The Harry Potter Controversy

analytical Essay
2657 words
2657 words

The Harry Potter Controversy

The wildly popular Harry Potter book series by J. K. Rowling has caused controversy for many families over the past five years. These novels according to some critics are harmless, adventurous, children's tales. Others choose to portray them as stories that inspire children to become involved in the occult and serious witchcraft. The Harry Potter novels chronicle the life of a young wizard whose wizard parents were killed by the evil Lord Voldermort. On his eleventh birthday he receives invitation to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each of the five books represents a year of his life there (Walker). This essay will discuss whether the Harry Potter novels are a suitable read for children and why despite what some critics portray, Harry Potter can be a positive role model for youth.

In recent history a cultural phenomenon has occurred. With the rise of Harry Potter, this nation's youth have displayed a “mania” that has not been seen in reference to books for a long time. For example, Barns & Noble America's largest bookseller has recently declared that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be their “largest seller in the history of the entire company” (Mangan). In light of this rise to fame one should note that Harry Potter can and will impact modern culture.

In the “age of electronic entertainment”, Harry Potter novels sharply contrast by luring children away from the internet, and away from video games and the television. Children across the globe are rapidly becoming interested in reading the novels. Katherine Thompson, owner of Frugal Frigate Bookstore, declared the series a “literary phenomena.” She noted that children as young as eight-years-old will devour...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that harry potter is a good role model for children. the stories are full of universal themes, such as learning to face up to fears, standing up for what one believes in, and realizing that people with different backgrounds can work together.
  • Analyzes how j. k. rowling's depictions of evil are comparable to those in the bible.
  • Explains that books debunk evils of potter; christian authors see enchanting talks as gospel springboard.
  • Analyzes how the popular harry potter series has caused controversy for many families over the past five years. some critics portray them as stories that inspire children to become involved in the occult.
  • Illustrates how some parents choose to use harry potter stories as a springboard for other discussions about their faith.
  • Analyzes booth, margaretzoller's "what american schools can learn from hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry." foster, julie.
  • Analyzes how the harry potter fantasy book series is luring kids away from interactive media.
  • Cites seden, janet, walker, wren, and colson, charles. "harry potter and the existence of god."
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