SUBJECT: Harry Potter Books

QUESTION: Does your church recommend the Harry Potter books or the movie "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" or any of the other titles to children?


No we do not. We do not recommend these books or the movie for anyone. The books are set in surroundings involving sorcery and witchcraft. WE STRONGLY CONDEMN THESE WRITINGS AS THEY ARE FULL OF WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY. The Bible is strong in its condemnation of these things.



Ps 1
1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. KJV

Note: You will read and hear slick arguments stating that these books are fiction and the main character fights for positive values and principles. The issue is that the good cannot justify the evil setting and the evil means used to produce that good. Further, the argument that these books are fiction does not justify reading and learning about evil practices especially as these books have young children as their target audience.

These verses above show clearly that we should not place ourselves even near these evil practices and subjects. Answer the question, "Would Jesus Christ read these books?"

Ex 22:18
18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. KJV

Gal 5:19-21
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. KJV

Note: God makes His attitude clear. Those involved in witchcraft will not enter into the Kingdom. Why would someone desirous of the Kingdom of God even want to get close to the subjects listed in these verses, fiction or otherwise?


Lev 19:26-28
26 Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.
27 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.
28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. KJV

Note: The Harry Potter books are full of enchantments and evil spells. Following is the Webster’s Dictionary Unabridged, 1913 definition of "enchantment":


1. The act of enchanting; the production of certain wonderful effects by the aid of demons, or the agency of supposed spirits; the use of magic arts, spells, or charms; incantation.

Note: These enchantments and spells produce what the dictionary calls "wonderful effects". Problem is they are produced by the aid of demons which are evil in the sight of God.

Lev 19:31
31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God. KJV

Note: The verse says to not even regard them. It says to not seek after them. It says not to be defiled by them. What is one doing when he or she reads these Harry Potter books? Notice the definition of the word "defile"


1. To make foul or impure; to make filthy; to dirty; to befoul; to pollute.
2. To soil or sully; to tarnish, as reputation; to taint.
3. To injure in purity of character; to corrupt.

Note: 1 Thess. 5:22 says to "abstain from all appearance of evil". What harm will come to your reputation and character if you are known to be carrying around and reading these controversial books?

Lev 20:6
6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. KJV

Note: Why would one, desirous of obeying God, want to be seen by Him "going after wizards" (even fictional wizards)?

Deut 18:9-14
9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. KJV

Note the phrase "among you" in verse 10. God does not want any knowledge or experience of divination, spells, spirits, charmers or wizards among us. God says that these things "ARE AN ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD" and He commands that we drive these things out from us (verse 12). Does it make for sound thinking to say that fictional wizards are exempt from these commands of the Great and Almighty God?


Isa 8:19
19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God?…   KJV

Mal 3:5
5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. KJV

Note: Forgetting the condemnation of sorcerers here for a moment, take a look at the condemnation against adulterers. Would it be okay for Christians to read vivid but fictional accounts of adulterous affairs? After all, they are fiction are they not? Will movies and fictional novels of sorcery and adultery be present in the Kingdom of God? Then why place yourself close to these things now?


When contacted about the Harry Potter books and the many e-mails we were receiving from both members and public, Mr. Armstrong stated:

"I don’t have time this moment or I would write a strong condemnation of the Harry Potter books which are filthy, demonic, satanic and blasphemous! I picked up a copy in an airport and scanned it briefly. It was FILLED with witchcraft, spells; one ‘witch’ talking to another, etc.. These books are not fit for any human eye to see. We need to place it UP FRONT on the web site and strongly condemn the Harry Potter writings with plenty of scriptures (above) about God’s condemnation of witchcraft, sorcery, and necromancers."


Some web sites have come out against these books. You may wish to visit these web sites to see the controversy regarding these books. Note that some web site pages are transitory and may no longer be posted.  

Also see Mr. Armstrong's commentary on Harry Potter

News story Study: Potter readers more occultic -- June 30, 2002

News story[Harry] Potter Called Christ-like -- Mar 4, 2003

Booklet Witchcraft, Sorcery, and "Harry Potter"

Contact us if you have further questions about the Harry Potter books.