Title: HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE -- BOOK REVIEW
This story introduces us to Harry Potter, an orphaned boy sent to live with his "horrible" Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and their fat, obnoxious son, Dudley. Since Harry's parents were powerful witches before they were killed by an even more powerful witch, Harry has Generational Witchcraft in his background, making it very likely that he will be a wizard when he grows up. Vernon and Petunia know this, and since they hate Witchcraft and anything to do with it, they determine to try to raise Harry in such a way as to deny him any knowledge of his parent's proclivities.
Therefore, they do not tell him the truth of his parent's death, telling Harry they were killed in an auto accident. They also force Harry to live in a closet underneath the stairs, even though they have a perfectly good extra bedroom upstairs. Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia deny Harry any parental love and compassion; in fact, all through this book, any non-witch folk -- like Vernon and Petunia -- are depicting in disgusting language. Non-witch people are known as Muggles , and they are depicting as being "dumber than a box of rocks", of being physically obscene, and of living the most boring, unimaginative lives possible. Witches, on the other hand, are depicted as being very smart, very "with it", of being physically normal, and of living wonderfully exciting lives, especially when they are in their Fantasy Reality, explained below.
In a flashback scene to the time 10 years earlier when Harry's Mom and Dad were psychically murdered by evil Lord Voldemort on Halloween night, we learn that, instead of Voldemort's curse killing Harry as it had done to his parents, he was merely permanently scarred with a lightning bolt right in the middle of his forehead. [p. 14-15] Of course, a Christian would be immediately alerted to this turn of events because soon a supernaturally powerful global leader will demand everyone on earth take some sort of a mark in exactly this place on the body.
Harry spends his first ten years totally unaware that he has Witchcraft in his background [Generational Witchcraft, p. 51] and that he might possess inherent "special powers". Suddenly, a letter arrives from the Hogwart School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, telling Harry that he has been accepted as a student, and informing him as to when classes begin. Of course, Uncle Vernon intercepts and destroys the letter. On the next day, two letters arrive, and Vernon destroys them. On the next day, many more letters arrive, this time coming in through windows, doors, and cracks. Finally, after the most stupid flight possible to avoid the letters, enough letters arrive at the boat on which Uncle Vernon has taken Harry that Harry finally gets his hands on one of the letters.
Harry is totally dumbfounded with the news that he is a Wizard, but he has to get free of the physical clutches of Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia. They have Harry on a boat headed for nowhere and they had every intention of keeping Harry from ever attending Hogwarts School. However, Harry receives supernatural assistance. A very huge man suddenly appears on the boat, out of nowhere, and forcibly removes Harry from the clutches of Uncle Vernon. His name turns out to be Hagrid, and he is the groundskeeper of Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft.
Soon, Harry finds his way through the dimensional portal at the train station, and on board the Hogwarts train, on his way to discovering new friends, and an entirely new, exciting life in the Fantasy Reality of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Suddenly, Harry finds himself and his friends in the exciting race to discover the Sorcerer's Stone, the occult symbol of reaching the final stage in the quest for eternal life.
SPECIFIC NOTE OF UNDERSTANDING : Rowling consistently depicts both kinds of reality in which the Satanist believes he 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 in 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]
Or listen to Hagrid, as he depicts these different realities: "Hagrid simply waved his hand, and said, 'About our world, I mean. Your world. My world. Yer parent's world'. " [p. 50; Emphasis in the original] Hagrid just could not get a handle on what to call the Fantasy Reality in which Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was located!
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!
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. Even though the letter from Hogwarts had told Harry that its express train left from Platform Nine and three-quarters, he had no idea what that meant; and Uncle Vernon thought Harry had lost his mind. Harry wandered around Platform Nine, getting desperate, and not really wanting to ask a Muggle for help.
"At that moment, a group of people passed just behind him and he caught a few words of what they were saying. ' --- packed with Muggles, of course ---'. Harry swung around. The speaker was a plump woman who was talking to four boys, all with flaming red hair. Each of them was pushing a trunk like Harry's in front of him -- and they had an owl." Of course, Harry realized he was looking at other wizards, students like himself getting ready to catch the Hogwarts Express. He watched them:
" 'All right, Percy, you go first.' What looked like the oldest boy marched toward platforms nine and ten. Harry watched, careful not to blink in case he missed it -- but just as the boy reached the dividing barrier between the two platforms, a large crowd of tourists came swarming in front of him and by the time the last backpack had cleared away, the boy had vanished."
" 'Fred, you next,' the plump woman said .... and off he went ... a second later, he had gone -- but how had he done it? Now the third brother was walking briskly toward the barrier ... and quite suddenly, he wasn't anywhere ... 'Excuse me', Harry said to the plump woman. 'Hello, dear', she said. 'First time at Hogwart's? Ron's new, too.' .... 'Yes', said Harry, 'The thing is -- the thing is, I don't know how to ---'. 'How to get onto the platform?', she asked kindly, and Harry nodded. 'Not to worry, all you have to do is walk straight at the barrier between platforms nine and ten. Don't stop and don't be scared you'll crash into it, that's very important. Best do it at a bit of a run if you're nervous.' "
"He pushed his trolley around and stared at the barrier. It looked very solid. He started to walk toward it ... Harry walked more quickly. He was going to smash right into that barrier and then he'd be in trouble -- leaning forward on his cart, he broke into a heavy run -- the barrier was coming nearer and nearer --he wouldn't be able to stop -- the cart was out of control -- he was a foot away -- he closed his eyes ready for the crash --- It didn't come, he kept on running, opened his eyes. A scarlet steam engine was waiting next to a platform packed with people. A sign overhead said Hogwarts Express, 11 o'clock." [p. 92-93] Harry had just gone through a Dimensional Portal, and found himself suddenly in Fantasy Reality .
