"They are using a favorite tactic to discredit the opponents by
using disinformation. They can throw the people off the true trail of
exposure by throwing out hoaxes or decoys like this."
One of the tactics of Satan is to make fun of those who cry
"evil" or "foul," by creating parody designed to make the
concerned Christian look foolish.
Probably the most frequented spoofs on Harry Potter, which many Christians
read and do not realize is a spoof is at Onion.com, which is hardly
sympathetic to the Christian cause. The title of the piece is, Harry
Potter Books Spark Rise in Satanism Among Children (caution:
offensive language). It includes statements such as this:
"Millions of children are willing their bodies and souls to Lucifer
in unholy blood covenants."
Part way down the page is the following image, designed to make fun of
those who worry about their children being influenced by reading Rowling's
At the end of the article, the author fabricates the following J.K.
Rowlings quote, making it sound official by attributing it to an interview
with the London Times:
"These books guide children to an understanding that the weak,
idiotic Son Of God is a living hoax who will be humiliated when the rain of
fire comes, ... while we, his faithful servants, laugh and cavort in
This Onion.com spoof is the source of many frenzied e-mail messages
like this one:
one Pastor to Another - "most evil thing in ten years."
To a satirist, that might seem like the funniest thing, giving them a
prank-phone-call-like rush of adrenalin. However, to the unsuspecting,
sincere seeker of truth, who doesn't realize it is satire, because they
intuitively sense (by the Spirit) that there is cause for concern about these
books, they tend to believe the statement to be based in fact, and they then
perpetuate it as such.
That is not funny.
When it is discovered that the story and quotes are purposely fictitious,
the concerned Christian has egg on his/her face, and those who were warned
feel relieved and 'off the hook' as to any worry about the Harry Potter
appeal. Caution is replaced by callousness regarding any possible harm
of the Potter books.
About.com's Urban Legends site, designed to debunk bogus virus
alerts and other Internet rumors, editorializes on this Onion.com spoof
and basically makes fun of those who fall for it, concluding that there is no
harm in the Potter series.
The supposed expose is titled, Harry
Potter and the Chain of Fools. I'm afraid he has the antecedent
reversed in reference to the 'fools.'
For those of you who insist that the series is innocent fun, and even good
for the children because it spurs them to read and expand their imagination, I
would ask you to consider the following. First, since when has an
international fad been wholesome? Usually anything truly of redeeming
virtue is spurned by the world. Shouldn't that alone urge caution?
Second, there are so many other books that also expand the imagination and
promote reading, it is a pity to spend that energy on something that portrays
witchcraft, scorcery, magic, and other occult practices as good.
The call to Christians is to "go ye out of the midst of her, be ye
clean that bear the vessels of the Lord." More is expected of
you. Yours is a divine destiny to arise and put on strength in the
Lord. "And in my name shall they do many wonderful
works." "And these signs shall follow them that believe in my
name..." Don't become as Saul, who became so frustrated in his lack
of being able to receive from the Lord that he turned to sorcery.
Sterling D. Allan
Nov. 12, 2000