Bewitching the Box Office:
Harry Potter and Religious Controversy

by Rachel Wagner



1. For these figures and for gross earnings and rankings, see the Movie Times.

2. J.K. Rowling Interview on The Diane Rehm Show, National Public Radio (October 20, 1999).

3. Michael G. Maudlin, "Virtue on a Broomstick." Christianity Today (September 4, 2000), 117-9.

4. Harry Potter and the Bible:  The Menace Behind the Magic (Camp Hill, Pennsylvania:  Horizon Books, 2001), 22.  Abanes has written books critical of what he deems inappropriate religious practices, including such titles as Defending the Faith: A Beginner's Guide to Cults; End-Time Visions: The Doomsday Obsessions; and Journey to the Light: Near Death Experiences.

5. Cited in Neal, 16.

6. Lindy Beam, "Exploring Harry Potter's World." Focus on the Family 24:5 (May 2000), 15

7. This video is produced by Jeremiah Films.

8. Connie Neal, What's A Christian to Do with Harry Potter? (Colorado Springs, Colorado: Waterbrook Press, 2001).

9. Her point has one major flaw, however; if one did offer one's child as a human sacrifice, the issue of exposure to Harry Potter would then be a moot one.

10. See I Corinthians 8-10.

11. For information about a report by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, see the archived article at:

12. See "Harry Potter Expelled from School," by Holly Kurtz, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Nov. 6, 1999.

13. For a similar approach at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Syracuse, New York, see "Church Puts Faith in Harry Potter," by Phil Miller, from the Sunday Times, Sep. 2, 2001.

14. For a Wiccan perspective on Harry Potter, see "Wiccans are not all that Wild about Harry Potter" by Jan Glidewell, from the St. Petersburg Times, Nov. 16, 2001.

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