Category: Harry Potter

Whitehouse denied Harry Potter author medal over witchcraft

Harry Potter A memoir by George W Bush‘s former speechwriter claims that Bush administration officials objected to giving JK Rowling a presidential medal of freedom on the grounds that her Harry Potter books “encouraged witchcraft”.

Latimer, whose memoir Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor was published last week by Crown in the US, says that the “narrow thinking” of “people in the White House” led them “to actually object to giving the author JK Rowling a presidential medal because the Harry Potter books encouraged witchcraft“.

See also: Harry Potter is converting Christian critics, Christian themes abound in Potter and How the boy wizard won over religious critics — and the deeper meaning theologians now see in his tale

Harry welcomed into church

Where are the pictures of angry, book-burning Christians? Where are the denouncements of the books as pagan incitements to the occult, drawing the nation’s children down the path of witchcraft? It has all been strangely quiet on the theological front.

Jeffrey Weiss: Christian themes abound in Potter

(Spoiler alert: If you want to avoid learning anything significant, finish the book before you read this column.) J.K. Rowling gets the last laugh on the dwindling number of conservative Christians who have attacked her “Harry Potter” saga over the past decade: The most important plot point of the seventh and final book is unambiguously Christian. Ms. Rowling cleverly scattered so many red herrings amongst the loaves and fishes in the previous books that she made it difficult to see the trail clearly except in retrospect. The Potter story is not a linear Christian allegory, no modern day Pilgrim’s Progress.

Harry Potter and the mystery of an academic obsession

And you thought Harry Potter was kids’ stuff ? Try telling that to the delegates who packed into a conference in Las Vegas last week discussing moral alignment and metanarrative in the works of JK Rowling. But one question: why were the mostly female delegates dressed up as witches and schoolgirls and talking feverishly about Potter porn? The first lecture I go to is called ‘Muggles and Mental Health: Rites of Transformation and A Psychoanalytical Perspective on the Inner World of Harry Potter’. It’s nine o’clock in the morning. Outside the temperature is 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Inside, in a windowless

Why Harry Potter must finally die

J.K. Rowling has dropped the hint – the wizard may expire. How will this affect those who live in Potterland? John Elder finds out. “I have never been tempted to kill him off before the final book because I’ve always planned seven books, and I want to finish on seven books. I can completely understand, however, the mentality of an author who thinks, ‘Well, I’m gonna kill them off because that means there can be no non-author-written sequels. So it will end with me, and after I’m dead and gone they won’t be able to bring back the character’ ”