Should Christians Stay Out Of Hogwarts? A Christian Response to Harry Potter

Hey y’all! Okay, so for some reason I have been asked a LOT lately to write a post about Harry Potter. It seems that a lot of you watch Harry Potter and want to know if it’s okay, or you don’t watch it and want to know if you can. 

Harry Potter was a topic I kind of never wanted to cover. 


It is SO very controversial, especially amongst Christians. And I know, I know, I usually don’t turn down a controversial subject. So here we are! 

Do I personally watch/read Harry Potter? No, I don’t. For this post I’m going to try my very best to simply lay out facts concerning Harry Potter in an unbiased way. My goal isn’t to offend anyone! My hope is to simply shed some light on this super popular fandom.

Let’s talk about the main theme of Harry Potter.

As a young boy, Harry discovers that he is a wizard living in the ordinary world with unmagical people. The wizard world exists parallel to the real world, and he is invited to attend an exclusive magic school: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Here is where most of the events of the series take place. 

Objects incorporated are magic plants, magic wands, potions, spells, flying broomsticks, centaurs, and other magical creatures. 

The movies each follow one year of his life as he faces challenges and grows as a wizard.

The BIGGEST argument against Harry Potter… is the magic evil?

This…. this is where Christians get stuck. Okay, there’s magic, wizards, witches, potions, spells, etc., but… it’s just pretend, right? It’s not really evil…. right? 

Yes, Harry Potter is a completely pretend made-up story. We all know it’s not real! 

Except… the occult is very real and very heavily involved with anything unholy in the sight of God. This includes witchcraft, casting spells, making potions, etc. There were sorcerers and witches in the Bible, and what did God say about them? 

He made his sons pass through the fire in the valley of Ben-himmom; and he practiced witchcraft, used divination, practiced sorcery, and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did MUCH EVIL in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger. 

2 Chronicles 33:6

So here’s my two cents: Why do we so heavily defend Harry Potter when the whole theme is wrapped around something God hates? I understand it’s enjoyable to watch or you love the plots, but why is this such a hot topic when it’s pretty clear to us in Scripture?

I’m not saying that I have any authority to tell you not to watch Harry Potter or anything like that, I guess I just don’t understand the confusion. XD

Is there a Christian message in Harry Potter? 

I’ve heard this argument a lot! Maybe J.K. Rowling did attend to put some inspirational themes in her books. I don’t know, I haven’t read them! ; ) Still though, does an occasional good or possibly even Christian message turn it into a God-honoring book? Not exactly. 

The magic isn’t dark, though! 

I addressed in my last post that good magic does not exist. Wiccans, witches, or occultists can’t practice magic with good intentions and do good things. There’s no such thing as good magic! Because magic is never from God and that means it’s from something evil and far more sinister. 

Christian author Richard Abates states this:
“If you go to The Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings what you see is story magic and imagination, it is not real. You can’t replicate it. But if you go to something like Harry Potter, you can find references to astrology, clairvoyance, and numerology. It takes seconds to go into a bookstore or library and get books on that and start investigating it, researching it, and doing it. In fact, that’s why real Wiccans, real witches, and real occultists are using the popularity of Harry Potter to lure kids toward real world occultism. They actually have advertisements for their own books that use Harry Potter as their appeal.”

That’s crazy to think about! 

Real Wiccans, real witches, and real occultists are using Harry Potter as a tool to popularize occultism. They know that Harry Potter is fun and harmless for children, and they are using that to try and draw them in to their side. 

These are just some facts for thought.

Will watching/reading Harry Potter as a Christian make you give up your faith? No. Will it make you become a witch? No. 

This truly is only meant to be an informative post. I don’t judge you if you watch Harry Potter, I promise I don’t. (Plus I researched Harry Potter only because it was my most requested post!) 

But… just the same, this girl stays out of Hogwarts.

Have a great day everyone! 






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70 thoughts on “Should Christians Stay Out Of Hogwarts? A Christian Response to Harry Potter

  1. Great post, Melani! I really appreciate how you approached the topic, as it is very controversial. I’ve never watched or read Harry Potter, and I’ve never desired to. It seems pretty dark to me.

