Harry Potter quickly became the literary phenomenon in 1997 when J.K. Rowling released "The Sorcerer's Stone." Since then, the seven books in the series have been made into hit movies, merchandise, and even collegiate musicals.
The controversial side of Harry Potter is that it is based around witchcraft, which is very frowned upon in moral, and especially christian circles. Differing from this is the argument that the underlying message is about love and friendship and so the plot of witches and warlocks can be overlooked.
I write this post to ask your opinion - is Harry Potter literary genius and morally thought provoking and all those who speak against it out of date? or is Harry Potter, for lack of a better phrase, the devil?
The respones to this post have surprised me. I would expect to see positive and negative answers reflecting the writers beliefs. If you are a staunch Christian you would believe Harry Potter was bad, but the comments have been well thought out. I believe that Harry Potter is a great read. It's setting in a school of witchcraft allows for fantastic elements of action much like a story in outer space or one set in the distant future. The basic story line is not much different than Star Wars; good vs. evil and as Joseph Campbell would say "The Hero Quest".