ROWLING'S DEPICTION OF NON-MAGICAL PEOPLE -- MUGGLES
As we noted above, Rowling consistently depicts people who do not practice Witchcraft in most obnoxious terms. They are depicted as being really, really dumb, boring, and living a life not worth living . We share these examples, below, with you so you can appreciate the truth of this statement. Uncle Vernon was also the only Muggle quoted in the book as being really opposed to Witchcraft; therefore, when readers see how stupid, ugly, and boring Vernon is, they get the idea that all people who are opposed to Witchcraft must be as stupid, ugly, and boring as Vernon is.
A. Uncle Vernon got angry about Harry getting all these letters from Hogwarts. Aunt Petunia watched him "trying to knock in a nail with the piece of fruitcake Aunt Petunia had just brought him." [p. 40]
B. "Dudley looked a lot like Uncle Vernon. He had a large pink face, not much neck, small, watery blue eyes, and thick blond hair that lay smoothly on his thick, fat head ... Harry often said that Dudley looked like a pig in a wig." [p. 21]
C. "Piers Polkis walked in ... Piers was a scrawny boy with a face like a rat. He was usually the one who held people's arms behind their backs while Dudley hit them." [p. 23] Not only was Piers ugly like a rat, he was a supreme cowardly bully. Are all people opposed to Witchcraft cowardly bullies?
D. "Harry was glad school was over, but there was no escaping Dudley's gang ... Piers, Dennis, Malcolm, and Gordon were all big and stupid, but as Dudley was the biggest and stupidest of the lot, he was the leader." [p. 31] How do you know your own child does not think of you in these terms? After all, you are a non-magical Muggle.
E. "Harry ... was going to Stonewall High, the local public school. 'They stuff people's heads down the toilet the first day at Stonewall', Dudley told Harry. "Want to come upstairs and practice?'
'No thanks,' said Harry. 'The poor toilet's never had anything as horrible as your head down it -- it might be sick.' Then he ran, before Dudley could work out what he'd said." [p. 32]
G. "Uncle Vernon made another funny noise, like a mouse being trodden on." [p. 47] Remember Adolf Hitler, the most famous Black Magick wizard in modern history? He depicted Jews as Rats in his Propaganda Machinery, convincing the Germans they should extermination the "vermin".
Specific Areas of Note and Interest
I. Contact With The Supernatural World While In Muggle Reality
Immediately after Harry was nearly killed as his parents had done, Hagrid suddenly appeared from the Fantasy Reality of Witchcraft, into the Muggle Reality, riding a huge motorcycle. He snatches baby Harry and transports him to 4 Privet Drive to place him on the doorstep of Uncle Vernon. [p 14-15]
As noted above, Hagrid suddenly appears in Muggle Reality on the boat to rescue Harry from Vernon.
II. Contact With Supernatural Spirits While At Hogwart's School of Wizardry and Witchcraft
A. Just before the Sorting Hat Ceremony occurred for the first-year students, several students behind Harry screamed, as did Harry. "About twenty ghosts had just streamed through the black wall. Pearly-white and slightly transparent, they glided across the room talking to one another and hardly glancing at the first years ... " [p. 115]
B. The Great Hall -- "Harry had never even imagined such a strange and splendid place. It was lit by thousands and thousands of candles that were floating in midair over four long tables, where the rest of the students were sitting .. the ghosts shone misty silver." [p. 116]
C. After the Sorting Hat had told Harry he could go to Gryffindor House rather than to Slytherin, "Harry sat down opposite the ghost in the ruff he'd seen earlier. The ghost patted his arm, giving Harry the sudden, horrible feeling he'd just plunged it into a bucket of ice-cold water." [p. 122] Mr. Colson, do you still want to stand behind your false statement that "no contact is ever made with the supernatural" world in a Harry Potter book? Did you ever read one of these books before falsely assuring Christian parents?
D. Nearly-Headless Nick was the Resident Ghost of Gryffindor Tower. Harry asked Nearly Headless how he could possibly be "nearly" headless. " 'Like this', he said irritably. He seized his left ear and pulled. His whole head swung off his neck and fell onto his shoulders as if it was on a hinge. Someone had obviously tried to behead him, but not done it properly ..." [p. 124]
E. The Bloody Baron is the Slytherin Resident Ghost "Harry looked over at the Slytherin table and saw a horrible ghost sitting there, with blank staring eyes, a gaunt face, and robes stained with silver blood ... 'How did he get covered in blood?', asked Seamus ... 'I've never asked', said Nearly Headless Nick." [p. 124] We find it highly interesting that, later in the book, when the Evil Lord Voldemort is supposedly killing the unicorn in the Forbidden Forest, the color of the blood of the unicorn is silver!
F. Poltergeist spirits -- "There was a pop, and a little man with wicked, dark eyes and a wide mouth appeared, floating cross-legged in the air, clutching the walking sticks." [p. 129]
G. The History of Magic course was taught by a ghost . "Professor Binns had been very old indeed, when he had fallen asleep in front of the staff room fire, and got up next morning to teach, leaving his body behind him." [p. 133] So "no contact is made with the supernatural" world, eh, Mr. Colson? Doesn't having a ghost as a professor qualify as "contact with the supernatural"?
