Monday, February 22, 2010
What to do? What to do?....Harry Potter?
I'm writing today because I am in a dilemma.
All of us have heard of Harry Potter, so I know you are all aware of this book and movie series. I have always been against my children and myself reading these books. For the, thought to be, obvious reason, that they are completely focused on the land of witches and warlocks and a small group of 11 year olds actually attending a school to train themselves in the arts of witchcraft and sorcery.
My husband, Bill, LOVES fantasy and epic tales. He is a collector of books, CDS, and DVDs. He has all the Harry Potter books and movies and keeps them in pristine condition. Obviously, our views are different on the subject of Harry Potter.
Several months ago, during Family Night (Friday), our older girls, Caela and Isabella, were not interested in Gracie's pick that week, being it was her week, little 4 year old that she is. So Bill asked me if it would be ok if the girls and he watched Harry Potter #1. I was not in a mood that night to contend, so I said, "Go ahead".
Well, over the last several months, Caela has become an avid reader and follower of Harry Potter. LOVES the books, the movies, website, etc. Bill and I have both sat down with her and communicated that there are real witches in the world and that this stuff is not just a fairy tale. That Jesus commands us, as His followers, to steer clear of this realm.
She does understand this, but I am struggling with the fact that when she is not at school or engaged in the regular events of life her mind is stayed on Harry Potter.
I am in conflict with this. I have friends on both sides of the fence...some are adamant, like me, to not read them, other friends LOVE the books and think their message is GREAT for kids! All these friends are strong followers of Christ.
For Caela I would love to just say, "GREAT! Enjoy!" ...I've even read the first book and am in the middle of the second. Yes, they are great stories, but I just can't get past the subject matter.
I would love to hear your thoughts? Has anyone gone down this road yet with your children? Many of you homeschool so I know you probably have not had this cross your path. I would very much like to hear your thoughts. I have not been released yet to fully embrace this Harry Potter season of Caela's life and I would like to be settled either way. Bill is ready to do whatever is needed for Caela's best.
Thank you! And feel free to email me if you cannot comment on this post.
Peace of the Lord!