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  2. Ah what I get asked the most when I saw I choose to ‘stay out of hogwarts’ is well you watch Narnia and LOTR but the magic and how it is portrayed and the messages and what is positive and such, it’s soooo different than the kind in Harry Potter. Thanks so much for this post.

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  3. #stayingoutofhogwarts I totally agree with you on these points! A lot of my friends have read this and love it, but still I don’t think that God would want me (not judging here, just saying me in particular) to read Harry Potter. Thanks for writing this Melani! 🙂

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  4. This is a little hard for me, as I absolutely LOVE Harry Potter…
    But thanks for covering this, Melani. 😃
    A question, though: I’m writing a book where the characters have super powers. Does that, in your opinion, go against the Bible? Thanks!

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    1. Hey girl! I promise, no judgment for loving Harry Potter. Some of my best friends are fans as well! I don’t think that a book with superheroes is bad at all. It is fiction, and it’s not derived from witchcraft/numerology!
      Have a great day!

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  5. Melani, I’m so glad when I meet others who refuse to involve themselves in the HP world. It’s almost become a cult of its own, the way people take tests to place themselves in specific “houses” and have all sorts of not-so-fake make-believe sessions. It’s very dark and very absorbing…

    I have lots of friends who have read/watched it, but that’s one thing I won’t agree is healthy/uplifting for Christians to get involved in.

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  6. Hey Mel! I’d actually been meaning to text you on this subject because this year at Teach Them Dilligently I heard Bryan Davis make a really interesting point. So up until I went to his session the only arguments against Harry Potter that I’d heard were about the magic (like you were talking about) and the author, but his complaint about the books didn’t have anything to do with either of those. Now, I’ve never read the books either, but apparently, according to Bryan Davis, the characters in the book lie and cheat and steal to win and it works. Apparently, Harry Potter is even told at some point something along the lines of, “You’ll have to cheat to win this” or whatever. I realize this argument isn’t as potentially dangerous as witchcraft or occult themes, but it’s something to consider. Especially for younger kids who might be reading the books. This comment ended up being much longer than I intended. Sorry about that! 😂

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    1. Hey Kat! Yeah, that is an interesting point! For sure, we need to take more into consideration than simply magic. (It’s so funny that we’ve resulted to communicating on my blog. XD) Talk to you soon, friend!

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  7. I’ve never watched/read Harry Potter and don’t know that I ever will. I might, but probably not … I think it’s probably not the best despite the hype.

    Personally, I’m okay with magic in books more along the lines of fairytales or Narnia or such – I’ve read some pretty good fantasy – but I believe everyone needs to look into this seriously and with God in mind and decide for themselves.

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    1. I enjoy many fantasy books! Especially if good wins out in the end and magic forces aren’t celebrated. We have to look to Scripture and really pray for ours eyes to be open in these areas!
      Many blessings!

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  8. THIS GIRL BE STAYING OUT OF HOGWARTS TOO ❤

    Srsly tho. I like LOTR and Narnia and I'm even plotting out writing a fanfic about it, but that magic is used to defeat darkness and bad forces, and some of the characters are even allegories to Jesus! But Hogwarts is…different.

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    1. Someone at my Christian school chose this topic for our end-of-year essays. She strongly supports HP everything. I guess it’s different for every Christian.

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  9. Thank you for writing this, Melani!

    I’ve grown up in a home where we never read or watched Harry Potter. And the reason was as you stated: the magic and witchcraft, which can still be prevalently used TODAY.

    I’ve grown up obsessed with Narnia and dreaming of Hobbiton. I’ve always loved fantasy (I highly recommend reading N.D. Wilson’s 100 Cupboards if you haven’t already). However, over a year ago my older brother (19 at the time) received the Blu-Ray collector’s edition of Harry Potter as a belated Christmas gift.

    Well, we watched it (all 8 movies). After hearing the Harry Potter debate all our lives, our parents decided we were old enough to watch the movies and come to our own conclusions (this of course does not apply to ALL movies, only certain movies they feel are safe enough…).

