Obviously, I haven’t reinstated Index Librorum Prohibitorum and placed Harry Potter on it. Believe me, there are any number of Jesuit publications that would make it to the Index before Harry Potter. When I spoke of the Harry Potter novels I was merely offering a concern that I had.
The next thing you know, I’m hearing that some little singer girl apparently has about as much use for me as she has for wearing shirts. Then St. Blog seemed to split into two different camps, each side calling the other hypocrites.
Hopefully, I can put the whole matter to rest:
As far as my Harry Potter comments are concerned, you are free to take them or leave them. However, you must admit that not all young people are equally equipped to discern the differences between genuine good and evil, and a great many are at risk for being negatively influenced by things secular in nature.
My judgment on the matter is quite astute. If you doubt it, just consider that you most likely don’t let your children watch everything that is on TV or buy them nudie magazines. The Harry Potter series is about witchcraft, and the moral dimension contained within it is defined by witchcraft. It would be imprudent to assume that all children will not be influenced by it. In conclusion, just have some discretion on what you allow to influence your kids and then get on with it.