Title:  HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN -- BOOK REVIEW

Subtitle:  This book chronicles the third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for Harry Potter and his friends.  As a result, Harry and his friends learn more advanced Witchcraft, and the plot gets ever more dark and sinister.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS

Late in the book, Chamber of Secrets, Harry and his friends learned of a special prison for witches that were so evil they had to be removed from the world.  The name of this prison was Azkaban, and it was rumored to be a very horrific place.  This entire third year of Harry's school is going to be consumed in fighting the most hideous imaginable evil -- a prisoner that has escaped and who is rumored to be out to kill Harry -- and his guards who have come to Hogwarts to attempt a recapture.  Harry finds this entire sequence of events almost more than he can handle, even if he is a Wizard from a generational family who had been very powerful; after all, he is only 13 years of age.

F or twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he is said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts... he's at Hogwarts." Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Harry Potter's defeat of evil Lord Voldemort was Black's downfall as well.

On top of it all, are faint hints of a traitor in their midst. But, in a surprise ending, Harry discovers that his enemy is not Sirius Black, after all!  In fact, Sirius Black was framed for the curse murder of the 13 people and was held all these 12 years in AZKABAN Prison when he was innocent.  Harry discovers Sirius is his Godfather and really cares for him.

Once again, we see that the normal world, populated by people who do not practice magic [called Muggles] is depicted in very gloomy ways, while the Fantasy World of Witches and Wizards is painted in very bright, exciting adventures.  Why, the difference is enough to make a person reading the book to want to be a Witch or Wizard.  As an example, we see that "Aunt Petunia, who was horse-faced ... was the nosiest woman in the world and spent most of her life spying on the boring, law-abiding neighbors." [p. 17]

Harry Potter and his friends constantly look with disdain upon anyone who feels an obligation to obey the rules and the laws of the school and of society.  Here, we can see how Rowling plants the idea in the head of her readers that people who obey the laws are "boring", thus giving the implication that it is exciting to disobey the law!  Christian parent, is this the kind of message you want to give your kids?

SPECIFIC NOTE OF UNDERSTANDING:  Rowling consistently depicts both kinds of reality in which the Satanist operates:  the Real World and Fantasy World.  However, occultists define fantasy in a way far different than you or I do.  You must understand this difference if you are to fully comprehend what is occurring in this book, and all Potter books.  We have explained this difference in realities to you, below:

Definition of Reality and Fantasy in the World of a Satanist

1. Both worlds are real, existing side by side in parallel. Fantasy is the world to which a Satanist seeks constant access, a world filled with exciting adventures with magic awaiting them at every step. A Satanist will consider his fantasy world to be more exciting, more fulfilling, and more 'real', than his real world. This is why Harry says to Dobby after Dobby tells him not to return to school: "But I've got to go back It's all that's keeping me going. You don't know what it's like here. I don't belong here. I belong in your world -- at Hogwarts." [p. 16; Emphasis added]

2.  Definition of 'Supernatural' -- "Of or pertaining to existing outside the natural world; especially not attributable to natural forces." [Tormonts Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary] Therefore, all activities in the occult Fantasy World are 'supernatural'.  Thus, Chuck Colson's firm assurance to Christian parents that Harry Potter books are all right because "no contact is made with the supernatural" world is shown to be patently and boldly false!

Another portal of entry from the Muggle Reality to the Fantasy Reality was revealed.  To get into Diagon Alley from the Real World, a witch had to enter the Leaky Cauldron, which Muggles could not even see.  Once inside the Leaky Cauldron bar, a witch or wizard could enter Diagon Alley, where they could buy all their paraphernalia needed to carry out their Craft. [p. 41]

To get from the Muggle Reality to the occult Fantasy Reality to board the Hogwart's Express Train, you had to go to platform nine and three-quarters, which was quite invisible to Muggles.  "Mr. Weasley strolled toward the barrier between platforms nine and ten, pushing Harry's trolley ... With a meaningful look at Harry, he leaned casually against the barrier.  Harry imitated him.  In a moment, they had fallen sideways through the solid metal onto platform nine and three-quarters and looked up to see the Hogwarts Express, a scarlet steam engine, puffing smoke over a platform packed with witches and wizards seeing their children onto the train." [p. 71] 

Specific Areas of Note and Interest

I.  Contact With The Supernatural World While In Muggle Reality   

     A.  Arthur Weasley, Head of the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office at the Ministry of Magic , lives in the Muggle reality.  However, he wins an award to take his family to a vacation in Egypt in the Fantasy World of the Occult.  His eldest son, Bill, works in the Fantasy World for the Gringotts Wizarding Bank, as a "curse breaker".  While in Egypt, Bill was shocked to see the extremely strong curses the "old Egyptian wizards" placed on all the ancient tombs in order to protect them. [p. 8-9]

