Since the 1997 release of its first book, the Harry Potter series (along with the film adaptations) has gained immense popularity worldwide. Many Christian leaders initially embraced the book as “wholesome, good-versus-evil fantasy in the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis.” But a populist Christian backlash emerged to the books’ witchcraft elements and their increasingly dark tone. As audiences flocked to the final installment, Christian commenters seemed split on whether the series was a Christian allegories or a dangerous gateway.
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