Pope gets on Harry’s good side

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Af­ter ini­tially re­gard­ing Harry Pot­ter as a kind of ju­nior Satan, the Vat­i­can ap­pears to have come around to the young wizard and his ag­ing chums. Four years ago, the cur­rent Pope, then still a car­di­nal, warned that the films in­volved “sub­tle se­duc­tions, which act un­no­ticed and by this deeply dis­tort Chris­tian­ity in the soul be­fore it can grow prop­erly.”

This week, L’Osser­va­tore Ro­mano, the Vat­i­can’s of­fi­cial or­gan, of­fered a pos­i­tive re­view of Harry Pot­ter and the Half-Blood Prince, which is re­viewed here on page 12. The pa­per praised the film’s han­dling of teenage ro­mance and its treat­ment of the clash be­tween good and evil.

You must judge for your­self whether such a rec­om­men­da­tion counts as a good thing. Af­ter all, they hated Elvis.

Pot­ter­ma­nia: the Vat­i­can gets with the pro­gramme

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