    I now must ashamedly admit, I like Harry Potter. *blushes*

    However, I completely understand what you’re saying here.

    First off, J.K. Rowling pretty much steals from Tolkien (and even C.S. Lewis at times). Secondly, the magic is definitely questionable. And thirdly, there is teen romance! Like, actual kiss scenes between 16 year olds! I think that is the thing that threw me off the most with these movies. I am not a huge fan of romance in general, but especially when a movie or book (geared towards children, mind you!) is pushing this romance! It is truly heartbreaking.

    As I watched these movies, I quickly wondered, “who would let their young child watch this?!”

    There is content definitely not suited for a young child (namely, the teen romance) and there are moments that are plain gory as far as violence goes. I like how you said, “They know that Harry Potter is fun and harmless for children, and they are using that to try and draw them in to their side.” So painfully accurate!

    Obviously Harry Potter is FAR from perfect. I personally feel that young, immature children should NOT be watching this series.

    However, I believe that watching Harry Potter is like watching any other movie– we must personally assess ourselves and our hearts. We must pray and ask God for guidance in media. And we must use Biblical discernment.

    Yes, I like Harry Potter. I like the characters, the comedy, the plot (even though it might be stolen from other fantasy sources), and the fantastical places and creatures. However, does that mean everyone in the world should watch Harry Potter? No, not at all. It simply means that at this point in my life I seem to be able to watch it. Will I still be able to watch it 5 years from now? Only God knows.

    God convicts all of His people differently, individually, and at personally unique parts of their lives. Along the same lines, some of His people are able to drink alcoholic beverages occasionally, where another is called to give up drinking all together.

    You approached this topic very graciously, Melani. I pray it will open the eyes of many to the reality of witchcraft and magic. It was good to be reminded of its realness and danger once again. It has definitely convicted me to begin once again praying for discernment in the media and movies I watch and enjoy.

    Thank you SO MUCH!

    -Faye
    https://createinmeblogger.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you for your kind, insightful comment, Faye! It is perfectly fine for us to feel differently about Harry Potter. ❤ Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and have a wonderful day!

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  10. Great post, Melani! I recently read an article where someone interviewed J.K. Rowling. They asked her about her faith, and she described herself as “a Christian with the aspects of an atheist”. Honestly. What on EARTH does that mean?!

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  11. I’m not a superfan of Harry Potter or anything, having read the books/watched the movies just one time and generally liking them. My opinion is that it’s not bad…. if you hold the correct mindset. Read fiction as fiction! But some people take this stuff so literally though 😦

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  12. Hey girl!! Okay, okay… I’m so sorry, I just had to comment:-) Thanks for writing a great post!!

    I love Harry Potter! It’s probably my favorite fantasy book series I’ve ever read, actually:) It has great themes of redeeming friendships, relationships, and self sacrifice for those you love. I did pray about whether I should read Harry Potter, and God helped me come to the conclusion that instead of worrying about whether I should read a certain book, all He wants is my heart:) Thanks Mel for writing a great post!

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    1. Don’t be sorry for leaving a comment, Lundie! XD Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the matter. We can all feel differently about Harry Potter! I hope you have a fabulous day and I’ll talk to you soon!

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  13. Amen, I agree that Harry Potter is not something Christians should be reading/watching! The Bible is clearly against wizardry. Of course, the Lord convicts in different ways at different times. In my family we also have decided to steer clear of Narnia and LOTR because of magical themes, though very few Christians find issue with it. Thanks for researching for us! 🙂

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  14. Thanks for writing this! It’s so encouraging to know that I’m not just crazy and oversensitive. I’m not a Harry Potter fan and never have been, Rowling draws on real life occult practices to create her books (and had some interesting things to say about her own experience) and, with family who have been heavily involved in these things, it really worries me that this stuff is in kids’ books and made out to be a good thing. The difference between LOTR, Narnia, Eragon etc, and HP is that HP promotes the kind of magic that goes on in the real world and normalises it, talks about it as something you can safely experiment and play with (this is absolutely not true).