      B.  The Knight Bus -- When Harry Potter left the Dudley's home after throwing a curse at his Aunt Marge, he simply grabbed a few things in a trunk along with Hedgwig, his Owl.  He stumbled down the street and collapsed on the street outside his Uncle's home.  Suddenly, a "triple-decker, violently purple bus ... appeared out of thin air", breaking into the Muggle Reality from Fantasy Reality. The Knight Bus continually roams the area over Muggle land, looking for Witches or Wizards who are in trouble and need supernatural transportation to take them out of harm's way. For some reason, no Muggle ever hears or sees the bus, even when it is in Muggle Reality. [p. 33-36]

II.  Contact With Supernatural Spirits While At Hogwart's School of Wizardry and Witchcraft

     A.  "The feast finished with an entertainment provided by the Hogwarts ghosts.  They popped out of the walls and tables to do a bit of formation gliding.  Nearly Headless Nick , the Gryffindor ghost, had a great success with a reenactment of his own botched beheading." [p. 159]

     B. "The candles went out all at once [in the dormitory].  The only light now came from the silvery ghosts who were drifting about talking seriously to the prefects, and the enchanted ceiling ..." [p. 164]  Note that these "silvery ghosts" talk to the student leaders, the prefects.  Once again, you can see how ridiculous is Chuck Colson's "assurance" to Christian parents that "no contact is ever made with the supernatural"?

III.  Colors Used -- Rowling uses very vivid colors throughout her book, and most of the time, the color used is consistent with colors witches use.  Rowling's use of such vivid colors also enables her to paint the Fantasy Reality of Witchcraft as THE most exciting place to live.  Wizard of Oz uses the same technique: when Dorothy is in her real world in Kansas, the color is black and white, but when she steps into her Fantasy Reality, the scene explodes in the most wonderful color.

     A.  Green -- this color is Satan's color, and we see it used throughout the book

            1.  A "faintly green witch " gets off the Knight Bus ... where she desired to go. [p. 36]

             2.  The special limousine cars owned by the Ministry of Magic were dark green, and each was driven by wizards dressed in a suit ofemerald velvet. [p. 70] The Divination teacher wore long emerald earrings. [p. 103]

     B.  "A pair of enormous purple toads sat gulping wetly and feasting on dead blowflies" in a witches shop in Diagon Alley.  [p. 58]

     C.  "Poisonous orange snails were oozing slowly up the side of their glass tank."  [p. 58]

      D.  "... and on the counter a vast cage of sleek black rats ..."  [p. 58]

      E.  The Hogwart's Express train that takes the students to school had a scarlet engine. [p. 71]

      F.  The Divination teacher had devised a unique classroom.  Everything was lighted by a crimson light.  The curtains at all the windows were closed, and the many lamps were draped with dark red scarves.  The room had many things scattered around it, like playing cards, "countless silvery crystal balls, and a huge array of teacups." [p. 102]

When Steven Spielberg creates his Harry Potter movies, he is going to have a rich array of colors to use, thanks to Rowling's inventiveness.

IVMagic Spells, Potions, and Tricks

      A.  Freezing Charm [p. 2]

      B.  Shrinking Potions [p. 3, 124-6]  One of the students by the name, Longbottom, did not put in the right ingredients and so the potions came out orange rather than the normal color of a bright, acid green [p. 125].  The professor, said, "Didn't you hear me say, quite clearly, that only one rat spleen was needed?  Didn't I state plainly that a dash of leech juice would suffice?" [p. 126]

      C.  Charm to Cure Reluctant Reversers [p. 27]

      D.  Unbreakable Braking Charm is placed on all the Firebolts , the newest style of Quidditch racing brooms. This charm is used so that no one can cast a spell from the audience on one of the brooms, causing it to crash because the brakes had suddenly been cursed. [p. 51]

      E.  Love Potion [p. 70]

      F.  Fidelius Charm [p. 205] -- "An immensely complex spell involving the magical concealment of a secret inside a single, living soul. The information is hidden inside the chosen person, or Secret-Keeper, and is henceforth impossible to find -- unless, of course, the Secret-Keeper chooses to divulge it."

      G.  Patronus Charm-- "The spell I am going to try and teach you is highly advanced magic, Harry -- well beyond Ordinary Wizarding Level. It is called the Patronus Charm ... when it works correctly, it conjures up a Patronus", said [Professor] Lupin, "which is kind of anti-dementor -- a guardian that acts as a shield between you and the dementor." [p. 237]

       H. Undetectable Poisons [p. 244] Harry and his friends were studying this subject in the Potions class for use later on as witches and wizards.  The only objective of an undetectable poison is to kill an enemy, something which no Christian child should even contemplate, much less see the hero of the book studying it.

