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There is a popular preconception in Christian society that the words witchcraft wizard and magic fall under a veil of demoniac influence This hasty bias is usually the source of many misunderstandings and misgivings in popular culture In 1997 the first installment of a seven part series of books was released in the United States Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone was a hit among children teens and adults alike The latest volume Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has become the fastest-selling book in publishing history Coincidentally the Christian Community reputed the books a threat to religious morality as the books popularity skyrocketed They claimed that because of the series heavy concentration on magic children were being led to occultism and devil-worship In reality this claim is based solely upon the books use of the words witchcraft wizard and magic These words are simply taken out of context and responded to with detrimental criticism Harry Potter does not lure its readers to Satanism or witchcraft it is nothing more than a tale of fantasy and adventure A major determinant of the controversy surrounding the Harry Potter series is that of ignorance The pre-judgments impressed by the critics are mainly a result of their narrow-mindedness Ironically most of them have not taken the time to sit and read the series in its entirety The books were published by Scholastica childrens book company Each book is written with a reading level for children in the third grade Surely any adult willing to expand their limits and be a little more open minded would not object to reading through the books However it is much more convenient to jump to the conclusion that these books are evil rather than trying to interpret their true meaning Generation after generation of children have been exposed to stories involving magic If Harry Potter is to be reputed for introducing children to witchcraft so should the numerous other fairy
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