Spiritual Warfare Forum: Harry Potter a wicca manual?

Harry Potter a wicca manual? QUESTION from Anna on November 10, 2001 Dear Brother,
I see no spiritual danger in reading Harry Potter books, though the series is incomplete and there is the chance it will end unacceptably.
I do see a danger in the adult usage of their popularity to promote occult techniques to children which are not in the books and which they could not possibly have learned from the books themselves.
But I saw an article in www.spiritdaily.com which was allegedly from a former witch which said they were an occult manual. This Pastor David J. Meyer says [quote] The first book of the series, entitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, finds the orphan, Harry Potter, embarking into a new realm when he is taken to Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At this occult school, Harry Potter learns how to obtain and use witchcraft equipment. Harry also learns a new vocabulary, including words such as Azkaban, Circe, Draco, Erised, Hermes, and Slytherin; all of which are names of real devils or demons. These are not characters of fiction!
How serious is this? By reading these materials, many millions of young people are learning how to work with demon spirits. They are getting to know them by name....High level witches believe that there are seven satanic princes and that the seventh, which is assigned to Christians, has no name. In coven meetings, he is called the nameless one. In the Harry Potter books, there is a character called Voldemort. The pronunciation guide says of this being He who must not be named.
On July 8 at midnight, bookstores everywhere were stormed by millions of children to obtain the latest and fourth book of the series known as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. These books were taken into homes everywhere with a real evil spirit following each copy to curse those homes. July 8th was also the 18th day (three sixes in numerology) from the witches' sabat of midsummer. [end quote]
I am disturbed by this and but no way of verifying if these facts are true. I doubt a child could learn anything occult from these books when I had no clue and merely saw them as fantasy fiction?
can you advise me? Anna
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on February 10, 2002 Dear Mrs. Anna:
I have not read the books, but have seen excerpts of the films. The story is a problem not because it mentions witches and stuff, as much as because it comes from a witchcract worldview. This is dangerous.
St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers (www.dads.org) has an excellent artcle about this.
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The Article itself is located at: http://library.saint-mike.org/occult/harry_potter.pdf


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