See also Beware of Harry Potter Fr Don Colloway
It has been noted that there is courage and love in the books. This is true, but virtue mixed with wrongful behavior and untruth can be very deceptive. In Harry Potter books and movies good and evil are not properly defined or distinguished. Characters act in ways that are corruptive yet they manifest no negative effects.
Fr. Gabriele Amorth(Vatican´s chief exorcist):
"You start off with Harry Potter, who comes across as a likeable wizard, but you end up with the Devil. There is no doubt that the signature of the Prince of Darkness is clearly within these books."
"By reading Harry Potter a young child will be drawn into magic and from there it is a simple step to Satanism and the Devil," March 1, 2006. lifesitenews.com Fr. Amorth also noted that the books attempt to make a false distinction between black and white magic.
It has been falsely reported that the Vatican approved the Harry Potter books. To rectify that, Cardinal Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI) wrote in 2003 to Gabriele Kuby, Germany's best known critic of Harry Potter: "It is good that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because those are subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this, deeply distort Christianity in the soul before it can grow properly". Later he gave her permission to make his letters public. See: lifesitenews.com
Clare McGrath Merkle, former new age healer and advanced yoga practitioner who returned to the Church: "Many of the delightfully described magical arts in the Harry Potter series were pretty standard fare in training courses I mastered to some degree or another, including telepathy, divination, energy-work, necromancy, geomancy and time-travel, to name a few… A close reading of one of the books in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban… by the eyes of a former occultist like myself, reveals her [Rowling's] more than cursory familiarity with the occult" -Clare McGrath Merkle, "Harry Potter and the Lost Generation" www.crossveil.org/potter.html