III. Colors Used
Rowling makes use of vivid colors in her story line. Some of these colors are consistent with the colors preferred by Satan and his followers in the Occult. 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 -- is Satan's favorite color. Thus, we see that the one fraternity house totally given over to the Black Arts, Slytherin, has adopted green as its color. We see other uses of green in the story line:
1. One of the wizards who began appearing in Muggle Reality was wearing an emerald green cloak, [p. 3] Later, when the cat reading a map morphed back into human form, it became a woman -- a Professor McGonagall at Hogwarts -- dressed in an emerald cloak. [p. 9]
2. Harry's eyes are green [p. 20]. Later in this book, and in Chamber of Secrets, we see that Harry was very nearly assigned to Slytherin House, the one fraternity on campus devoted to the Black Magick Arts. Even though Harry is nearly as powerful as a Black Magick practitioner, and could easily have decided to go over to that side, he declines to go over to the Dark Arts. Dumbledore assures Harry that he is not evil as Lord Voldemort. However, as a symbol of the Black Arts he could perform, Rowling makes Harry's eyes green.
3. When Harry begins to have flashbacks to the time when his parents were killed by the powerful curse of evil Lord Voldemort, he distinctly remembers that a flash of green light had exploded upon him, but instead of killing him, just burned the lightening bolt permanently in his forehead. [p. 29]
4. The letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry informing him that he had been accepted as a first-year student was written in emerald-green ink. [p. 34]
5. After rescuing Harry from the clutches of the stupid, ugly Uncle Vernon, Hagrid the giant gave Harry a cake for his 11th Birthday. The cake said "Happy Birthday Harry" in green icing. [p. 48]
6. When the goblin opens the vault door in which Harry's money is stored, "a lot of green smoke came billowing out ..." [p. 75]
7. The colors of the Slytherin fraternity house -- the Black Magick house -- were green [p. 184]
B. Purple -- a color of authority or royalty. Headmaster Dumbledore's robes were purple [p. 8]
C. Scarlet -- the color of the steam engine of the Hogwarts Express Train. [p. 93]
IV. Magic Spells, Potions, and Tricks
A. Harry and his friends learn how to makedrugs, and the glory of taking them. Listen to Professor Snape explain: "I don't think 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 ... Potter! ... What would I get if I added powered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?" [p. 137; Emphasis added]
Do you see that little reference to "wormwood"? The plant, wormwood, contains thujone, an hypnotic drug, banned by the FDA since 1915 [Christian News, "Latest Potter Book Meets Cautionary Response From Christians, July 17, 2000] ; further, wormwood is used to make Absinthe, a hallucinogenic liquor. Therefore, the drug to which Rowling makes reference is very real, and is so dangerous the FDA has banned it -- to this day, it is banned!
Further, look at the accurate description such hallucinogenic drugs have on the human senses: "creep through human veins" ... "bewitching the mind" ... "ensnaring the senses". As a person takes such drugs, they really believe they are achieving fame in the bottle, they really believe they are going to achieve glory, and unfortunately, many of them go to their deaths. You can hardly get a better description of drug use, and drug glorification than this!
Later, Professor Snape informs Hermione, "For your information, Potter, asphodel and wormwood make a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of Living Death." [p. 138]
But, there is more! At the end of the book, we see another instance of drug glorification. In order to achieve their goal of the Sorcerer's Stone -- eternal life as explained earlier -- Harry and Hermione have to correctly choose between several bottles full of drug potions, which they are to correctly drink in the right order. This is the riddle:
"Seven bottles: three are poison; two are wine; one will get us safely through the black fire, and one will get us back through the purple. [Harry] 'But how do we know which to drink?' [Hermione responded] 'Give me a minute'. Hermione read the paper several times, then she walked up and down the line of bottles, muttering to herself and pointing at them. At last, she clapped her hands". She had solved the riddle, and knew which drug potions to drink and in what order . [p. 285-6]
"The drug message in this book is clear. To reach your goals in life like Harry Potter, you need to know how to make drugs and take drugs in just the right way or else you are a 'dunderhead' and will never succeed." [http://www.fflibraries.org/Book_Reports/HarryPotter ; written by a physician and father who asked to remain anonymous].
B. Switching Spells -- [p. 155] Not explained.
C. Curse of the Bogies -- while this curse was not fully explained, Ron threatened Hermione with it. We consistently see students taking revenge upon each other, using their knowledge of the occult against their friends and enemies. [p. 157]
D. Curse thrown during Quidditch Match -- "Harry's broom had given a wild jerk and Harry swung off it. He was now dangling from it, holding on with only one hand. 'Did something happen to it when Flint blocked him?', Seamus whispered. 'Can't have', Hagrid said, his voice shaking. 'Can't nothing interfere with a broomstick except powerful Dark magic ...' Hermione gasped, 'Snape [Professor], look ... he's ... jinxing the broom'. Before Ron could say another word, Hermione had disappeared ... Hermione had fought her way across to the stand where Snape stood ... Reaching Snape, she crouched down, pulled out her wand, and whispered a few, well-chosen words, Bright blue flames shot from her wand on the hem of Snape's robes. It took perhaps thirty seconds for Snape to realize that he was on fire ... Scooping the fire off him into a little jar in her pocket, she scrambled back along the row -- Snape would never know what had happened. It was enough. Up in the air, Harry was suddenly able to clamber back on his broom." [p. 190-1]
In order to counteract the Black Magick curse Professor Snape had thrown at Harry during the match, Hermione sneaked to the back of the stands where he was standing and threw a curse at his robes, setting them on fire. Snape's curse was broken, and Harry climbed back on his broom. Children reading this will conclude that it is exciting to throw curses, to use "good magic" to counteract "evil magick", not realizing that the occult power on both sides is from Satan.
