Last week, Russ Breimeier's commentary, "Redeeming Harry Potter," noted a number of redeeming themes worth applaud in the books and movies about the boy wizard.
We only received a few e-mails in response to that commentary, but a couple of them were so vitriolic in tone that I cited them in our weekly CT at the Movies newsletter. My intro, titled "There's Something About Harry", quoted one reader who implied that we were among the "deceived elect" because we dared to find some good things in Harry Potter. Another accused us of "supporting the magical arts," adding, "I guess next you'll start endorsing homosexuality or perhaps bigamy?"
Hmm. We didn't need to come to our own defense. Many readers did, though a few also thought we'd gone off the deep, dark end for saying anything positive about Harry and his world.
Anyway, here's a sampling of what some of our readers said—divided up into the pros and cons.
In light of criticism you've received, I would like to state that what you do best, in my opinion, is rise above the stupid, predictable, and confining rhetoric of both conservative and liberal points of view. I appreciate how your reviews assume that your readers possess both faithfulness and intelligence; and, how individual believers are assumed capable of wise decision-making using CT's insights as helpful, but not instructive, tools in their own media discernment process.
Evangelicals have some of the most overworked knee joints. We react without becoming educated so often that people think we are a part of a faith whose primary mission is to oppose things. When my mother taught 7th and 8th grade at a Christian school back in the 1980s, she was fired for reading stories about witchcraft. Her chosen book? The ...1
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