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New post: End of Potter vs. the Pulpit?

by Carla Hinton Published: July 20, 2011

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.

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor 

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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