This example is a good illustration that the purported theme of "good vs evil ... that good wins in the end " is truly nothing more than "good Satanism" fighting "bad Satanism". When Focus On The Family made this false claim [May, 2000, p. 14], most people thought of "good" as being "Biblical good"; nothing could be further from the truth, and Dr. Dobson should know better.
E. Leg-Locker Curse -- [p. 217] Not fully explained, but obviously one that keeps legs from moving normally.
F. Anti-Cheating Spell -- [p. 262] During final exams, teachers passed out special quills with which to write; these quills had been "bewitched with an Anti-Cheating spell". The reason none of the teachers felt they could trust the honor of the students to not cheat is obvious enough; in Witchcraft, no Absolute Good and Evil exists. All objective, eternal standards of conduct and morality have been rejected. Therefore, teachers knew full well that all the students would cheat on their final exams if they thought they could get away with it. It is a sad commentary that teachers had to place an Anti-Cheating spell on the quills to prevent exams cheating. Christian parent, is this the "morality" you want your students to learn?
G. Body-Bind Spell -- [p. 273]. Poor Neville Longbottom discovered Harry, Ron, and Hermione breaking more school rules as they set out to stop Professor Snape from stealing the Sorcerer's Stone with the intention of giving it to Lord Valdemort. When Neville said he was going to physically stop them with brute force if necessary, Hermione raised her wand and pronounced a curse that caused Neville's jaws to slam shut and his entire body to stiffen like a board, and fall on the floor. Hermione had just cast the "full Body-Bind" curse on Neville.
H. Alohomora Charm -- [p. 279] Hermione tried this spell as a means to force a door open.
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 12, 57] 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.
B. Mirrors are believed to be a portal to another dimension, including Time. Occultists believe they can go forward or backward in Time with a mirror being one of the Dimensional Portals. Harry encounters a mirror, "magnificent ... as high as the ceiling, with an ornate gold frame, standing on two clawed feet ... Harry stepped in front of it. He had to clasp his hand to his mouth to stop himself from screaming ... for he had seen, not only himself in the mirror but a whole crowd of people standing right behind him ... 'Mom?', he whispered. 'Dad?' They just looked at him, smiling ... Harry was looking at his family, for the first time in his life." [p. 208-9]
C. Sorcerer's Stone -- as I have stated before, the Sorcerer's Stone is the fifth and final stage in the occult drive to achieve eternal life. In this book, Rowling correctly explains: "The ancient study of alchemy is concerned with making the Sorcerer's Stone, a legendary substance with astonishing powers. The stone will transform any metal into pure gold. It also produces the Elixir of Life, which will make the drinker immortal. There have been many reports of the Sorcerer's Stone over the centuries, but the only Stone currently in existence belongs to Mr. Nicolas Flamel, the noted alchemist and opera lover. Mr. Flamel, who celebrated his six hundred and sixty-fith birthday last year , enjoys a quiet life in Devon with his wife, Perenelle (six hundred and fifty-eight)." [p. 220; Emphasis added]
Do you realize Rowling has just made the creator of the Sorcerer's Stone 666 years old? Do you realize what this means? Since the number, '666', is a symbol of Antichrist and his Mark of the Beast [Revelation 13:18] and since Rowling ties this number to the Elixir of Life, Harry Potter is teaching children that the way to achieve eternal life [Elixir of Life] is to obey the Antichrist and take his Mark of the Beast!
D. Unicorns -- Occultists of every stripe believe the Unicorn is a symbol of the coming World Teacher, The Christ, who will eventually appear to lead mankind to collectively higher consciousness level and to a 1,000 year period of peace and safety. Rowling depicts the unicorn as a mythical creature living peacefully in the Forbidden Forest. Hagrid leads Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Malfoy into an expedition to see who is killing the unicorn. " 'Look there', said Hagrid, 'see that stuff shinin' on the ground? Silvery stuff? That's unicorn blood. There's a unicorn in there bin hurt badly by summat [someone]. This is the second time in a week. I found one dead last Wednesday ... Now, if any of us finds the unicorn, we'll send up green sparks, right?' "
"Harry saw that Hagrid looked very worried. 'Could a werewolf be killing the unicorns?', Harry asked. 'Not fast enough', said Hagrid. 'It's not easy ter catch a unicorn, they're powerful magic creatures. I never knew one ter be hurt before' ... 'Look", Harry murmured, holding out his arm to stop Malfoy. Something bright was gleaming on the ground; they inched closer. It was the unicorn all right, and it was dead. Harry had never seen anything so beautiful and sad. Its long, slender legs were stuck out at odd angels where it had fallen, and its mane was spread pearly-white on the dark leaves."