    The other thing is that I’ve never met someone who likes Harry Potter and isn’t obsessed (to varying degrees) with it, which is disturbing tbh. I did know a girl who wanted to write her (theological) dissertation on Harry Potter and the Christological themes found in it.

    To me, the Bible is clear: we don’t associate with these things. There are a number of children’s and YA books that I won’t read on this account (Skulduggery Pleasant is another one) and I’m saying this as someone who will give most things the benefit of the doubt for a few pages/a chapter or so. It’s easy for people to make the argument that ‘all things are lawful but not all things are profitable’ and ‘it’s a matter of Christian conscience’ but I’d honestly rather err on the side of holiness. HP is questionable, I won’t touch it.

    Ach, this turned out longer than I intended. The point: thanks for the post, it makes me feel sane and reminds me that I’m not being cranky and oversensitive 🙂 Your points are right and it’s *always* better to err on the side of holiness.

    ~Jessie 🙂

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  15. Hi Jessie! I absolutely love how you said, “It’s easy for people to make the argument that ‘all things are lawful but not all things are profitable’ and ‘it’s a matter of Christian conscience,’ but I’d honestly rather err on the side of holiness.” Right on!

    I agree that I think people need to give Harry Potter a second look. The real-life occultism is enough to raise a little bit of alarm!

    (By the way, if I may, are you German? I’ve read a lot of fiction about the Amish and they say “ach” all the time! Plus their dialect is derived from German. :D)

    Have a wonderful day!

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  16. Thank you so much for doing this post! I totally agree with you! At the young age of seven, I read the books…and boy! Did it shake my world. When my older brother and I ran around casting spells on each other, my parents got to thinking. Thankfully, Harry Potter is no longer in our house!

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  17. I TOTALLY AGREE!!! This was a great post, and while I’ve never read the books (for these same reasons) I have heard many things about it, and not any that convince me they’re worth chancing reading about all that other stuff.

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  18. I tried to comment yesterday, but I think it might have gone to spam because I put a link in it? Here goes again. . .

    Hi, Melani. I’m Olivia White’s sister (of the Jumbled Kaleidoscope or whatever) and sometimes I stalk blogs she follows (all in good fun). I used to mostly agree with the position that since Harry Potter, purporting to be set more or less in our world, uses magic, the series is bad. But I did read the series last year because of a conversation with some friends who had read it, and found that actually I hadn’t known what I was talking about. I wanted to ask whether you’re quite sure you aren’t oversimplifying the issue? I’ve heard this sort of gut reaction from Christians quite a lot, but it doesn’t seem to apply to the books as they in fact are, but more to the connotation they have when someone mentions a title in a room full of Christians.

    To be perfectly clear, I’m not a fan of the books. Most of the time the writing is pretty poorly done, which annoys this English major — when you’re re-writing most of the sentences in your head as you read, it makes for a grueling reading experience by about the fifth book. The morality is an even bigger problem — not that I found the teen romance at all enticing (irrational is more like it), but the constant harping on how the end justifies the means and it’s perfectly okay for people to break rules and lie to their friends or superiors as long as it’s for a good cause: that was the biggest problem I found with the series and quite sufficient for me not to re-read or buy or recommend them. (Though I have got to say, in the interest of fairness, she’s good at worldbuilding, and gives the right details. I think I’d be at home in Ravenclaw Tower.)

    Since, in the world of the books (can’t speak for the movies), either you’re born with magic (and can learn to control your power, which is the purpose of Hogwarts et alia), or you’re not (and can’t learn it, even if both your parents are magical), I don’t think it works very well as a message to children that they can learn how to cast spells too. They may pretend, inspired by their bedtime reading, but then, nothing in the world will keep children from pretending they are all kinds of things which (fortunately or unfortunately) they are in fact not. * The only class which has a direct connexion to something in the world as we know it, Divination, is exactly the class the rational Hermione detests, and calls out as rubbish, which makes it seem that if Rowling had meant her books to draw kids to dabble in real magic (overlooking the fact that all her readers are probably Muggles and haven’t got a chance), it backfired there.

