Not many people would think that there’s anything sinister behind the famous stories of Harry Potter. After all, they’re entirely fictional, right?
Not according to Church groups and most recently priests in Northern Poland, who took to burning books they considered obscene or sinful, which included many books from J.K. Rowling’s famous Harry Potter series, citing its promotion of witchcraft.
The evangelical group, known as SMS From Heaven, also burned what looked like symbols from other religions, and at the very least, those tied to Satanism. A book by Stephanie Meyer, the author of the Twilight series, was also ignited in the flames.
The reasoning behind Harry Potter books being targeted is that evangelical Christians have often voiced their concerns over the series, as they believe it’s a depiction of witchcraft and magic. Books by J.K. Rowling have also reportedly been burned in the United States in similar book burnings, such as in Pennsylvania, where they had a massive bonfire with Rowling’s books.
The Polish priests said through their Facebook page that they are “obedient to the world” and naturally side with God. There are also pictures that show certain books being selected in church, before being carried outside to be burned, to rid the world of their dark influences.
The priests read from the New Testament book of Acts, chapter 19, verse 19, which says: “A large number of those who practised magic brought their books and burned them all.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church were called upon too. Section 2117 reads that “all practices of magic or witchcraft are in serious contradiction with the virtue of religiosity.”
However, the burning of these books has not received approval, as thousands of Facebook comments were made chastising the priests’ actions.
Marta Plaza was one to comment, describing the Harry Potter series as one that had “instilled in the entire generation of kids the love of reading – that taught these kids true friendship, courage, sacrifice in the name of higher values.”
Dorota Pytel wrote: “Destroying books is simply stupid and will always be associated with the Inquisition, the Third Reich and the USSR.”
Lastly, another wrote: “I have not met anyone yet who would rape, murder and steal in the name of Harry Potter. In the name of the Bible, yes. Bad news, gentlemen!”
“Burn the images of their gods” another passage from Deuteronomy says. “Don’t desire the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, or you will be trapped by it. That is detestable to the Lord your God.”
So, there you have it – the beloved Harry Potter series is actually a terrible influence as it promotes witchcraft and magic. Who’d have known, or even thought of it? These are truly interesting times.
But, there would have to be a huge effort to rid the world of all of the Harry Potter books. So, there’s still a long way to go, and lots of books that still have to be burned if they’re to complete their mission. Insane! Or is it? Please tell us your thoughts on this in the comments section down below.
Story by Emily Clark
Featured Photo Credit: Latestly.com