      I.  Cheering Charms -- Isn't it amazing that people who reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ have to conjure up a "Cheering Charm"? [p. 294]

V. Rowling consistently depicts Satanism correctly

     A.  Voldemort's curse upon Harry's parents had also been directed toward Harry, and was meant to kill him along with his Mom and Dad.  Even though the curse had killed Harry's parents, it had not killed him; therefore, "Voldemort's curse, instead of killing him, had rebounded upon its originator.  Barely alive, Voldemort fled ..." [Page 6]  Rowling accurately depicts Witchcraft.  A Witch or Wizard has to be very careful against whom they throw a curse, and under what circumstances.  If the magic power of the intended victim is stronger than the originator of the curse believed it to be, or if the curse is not correctly cast, the curse will rebound back upon the person who threw it in the first place.  Once again, Rowling demonstrates a clear understanding of actual Witchcraft, and depicts it correctly.

sider      B.  Rowling understands the significance of frogs, cats, and owls to the occultist, and consistently uses them in her book.  Please examine the depiction here of the god Baal, taken from an old Satanic book, Witchcraft and Alchemy .  Satanists have always revered the cat because of its reputed "nine lives", which is a symbol of reincarnation. Cats are also symbols of a witch's familiar spirit. 

They have revered the frog because his prominent bulging eyes represent the All-seeing nature of Lucifer.  Frogs are also consistently used in many of the potions witches concoct.  They revere owls as a symbol of occult wisdom and omniscience -- again because of their eyes.  In the Harry Potter books, the owls are the letter carriers, carrying communication from witch to witch, once again consistent with the occult depiction.

     C.  Rowling depicts the Inner Eye correctly.  The Divination teacher depended upon her Inner Eye to properly see into the future and interpret it [p. 103-5]  This is also called the Third Eye ; listen to the New Age Dictionary define the Third Eye:  "organ of intuition, located between the eyebrows; sixth chakra divided into five categories by the Tibetans:  1. Eyes of Instinct, supernormal range of vision like a bird. 2.  Celestial Eyes, taking in heaven, Earth, and future birth; 3.  Eyes of truth, taking in world epochs; 4. Divine Eyes, taking in millions of world epochs; 5. Eyes of Wisdom of Buddhas, taking in eternity." [p. 200]  Thus, Rowling was correct in depicting the Divination teacher as the one needing to make use of the Inner Eye.  Do you want your child being so enthralled by the Harry Potter books that he or she will seek out the true practice of achieving your Inner Eye?  In reality, a Satanist only attains their Inner Eye through occult meditation, which results in demonic possession.

     D.  The Divination teacher perceives that Hermione has "very little aura around you". [p. 107] The Satanist believes each person has an aura around them, defined as "a subtle light surrounding a person". [New Age Dictionary, p. 14]  Many occultists these days make a very fine living by claiming to be able to read a person's aura.  I have seen depictions which show a person's body tightly surrounded by a shimmering light.

      E.  The Transfiguration teacher taught the students about "Animagi (wizards who could transform at will into animals), and wasn't even watching when she transformed themselves in front of their eyes into a tabby cat with spectacle markings around her eyes." [p.108]  We are being specially conditioned to accept Animagi by TV shows, movies, cartoon books, and even toys, depicting people who "morph" into various animals.  Satan is conditioning, conditioning, and conditioning our children to accept many of his insidious practices. His Great One cannot be far behind.

      F.  Rowling accurately depicts one of the most insidious realities in the world of demon possession, the phenomenon called "Shape-Shifting ".  In this phenomenon, the most powerful of the demons possessing the person will suddenly shape-shift into whatever kind of demon he is.  In this story, one of the professors at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry shape-shifts into a werewolf. [p. 345] 

"Harry could see Lupin's silhouette.  He had gone rigid. Then his limbs began to shake ... There was a terrible snarling noise.  Lupin's head was lengthening.  So was his body.  His shoulders were hunching. Hair was sprouting visibly on his face and hands, which were curling into clawed paws ... As the werewolf reared, snapping its long jaws; Sirius disappeared from Harry's side.  He had transformed ..."  Then, to protect Harry, Ron, and Hermione, Sirius Black shape-shifted into a huge "bearlike dog" and physically engaged the werewolf tooth and fang.  Suddenly, the man who was truly Lord Voldemort's servant, and the one who was really trying to kill Harry, took advantage of the confusion to shape-shift into a rat; as a rat, he was able to shake off the chains holding him and he escaped. [p. 380-1]

However, Professor Lupin the Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher and himself a werewolf, taught his students about shape-shifting by using a special kind called a boggart.  This kind of  shape-shifter changed into whatever it thinks will frighten its victim the most. [p. 133]

We are being conditioned to accept the reality of shape-shifter, as we reported in the book review, Chamber of Secrets   Many TV shows and movies have depicted this theme.  One former Satanist has told me that, during the Tribulation Period, the men manning the prisons for dissident Christians will shape-shift into Reptilian demons.  We do not want to miss the Rapture of the Church!

     G. "... the castle's protected by more than walls, you know ... there are all sorts of enchantments on it, to stop people entering by stealth.  You can't just Apparate in here." [p. 164]  Witches and wizards regularly place spells of protection around themselves and their homes, to protect against "evil" spirits.  Further, this phenomenon called "Apparate" is Astral Travel, where the spirit of the witch or wizard actually does leave the body for a short period of time and travels elsewhere, either in this World's Reality or in the Fantasy Reality.  Of course, what no one wants to tell you is that, when a witch travels astrally, a demon must stay in their body to keep the body alive until the witch's spirit returns.  The Bible gives us the instruction at this point:  "Then Abraham's spirit was released, and he died ..." [Genesis 25:8; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary].

