.

Some children who read the books, often more than once, may find themselves attracted to the magical world Harry lives in, she said. In attempting to create their own spells and charms, kids may turn to other books that teach witchcraft.

The "Witchcraft Repackaged" DVD explains how young readers today, more than any other time in history, have an abundance of occult resources easily available to them. It also shows how they can explain the series to family and friends.

Comments on: "The Dangers of Harry Potter" (6)

  1. Hi Gerry, interesting article on Harry Potter. However, I wonder if you could write about the difference between "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Lord of the Rings", which both have witches and wizards, but I want to know what is the difference between those novels and Harry Potter. I have not read Harry Potter but have seen a couple of the movies. I did read Narnia when I was a young girl and throughoughly enjoyed it. We also watched all of the Lord of Rings movies, which things like "pipe weed" was smoked by Gandolf, ale drunk by the hobbits, and I was just wondering what is the difference between those things and \’whiskyfire\’ in Harry Potter? I am not trying incite any arguements, but maybe you could give me an understanding of specific differences between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and JR Rowlins books. I did understand by your article that JR Rowlin used occult knowledge in her books, which I know from my own past just brings all sort of demons and evil into your life, whether you realise it or not.Looking forward to what you have to say about these issues,God\’s blessings from our Lord Jesus,Tammy Khttp://web.mac.com/got_jesus

  2. Unknown said:

    The author also has a website: http://avoidharrypotter.com

  3. OMG you have to be kidding.  Harry Potter is simply a wonderful book! That\’s why so many people like it.  If anyone who isn\’t half crazy reads it the most likely thing that will happen is that they will get swept up in the storyline and be sad when it is finished as it was such a great read.  Sure they use magic but so do millions of other fictional books. 
    And to Tammy, I have read Narnia and LOTR… if you enjoyed them then Harry Potter is the thing for you as they are both very good books.  Harry Potter is simply better.  Plus i don\’t really think there are many differences except that magic is used more in Harry Potter (as they are at a school for wizards and witches).  I think people are also more offended by it because it is more popular. 
    That is all…

  4. Emily
    No, I am not kidding! The bible is very clear on what is acceptable. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Deuteronomy 18:10-11 and just in case you say well that\’s Old Testament, Galations 5:19-21 says; The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Those who follow Harry Potter are more likely to follow the teachings of witchcraft and Wicca while those who follow LOTR and Narnia have been known to seek out further truth in God\’s word. Not once in LOTR or Narnia do the heroes turn to magic or witchcraft to accomplish the tasks before them. The only ones who use it are Gandalf who if ytou know rings lore is a type of angelic being sent to earth to watch over men or those who are evil.
    The fact that you used OMG to start your comment speaks a lot of your spiritual state. I suggest you rethink what you set your mind on.

  5. kïrstin said:

    hey gerry
    been a long time since came by, so decided it was past time.
    ah harry potter. i havent read any of them, and i probably wont. although i do like fantasy, such as watership down. i just wonder why the chronicles of narnia arent made into as expensive a movie series as the HP books have been. its disconcerting to see stories about witchcraft, paganism, and magic made into blockbuster movies, and equally good stories about Christianity done so poorly, if at all. frankly, i dont believe there is anything glorious about not having enough money to do things well or do things right. its not like God cant provide. its more like people are so afraid to believe God for the means to do something like that. maybe i should do it.  🙂
    s. lizard♫

  6. Shelley said:

    Ciao Gerry,
    Just popping into say Hi and to wish you a great week in the Lord.
    I loved your entry here, although I have never read Harry Potter, nor am I interested in such things…  but it is very true that it takes ones mind away from the things of God and puts it on the things of the world.
    Great postings.
    God Bless You
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