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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Not everyone cares for series

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By Esme Infante Nii
Advertiser Assistant Features Editor

Not everyone has fallen under the spell of Harry Potter. Some people have argued that the tales are too hard to follow, or that they're wasting people's time or causing spiritual harm.

Dabbling in black magic

"There are spells and symbols that represent witchcraft and sorcery.

These books dabble in black magic, which is Satanic worship. ... (The devil) would like to make all of these things seem harmless, but the end of it is destruction."

— J.C. Smith, Honolulu

False illusions

"Children as so impressionable, and then they begin to believe that they could really become like him (Harry Potter). They also begin to think that maybe they could acquire those magical powers he has. ... I really think they should be spending their time focusing on other more important things, like doing well in school, reading a classic novel (or spending time with family). ... I truly hope that parents are definitely talking to them about what is real and what is not because if they don't, their children will be wasting their lives."

— Saul Kinikini, 14, La'ie

No interest in fantasy stories

"I tried to read the book, but I didn't have an interest for the story or the characters. ... The first reason is that the books are long. The second reason is that I don't have an interest in the topic of the book. I don't care for fantasy stories. The third reason is that the Harry Potter books are a series of books. I would feel like I had to read every book to complete the whole Harry Potter story."

— Chantelle Young, Kawananakoa Middle School student

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