Pope gets on Harry’s good side
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