opens July 15.
When the book was released in July 2007, 11 million
copies sold in 24 hours, making it the “fastest selling book in
history.” When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits theaters this Friday, once again,
global interest will soar higher than Quidditch players seeking golden snitches.
While most consider all anti-Potterism downright Mugglish, concerns
remain high among many parents over exactly where these novels and
movies, along with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, are catapulting this generation of kids.
Consider this: It’s no secret that the Harry Potter storyline about both good and evil wizards has fueled global teenage increase in Wicca and the occult. Next, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series
about good and evil vampires has done the same thing for vampirism.
Blood drinking among teens has surged.
What’s next? Here’s a terrifying
possibility: New novels (made into movies?) about “good” and evil
demons, and the thrill of being possessed by the “good ones.” Two
mesmerizing tales with such storylines are immensely popular right now: Diana Rowland’s series about detective Kara Gillian, a Summoner of Demons; and
Jenna Black’s novels about exorcist Morgan Kingsley who allows a sexy Demon King to inhabit her body “to save the human race.”
Think carefully: What might happen if a “third wave” of popular
entertainment inspires gullible teenagers to seek possession by demonic
entities, thinking it’s good for them? To those who believe in a real
behind-the-scenes war between good and evil, the prospect is truly
Steve Wohlberg is the director of White Horse Media and author of Exposing Harry Potter and Witchcraft and The Trouble with Twilight. He is deeply passionately about where occult-laden
entertainment is heading. TV producer, radio host and the author of 26 books, he has appeared in three
History Channel documentaries (Strange Rituals, Secrets of the Seven
Seals, The Armageddon Battle Plan), and has spoken by special invitation
inside the Pentagon and U.S. Senate.
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of Steve Wohlberg and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charisma editorial staff.