Once again, I am left with a vague, but distinct, feeling that no one of those Christian ministries who told Christian parents that Potter books were all right, ever really read the books!

VI.    List of Books a Second-Year Student Will Require [p. 53-54]

      A.  Invisible Book of Invisibility -- this is possible, but only for a high level witch and only with a high level of demonic possession.

      B.  Unfogging The Future -- the Divination Textbook.  The bookstore owner recommended this book on Divination very highly and was pleased it was going to be used that year at Hogwarts.  He said the book was a "very good guide to all your basic fortune-telling methods -- palmistry, crystal balls, bird entrails". [p. 53]  Do you want your child to want to learn how to Divine using bird entrails?  As God thundered to the Israelites who were practicing this type of Satanism:  "When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations." [Deuteronomy 18:9]  Parents who allow their children to read Harry Potter books are teaching their children the benefits of divination, in bold defiance of God's commands! Do not be deceived.

      C.  Death Omen:  What To Do When You Know The Worst Is Coming -- I have noticed a lot of emphasis on death in Harry Potter books, just as there is an emphasis on things dead and dying in Satanism.  God stated:  "... all they that hate me love death." [Proverbs 8:36b]

      D.  Intermediate Transfiguration -- As we stated in the book review for Chamber of Secrets , any time you see a charm or spell that changes reality in any way, two things are necessary to make it work:  Human Sacrifice and severe demonic possession.  Is this part of what you want your child to desire to emulate, to copy?

      E.  The Standard Book of Spells, Grade Three [p. 54]

      F.  The Monster Book of Monsters [p. 112, for use in the class, Care of Magical Creatures]  This book was haunted by very powerful demons; they would  rip and tear at the students trying to open them, and they would even rip the books apart.  Most students kept the demons inside the book covers by strapping the book shut with a big, heavy belt.

   VII.  Classes Taught -- The Curricula

      A. Divination -- this is the third year of Divination classes, so Harry and his friends must be getting into the really deep Black Magick stuff, all of which God condemns [Deuteronomy 18:10-14].  Notice that God proscribed the Death Penalty for anyone practicing Divination; yet, here Harry Potter is studying it, and leading countless numbers of children to want to practice it also. [p. 52]  One of the subjects studied in Divination was Fire Omens [p. 104]

"Together they [Harry, Ron and Hermione] climbed the ladder into the dim, stifling tower room.  Glowing on every little table was a crystal ball full of pearly white mist ... 'I have decided to introduce the crystal ball a little earlier than I had planned', said Professor Trelawney ... 'The fates have informed me that your examination in June will concern the Orb, and I am anxious to give you sufficient practice ... Crystal gazing is a particularly refined art', she said dreamily. 'I do not expect any of you to See when first you peer into the Orb's infinite depths.  We shall start by practicing relaxing the conscious mind and external eyes so as to clear the Inner Eye and the superconscious." [p. 296-7]  Once again, this description of how to prepare the mind to clear it of all thoughts and create a blank mind is descriptive enough, and accurate enough, so to allow your child to do it on his own.  Familiar spirits can then contact the practitioner.

Later in this particular Divination class, Professor Trewlaney became upset at two of the students.  "You are disturbing the clairvoyant vibrations", she complained. [p. 298]

DEMON POSSESSION OF PROFESSOR TRELAWNEY -- DIVINATION TEACHER

At the end of the term, Professor Trelawney surprised her students by interviewing them one at a time to give them her final exam.  Harry gave the answers as best he could, and got up to walk away.  "Relieved, Harry got up, picked up his bag, and turned to go, but then a loud, harsh voice spoke behind him.  'IT WILL HAPPEN TONIGHT.' Harry wheeled around.  Professor Trelawney had gone rigid in her armchair; her eyes were unfocused and her mouth sagging.  'S -- sorry?' said Harry.  But Professor Trelawney didn't seem to hear him.  Her eyes started to roll.  Harry sat there in a panic. She looked as though she was about to have some sort of seizure.  He hesitated ... and then Professor Trelawney spoke again, in the same harsh voice, quite unlike her own:

'THE DARK LORD LIES ALONE AND FRIENDLESS, ABANDONED BY HIS FOLLOWERS. HIS SERVANT HAS BEEN CHAINED THESE TWELVE YEARS.  TONIGHT, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, THE SERVANT WILL BREAK FREE AND SET OUT TO REJOIN HIS MASTER. THE DARK LORD WILL RISE AGAIN WITH HIS SERVANT'S AID, GREATER AND MORE TERRIBLE THAN EVER HE WAS.  TONIGHT ... BEFORE MIDNIGHT ... THE SERVANT ... WILL SET OUT ... TO REJOIN HIS MASTER.'

