Harry Potter

Harry Potter Compared to Jesus Christ

For Syracuse Online, Jerry Rosen writes...

\"From the halls of Hogwarts to the Quidditch fields, the wizardry of J.K. Rowling\'s Harry Potter books have cast a spell over young and old alike. The first four books of a planned seven-book series describing the coming of age and education of Potter, a young wizard, have sold well over 24 million copies. While the worldwide reception of the books has been generally spectacular, some groups, primarily fundamental Christians, have protested against their use in schools. They claim the books promote witchcraft and the occult over Christian values. Madeline Loiacono, religious educator at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Clay, doesn\'t see that side of the books. What she sees are parallels between Harry Potter and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.\" more...

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Harry Potter Video Released ... It\'s Not What You Think

For Florida Today, Breuse Hickman writes...

\"Does reading the Harry Potter books turn kids onto witchcraft? Yes, according to a controversial, locally produced video entitled \"Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged - Making Evil Look Innocent.\" more...

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Harry\'s Birthday Party was a Blast

For The Union Tribune, Jennifer Dobner writes...

\"It was a birthday party like any other. There were games, prizes and a giant sheet cake covered in creamy, sweet frosting. But not one guest brought a gift. Instead, they brought brooms. The right broom is essential to a good game of Quidditch. And there is no better way to celebrate the 15th birthday of the world\'s most popular boy, than with a scrimmage of his favorite high-speed, high-flying game. It doesn\'t matter that Harry Potter is a fictional literary character, or that Quidditch is an imaginary game. It doesn\'t matter, because Harry\'s adventures as a wizard-in-training at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have won the affection of kids worldwide.\" more...

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Passing time till Harry

HoustonChronicle.com has a Funny Little List of ways to make time disappear while you\'re waiting for the Nov. 16 release of the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone.


\"Write an operations manual for the Nimbus 2000 and save Harry from the broomstick police! A British White Witches high priest in Sussex, England, told Reuters our boy wizard is riding his Nimbus backward in the trailer for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone.\"

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More Harry Potter humor

The folks at Top Five have identified 15 mistakes in the upcoming movie other than that backwards-broomstick thing. They begin with #15, \"Harry is never once shown with owl poop on his shoulder.\"

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Harry Potter and the censors

This thoughtful opinion piece from Sunspot takes a look at all the problems the Harry Potter books have faced with censorship because of their connection to \"witchcraft\".
We all know that\'s ridiculous, I mean he doesn\'t even know how to ride his broomstick the right way round.

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Harry Potter artwork on sale

This story from Ananova reports that the original artwork from the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone, is to be auctioned at Sotheby\'s of London and is expected to fetch about 25,000 pounds sterling (just under $40,000). It is a 1977 watercolor by Thomas Taylor, though the editions I have seen of Harry Potter and the Sorceror\'s Stone (as it was called in the US) had a different cover, I think.
Sotheby\'s will also be auctioning a letter in which JRR Tolkien apparently accuses Walt Disney of being a business cheat.

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Harry Got It All Wrong

This could be the funniest thing I\'ve ever read. Harry Potter rides his broomstick with the brush part at the back in the upcoming movie.

A high priest of British White Witches said broomsticks should be ridden the other way round, and has wished for the film to do badly at the box office until the studio admits it got it wrong.

``Warner Bros claims the film is an accurate portrayal of things that happen in witchcraft, yet woodcuts from the 16th and 17th centuries show broomsticks being ridden with the brush part in the front,\'\' said Kevin Carlyon, who has his own coven in Sussex, southern England.\"

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Library cancels Muggle Studies

Oskaloosa Public Library put an advert in the local paper for a summer reading program based on the Harry Potter books, calling it \"Muggle Studies\". Residents complained, someone threatened a lawsuit and the program was cancelled. The full story from CBS News.
\"They felt threatened by the evil factor.\"

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Harry Potter and the Ivory Tower

James Nimmo writes:\"Professors are drawing
parallels between Harry Potter stories and classic
medieval legends, proposing that medieval archetypes
are persistent throughout popular culture.\"

You can read the Full Story at the NY Times.

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