I have long been an advocate for the Harry Potter series, and not just because I'm an English teacher who likes to see books with worn pages in the kids hands. They also carry some wonderfully well developed themes over the seven books of the series. She emphasizes the struggle for good to triumph over evil, the importance of friendship and guidance, the difficultly in choosing to do right, and the pain and sorrow of loss. They are interesting stories for all ages. Today, I found a statement from the Associated Press by the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican lauded the latest Harry Potter film on Monday, saying "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" made the age-old debate over good vs. evil crystal clear.
The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano even gave two thumbs up to the film's treatment of adolescent love, saying it achieved the "correct balance" and made the stars more credible to the general audience.
The newspaper said the film, which opens Wednesday, was the best adaptation yet of the J.K. Rowling series about the adventures of the bespectacled child wizard Harry Potter and his Hogwarts chums as they battle Harry's nemesis, the evil sorcerer Voldemort.
While criticizing Rowling for omitting any explicit "reference to the transcendent" in her books, L'Osservatore said the latest installment nevertheless makes clear that good should overcome evil "and that sometimes this requires costs and sacrifice."
"In addition, the spastic search for immortality epitomized by Voldemort is stigmatized," the review said.