The Harry Potter Series A Vision of the Antichrist
Editors Note: The Harry Potter series of books and movies continues to grow in popularity. The signs of the damage it has done to society are everywhere. Please read our follow up article, "The Harry Potter Series: The Truth", as well as the Special Article written by Missionary David Lloyd from Haiti, " The Harry Potter Series: The Practice of Witchcraft".
Also, don’t miss our special video "Harry Potter Clouds Of Darkness", available from our online bookstore.
If there is one thing the Harry Potter series has proven to America and the world, it is that superstitions and witchcraft have a much greater power to captivate than computers, Internet filth, and game rooms. In fact, a great majority of religion and religious activity would not survive the month if there was not the elements of sorcery that much of today’s religion has come to represent. The mystery of the Antichrist is using the many and varied forms of divination and witchcraft to prepare the world for the coming "mastermind." This mastermind will possess a level of divination powers never before manifest. He will become the "god" of this earth for a short season. The Harry Potter series is a giant step in this scary direction.
The above statement is a very bold proclamation. Without question I believe the Harry Potter series is a creation of hell helping prepare the younger generation to welcome the Biblical prophecies of demons and devils led by Lucifer himself. Infallible Scripture, the Holy Bible, has outlined the end time scenario and the Harry Potter script sounds exactly like the devil’s part. Satan will actually be cast out of the midair down to the earth and every fallen angel, now a demon, will be cast out with him. The activity of these demons will be dark and brutal.
Death, mysteries, strange paranormal powers and scary happenings will become the order of the day. Casting spells, death by voodoo activities, and fearful sights will be worldwide. The Harry Potter book reveals a very enlightening picture of the coming days for those "left behind" after the Rapture of the saints.
What is so amazing about this series by J. K. Rowling is the excitement that the world has for this kind of entertainment. The unconverted human heart is a dark place where anything of the same level of darkness is relished and loved. Adults, as well as children, find great obsession with scary ideas that speak of the forbidden realm. The devil and his demons, along with the witchcraft ideas out of his evil characters, are quickly becoming the highest ideal of intellectualism. It is Satan’s day to say the least. It had to happen to fulfill Biblical prophecy.
Let’s Trace the Harry Potter Series to the Present
It all began on a train ride in which the whole idea just dropped in Rowling’s head. The very manner in which the series came to her would suggest "spirit influence." She stated, "Harry, as a character, came fully formed as did the idea for his sidekicks, the character of Ron and Hermione, who is the brain of the threesome. She further said, "It started with Harry, then all these characters and situations came flooding into my head." Her description of herself certainly suggests a person open to "inspirations" from mystical influences. She said, "I have a very visual imagination. I see it, then I try to describe what is in my mind’s eye." Such language sounds familiar to the world of the occult. It is amazing how similar the genuine world of Biblical inspiration is to the masquerading world of Satan, the enemy of truth.
Berit Kjos, an excellent author, listed five points of Hogwart’s theology of the sorcery school, where young Henry is enrolled. These ideas best describe the basis of this series of books. Each book is based on the same general themes with new characters helping to enlarge the story plots. Look closely at these key thoughts and ask yourself what the overall purpose must be.
Here is Berit Kjos’ list of the main Hogwart theologies:
- "Professor Snape who taught Potions said: ‘I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with it shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses…’
- "A Centaur’s views on astrology – ‘we have sworn not to set ourselves against the heaven. Have we not read what is to come in the movements of the planets? … Or have the planets not let you in on that secret?’
- "’He is with me wherever I go,’ said Quirrell quietly, referring to Voldemort. ‘I met him when I traveled around the world. A foolish young man I was then, full of ridiculous ideas about good and evil. Lord Voldemort showed me how wrong I was. There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it … Since then, I have served him faithfully.’
- "Headmaster Dumbledore: ‘To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.’
