Moviegoers converged on theaters this past weekend to push “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ to the top of the box office.
I wondered if the controversy surrounding the “Harry Potter” books and subsequent movies would pop up again, but it hasn’t – at least not to the degree that it did when the first books made it to the big screen.
Some people in the faith community have lambasted the books over the years, saying that they encourage children to become wizards and witches.
Read Terry Mattingly’s commentary about the controversy and whether or not it will end now that the final “Harry Potter” movie installment is out: “Final Gasp of the ‘Harry Potter’ wars?”
Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. In his commentary, he says that the popular books/movies about the fictional boy wizard produced various criticisms from the faith arena including that author J.K. Rowling intentionally wrote the books as doorways to the occult.