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Vatican newspaper runs positive review of final Harry Potter film

Catholic World News - July 12, 2011

In a short, sympathetic treatment of the final Harry Potter movie, L'Osservatore Romano cautions that the tale is "almost too dark," and some viewers may be troubled by the violence. But the review raises no questions about the content of the stories, which have been assailed by some Christian critics. L'Osservatore's analysis concludes:

As for the content, evil is never presented as fascinating or attractive in the saga, but the values of friendship and of sacrifice are highlighted. In a unique and long story of formation, through painful passages of dealing with death and loss, the hero and his companions mature from the lightheartedness of infancy to the complex reality of adulthood.

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  • Posted by: Pro Deo et Hibernia - Jul. 12, 2011 9:42 PM ET USA

    Have you ever read any of the books, Justine8110? I along with countless young Catholics have read and benefited profoundly from the Harry Potter series, which is an extraordinary tale of the time-old fight of good against evil. Remember that Tolkien and Lewis had extensive use of magic in their fantasies as well. I must say that your eccentric commentary is what is really bizarre here.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Jul. 12, 2011 4:38 PM ET USA

    Bizarre! I know of an exorcist in good standing with Rome who is adamant that the Harry Potter books contain the names of real demons and that in his own ministry he has seen countless people fall under diabolical influence in the form of oppression, obsession or even posession simply by reading the books. Does anyone in Rome believe in the traditional Catholic faith anymore? I'm deadly serious.

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