After taking a year-long breather from bashing Harry Potter at every major release of a book or movie (during which a book and a movie were released), WorldNetDaily is back in the Potter-denouncing business.
On Oct. 30, WND Joseph Farah had as a guest on his radio show Steve Wohlberg, author of "Hour of the Witch: Harry Potter, Wicca Witchcraft and the Bible." In the book, Wohlberg purports to show "how an overwhelming fascination with the “fictional” Potter is leading to a huge increase in the real-life practice of Wicca Witchcraft (one of America’s fastest growing religions, as reported by National Public Radio)."
And in a Nov. 18 review of the new Harry Potter movie, professional prude Ted Baehr -- operator of Movieguide, which "reviews" movies through a fundamentalist Christian lens -- unsurprisingly gave it thumbs down:
As usual, however, both the book and the movie promote an abhorrent, evil, occult worldview that is dangerous to both children and adults. In fact, the occult worldview in this movie may be worse, because, at a high point in the first act, the hero exclaims, "I love magic!"
On the other hand, the lying and deceit of the children protagonists are not as strong as the first three movies.
Although it may be argued that the Harry Potter books and movies are just fantasy stories having nothing to do with reality, they still entice impressionable young children, teenagers and even adults with an elitist worldview full of occultism and paganism.
Baehr is much more excited about the new Chronicles of Narnia movie, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which he proclaimed in a Nov. 15 WND review as "a great tool for the church to help people understand the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."