Pope Attacks Potter; Harry Books Help Corrupt Young Readers Says Benedict

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Pope Attacks Potter; Harry Books Help Corrupt Young Readers Says Benedict


THE Pope believes the Harry Potter books are a corrupting influence on young readers, it emerged yesterday.

He claims the stories subtly seduce children and 'distort Christianity in the soul'.

Benedict XVI makes clear his reservations in letters written before he was elected pontiff in April.

The Vatican had previously appeared to approve of J K Rowling's books, declaring they helped children understand the difference between good and evil.

But newly-published letters from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as he was known when he wrote them, show he sympathises with the view that the series could lead youngsters astray.

The revelation came as a primary school cancelled a planned Harry Potter day over complaints it could bring children into 'areas of evil'.

But the concerns are unlikely to dampen enthusiasm for the eagerly-awaited sixth book in the series which is launched tomorrow.

First-day sales of Harry and the Half-Blood Prince are expected to smash the 1.7million record set by its predecessor in 2003.

The Pope's misgivings emerge in letters - just published online - to German author Gabriele Kuby, a devout Roman Catholic, who wrote a book criticising the Potter tales.

She argued that the series prevents young readers from developing a sense of good and evil.

Miss Kuby sent the pontiff a copy of her book in 2003, when he held the post of 'enforcer', as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, for the late John Paul II. She has now published what she says are his signed replies.

The Pope begins by thanking Kuby for her 'instructive' book entitled Harry Potter - Good or Evil?

He adds: 'It is good that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because these are subtle seductions which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly. …

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