CS#12: Nancy Brown Talks About Catholic Family Guide To Harry Potter

The content and opinions in this interview are very controversial in the Catholic community,  and they do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of the staff at the Catholic Company.

In this interview, Nancy Brown talks about The Mystery of Harry Potter – A Catholic Family Guide. She explains the controversy around Harry Potter in the Catholic world and describes her journey from being strongly against Harry Potter to a neutral position on the series. Her book is designed to help families decide if reading the Harry Potter books is right for their children. She also gives pointers on appropriate ages and important discussions that should occur if your child is reading the Harry Potter series. Nancy shares about her personal knowledge of JK Rowling’s christian background and practices as well as christian elements and themes in the books themselves.  Furthermore, she points out the similarities between Harry Potter and other christian fantasy such as The Lord of the Rings.

Nancy is a homeschooling mother, author, and photo framer.  She is also a member of the GK Chesterton Society.  Find Nancy’s blog at http://mrsnancybrown.blogspot.com.

Items Discussed in this podcast:

The Mystery of Harry Potter – A Catholic Family Guide
Writings of GK Chesterton
Orthodoxy
The Everlasting Man
The Lord of the Rings

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6 Responses to CS#12: Nancy Brown Talks About Catholic Family Guide To Harry Potter

  1. Kathleen Griffin says:

    Should Catholic children read Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, the Chronicles of Narnia or the Lord of the Rings? All of these contain magic, witches, wizards, and other fantasy elements! It is quite hare-brained to fixate on the Harry Potter novels. Instead, consider that they are set in an alternate universe where Sir Isaac Newton’s pursuit of alchemy and magic, as well as the Laws of Gravity, make as much sense as they did to him! There is no devil worship, no satanism, and the books are exceptionally moral. In each book Harry and his friends grow as moral beings, who must make difficult choices. Only by intelligence, affection, loyalty, honesty, and fidelity can they survive. Harry must become the leader of a small community of young people forced beyond their age and abilities by great demands affecting their whole world. Instead of the self-centered immoral language and behavior children are constantly exposed to from ordinary TV, radio, & recorded “performances” of rap & hip-hop, here there is real language, debate, description. People strive to learn and grow, and to help and protect friends and family. So … what is wrong with a story about virtuous behavior???

  2. Sally MacDonald says:

    I believe Mrs. Brown’s books say pretty much the same thing that Griffin says above. But if anyone has any questions about Harry Potter, they should read her book, it’s very good.

  3. Annamarie Landolt says:

    No one agues the point that The Harry Potter stories are bad. What is bad, we were told by a Catholic Priest, is that the author used real spells and cantatations from devil worship matreial in her books copied word for word. When you have theses items in your home and read them you are opening doors to evil, the devil, even if a crack is opened would you chance it. Any Knowledge to this as true or not?

  4. Chris Neill says:

    It is A novel, I truly believe these books to be a healthy read for children. It is make believe and kids need to be able to read well written books and realize it is fiction, however it helps them to develop. Children have to have a fiction world and develop their brain
    in many ways. Frankly, I much rather have my child read Harry Potter
    than play these awful video games.

  5. Lisa Nowc says:

    Nancy Brown book is full of logic that defeats itself. Just because she once hated Harry Potter and now loves them does not equate to the books being Okay for children. I have read all 7 books and there are a lot of disturbing elements in the book. I have read her illogical book. She glosses over the Big issues.

  6. Nancy Brown says:

    Thank you for your honest assessment of my book. I am sorry that I have not used logic and that I glossed over the “Big” issues.

    Each family must decide for themselves.

    I’m thinking.

    What part of that isn’t logical?

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