The occult world of demonic power, once the terror of primitive societies, has become the darling of the modern world, now sought after as “psychic power” in the laboratories of top universities and by military intelligence around the world. Glorified in books, video games, and movies, the “magic” of wizardry is no longer just fiction but the secret ambition of millions of teenagers. Many examples could be given, but one must suffice: Harry Potter books, movies, games, and toys, which are captivating millions, young and old, with the occult. More than half of the children between the ages of 6 and 17 in the U.S. have read these books, and an even higher percentage have seen the movies.
The world has experienced nothing like the Harry Potter phenomenon! In England and America, nearly 8 million copies (from the 13-million pre-release printing) of the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, were sold in the first 24 hours. Imagine people waiting in line by the thousands to grab it from the shelves as stores began sales at one second after midnight June 21!
Harry is a wicked boy, disobedient to and disrespectful of parents, rebellious and disdainful of authority, mean and selfish, who uses his “magic” powers impishly—yet he is the hero and model of millions! Incredibly, as children thrill to the corrupting example of their “hero,” some of today’s most influential evangelical leaders see “nothing wrong” with the Harry Potter fascination sweeping Christian families. One is reminded of the prophetic words: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness...” (Isaiah:5:20).