Christian perspectives on Harry Potter: Tool of Satan or Christian Parable?

  • Senland A
  • Vozzola E
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This study, focusing on differences between fundamentalist (biblical) and liberal Christian families' perceptions of Harry Potter, explores scriptural literalism's influence on parents' decisions to allow their children to read the series. Parents completed quantitative and qualitative measures assessing theme perception, scriptural literalism, and perception of Dumbledore's principled reasoning. Children completed similar measures. Results suggest that liberal and biblical parents view the series through different religious lenses. Compared to liberal children who admired Dumbledore's moral flexibility when allowing the protagonists to break rules, biblical children were more likely to value the result but question the means. Results are presented in light of their implications for moral education in pluralistic societies in which many families hold strong but divergent religious views. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).

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  • Amie Senland

  • Elizabeth Vozzola

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