The Harry Potter Effect Paperback
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The Harry Potter Effect
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Christians have been notoriously divided over Harry. Some have denounced the stories as a dangerously attractive introduction to the world of the occult. Others welcome their celebration of love over evil, to say nothing of their literary success in a world that many feared had given up on books altogether.
John Houghton looks at 'the Harry Potter effect', both in the wider culture and in the Christian community. His considered critique offers timely and valuable insight for fans and detractors alike, as well as parents, teachers and all those who work with children.
Have the books had a spiritual impact? Are our beliefs, our values, modified as a result of reading them? Have they encouraged the growth of witchcraft and the occult, or do they subtly promote the Christian faith? What impact have they had on our world view? Have the horror and macabre elements of the stories developed, disturbed, or hardened children’s emotional development? Have the books weaned them away from the cynicism of Playstation-type war games? Do the books restore imagination to a generation dulled by excessively leftbrained school examinations? Can we commend the books and films to our children, or should we express caution, or even impose an outright ban? In a world saturated with media entertainment, should we even care?
In tackling these questions, and more, John Houghton explores the entire Harry Potter series and the subsequent developments in our culture.
The Harry Potter Effect by John Houghton was published by Kingsway in September 2007. The ISBN for The Harry Potter Effect is 9781842913628.
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The Harry Potter EffectMary Austin, via The Good Book Stall
An interesting overview of the whole Harry Potter series and the ways in which Christians, particularly Christian parents might react to it. The author advises against a knee jerk reaction some Christians might take to stories of witches and wizards. He encourages his readers to discover aspects of faith through the books and the ways in which they might be a starting point to help children, and adults, come to a deeper understanding of the true power of the story of Christ. Written from what seems to be the stand point of a ‘biblical evangelical’ Houghton holds back from seeing in Harry a metaphor for Christ yet acknowledges the subversive presence of a Christian message in certain aspects of the books.
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Details for The Harry Potter Effect
|Page last updated||30th December 2016|
|Author / Artist||John Houghton|
|Publisher||Kingsway (September 2007)|
|Number of Pages||128|