Don’t judge me. It’s been a couple of years since the last Harry Potter movie came out, and I’m just now watching them all for the first time. I read the books years back, and they were a bit underwhelming – I guess after all the hype I expected something more. Don’t worry – I’ll be revisiting the books soon enough.
Last night I finished watching the fourth one, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. And I started thinking about all the Christian groups banning Harry Potter from the classrooms and churches. And I’m thinking: Why? I mean, the last scene is Goblet of Fire does get pretty intense. You know the scene: when Voldemort comes back to life… it’s kind of sick.
But here’s the thing. That’s what evil is, isn’t it? Sick? Twisted? Demented? I know the controversy was stirred up because the protagonists are witches and wizards, but I think that’s hogwarts – er, hogwash – since Narnia and The Lord of the RIngs are favored by Christian groups and the day is won by magic and sorcery. [Feel free to leave your comments below to weigh in on this discuss. I can leave room for a change of mind.]
Honestly, as a Christian, I think Harry Potter does right in its portrayal of good vs. evil. The evil is supposed to be scary. I think a lot of times stories, and Christians, downplay evil. I don’t think we really grasp how twisted evil is. And though I think it makes a great attempt, I don’t think Voldemort even touches the tip of the ice berg of true, raw, real-life evil.
Evil steals your joy, robs you of life, promotes rape and abortion and mass murders. Evil is the poisonous pot of sin stirred up by Satan himself, and Adam and Eve’s fruit had been marinating in it, thus its poison passed down to us, and our hearts are just as wicked and twisted, if not more.
Evil is everywhere. Evil ought to be dreaded and mourned. It is outside of us and it affects those we love and people we’ve never met. And it is inside of us; each one of us. And it is threatening to take over our lives constantly.
We would do good to remember that scene where Voldemort comes to life. Because until Christ comes, evil cannot truly die and stay dead. And Satan will always be on the prowl looking for souls to devour.