"Professor Trelawney's head fell forward onto her chest.  She made a grunting sort of noise ... Then, quite suddenly, Professor Trelawney's head snapped up again.  'I'm so sorry, dear boy', she said dreamily, 'the heat of the day, you know ... I drifted off for a moment ..." [p. 324]

This is as descriptive account of powerful demonic possession as you are likely to get in any other book.  When we read that the professor "had gone rigid ... her eyes unfocused ... and her mouth sagging ..." you know you are seeing demonic possession, as this is exactly what occurs.  A most powerful demon had taken temporary control over Professor Trelawney and was speaking through her.  He was speaking in  a voice clearly not the professor, and she remembered nothing when she awoke. 

This is a REAL description of REAL demonic possession.

      B.  Care of Magical Creatures -- [p. 52]  During this class, the teacher, Hagrid, introduces the students to a Hippogriff, a combination creature described later, and one of the heroes of the book. This creature "had the bodies, hind legs, and tails of horses, but the front legs, wings, and heads of what seemed to be giant eagles, with cruel, steel-colored beaks and large, brilliantly orange eyes.  The talons on their front legs were half a foot long and deadly looking." [p. 114]

      C.  Arithomancy -- this is Divination using "coincidences of math'. [p. 56]

      D.  Study of Ancient Runes -- Runes are the alphabet used by ancient Germanic people, but the occultist uses them to employ magical power, or to have secret significance.  [Tormont Webster's Illustrated Dictionary] Adolf Hitler placed great significance in the divination meaning of the ancient Runes.

      E.  Charms -- Professor Flitwick

VIII. Attitudes, Values, and Emotions

      A.  Hatred -- "A hatred such as he had never known before was coursing through Harry like poison" [p. 213].  Anger, fear, and hatred permeates the Harry Potter books, prompting such actions as plotting revenge upon someone who wronged you.

      B. Terror -- "Ron was sitting up in bed ... a look of utmost terror on his face." [p. 266]

      C. "A boiling hate erupted in Harry's chest, leaving no place for fear. for the first time in his life, he wanted ... to attack ... to kill." [p. 339]

IX.  The Dementors -- Prison Guards At Azkaban

When I read in the Chamber of Secrets about the Azkaban Prison for really evil, disgusting witches that need to be removed from the world for the safety of the rest of White Magic witches, wizards, and even Muggles, I thought about the power such evil witches must possess.  What kind of power must such a prison possess that could keep powerful Black Magick witches and wizards in a prison?  I received the answer in this book, and it will shock you as it did me. 

On page 66, before Harry actually gets to Hogwarts School, Harry overhears a discussion about the evil Sirius Black, between Mr. and Mrs. Weasley.  Mr. Weasley said, "Dumbledore isn't fond of the Azkaban guards, nor am I ... but when you're dealing with a wizard like Black, you sometimes have to join forces with those you'd rather avoid." In other words, the guards of Azkaban Prison are practitioners of the same evil Black Magick that the prisoners are in jail for practicing!  The White Magic folk running the occult Fantasy Reality in the Potter books must stay awake nights worried the guards will one day join forces with their prisoners and come looking for the White Magic rulers.  However, as I learned later, these guards possess a particular type of evil so unique as to make that possibility a rare one. 

     They feast on the souls of their prisoners!

The guards at Azkaban Prison were called Dementors.  Listen to their description:  "Standing in the doorway, illuminated by the shivering flames in Lupin's hand, was a cloaked figure that towered to the ceiling.  Its face was completely hidden beneath its hood.  Harry's eyes darted downward, and what he saw made his stomach contract.  There was a hand protruding from the cloak and it was glistening, grayish, slimy-looking, and scabbed, like something dead that had decayed in water. But it was visible for only a second ... the hand was suddenly withdrawn into the folds of its black cloak.  And then the thing beneath the hood, whatever it was, drew a long, slow, rattling breath as though it were trying to suck something more than air from its surroundings.  An intense cold swept over them all.  Harry felt his own breath catch in his chest.  The cold went deeper than his skin.  It was inside his chest, it was inside his very heart. Harry's eyes rolled up in his head. He couldn't see. He was drowning in cold.  There was a rushing in his ears as though of water.  He was being dragged downward, the roaring growing louder.  And then, from far away, he heard screaming, terrible, terrified pleading screams ... a thick white fog was swirling around him, inside him." [p. 83-4]

As we will discover later, these Dementors were starting to suck the soul out of Harry.  While Harry was uniquely affected because of his powerful Generational Witchcraft, others felt the terror also.  Ron said, "I felt weird, like I'd never be cheerful again". [p. 85] Then, Harry and Hermione told Harry what he looked like to them as he was sensing his horrific feelings described above.  Ron said, "I thought you were having a fit or something.  You went sort of rigid and fell out of your seat and started twitching." [p. 85]

Later, at school, several students are having a discussion about the Dementors.  "I wasn't too happy myself", said George.  "They're horrible things those dementors."  Fred said, "Sort of freeze your insides, don't they?" Then George said, "Dad had to go out to Azkaban one time, remember Fred?  And he said it was the worst place he'd ever been, he came back all weak and shaking.  They suck the happiness out of a place, dementors.  Most of the prisoners go mad in there." [p. 97]

