Friday, 23 November 2007

Harry Potter: enemy of God

Further to this post about Harry Potter and the literalism of the fundamentalist mind: here's a snippet from the newly-released documentary Jesus Camp, about an evangelical Christian summer camp for kids in North Dakota. This is pastor Becky Fischer whipping up her young flock:

Becky Fischer: And while I'm on the subject, let me say something about Harry Potter. Warlocks are the enemies of God! And I don't care what kind of hero they are, they're an enemy of God and had it been in the Old Testament Harry Potter would have been put to death!

Crowd: Amen!

Becky Fischer: You don't make heroes out of warlocks!

To which there's no better riposte than Mark Kermode's, in his review of the film on Radio 5 Live this afternoon: 'If this had been the Old Testament Harry Potter wouldn't have been put to death: because he's a fictional character!' (or words to that effect)

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