Pontiff takes pot shot at Potter

According to ITV news the Pope, while he was still plain-old Cardinal Ratzinger, gave his approval to the views of German author Gabriel Kuby, who has written a book called Harry Potter – Good or Evil.

…thank you for the instructive book. It is good that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because these are subtle seductions which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly.

Kuby also gives a useful ten-point list of arguments detailing why Harry Potter is Bad. If you don’t read German, Google provides this rough translation, which gives the whole thing an agreeably demented tone. For example:

8. It is an offense against the recent generation to entice it spielerisch to the magic and to fill their fantasy with pictures of a world, in which the bad governs, a world, which not only as hopeless, but when worthwhile one represents.

(Thanks to Dan Factor)

7 Responses to “Pontiff takes pot shot at Potter”

  1. Andrew Nixon says:

    The Pope:

    Sexist, homophobic, indirectly causing poverty in Africa, and now attacking one of the few things that is keeping children reading. What a nice guy.

    I wouldn’t have minded if he’d have said it was crap, beacuse then I’d agree with him. (shudder) It’s still a better book than the Bible though.

  2. G. Tingey says:

    Cardinal Ratpoison aka Pope Benito II strikes again …..

  3. Mike says:

    aka pappa razzi to his mates!

  4. Marc says:

    The Cretinists, sorry Creationists at the Kings Academy won’t allow it in their school; the very mention of the name Harry Potter is banned. I wonder what they’re afraid of? Perhaps someone kids might see their stories as fantasy too. Whatever next.

  5. Christopher Shell says:

    I love the way he speaks of a soul ‘growing’.

  6. Judgemonkey says:

    Pappa Razzi or Pappa Nazi? Sorry Cheap shot but he is only defending the church and their position as the ones who “act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly,”

  7. G. Tingey says:

    Anyone seen this weeks’ “Private Eye”?

    Bubble-cartoon in it with BenitoII saying that Harry Potter shouldn’t be allowed to corrupt children – That’s OUR job!