"Harry had taken one step toward it when a slithering sound made him freeze where he stood. A bush on the edge of the clearing quivered. Then, out of the shadows, a hooded figure came crawling across the ground like some stalking beast. Harry, Malfoy, and Fang stood transfixed. The cloaked figure reached the unicorn, lowered its head over the wound in the animal's side, and began to drink its blood. 'AAAAAAAAAAARGH!' Malfoy let out a terrible scream and bolted -- so did Fang. The hooded figure raised its head and looked right at Harry -- unicorn blood was dribbling down its front." [p. 250-6; Emphasis added]
Wonderful! We have the forbidden practice of drinking blood in this Potter book, forbidden in Scripture [Genesis 9:4-5] but practiced regularly in Satanism. I wonder if Chuck Colson, Focus On The Family, and Christianity Today ever told their Christian followers about this? Have they even read this book, before they issued their acceptance of Potter?
Further, the symbolism here is unbelievable: since the Unicorn is a symbol of the coming Antichrist, this scene means he receives a fatal wound; doesn't this sound terribly like the prophesied fatal wound of Antichrist in Revelation 13:3, where the entire world goes after the Beast in amazement after he is resurrected from his fatal wound?
But, the symbolism of drinking the unicorn's blood is amazing also. Later in the book, we discover more pertinent facts that allow us to fully understand the symbolism Rowling is attempting to portray. Listen:
" 'Harry Potter, do you know what unicorn blood is used for?' 'No', said Harry, startled by the question. 'We've only used the horn and tail hair in Potions'. 'That is because it is a monstrous thing, to slay a unicorn', said Frienze . 'Only one who has nothing to lose, and everything to gain would commit such a crime. The blood of a unicorn will keep you alive, even if you are an inch from death, but at a terrible price. You have slain something pure and defenseless to save yourself, and you will have but a half-life, a cursed life, from the moment the blood touches your lips.' "
"Harry stared at the back of Firenze's head, which was dappled silver in the moonlight. 'But who'd be that desperate?', he wondered aloud. "If you're going to be cursed forever, death's better, isn't it?'
'It is', Fierzne agreed, 'unless all you need is to stay alive long enough to drink something else -- something that will bring you back to full strength and power -- something that will mean you can never die. Mr. Potter, do you know what is hidden in the school at the very moment?'
"The Sorcerer's Stone! Of course, the Elixir of Life! But, I don't understand who ... Do you mean', Harry croaked, 'that was Vol-- [demort]' " [p. 255-9]
This means evil Lord Voldemort -- whose killing curse upon Harry, his Mom, and his Dad had rebounded against him when Harry did not die -- is near death, and is seeking to drink the Unicorn's blood to stay alive long enough to finally achieve eternal life through drinking the '666' Elixir of Life.
This is the specific New Age doctrine being taught here: people will have to draw their temporary spiritual life from The Christ until the time comes when their individual consciousness will have been raised so much they will achieve their personal godhood, and live forever!
This concept is genuine New Age, is consistent with prophecy, and Rowling depicts it very well!
Christian parents, do you want your child to be taught this New Age doctrine? Can you see Harry Potter playing the Pied Piper and leading your children straight to the Mark of the Beast?
VI. List of Books a First-Year Student Will Require [p. 66-67]
A. The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1), by Miranda Goshwak. Many spells require both the taking of drugs and demonic possession, so it is a matter of gravest importance that Harry is actually going to learn to cast spells. When Chuck Colson dismisses the casting of spells as innocent and of no real importance, did he know this fact? Further, nearly every spell cast will result in contact with a being from the supernatural. Therefore, we can know the enormity of Colson's falsehood that Christian parents can take assurance that, in the Harry Potter books, "no contact is made with the supernatural".
B. A History of Magic, by Bathilda Bagshot. Once again, we are teaching our children the history of Witchcraft, much of it gloriously written, I am sure. God specifically forbade the teaching of Witchcraft in Deuteronomy 18:9-14, especially verse 9.
C. Magical Theory, by Adalbert Waffling.
D. A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration, by Emeric Switch. Once again, whenever a witch changes the physical characteristics of something, he or she is practicing very high-level witchcraft, has a high level of demonic possession, and has had to carry out human sacrifice themselves or have someone else do it for them.
E. One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi, by Phyllia Spore
F. Magical Drafts and Potions , by Arsenius Jigger. Some of the potions are very real, very deadly.
G. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, by Newt Scamander
H. The Dark Force: A Guide to Self-Protection, by Quentin Trimble
Students were told they could also "bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad." [p. 67] These three creatures are important to an occultists. 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.
VII. Classes Taught -- The Curricula
A. Transfiguration -- "some of the most complex and dangerous magic you will learn at Hogwarts", the professor, Professor McGonagall intoned. [p. 133-4] McGonagall has obviously mastered her Craft because she was the tabby cat seen by Uncle Vernon reading a map, back in chapter one. Remember that any time a witch or wizard practices transfiguration, they need expert spell-casting, and demonic possession. I bet no one ever told you that little fact, did they?
B. Potions Class -- taught in one of the dungeons [p. 136] How disgusting must the atmosphere for this class, and others, taught in a dungeon, which was built to torture people to death?
C. Charms Class -- [p. 170]
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has four fraternity houses:
1. Hufflepuff -- White Magic house
2. Gryffindor -- White Magic house, and the one to which Harry, Ron, and Hermione belong
3. Slytherin -- Black Magick house -- "There's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin. You-Know-Who [Evil Lord Voldemort] was one." Their color was green. Isn't it interesting that Rowling does not tell us what the official color is for any of the other fraternities?