    I agree with the conclusion that Harry Potter is far from being one of The Great Books. I only happen to disagree with how you got there. Please don’t think I’m attacking you by saying you’ve oversimplified the issue: I don’t happen to think it’s as easy as you (and a lot of others) make it sound.

    * Pretending is GOOD. Children using their imagination, sparked by stories they’ve read, is GOOD. People of any age viewing the world through stories is VERY GOOD. See also Tolkien: On Fairy Stories (http://brainstorm-services.com/wcu-2004/fairystories-tolkien.pdf [Excuse the questionable-looking link: I promise it’s honest) and Mythopoeia (http://home.agh.edu.pl/~evermind/jrrtolkien/mythopoeia.htm). *What* they imagine is where things may get iffy. . . it’s perfectly harmless for children to imagine being cats, even talking cats, but probably bad for them to imitate Saruman, but because a child may imitate Saruman doesn’t mean we should ban all fanciful exercises of imagination. Just sayin’.

    Anyway. Apologies for the length and bargin’ in like Lord Peter Wimsey with a dissenting opinion.

    Happy Easter!

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  19. I love Harry Potter, ugh..I admit it!
    I love my Jesus more though and have recently been thinking about Harry Potter and a few other mindless shows that have caught my attention on Netflix…the Bible teaches us to honor God in ALL that we do…including the shows, movies, and books we enjoy.
    I’ve started to imagine Jesus sitting next to me while watching some of these and if I even have slight tug on my heart, it’s probably the Holy Spirit trying to get my attention!

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  20. Hey, Melani!
    I’m new to your blog, and honestly, I really love it. 🙂 I’ve never liked Harry Potter anyways – to me I didn’t even like the plot, it was just cliche, but I never really thought about the witchcraft…until now. Okay, so that’s REALLY scary – the way real people practicing witchcraft can draw children in using Harry Potter? *shudders*

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  21. Wonderful article! I’m a fan of Narnia, but I haven’t gotten into Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. Anything that has such a super following is something I am cautious about, because they can often be traps to trick us into accepting something evil wrapped up in a positive-looking package. I always try to test things out with biblical truths at the forefront of my mind.

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  22. I have read them and yes there are Christian themes. A good source on this is several books by John Granger starting with Looking for God in Harry Potter. He is a literary expert and a Christian and also did not allow his kids to read them until he read them himself.

    Just remember if you are going to throw out Harry Potter please be consistent and don’t read Fantasy in general since it usually contains magic of some sort. That means no Chronicles of Narnia, no Lord of the Rings, etc.

    Also be sure not to watch Disney movies that include magic. Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Fantasia, Alladin, Cinderlla, Snow White, etc.

    And don’t read any books or watch any shows that contain divorce or murder or people who worship idols or disobey their parents bc God has some specific laws about those things.

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  23. Well written Melani and I agree with your post 100%.

    I have a basic rule of thumb when it comes to answering the question… should I do this, or read this or watch this or play this….

    If you have to justify your choice… WALK AWAY.

    We should all strive to Glorify God in EVERYTHING we do (This includes what we read, watch and play folks). And here is the benchmark, you NEVER have to justify Glorifying God.

    You never have to investigate it, or google it… Glorifying God is GOOD all the time for everyone…

    We should never have activities in life, that are “good” for some Christians but not others (Like Drinking!)

    All activities in life should equally apply to all Christians as either wise and God Honoring or unwise and inappropriate.

    Just my two cents.

    Stay Strong & Stand Tall

    Keith

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  24. Great post! I respect everyone’s thoughts on the subject. I am a Christian and enjoy the Harry Potter books. I also drink alcohol. I think if we are going to stay away from stories like Harry Potter that would mean we would have to stay away from Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and all of the sweet stories that have magic in them as well. If we are going to refrain from drinking alcohol in moderation to protect the brothers and sisters that struggle with this, we need to refrain from eating cake in moderation as well to protect those who struggle with gluttony. Again, I respect everyone’s school of thought, just thought I would chime in with mine. Blessings!

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  25. what is your insight about Game of Thrones? i am being questioned also but i see some Christian friends watched or read it.

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