- "Hagrid, the grounds-keeper at Hogwart’s, telling Harry about the strange power that saved his life, ‘Happened when a powerful, evil curse touches you – didn’t work on you, and that’s why yer famous, Harry. No one ever lived after he [Voldemort] decided ter kill ’em, no one except you…’ [Harry seems almost Christ-like, doesn’t he, with his wound or mark, his psychic powers, and his victory over death and Voldemort.]" ("Bewitched by Harry Potter," article written by Berit Kjos.)
Those five ideas right out of the Harry Potter series give us an excellent view of what the main themes are all about. Let’s discuss each of them.
Potions: Harry Potter Takes Drugs
The plot of the Harry Potter series is set in the "Hogwart School of Witchcraft." He is there to learn how to be a successful witch as his father and mother were before their death by the ultimate evil person, Lord Voldemort. To be a master at sorcery one must learn how to use drugs. Listen again to this language that glorifies drugs and their magical effect according to these books. Remember, these words come from the Potion Master at this so-called school of learning.
Here are his words, "I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses … I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death – if you aren’t as big a bund of thunderheads as I usually have to teach. – The Potions Master." (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 137.)
A doctor wrote anonymously about this aspect of these books. Here are his words; "This quotation is taken from the section of the discussion by the Potions Master as he berates the students for their lack of knowledge of making drugs when adding ‘powered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood.’ (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, pp. 286-287.) This plant wormwood contains thujone, a hypnotic drug, which is banned by the FDA, and wormwood is used to make Absinthe, a hallucinogenic liqueur. Another record near the end of the book, portrays seven bottles containing drug potions: 3 contain poison, 2 contain wine and 2 contain a magic drug, which the children are to correctly chose from and drink in order to reach their goal – the sorcer’s stone, which they are seeking, before the effects of the drug wears off." ("Harry Potter Takes Drugs," written by a anonymous physican and father. This article is from the Family Friendly Libraries website.)
Certainly no parent or school official in their right mind would want these ideas in the minds of their children. Drugs have always been a large part of witchcraft and sorcery. Often the drugs are used to induce altered states of consciousness and to enhance the person’s ability to communicate with the spirit world.
Astrology – Trusting in the Stars
The entire idea of astrology is that we get our direction from the heavenly bodies and their alignments with each other. Nothing connects to sorcery more directly than this idea. Our present world is flooded with television programs, books, websites, and other information on the signs of the zodiac. The idea of birthstone rings is rooted in astrology. My daughter, Tanya Turner, wrote a booklet available from this ministry in which she documented this fact. Listen as she describes the diabolical activity in this realm. "Birthstones were created during the Classical Period by the Romans, with each holding an astrological significance. In astrology there are 12 signs of the zodiac each showing specific signs of weaknesses and/or strengths. A specific gem, possessing the necessary properties was assigned to each zodiac timeframe in order to strengthen weaknesses and build on strengths supposedly possessed by persons born in that month or period of the zodiac. An article in The Gaston Gazette, March 22, 1990, made the following analysis: ‘The concept of birthstones assigns a specific crystal thought especially beneficial to each astrological sign chosen specifically to counteract or protect from weaknesses and to enhance strengths inherent in each house of the zodiac.’" ("New Age Emphasis On Gems and Stones," by Tanya Turner. Published by Paw Creek Ministries.) Parents must learn the evil awaiting their child when we fail to understand this area of evil influence. It is raw sorcery to teach someone to trust their future to astrological signs.
Lord Voldemort – The Ultimate Evil
The evil in the Harry Potter series is breathtaking. These books are not a "C.S. Lewis" ideal of good versus evil with a lasting message that there is ultimately an eternal power of righteousness. The only power in this series is power itself. Listen to that quote again from Kjos’ description of Hogwart’s theology. "There is no good and evil, there is only power…" The latest book in the Harry Potter series and the "Goblet of Fire" makes Lord Voldemort the main character of the first chapter. I read the first chapter as it appeared in the Newsweek magazine (July 17, 2000). This dark character kills the keeper at "The Riddle House" with nothing but a stare. He has a gigantic snake as a talking key associate. It is almost impossible not to see the glorification of the devil in this key character, Voldemort.