During a Quidditch match, Harry is zeroing in on the Snitch, the capture of which would automatically win the match for Gryffindor.  He is moving as quickly as his magic broom could go, when "a horribly familiar wave of cold swept over him, inside him, just as he became aware of something moving on the field below ... At least a hundred dementors, their hidden faces pointing up at him, were standing beneath him. It was as though freezing water were rising in his chest, cutting at his insides.  And then he heard it again ... Someone was screaming, screaming inside his head .... a woman ... 'Not Harry, not Harry, please not Harry'!  'Stand aside, you silly girl ... stand aside now' ... ''Not Harry, please no, kill me instead' --- Numbing, swirling white mist was filling Harry's brain ... What was he doing?  Why was he flying?  He needed to help her ... She was going to die ... She was going to be murdered ... He was falling, falling through the icy mist.  'Not Harry! Please ... have mercy ... have mercy' .... A shrill voice was laughing, the woman was screaming, and Harry knew no more..." [p. 178-9] 

Harry fell off his broom at this point, and fell to the ground, nearly killing him.  As he was waking up, he had flashbacks. He told his friends in the hospital room, "That was the scariest thing I've ever seen in my life.  Scariest ... the scariest thing ... hooded black figures ... cold ... screaming ..." [p. 179]  As Harry rested in the hospital, he kept having terrifying dreams.  "Harry dozed fitfully, sinking into dreams full of clammy, rotted hands and petrified pleading, jerking awake to dwell again on his mother's voice." [p. 184]

Professor Lupin [Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher] described the Dementors thusly:  "Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth.  They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them ... Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you.  If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself -- soul-less and evil." [p. 187] 

Therefore, the Dementors are without souls, even as they feast on the souls of their victims!

Finally, Harry asked Professor Lupin why the Dementor guards had to come to the Quidditch match.  Lupin replied:  "They're getting hungry ... Dumbledore won't let them into the school, so their supply of human prey has dried up ... I don't think they could resist the large crowd around the Quidditch field ... it was their idea of a feast." [p. 188]

Harry then has the opportunity to ask Professor Lupin a question that had been on his mind for a long time.  " 'What's under a dementor's hood?'  Professor Lupin lowered his bottle thoughtfully.  '... well, the only people who really know are in no condition to tell us.  You see, the dementor lowers its hood only to use its last and worst weapon ... they call it the Dementor's Kiss', said Lupin, with a slightly twisted smile.  'It's what dementors do to those they wish to destroy utterly. I suppose there must be some kind of mouth under there, because they clamp their jaws upon the mouth of the victim and -- suck out his soul ... There's no chance of recovery.  You'll just -- exist.  As an empty shell.  And your soul is gone forever ... lost.' ... Harry sat stunned for a moment at the idea of someone having their soul sucked out through their mouth." [p. 247]   This is the kind of disgusting moral filth that permeates this book!

Sirius Black is finally discovered to be after Harry to protect him from the real Animagus serving Lord Voldemort and who was trying to kill Harry.  Harry even discovers that Sirius is his godfather.  Sirius describes the Dementors:  "Dementors can't see, you know ... they feel their way toward people by feeding off their emotions." [p. 371]  Sirius then reveals how he was able to slip past the Dementors, and escape from prison.  "So, one night when they opened my door to bring food, I slipped past them as a dog.  It's so much harder for them to sense animal emotions ..." [p. 372]

The Dementors surround Harry as he seeks to protect Sirius from being captured.  This is the description of the Dementors trying to place their "kiss" on him, to suck his soul out of his body through his mouth.  "He could fell them watching him, hear their rattling breath like an evil wind around him.  The nearest dementor seemed to be considering him.  Then it raised both hands -- and lowered its hood.  Where there should have been eyes, there was only thin, gray scabbed skin, stretched tightly over empty sockets.  But there was a mouth, a gaping, shapeless hole, sucking the air with the sound of a death rattle ... a pair of strong, clammy hands suddenly attached themselves around Harry's neck.  They were forcing his face upward.  He could feel its breath.  It was going to get rid of him first.  He could feel its putrid breath.  His mother was screaming in his ears.  She was going to be the last thing he ever heard." [p. 384] 

Then, suddenly, Harry was miraculously delivered by the very spell against Dementors that Professor Lupin had taught him.  Harry was safe, and he still had his soul.

X. SIRIUS BLACK -- THE ESCAPED PRISONER HUNTED BY THE DEMENTORS

 "On the floor beside him, clutching his leg ... was Ron. Harry and Hermione dashed across to him. 'Ron -- are you okay?'  'Where's the dog?'  'Not a dog', Ron moaned.  His teeth were gritted with pain. 'Harry, it's a trap ... He's the dog ... he's an Animagus [witch capable of turning into an animal]. With a snap, the man in the shadows closed the door behind him. A mass of filthy, matted hair hung to his elbows.  If eyes hadn't been shining out of the deep, dark sockets, he might have been a corpse.  The waxy skin was stretched so tightly over the bones of his face, it looked like a skull.  His yellow teeth were bared in a grin.  It was Sirius Black." [p. 339]

Isn't this a most terrible descriptive view of the man so deeply evil, and so given over to the Black Arts that the horrific Dementors were committed to catching him so the could suck out his soul?  Christian parent, is this really the type of mental word pictures you want your child imbibing?

