Pope Gives Harry Potter Film His Blessing

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A Japanese fan in Harry Potter outfit undergoes a security check upon arrival for Japan Premiere of the upcoming film “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, July 6, 2009. AP Photo

The Vatican even said romances between the film’s characters were ‘balanced’

Sky News | Jul 14, 2009

The Vatican has given a nod of approval to the latest Harry Potter film, saying it made clear that good would triumph in a battle with evil.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince arrives in cinemas on Wednesday and is the sixth installment in the fantasy series about the boy wizard and his Hogwarts school friends.

The official newspaper of the Vatical City – which is ruled by the Pope – said it was the best adaptation yet of JK Rowling’s hit novels.

L’Osservatore Romano said the film’s treatment of adolescent love achieved the “correct balance” and made the story more credible to the general audience.

However, the paper criticised JK Rowling for failing to make any explicit “reference to the transcendent” in her books.

Nevertheless, L’Osservatore said the latest installment made clear that good should overcome evil – a fight that sometimes “requires costs and sacrifice”.

“In addition, the fitful search for immortality epitomised by Voldemort is stigmatised,” the review said.

The Vatican’s praise follows the sharp criticism of the Harry Potter series by a conservative Austrian priest at the centre of a church crisis earlier this year.

The Rev. Gerhard Maria Wagner claimed Harry Potter novels help spread satanism, while other Christian groups have argued that the books promote witchcraft and dark arts.

Many churches, however, see the message of good versus evil as being in line with teachings of Christian morality.

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