Reincarnation – Death is but the Next Great Adventure
The headmaster at Hogwart is the source of this intriguing false statement. To play with the idea of death in such a confused manner is more than entertainment. In the third book of this series, the following statement was made. "You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you’ll have no sense of self anymore, no memory no… anything. There’s no chance at all of recovery. You’ll just-exist. As an empty shell." (The Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 247.)
Hell will actually be populated with a multitude of eternal souls without the God-giving spirit of the Godlike life. The spirit of the wicked person returns to the God that gave it life. "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." (Ecclesiastes 12:7). It is very evident that the above idea in the Harry Potter books is a distortion of truth. In the same series the following statement was made to Harry, the young star. "You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? … You know; Harry, in a way, you did see your father last night … You found him inside yourself." (The Prisoner of Azkaban, pp. 427-428.)
This is classical witchcraft. When your child reads where a professor told Harry, "After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure (The Sorcer’s Stone, p. 302.)," I warn you that it is more than reading entertainment. This is the doctrine of the Wicca witches. Reincarnation is a total lie. To intrigue kids with such a false sense of death and life after death is dark and dangerous. A noted witch, named Starhawk, stated in her book, Spiral Dance, "Death is not an end, it is a stage in the cycle that leads on to rebirth. After death, the human soul is said to rest in "Summerland" the Land of Eternal Youth, where it is refreshed, grows young and is made ready to be born again." (Reprinted from the book, entitled Spiral Dance.)
Harry – The New "Messiah"
Our world continues to look for a hero. Most of today’s citizens have rejected every great hero of the past. The name of Jesus is so hated that it is politically incorrect to ever pray publicly in His name. Our Supreme Court is determined alone with much of the liberal world to make the mention of His name unacceptable.
But, here comes one champion after the other in our day from the purple dinosaur to Harry Potter. Let’s read again the words of the Hogwart groundskeeper. "No one ever lived after He [Voldemort] decided ter kill ’em, no one except you…" (Excerpted from "Bewitched by Harry Potter," article written by Berit Kjos.)
Harry has special marks from his battle with Lord Voldemort. Harry’s power has proven to be the only power that Lord Voldemort cannot handle. In the first chapter of Potter’s latest book when the gardener falls dead by Lord Voldemort’s powers, the author states, "Two hundred miles away, the boy called Harry Potter woke with a start." (Reprinted from the book, entitled Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.)
The World Culture Must be Reshaped
Books like the Harry Potter series are more, much more than reading material, entertainment, and making money. The cultures of the world must be merged to accomplish the "One World Order." Louise Derman-Sparks wrote in her book, Anti-Bias Curriculum, "Good stories capture the heart, mind, and imagination are an important way to transmit values." There is no such thing as a book, movie, etc. that does not transmit values, i.e. someone’s idea of what is acceptable or unacceptable. Anyone that tells you that it is okay to read sorcery or witchcraft material just for fun is playing with your mind. Do not be someone’s fool.
The world is headed for a worldwide invasion of demons and dark underworld creatures. It is all a part of the "One World Order." Remember, the Harry Potter series is already being printed in over thirty major languages. John Andrew Murray wrote an article about this subject that appears on the Internet under the title, "Harry Dilemma." He stated, "But it is the world of witchcraft found in Harry Potter that is the greatest threat of all. This world–which will soon be marketed to our nation’s children on a massive scale–is presenting occult practices in a way that is attractive and fun. And while few students are seeking to become witches or wizards, the desensitization to witchcraft that is occurring in America cannot help but have a detrimental effect–and lead to serious spiritual consequences in the future." ("Harry Dilemma" by John Andrew Murray. Teachers In Focus magazine website maintained by Focus On The Family.)
He further stated, "By disassociating magic and supernatural evil, it becomes possible to portray occult practices as ‘good’ and ‘healthy,’ contrary to the scriptural declaration that such practices are ‘detestable to the Lord.’ This, in turn, opens the door for kids to become fascinated with the supernatural while tragically failing to seek or recognize the one true source of supernatural good–namely God.
