Treat anti-Harry Potter views with respect
\"Harry Potter IV will make millions of people happy and others very worried. The first crowd will be greeted warmly when it visits public libraries and schools. The odds are good the critics will not. Kimbra Wilder Gish, a librarian at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center sadi : \"These books had everything — witches, warlocks, magic, evil spirits, the whole lot. So I wasn\'t shocked by the controversy. I was shocked that so many librarians were shocked by the controversy. . . . It\'s like they were saying, \'Haven\'t all of those intolerant fundamentalists been wiped out, by now?\' \"
Two years ago, she read one too many Internet postings by librarians attacking the motives of believers who were worried about Harry Potter. Her response covered many Bible verses that address this topic, especially a Deuteronomy passage that calls an \"abomination\" anyone that \"useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.\"
That covers just about everything in the Harry Potter books. Yet, in Rowling\'s work these elements are woven into the lives of witty characters those adventures have millions of young people turning pages instead of switching TV channels. The books also have been praised by religious leaders, including the moderate evangelical editors of Christianity Today, who called the series \"a Book of Virtues with a preadolescent funny bone.\"
But public officials must realize that there are scores of others who simply don\'t think it\'s appropriate for their children to be exposed to books that portray magic in a \"cool,\" winsome manner, said Gish. Some even criticize the work of Christian authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Madeleine L\'Engle.