4. Ravenclaw -- White Magic house
To determine which fraternity house each student should be assigned, a Sorting Hat on which a special spell had been cast, would be placed on the head of each student. The Sorting Hat acted as a familiar spirit , in assessing the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of each student, and then decide which house to place that student.
VIII. Attitudes, Values, and Emotions
A. The fundamental occult/Communist philosophy that the "Ends Justify The Means" permeates this entire book. To achieve a goal deemed good, Harry and his friends consistently break rules, steal, and use Witchcraft against others.
B. An underlying emotion of dark fear fills virtually every chapter while the students are at Hogwarts.
C. Hermione, who is depicted as being the one student who obeys the rules, deliberately lies to the teachers when Harry knocks out a troll with his Witchcraft, but finds himself confronted by teachers because he was not in his dorm room. "Please, Professor McGonagall, they were looking for me", intoned Hermione ... Ron dropped his wand. Hermione Granger, telling a downright lie to a teacher?" [p. 177] Once again, the pagan philosophy that the "Ends Justify The Means" is being taught to the children who are reading this book, and believe me, they are listening. What was the result of this lie to protect Harry? "From that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend." [p. 179] Hermione was very mildly punished, but her lie cemented a friendship with Ron and Harry, leading a child to conclude that her lie served an excellent purpose, and could not be considered 'wrong'.
In the next chapter, we learn: "Hermione had become a bit more relaxed about breaking rules ..." [p. 181]. Therefore, we can only conclude that breaking rules had become commonplace amongst the three friends.
D. Hatred toward others -- " 'I hate them both', said Harry, 'Malfoy and Snape'." [p. 196] Far from being just an isolated occurrence, or something said in jest, I find this attitude too common in the Harry Potter books.
E. No Absolute Standard of Good or Evil -- Professor Quirrell told Harry, "There is no good or evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it ." [p. 291] This is standard Witchcraft, and standard Illuminist doctrine. This doctrine is the guiding light to those Illuminists who are driving the world into the Kingdom of Antichrist. This doctrine is very seductive to those immature children trying to grow up in our current culture; since a child's inherent nature is evil, he will find such philosophy more appealing than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christian parents, beware!
X. Miscellaneous Disgusting Events
A. Speaking Serpent Language: Before he learned of his Generation Witchcraft background, and before he arrived at Hogwart's School, Harry went with Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia to a zoo. While looking at a snake, Harry suddenly realized that he was able to understand what the snake was thinking; soon, Harry was actually talking to this snake! Later in the story, and especially in the Chamber of Secrets , we discover this ability to speak with snakes is called Parcelmouth, and is extremely important in the practice of Black Magick
B. School Materials: Harry was taken to Diagon Alley, in Fantasy Reality, to buy his school materials, he encountered fantastic stuff for sale that he had never seen before. "... windows stacked with barrels of bat spleens, and eel's eyes, tottering piles of spell books, potion bottles, globes of the moon." [p. 72]
C. Revenge Motive : "Hagrid almost had to drag Harry away from Curses and Countercurses (Bewitch Your Friends and Befuddle Your Enemies with the Latest Revenges: Hair Loss, Jelly-Legs, Tongue-Tying, and Much, Much More , by Vindictus Viridian." [p. 80] Throughout these books, seeking revenge and attacking your enemies is high on the priority list of Harry, his friends, and other students. Do you want your children to adopt this most Satanic attitude? Notice the first name of the author of this revenge book, above, is named "Vindictus, i.e., Vindictive".
D. Choosing a Wand -- "... it's really the wand that chooses the wizard, of course ... Every Ollivander wand has a core of a powerful magical substance, Mr. Potter. We use unicorn hairs, phoenix tail feathers, and the heartstrings of dragons ..." Harry chose a wand made of holly wood and phoenix feather, 11 inches long. [p. 83-84] This wand contained the three elements favored most by Satanists: Unicorn, Phoenix, and Dragons. Both the Unicorns and Phoenix Birds are symbols of Antichrist, while the Dragon is clearly Satan [Revelation 12:9]
E. Students are taught to depend upon Witchcraft for every part of their lives . All food is conjured up rather than prepared, all the dishes are conjured clean, and even the hospital depends upon Witchcraft to get students well [p. 156]. Neville Longbottom, one of the more clumsy students, received a crystal ball from his grandmother called a Remembrall . The ball glows scarlet if you have forgotten something you should have done. [p. 145]
"One morning in mid-December , Hogwarts woke to find itself covered in several feet of snow. The lake froze solid and the Weasley twins were punished for bewitching several snowballs so that they followed [Professor] Quirrell around, bouncing off the back of his turban." [p. 194] This amusing anecdote will cause children to say, "That's cool. I wish I could do that". And, that is precisely our warning, that children will think Harry and his friends have so much fun using Witchcraft in the everyday part of their lives, that they will want to become witches and wizards so they can have this much fun, too.
F. "They were in a corridor. The forbidden corridor on the third floor ... They were looking straight into the eyes of a monstrous dog, a dog that filled the whole space between ceiling and floor. It had three heads. Three pairs of rolling, mad eyes; three noses, twitching and quivering in their direction; three drooling mouths, saliva hanging in slippery ropes from yellowish fangs. [p. 161] This guard dog concocted in the fertile mind of Rowling, couldn't just be huge, it had to be mentally deranged. Later, we discover that this dog was guarding the Sorcerer's Stone.
