Whew! The Vatican says reading Harry Potter books won't send you straight to hell.
The characters' battle of good vs. evil depicts Christian morals, said Rev. Don Peter Fleetwood in a Vatican press conference. Fleetwood is a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, which drafted a document on the topic.
This has been a topic of contention for some time. Some evangelical groups have condemned the books, citing that they glorify witchcraft, but others, like the group Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, have come out in support of the books.
Fleetwood says, "I don't think there's anyone in this room who grew up without fairies, magic and angels in their imaginary world . . . [Potter books] aren't bad. They aren't serving as a banner for an anti-Christian ideology."
He said that he believed author J.K. Rowling clearly depicted that her intentions were to help children see the difference between good and evil. He said Rowling is "Christian by conviction, is Christian in her mode of living, even in her way of writing."
Maybe now an end can be put to this silly problem. It's because Potter is popular. The groups haven't gone after the other hundreds of fantasy books on the shelves. Just the ones that all the kids are reading right now.
Some goofy-ass people are also religious, so they focus their goofy-assedness in that direction. And then the Vatican has to step in. That is not good use of a goofy-ass's time.