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Vatican Newspaper Gives Two Thumbs Up for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Film

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Posted by: sue
July 13, 2009, 04:04 PM

L'Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican in Rome, Italy, has given its approval and review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film. The AP reports that the newspaper says the film is the best adaptation yet of the novels by author J.K. Rowling, and the sixth Harry Potter film "made the age-old debate over good vs. evil crystal clear."  It also 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 article continues:

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.

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Well who would have guessed?

Posted by Hagrid 713 (ROAR) on July 13, 2009, 04:12 PM report to moderator
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not surprised.. ha

Posted by Horcruxalej on July 13, 2009, 04:21 PM report to moderator
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who would have thoght though it was kind of wordy you know?

Posted by The Nerd on July 13, 2009, 04:24 PM report to moderator
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bout time they got it!

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on July 13, 2009, 04:24 PM report to moderator
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Not to be rude, but I honestly don’t care what the Vatican thinks. And what is up with their “criticism” for Rowling not explicitly mentioning any deities in her work? Read the Chronicles of Narnia if you want more explicitly religious themes.

Posted by SwedishSkinJer on July 13, 2009, 04:24 PM report to moderator
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hear, hear, SwedishSkinJer.

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on July 13, 2009, 04:26 PM report to moderator
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The Vatican has trouble realizing that most of us can make the distinction between fact and fiction quite well. They are right though in saying that the battle between good and evil is one of the main themes. I don’t think a work of fiction has to be about the transcendant, that is the realm of theology.

Posted by Fresca ROAR on July 13, 2009, 04:31 PM report to moderator
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Fantasy books do include deities, but that certainly doesn’t mean all of them should. I appreciate the fact that the Harry Potter series doesn’t dive too deeply into religion, because the other subjects that each book explores are quite complex enough: death, loss, isolation, destiny, etc. The fact that it contains references which could be interpreted as religious is sufficient enough, even though Rowling herself is not as pious/conservative as most of the Vatican’s officials.

Posted by SwedishSkinJer on July 13, 2009, 04:36 PM report to moderator
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wow im amazed that the vatican actually saw HP for what it really is about

Posted by Morgana_Black*WBM* on July 13, 2009, 04:44 PM report to moderator
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i too really do not care…. as if!

Posted by nomad609 on July 13, 2009, 04:45 PM report to moderator
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BLIMEY not just the vatican but u lot 2 take a chill pill and just enjoy Every1 is a critic these days

Posted by sianletley on July 13, 2009, 04:45 PM report to moderator
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I’m glad Jo doesn’t make religious overt and shoved-down-your-throat as some other series. I mean, you can have it, yeah, no bother. Chronicles of Naria is an amazing series and the allegories never bothered me despite being atheist. I can enjoy a book with themes that I don’t agree with no matter what. That doesn’t mean they all have to have them though, for sure. So good on Jo for not doing it. It didn’t take away from her books and I’m not sure what it could have added. Even the death scene in Deathly Hallows is ambiguous as to if Harry’s gone to Limbo or Heaven or if everything is just in his head. But at least the Vatican finally gave up and gave his good ratings. I think we just beat out the Da Vinci code. Potter actually got approval instead of more burned books or DVD cases, haha.

Posted by Ouroboros on July 13, 2009, 04:48 PM report to moderator
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whoever criticizes Jo, who by the way is the greatest thing that has ever happened to mankind; are NUTS! I cannot respect them anyhow…

Posted by nomad609 on July 13, 2009, 04:49 PM report to moderator
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Though it casts Half-Blood Prince in a generally positive light, I too do not care for the vatican’s opinion. They had a fit about The Golden Compass and when they rallied their cronies here in the US the ratings were hurt and the film suffered, thus no sequel was made. I know I’m going off topic now, but no one should be able to exercise their ‘free speech’ to oppress others in this country or any other, and for that reason I cannot accept their opinion.

Posted by PaintTheSky on July 13, 2009, 05:06 PM report to moderator
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I think it is a perfectly good thing that the Vatican has been enthusiastic about the Potter series. It may seem like a small thing, or even a silly thing, to non Catholics, or people who are not particularly religious. All that is fine; but do remember that the Vatican speaks for upwards of a fifth of the planet. On top of that, if you want a prime example of what getting the Vatican REALLY down on you can amount to, just reflect on the fate of Philip Pullman and the Golden Compass in the Americas. He actually deserved it. No matter what he or anybody else says, the whole series is a hysterical diatribe against the Catholic Church, which sounds like something that was hatched a good 500 years ago during the Reformation.

Potter is a whole different story, and I for one—while I don’t check out the Vatican’s permission to do anything—nonetheless appreciate an intelligent and positive appraisal of the series. Remember that crazy woman down in Georgia….

Posted by Edmundstaustell on July 13, 2009, 05:07 PM report to moderator
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