Just to truly put this all in perspective, let's all take a deep breath, and truly examine the beliefs of the main group of people who are condemning the various uses of magic in the media.
Let's make this easy on ourselves, shall we?
Christians seek to be like Christ.
Christians tell their children to follow Christ' example.
Christians tell their children all about the actions of Christ so that they may follow His example.
Christians tell their children that everything the Bible says about Christ is factual.
Now, what is it that Christians are saying children should believe as fact? What is it that the Bible states Jesus Christ did? (aside from being born of a virgin, which nobody can hold against Him?)
- Jesus had power over nature. Jesus exhibited power over nature when he turned water into wine, calmed the tempest, and walked on the sea (Jn. 2: 1-11; Mk. 4: 35-41; 6: 47-50).
- Jesus had power over the demon world. Jesus cured a demoniac (demon possessed person, Mk. 1: 23-27). He challenged and cured a violent demoniac and a demon possessed person who was both blind and dumb (Mk. 5: 1-13, Matt. 12: 22, 23).
- Jesus displayed miraculous power over the material realm. Jesus manifested enough food from thin air to feed five thousand people (Mk. 6: 37-44).
- Jesus was triumphant over physical diseases and infirmities. Jesus healed the mother of Peter's wife of a physical abnormality (Mk. 1: 30, 31). Jesus healed "every sickness and every disease among the people" (Matt. 9: 35). He even restored sight to the blind (Matt. 9: 27-31).
- Jesus demonstrated his power over death. Jesus raised Jairus' daughter, the widow's son, and Lazarus from the dead (Mk. 5: 22-24; 35-43; Lk. 7: 11-17; Jn. 11: 34-46).
Now, you may be asking, "So, where's the harm in that? They were miracles, after all..."
- Jesus promised that those who followed Him would be able to perform feats of magic as well. "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils…," Jesus said (Matt. 10: 8). Compared to Jesus' miraculous ability, however, their powers were limited (Jesus had unlimited ability, the apostles had the baptismal measure, Jn. 3: 34, Acts 1: 5-8, ch. 2). I might also inject, that the miracle working ability characteristic of many in the First Century was of limited purpose and duration (Heb. 2: 4, I Cor. 13: 8-10).
And, of course, why did Jesus perform these rather elaborate acts of high magic? To prove that He was the Son of God. Last time I checked, Harry Potter never once claims to be anything more than the son of mortals, and can't even come close to doing even half of the things attributed to Jesus in the Bible. To me, the concept of teaching that a man named Jesus, really did all of that in real life, and that we should all do what he does, would by default, have to be infintely worse than allowing a child to watch or read about lesser feats of magic that are portrayed as being PURELY fictional.