I was appalled to read the article concerning the protesters at the "Harry Potter Night Out."
As a daughter of a preacher, I can honestly say that my view was as theirs until it was brought to my attention that I had never read the books. Being a language and reading teacher in a middle school in Georgia, I decided that it was important to read what my students read. found that a lot of people wrongly accuse these books and lash out at things that they personally do not understand.
Harry Potter books were not written as a new religion or new occultist movement. They have done something that most children's literature, including recent writings, have not accomplished. They have inspired the "lost" generation to begin to read again. They have rekindled the desire to read and use our imaginations.
Ms. Rowling has said in an interview for the "Today Show" with Katie Curic that she finds it appalling the way most religious groups lash out at her and her work. She also presents the facts in her work are made up and twisted in order to move the plot of the story along. Although there maybe similarities between her work and the study of witches/wizards, they are not there as a tool to turn kids against God but rather to "keep the story moving."
If Rev. Basham was trying to "witness" to these people, whether stranger or neighbor, I think he just defeated his purpose. It is not for us to judge others or their actions but for us to pray for those in need, hurting or lost. We need our beliefs but we also need or imaginations. This is not an unusual controversy because C.S. Lewis was also slandered for his work on "The Chronicles of Narnia." Rev. Basham needs to remember that attacking children is against what Jesus wanted. Jesus said to call the little children to him not scream or shout them away.
Jennifer Akers, Dalton, GA