G. Possible reference to homosexuality . When I was first researching Harry Potter, I examined several pro-Potter websites. The author of one of the articles said that one of the probable developments she felt would occur in the latter books was the advent of homosexuality in the story theme. She said such activity was only hinted at in the first books. With this thought in mind, you will better understand this sentence.
"Professor Flitwick [Charms teacher] put the class into pairs to practice [levitating]. Harry's partner was Seamus Finnigan (which was a relief, because Neville had been trying to catch his eye)." [p. 171] We shall see if homosexuality does develop in any of the last three books, because in the first three, this is the only possible reference to it.
H. Halloween decorations -- "... a moment later they had entered the Great Hall, where the Halloween decorations put Hermione out of their minds. A thousand live bats fluttered from the walls and ceiling while a thousand more swooped over the tables in low black clouds, making the candles in the pumpkins stutter. The feast appeared suddenly on the golden plates [were conjured up] ..." [p. 172]
I. Wizard Chess -- "... exactly like Muggle chess except that the figures were alive, which made it a lot like directing troops in battle." [p. 199] Once again, a child will think this is cool, and will want even more to someday be a witch or a wizard so they can play this cool of a game.
J. Demon Possession -- "... to Harry's horror, a voice answered, and the voice seemed to come from Quirrell himself ... 'Use the boy, use the boy'. " [p. 292] This is standard demonic possession. However, as Harry soon discovered, this demonic possession was a Shape-Shifter type, where the human body of the host is transfigured as the indwelling demon wishes it to be. Listen:
"Harry felt as if Devil's Snare was rooting him to the spot ... Petrified, he watched as [Professor] Quirrell reached up and began to unwrap his turban ... Harry would have screamed, but he couldn't make a sound. Where there should have been a back to Quirrell's head, there was a face, the most terrible face Harry had ever seen. It was chalk white with glaring red eyes and slits for nostrils, like a snake."
" 'Harry Potter', it whispered."
"Harry tried to take a step backward, but his legs wouldn't move. 'See what I have become?', the face said. 'Mere shadow and vapor. I have form only when I can share another's body, but there have always been those willing to let me into their hearts and minds. Unicorn blood has strengthened me, these past weeks, and you saw faithful Quirrell drinking it for me in the forest; and once I have the Elixir of Life, I will be able to create a body of my own ... why don't you give me that Stone in your pocket?" [p. 293-4]
Rowling could not have created a better description of demonic possession by a dark and powerful demon! Christian parent, is this the type of thing you want your child to bring into their minds?
K. Satanic View of Death -- "After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." [p. 297, 302; Headmaster Dumbledore telling Harry the Satanic view of death] Rather than death being an eternal separation from God in Hell as the Bible teaches, the Satanist believes in reincarnation. They believe that, when a person dies, their spirit goes into the great Reincarnation Cycle, to await the next human body into which they can begin, and start the "next great adventure". Is this the doctrine of death you want your child to accept?
L. Satanic View of Human Love -- "Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign, to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. It is in your very skin. Quirrell, full of hatred, greed, and ambition, sharing his soul with Voldemort, could not touch you for this reason. It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good." [p. 299, Headmaster Dumbledore explaining to Harry about the Love Force which protected him in his physical battle with Quirrell]
The Satanist does not view God as a being; rather, he is a Force. This belief is fully in accord with prophecy about Antichrist, as we see "But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces..." [Daniel 11:38] Therefore, occultists believe this doctrine about all of God's attributes, such as Love. When Dumbledore explains the love of Harry's mother in these terms, he is literally saying that her love was a force that protects Harry even though she is dead. Of course, the Bible declares this view nonsense. When a person is dead, there is no force emanating from their life that protects anyone.
Do you want your child to believe that Love, that Jesus Christ, is merely a force? If they do believe this, they will be hard pressed to relate to Biblical truth of Love as being one of the many attributes of an eternal, Omnipotent God.
XI. Occult Numbers Used In Story Plot
Harry was eleven (11) when he was admitted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The number eleven is considered sacred to the occultist, as it is the first primary number. Occultists will also add up numbers to get an occult number that is sacred; thus, I was highly interested when the bank vault maintained for Harry by his Mom and Dad before their death was numbered '713' [p. 73]. When you add '7 + 1 + 3 = 11'. Then, we learn that, in the money of the Fantasy Reality, "twenty-nine Knuts to a Sickle". When you add 2 + 9 = 11.
When Harry found the wand that was meant for him, it turned out to be 11 inches long! [p. 84]
The Hogwarts Express Train left at 11 o'clock from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. [p. 91]
XII. Illuminist Beliefs
A. Unicorn -- Illuminists use the symbol of a unicorn as a symbol for their coming Christ [Antichrist]. Therefore, we should not be too surprised to learn that the unicorn plays a significant part of this story:
1. Potion ingredient: silver unicorn horns [p. 81]
2. The most powerful wand contained unicorn hairs [p. 84]
B. Phoenix Bird -- In Egyptian mythology, a Phoenix Bird would live for 500 years and then die; as soon as it died, its body would erupt in flames, and be reduced to a pile of ashes. Suddenly, out of the ashes, a new Phoenix Bird would arise, to live another 500 years. The Illuminati has long depicted Antichrist with a Phoenix Bird. In fact, the original bird symbol for the United States was not an Eagle, but a Phoenix!
