Harry Potter expert criticizes Vatican newspaper’s glowing review of Deathly Hallows 2


18 Jul 2011

VATICAN CITY “The positive review of the latest Harry Potter film in L’Osservatore Romano is symptomatic of serious problems in the condition of many modern Catholics,” Michael D. O’Brien, author of “Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture,” told LifeSiteNews last week.

The L’Osservatore Romano review, said O’Brien, begs the questions “Who is behind the editorial policies at the Vatican’s newspaper? Why would they posit as good a tale about a violent, morally confused sorcerer as a Christ-figure? Why, moreover, have they simply ignored Pope Benedict’s critical insight into the Potter series?”

In two letters first translated and published online by, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote to a German writer of a book critically analyzing the Potter series. “It is good, that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because those are subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly,” he wrote.

O’Brien warns, “As charming as Harry may be (and in the films he is much more charming due to the persona of the actor who plays the role), he is a type or metaphor of Antichrist, mutating Christian symbols and then absorbing them into a more dangerous worldview — moral relativism saturated in the symbology of evil and various manifestations of the occult.”

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Note StellaMARIA made a reference: Sr. Rose reviews Harry Potter.
Note StellaMARIA made a reference: Fr. Brian Carpenter on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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Me neither. I mostly like comedies, mafia stuff and Bond movies.

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Are you a Potter fan, Ira?

Well, here we go again...more "inhouse" debating, I'm sure
Note StellaMARIA made a reference: Fr. Brian Carpenter on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.