ST. CLOUD (AP) -- Not everyone is enchanted with Harry Potter the boy wizard and the legions of fans of his books and new movie.
Evangelical, conservative and even some moderate Christian ministers and religious leaders in St. Cloud have denounced the phenomenon as satanic.
Some Fundamentalist Christians in St. Cloud and throughout the country say Harry Potter teaches children to use profanity and to blaspheme God. They said the books and film mock fundamental Christians, teach that moderate drinking is OK, and teach children there is "good" witchcraft.
Several St. Cloud-area ministers have been watching and passing around a documentary videotape "Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged," which claims the tales lead kids to the occult and that the Harry Potter phenomenon is incompatible with Christianity.
"I believe this is more than a fantasy," said the Rev. Dan Larson, senior pastor at Good News Assembly of God in St. Cloud. "It's not just harmless entertainment. Specifically the Harry Porter books include things like human sacrifice, the possession of demon spirits and the sucking of human blood."
Scottish author J.K. Rowling has responded to such accusations before. She has called the accusations "absurd," saying Harry Potter's world is entirely imaginary.
"I have met thousands of children now, and not even one time has a child come up to me and said, 'Ms. Rowling, I'm so glad I've read these books because now I want to be a witch,"' the author has said.
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