C. " Sorcerer's Stone " is also called the "Philosopher's Stone", and is very, very Satanic! Rosicrucianism teaches that an Initiate will pass through five stages to become the highest Adept possible, to be most proficient in exercising the power of Satanism. They call this process the "Five Stages In The Transmutation of the Soul". The final stage is depicted by the Phoenix Bird; the Adept is then said to have achieved the "Sorcerer's Stone". Thus, the fact that the term, "Sorcerer's Stone" is in the title of this book suggests that the ultimate goal of all students at Hogwarts is to achieve the Sorcerer's Stone.
D. Alchemy has long been an Illuminist obsession. Most people think of Alchemy as being the effort to change base metals into precious metals, including gold. Certainly, this is part of alchemy, but a lower-level part. The ultimate goal of the Alchemist is to achieve eternal life through Alchemy. Therefore, we find it highly interesting that Headmaster Dumbledore is considered "the greatest wizard of modern times. Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the dark wizard Grindelwald in 1945, for the discovery of the twelve uses of dragon's blood and his work on alchemy ..." [p. 103]
The game of Quidditch explained. "It's our sport. Wizard sport. It's like -- like soccer in the Muggle world -- everyone follows Quidditch -- played up in the air on broomsticks and there's four balls ...[p. 79] "There are seven players on each side. Three of them are called Chasers ... Wood took out a bright red ball about the size of a soccer ball. 'This ball's called the Quaffle', said Wood. 'The Chasers throw the Quaffle to each other and try and get it through one of the hoops to score a goal. Ten points every time the Quaffle goes through one of the hoops' ... [Harry[ 'The Chasers throw the Quaffle and put it through the hoops to score ... So, that's sort of like basketball on broomsticks with six hoops, isn't it?'
[Wood] " '... there's another player on each side who's called the Keeper ... who flies around hoops to stop the other team from scoring.' [Harry] 'Three Chasers, one Keeper ... and they play with the Quaffle. Okay, got that. so what are they for?' He pointed at the three balls left inside the box. [Wood] handed Harry a small club, a bit like a short baseball bat. 'I'm going to show you what the Bludgers do. These two [balls] are the Bludgers. He showed Harry two identical balls, jet black and slightly smaller than the red Quaffle. Harry noticed that they seemed to be straining to escape the straps holding them inside the box [Even the Quidditch balls are 'enchanted']."
" 'The Bludgers rocket around, trying to knock players off their brooms. That's why you have two Beaters on each team ... it's their job to protect their side from the Bludgers and try and knock them toward the other team. So -- think you've got all that?' "
" 'Three Chasers try and score with the Quaffle; the Keeper guards the goal posts; the Beaters keep the Bludgers away from their team', Harry reeled off. 'Very good', said Wood.
" 'Now, the last member of the team is the Seeker. That's you. And you don't have to worry about the Quaffle or the Bludgers' ... Wood reached into the crate and took out the fourth and last ball. Compared with the Quaffle and the Bludgers, it was tiny, about the size of a large walnut. It was bright gold and had little fluttering silver wings [this ball is 'enchanted' also]. 'This', said Wood, 'is the Golden Snitch, and it's the most important book of the lot. It's very hard to catch because it's so fast and difficult to see. It's the Seeker's job to catch it. You've got to weave in and out of the Chasers, Beaters, Bludgers, and Quaffle to get it before the other team's Seeker, because whichever Seeker catches the Snitch wins his team an extra hundred and fifty points, so they nearly always win. That's why Seekers get fouled so much. A game of Quidditch only ends when the Snitch is caught, so it can go on for ages ..." [p. 168-170]
The truth of the Satanic nature of Harry Potter can be easily seen in so many ways by some one who is familiar with the occult. In this book, we see standard occultic beliefs and practices and Illuminist beliefs. We see Drug Usage glorified, and creation of powerful drugs taught to these First-Year students.
We see standard Witchcraft philosophy and world view espoused, including the "morality" teaching that there is no Absolute Right or Wrong, that the "Ends Justify The Means". We see that the occult belief about Death and Reincarnation is taught.
But, most horribly, we see depictions of Satanism that are truly End of the Age. We see the symbol of Antichrist, the Unicorn. We see the evil Voldemort drinking the blood of the Unicorn. Not only is drinking of blood forbidden in Scripture, but Satanists do it consistently. Further, as we explain, this drinking of the blood of the unicorn delivers a very strong message as to how the people will relate ultimately to Antichrist.
Lastly, the achievement of Eternal Life -- drinking the Elixir of Life -- is firmly and directly tied to the number, '666'!
Truly, Harry Potter is Satanic to the core, so much so I cannot believe Christian ministries that falsely assured parents that Potter is all right for their children to read have actually ever read the book!
Truly, the Bible is so correct when it says:
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." [Philippians 4:8]
"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." [1 Corinthians 10:21] You cannot allow your child to read Harry Potter Monday through Saturday, and then expect them to love Jesus Christ on Sunday; and yet, this is precisely what too many Christian parents are doing!
"... Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." [Revelation 18:4b]. From Genesis through Revelation, God demands His people separate themselves from the evil around them! SEPARATE! SEPARATE! SEPARATE! Jesus says:
Then, Jesus said: "If ye love me, keep my commandments." [John 14:15]
"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." [John 15:10] You cannot hope to have your child experience the "fullness of joy" that the Holy Spirit gives to obedient believers if you allow them to fill their minds with this type of Satanic pollution!
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.