With all the noise about Harry Potter books being evil and teaching our children to pursue witchcraft, there are still a few things that Christians can learn from him. At the very least, he teaches that words have power. Real witchcraft in the world is nothing more than an human attempt to take control of this vital principle. When God sought to change the world, he prepared his own spell: the Gospel. The similarity in the words is no coincidence. The gospel is nothing other than God’s holy, life-changing, words of power, uttered on the authority of the perfect sacrifice.
When Harry Potter is plagued by “dementors,” demons of darkness, who thrive on eating away at human hope and joy, it is interesting to note the word he utters. In his fear, he cries out in Latin, simply “Father!” And when he does, his father in heaven comes and chases out the darkness.