XI.  Miscellaneous Disgusting Events

      A.  A "wizarding game" is introduced called Gobstones .  It is played like Marbles, but the "stones squirt a nasty-smelling liquid into the other player's faces when they lose a point." [p. 50]

      B.  When Ron Weasley gets his new magic wand with which he will cast all his spells, it is made of willow wood and contains one unicorn tail-hair.  The unicorn is an occult symbol for Antichrist, and a major Illuminist symbol for him.  Once again, we see huge conditioning of young children to accept the values and attitudes of the Antichrist when he arises.

      C.  The Divination teacher sensed that Harry possessed the "Grim", defined as "the giant, spectral dog that haunts churchyards!  My boy, it is an omen -- the worst omen -- of death." [p. 107]  On page 110, Ron tells Harry and Hermione, "... if Harry's seem a Grim, that's bad -- my uncle Bilius saw one and -- he died twenty-four hours later ... Grims scare the living daylights out of most wizards!"  Hermione responds, "... They see the Grim and die of fright.  the Grim's not an omen, it's the cause of death."

Once again, the specter of death permeates this entire book.  What did God say?  "Those who hate Me love and court death". [Proverbs 8:36, Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]

      D.  The Boggart, as described above, is a shape-shifting creature that shifts into whatever shape it thinks will frighten its victim the most.  In this plot, Rowling has the boggart shape-shift into several disgusting creatures:

              1.  The thing Neville Longbottom feared the most was Professor Snape, so that was the shape of the boggart when it came out of its closet toward Neville.  Snape was wearing a "long, lace-trimmed dress and a towering hat topped with a moth-eaten vulture, and he was swinging a crimson handbag." [p. 137]

              2.  Next, the boggart came out for another student.  "... where he had stood was a blood-stained, bandaged mummy; its sightless face was turned to Parvati [student] and it began to walk toward her slowly, dragging its feet, its stiff arms rising ... a bandage unraveled at the mummy's feet; it became entangled, fell face forward, and its head rolled off." [p. 137]

              3.  Next, the boggart came out for another student.  "Crack!  Where the mummy had been was a woman, with floor-length hair and a skeletal, green-tinged face -  a banshee [a female spirit who presages an imminent death in the family]. She opened her mouth wide and an unearthly sound filled the room, a long, wailing shriek that made the hair on Harry's head stand on end ... The banshee made a rasping noise and clutched her throat; her voice was gone.  Crack!  The banshee turned into a rat ... then becoming a rattlesnake, which slithered and writhed before ... becoming a single, bloody eyeball ... the eyeball became a severed hand, which flipped over and began to creep along the floor like a crab ... Crack!  a giant spider, six feet tall and covered in hair, was advancing on Ron, clicking its pincers menacingly ..." [p 138]

      E.  Red Caps -- a creature studied in the Defense Against the Dark Arts class.  They are "nasty little goblinlike creatures that lurked wherever there had been bloodshed:  in the dungeons of castles and the potholes of deserted battlefields, waiting to bludgeon those who had gotten lost." [p. 141]

      F.  Kappas -- also studied in Defense Against the Dark Arts class.  They are "creepy water-dwellers that looked like scaly monkeys, with webbed hands itching to strangle unwitting waders in their ponds." [p. 141]

      G.  Water demon [Grindlylow ] -- also studied in the Defense Against the Dark Arts class.  It is "a sickly green creature with sharp little horns".  Harry first saw this demon in Professor Lupin's office, in a large water tank in the corner.  It "had its face pressed against the glass, pulling faces and flexing its long spindly fingers ... 'the trick is to break his grip.  You notice the abnormally long fingers?  Strong, but very brittle' [Professor Lupin, p. 154]".

     H.  "Malfoy spent much of their next Potions class doing dementor imitations across the dungeon; Ron finally cracked and flung a large, slippery crocodile heart at Malfoy, which hit him in the face ..." [p. 185]  Note a couple of things in this quote:  first, students were constantly tormenting each other, and taking revenge against each other; secondly, this class was being held in a dungeon, clearly a most depressing place for students to have to attend classes.  After all, dungeons were specifically built to torture and murder prisoners.

     I.  At a candy shop in a town outside of Hogwarts, a place called Honeydukes, some interesting candy was for sale.  I am sure this will appeal to you. [p. 196-7]

          1.  Sweets that had had a spell placed upon them for a desired special effect:

               a.  Fizzing Whizbees -- levitating sherbet balls

               b.  Pepper Imps -- "breathe fire for your friends"

               c.  Ice Mice -- makes "your teeth chatter and squeak"

          2.  Sweets that were labeled "Unusual Tastes "

               a.  Blood-flavored lollipops -- Hermione thought they must be for vampires

               b.  Cockroach Clusters

               c.  Jelly Slugs

               d.  Acid Pops -- burns a hole right through your tongue 

               e.  Dungbombs

            3.  Frog Spawn Soap and a Nose-Biting Teacup [p. 278]

     J.  Dementor's Kiss -- when a dementor wishes to utterly destroy someone, they will lower their hood and place a kiss upon their victim, a kiss which sucks the soul right out of their bodies, leaving behind "an empty shell ... soul is gone forever ... lost". [p. 247]