"This is precisely the problem with the Harry Potter series: Evil is presented in an attractive, ‘wholesome’ package." ("Harry Dilemma" by John Andrew Murray. Teachers In Focus magazine website maintained by Focus On The Family.)
Getting Darker: Heading for Hell
Mrs. Rowling, the author of this Harry Potter series knows exactly where she is headed. She was interviewed by "Stories from the Web" and asked if she had "any clues about the next book." Her answer was clear, "I don’t want to give anything away, but I can tell you that the books are getting darker … Harry’s going to have quite a bit to deal with as he gets older. Sorry if they get too scary!" (Reprinted from "Harry Potter ‘a Sorcerers tale’." This article appeared on the Let Us Reason Ministries’ website.)
She was interviewed by Newsweek magazine (July 17, 2000), where she stated, "In fact, death and bereavement and what death means, I would say, is one of the central themes in all seven books." (Newsweek magazine, July 17, 2000, p. 56.) The author for Newsweek, Malcolm Jones, stated, "And in all of Rowling’s books there runs an undercurrent of sadness and loss. In the first book the orphaned Harry stares into the Mirror of Erised, which shows the viewer his or her utmost desires. Harry sees his dead parents." (Newsweek magazine, July 17, 2000, p. 56.)
Here is a list of quotes that express the reaction of different individuals who have written about this book.
A Time magazine article dated September 20, 1999, pointed out, after reading Harry Potter, "Who wouldn’t choose a wizard’s life?" (Reprinted from "Should ‘Harry Potter’ Go to Public School?" This article, written by Karen Jo Gounaud, appeared on the Family Friendly Libraries Book Report website.)
A USA Today news story by parent, Ken McCormick of Birchrunville, PA, discovered "a general nastiness, underneath the mantle of cuteness" in the Harry Potter books. The article further stated, "The kids lie, they steal, they take revenge," the father of 8- and 11-year-old children told the newspaper. "This is a disturbing moral world, and it conflicts with what I am trying to teach my children." (USA Today article by Ken McCormick. (Reprinted from "Review of the Harry Potter Children’s Book Series," written by Art Toalston, which appeared on the BaptistPress Archive, July 11, 2000, website.)
School Library Journal praised the Potter books and listed a quote from a senior librarian. Her article, called "Witchcraft 101," stated, "Witchcraft or Wicca is a small but growing religion." She goes on to say, "the teen who wants to know about spells is not going to be satisfied with [just] an entertaining novel." (Reprinted from an article entitled, "Harry Potter Controversy," written by Pamela Newby, which appeared on the CBN News website.)
Almost everybody certainly has an opinion about the Harry Potter books. It is almost impossible not to either love or hate the books. If you love magic, the occult, or witches, you will be jumping with glee. If you do not believe witchcraft is a name to be played with, then you cannot be anything but concerned. Remember, if you do not believe in playing the devil’s games, this series of books has a name for you and it isn’t meant to be complimentary. You are called a "muggle" and these books paint you as a loser or a know-nothing nobody. That’s talking about us, the Bible-believing Christians.
Harry Potter is Not the Antichrist
The "mystery of iniquity" is one of those great prophetic truths in Holy Scripture. This mystery is never a person or a character in a book or film. He is a mystery or a hidden spiritual idea that will continue to grow until the Rapture of the saints. The Holy Ghost will be removed in His central expression of authority in the church to the presence of the Heavenly throne. When that occurs, the work of the Holy Ghost as the "restrainer" will be removed from the earth.
Then, as stated in II Thessalonians, Chapter 2, the mystery of iniquity will be released to take on a physical form. The mystery of iniquity will become the revealed Antichrist in a personal form. "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming." (2 Thessalonians 2:8).
The Harry Potter books are just another means of blinding millions to the truth. When people love imagination, superstition, paranormal intrigue, witchcraft, and sorcery better than they love truth, the Creator will allow them to be filled with their own desires. When the cup of sin is full, the King will say, "It is enough." My heart tells me the cup is at the brim. The King will soon have the final word and righteousness will win the day.