Harry Potter and the Bible and What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? may be getting media attention, but some muggles are feeling more wizened by the wizard. The Entertainer, Britain's largest independent toy retailer, expects to lose £500,000 (about $750,000) because its owner, Gary Grant, won't sell Potter merchandise.

"I have to uphold my Christian values in my private and my public life," Grant told London's Daily Telegraph. "The Bible is quite clear: Avoid that which even appears evil. It doesn't say avoid only that which is evil."

Meanwhile, Harry's American publisher is reportedly considering a lawsuit against Jews for Jesus for copyright and trademark infringement. "If you like Harry Potter, have we got a book for you" begins an organizational tract promoting the Bible. But Harry will have to wait in line: Curious George's publishers have already sued the messianic ministry for a similar stunt.

Related Elsewhere:

The full Daily Telegraph article is online at the Apologetic's Index. The site also has extensive articles, links, and resources on the Harry Potter controversy.

Harry Potter and the Bible and What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? are available from Christianbook.com.

At the official Harry Potter movie site, you can buy everything from the Quidditch take home game to wallets.

The Toyshop.com is the online store of the British retailer, The Entertainer.

Christianity Today sister publication Christian Parenting Today analyzed the series for everything Christian Parents need to know about the books.

Previous Christianity Today articles on the Harry Potter debate include:

The Perils of Harry Potter | Literary device or not, witchcraft is real—and dangerous. (Oct. 23, 2000)
Virtue on a Broomstick | The Harry Potter books, and the controversy surrounding them, bode well for the culture. (Sept. 7, 2000)
Opinion Roundup: Positive About Potter | Despite what you've heard, Christian leaders like the children's books. (Dec. 13, 1999)
Parents Push for Wizard-free Reading | Bestsellers now under fire in some classroom. (Dec. 13, 1999)
Why We Like Harry Potter | The series is a 'Book of Virtues' with a preadolescent funny bone. (Dec. 13, 1999)

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