In the world of publishing, no success is equal to that of J.K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter series: magical stories centered on one boy's adventures at Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry. Within three years of Harry's debut, Rowling's titles sold more than 33 million copies. Children otherwise apathetic about reading are devouring the Harry Potter titles, and even adults are wild about Harry.
Yet this popular series presents a perplexing challenge to the Christian community. Although the books present a clear picture of the epic battle between good and evil, they also appear to support the use of magic. As a result, parents, educators, and other concerned Christians are wondering, How should I respond to this Harry Potter thing?
What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? explores this important question, taking a positive approach to the series and the related debate while at the same time acknowledging Christians' valid concerns. Though author Connie Neal affirms those who eschew the series, she also acknowledges the opportunities for learning and outreach it provides. Neal further shows how the books can be used to teach children what God really says about the occult, and how they can be used as a powerful tool for cultural evangelism.