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Is Harry Potter and Twilight considered to be sacreligious

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World Religions: Group Seminar

"Are Harry Potter and Twilight considered to be sacreligious?"


Seminar: Monday 19th


message: if anyone happens to go on here please leave a comment saying which "side" you will be on for the seminar debate also if you would like to discuss a certain question feel free to leave any suggustions as a comment! thanks :)




sacreligious - the violation or profanation of anything sacred or held sacred.


This seminar is going to try and answer the following questions:

  • Are Harry Potter and Twilight considered to be sacreligious?
  • Should these books be band or have "warnings" to parents?
  • Does Harry Potter Promote Wicca or Witchcraft?
  • Is the catholic religion against all fantasy genres of movies?
  • Does the Golden Compass fall under the category of being sacreligious?
  • If the church is against fantasy then what about The Chronicles of Narnia?
  • Do you think that it is the people that exaggerate these possibilities of movies being sacreligious?


The Chronicles of Narnia and how is supposed to be a Christian movie:

Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

- Kids travel to the different realm and everything thing is cold, unhappy, nothing is unheard (trees pass it on), Aslan comes and (seen as Jesus) sacrifices himself for Edmond who had went against his family (sinned) and was under the white witches rein. Then he came back to life and proves that he is all powerful and saves the land and returns it to good order as the bible says that Jesus did.

Prince Caspian

- Lucy thinks that she sees Aslan but because no one else believes her (because they did not see) she second guess herself and decided that they are right. Because of this they must go through hard obstacles and go all the way around the mountain instead of following Alsan (Jesus). Later Aslan meets up with Lucy and says that just because others do not believe does not mean that it is not true. You don’t have to see to believe, you believe to see.



 - immortality

- cannibalism?

- seeing into the future

- controlling emotions



The Golden Compass

Several key themes of the novels, such as the rejection of religion and the abuse of power in a fictionalised version of the Catholic Church, were diluted in the adaptation. Director Weitz said "in the books the Magisterium is a version of the Catholic Church gone wildly astray from its roots," but that the organization portrayed in his film would not directly match that of Pullman's books. Instead, the Magisterium represents all dogmatic organizations.[28] Weitz said that New Line Cinema had feared the story's anti-religious themes would make the film financially unviable in the U.S., and so religion and God ("the Authority" in the books) would not be referenced directly.

A Magisterium building damaged by one of the film's heroes features religious imagery.[29]

Attempting to reassure fans of the novels, Weitz said that religion would instead appear in euphemistic terms, yet the decision was criticised by some fans,[30] anti-censorship groups, and the National Secular Society (of which Pullman is an honorary associate), which said "they are taking the heart out of it, losing the point of it, castrating it..."[31] and "this is part of a long-term problem over freedom of speech." The Atlantic Monthly said also "With $180 million at stake, the studio opted to kidnap the book’s body and leave behind its soul."[32] The changes from the novel have been present since Tom Stoppard's rejected version of the script,[11] and Pullman expected the film to be "faithful,"[28] although he also said, "They do know where to put the theology and that’s off the film."[32] A Christianity Today review of the film noted that "'Magisterium' does refer, in the real world, to the teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church, and the film [is] peppered with religiously significant words like 'oblation' and 'heresy'", adding that when one character smashes through the wall of a Magisterium building, the damaged exterior is "decorated with [Christian] Byzantine icons."[29]

On October 7, 2007 the Catholic League called for a boycott of the film.[33] League president William A. Donohue said he would not ordinarily object to the film, but that while the religious elements are diluted from the source material, the film will encourage children to read the novels, which he says denigrate Christianity and promote atheism for kids.[34] He cited Pullman telling the Washington Post in 2001 that he is trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief.[35] The League hoped that "the film [would fail] to meet box office expectations and that [Pullman's] books attract few buyers,"[36] declaring the boycott campaign a success after a North American opening weekend which was lower than anticipated.[37] One week after the film's release, Roger Ebert said of the campaign, "any bad buzz on a family film can be mortal, and that seems to have been the case this time."[38]

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, agreed that the broad appeal of the film was a dangerous lure to the novels, which he criticized for carrying a clear agenda to expose what [Pullman] believes is the "tyranny of the Christian faith" and for "[providing] a liberating mythology for a new secular age."[39] The Rev. Denny Wayman of the Free Methodist Church made the assertion that The Golden Compass is a "film trying to preach an atheistic message."[40] Other evangelical groups, such as The Christian Film and Television Commission, adopted a "wait-and-see" approach to the film before deciding upon any action,[41] as did the Roman Catholic Church in Britain.[42] Some religious scholars have challenged the view that the story carries atheistic themes,[43][44] while in November 2007, a review of the film by the director and staff reviewer of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting appeared on the website of the Catholic News Service and in Catholic newspapers across the country. The review suggested that instead of a boycott, it may be appropriate for Catholic parents to "talk through any thorny philosophical issues" with their children.[45] However, on December 10, 2007 the review was removed from the website at the USCCB's request.[46] On December 19, 2007, the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, published an editorial in which it denounced the film as godless.[47]

Pullman said of Donohue's call for a boycott, "Why don't we trust readers? Why don't we trust filmgoers? Oh, it causes me to shake my head with sorrow that such nitwits could be loose in the world."[42] In a discussion with Donohue on CBS's Early Show, Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists, said that rather than promote atheism, the film would encourage children to question authority, saying that would not be a bad thing for children to learn.[48] Director Weitz says that he believes His Dark Materials is "not an atheistic work, but a highly spiritual and reverent piece of writing",[30] and Nicole Kidman defended her decision to star in the film, saying that "I wouldn't be able to do this film if I thought it were at all anti-Catholic".[14] Some commentators indicated that they believed both sides' criticism would prove ultimately impotent and that the negative publicity would prove a boon for the film's box office.[49][50][42]




website articals on harry potter being against religion...


Comments (5)

Bre said

at 5:44 pm on Jan 17, 2009

Alright, I know I'm not in this class, but this keeps popping up in my inbox, and it's driving me absolutely MENTAL.
It should be "ARE Harry Potter and Twilight Considered Sacrilegious". ARE, because there is more than one subject being discussed. Are is for PLURAL.
Grammar Nazi rant over. Thank you.

Jennifer said

at 9:51 am on Jan 18, 2009

haha, bre. i actually think it's baker's fault. he is the one who titled the pages, i believe. well, for most...i know i made my church and state one.

Bre said

at 12:48 pm on Jan 18, 2009

You know -- I have to say, that wouldn't surprise me.
I mean. Uhm ... Baker has impeccable grammar and typing skills. Yes.

Brock Baker said

at 7:48 pm on Jan 18, 2009

grammar and typing skills I generally lack during the late night hours when I created the page...

Bre said

at 7:50 pm on Jan 18, 2009

It's alright; I suppose it can be forgiven, you know, since you kind of control my mark and everything ... *cough*

... I'd better stop commenting on this page. I mean, if I owned this page, I'd probably be angry. xP
Sorry! I kinda hijacked everything. ¬_¬

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