     K.  Shrieking Shack -- "the most haunted dwelling in Britain ... even the Hogwarts ghosts avoid it." [p. 279]

     L.  During a Quidditch match between Gryffindor House and Slytherin, we see a description of the flag of Slytherin.  Remember that Slytherin is the only house devoted to serving the Dark Side of Black Magick.  "Behind the Slytherin goal posts, however, two hundred people were wearing green; the silver serpent of Slytherin glittered on their flags ..." [p. 305]  Green is Satan's color.

XIIOccult Numbers Used In Story Plot

       A.  Harry is aged 13 in this book; thirteen is Satan's number of rebellion and depravity .

       B.  Harry is assigned room number 11 in the Leaky Cauldron, where he is to stay for the last two weeks of Summer Vacation.  The number 11 is one of the primary numbers and is sacred to the occultist. [p. 46]

      C.  Once captured, Sirius Black was held temporarily in Professor Flitwick's office, seventh floor, thirteenth window from the right of the West Tower. [p. 393]

XIII.  Illuminist Beliefs

     A.  The Bloodline of a Family Is The Most Important Determining Factor In Determining the Strength of Witchcraft.  "It all comes down to blood, as I was saying the other day.  Bad blood will [win] out." [p. 28] Speaking here of generational Witchcraft in Harry Potter's background.

     B.  Powerful witches believe they can travel back in time, by going through dimensional doorways.  But, this is exceedingly powerful witchcraft.  The witch is extremely deceived as they "live through" an experience which completely convinces them they entered a past or a future time period and experienced certain events while in that realm.  Supremely powerful witches absolutely believe they have gone back in time.  

To save Sirius Black, Hermione casts the spell she has been taught and drags Harry into a time portal, going backward in time.  " 'We've gone back in time', Hermione whispered, lifting the chain off Harry's neck in the darkness.  'Three hours back.' ... It's called Time-Turner', Hermione whispered, 'and I got it from Professor McGonagall on our first day back.  I've been using it all year to get to all my lessons'." [p. 395]  Harry was amazed, as he had wondered how Hermione could have several classes scheduled at exactly the same time all semester long.  Once Hermione and Harry travel backward three hours in time, they were able to rescue the hippogriff before it was executed, and use its flying ability to save Sirius Black.

IN SUMMARY

Of the first three books, this third one was the most depressing, the most black, and the most filled with real Witchcraft.  Author Rowling has stated recently that each of the last four books will get increasingly dark in tone.  Well, this book was definitely more dark and foreboding than any of the first two.  She also continues to demonstrate her mastery of the Craft, weaving in Witchcraft knowledge both common and rare into this book.

Further, her book revolves around the guards of Azkaban Prison, called Dementors.  These horrid creatures are soul-less, and therefore, seek human souls on which to feast.  When they plant their Dementor's Kiss, they literally suck the soul of their human victim slowly out through the mouth.  The presence of the Dementors pervades the greater part of the book, and really casts a demonic spell over it.

Truly, a person reading this book is partaking of the "devil's cup".  Drawing our command from the Scripture found in 1 Corinthians 10:21-22:  "Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?"

No person who considers themselves Christian can read this book without partaking of Satan's cup; therefore, he deceives himself mightily who thinks that, after reading Harry Potter, he will be accepted by the Lord at His table.  Trying to do this will only "provoke the Lord to jealousy", moving Him to act against us.

We strongly believe that Satan is greatly using these Harry Potter books to capture children for his own kingdom, and conditioning them to accept his values and attitudes.  Then, when Antichrist does arise, he will find legions of children and young people ready to accept him, worship him, and finally accept his mark.

Just the fact that so many millions -- tens of millions -- of an entire generation could be carried away with such enthusiasm for such blatant Satanism is proof positive we are at the End of the Age.

Are you spiritually ready? Is your family? Are you adequately protecting your loved ones? This is the reason for this ministry, to enable you to first understand the peril facing you, and then help you develop strategies to warn and protect your loved ones. Once you have been thoroughly trained, you can also use your knowledge as a means to open the door of discussion with an unsaved person. I have been able to use it many times, and have seen people come to Jesus Christ as a result. These perilous times are also a time when we can reach many souls for Jesus Christ, making an eternal difference.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, but have been very lukewarm in your spiritual walk with Him, you need to immediately ask Him for forgiveness and for renewal. He will instantly forgive you, and fill your heart with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Then, you need to begin a daily walk of prayer and personal Bible Study.

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, but have come to realize His reality and the approaching End of the Age, and want to accept His FREE Gift of Eternal Life, you can also do so now, in the privacy of your home. Once you accept Him as Savior, you are spiritually Born Again, and are as assured of Heaven as if you were already there. Then, you can rest assured that the Kingdom of Antichrist will not touch you spiritually.

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