Summary: The searchlight of the Bible is turned on the Harry Potter phenomenon.
The Harry Potter Funeral
Text: Deuteronomy 18:9-12
Today we are here to pay our disrespect to Harry Potter of Hogwarts School of Witches and Wizards. We will not open the casket because he, like Lazarus, "stinketh."
Little Harry will be buried at sea because Jesus said that the bottom of the sea is where anyone who offends a child belongs. There are no children down there to offend.
Not since Beatle mania swept our country in the 60’s has there been such a furor kicked up.
The movie version of Book I, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" grossed 93.5 million dollars on the opening weekend. All previous box office records were shattered.
WWL Radio in New Orleans announced that kids skipped school to see the movie and workers left their jobs to see it.
Jess Cagle of Time Magazine reported that the worldwide book sales amounted to 100 million.
Lyn Blake of Amazon.com said, "I haven’t seen a book like this. This is over 7 times the largest pre-order we’ve ever had."
A veteran public school teacher in Central Florida told me, "My students are wild about it, and our school library can’t even put the books on the shelves for fear of theft. When a student wants to check out a Harry Potter book, the librarian goes to a special hidden spot to get it."
This phenomenon began in the mind of a Scottish lady named Joanne Kathleen Rowling. The books give her name as J. K. Rowling and I have also seen her name in print as simply Jo Rowling.
In 1992 the characters and plot began to come to her. In 1997 "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" was released. In 1999 two more books were published. They are "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."
The latest book came out in 2000 under the title of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
The story centers around an orphaned boy named Harry Potter who is a wizard-in-training at Hogwarts.
Why are the children so drawn to this story? Is it just harmless fantasy like Bambi or Winnie the Pooh?
I believe that children learn the wrong things from the books and movie. Harry goes into places he doesn’t belong. In Book III, Harry lies at least three times. Book III is filled with foul language, drunkeness and swearing.
It is obvious to me in reading the reviews that Harry Potter is not a model child. Children will inevitably pick up wrong attitudes.
Never before has anything been more laced with the occult. First of all, Harry is a wizard. Fortune-telling plays a prominent role in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."
Howarts has a divination teacher. They study palmistry, reading tea leaves, and crystal ball gazing.
God said in Exodus 22:18, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Harry Potter, a wizard-in-training
doesn’t deserve to live.
In II Kings 17:17 it is revealed that God was very angry when Israel engaged in divination and enchantments.
Isaiah 5:20 warns, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"