Vatican Newspaper Gives Two Thumbs Up for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Film
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.
Not a surprise about how good the movie is… it is Harry potter after all! :)
wait didnt the vatican was against anything harry potter.. what ever i dont care either way
I think it is a good thing that the Vatican can see this film and series in a positive light. Along the lines of what Edmundstaustell said, look at what happened to Phillip Pullman when the Vatican wants to bring something down. I too believe he got what he deserved with the His Dark Materials trilogy (even though I must confess I quite enjoyed the first 2 books in the series until I saw what he had been planning the whole time when I got to the 3rd book! I was outraged!).
Who wooda thunk it???
Honestly I didn’t know that J.K.Rowling was obliged to speak about the transcendent. That criticism is not valid is like saying the book isn’t good beacuse there are no angels…I am glad though that they finally taking notice that Harry Potter has its merits and its a great book that teaches good values to people from all ages.
ok i was like what, two thumbs up out of 5? but then i realized humans only have two thumbs…
It’s funny I’m reading a novel right now set in the 1700s wherein a lady is banned for life from the Catholic Church for becoming an actress. How times have changed.
For some reason this amused me and brought a smile to my face. lol
Thats cool I surprised they praised Harry Potter. Normally religious people hate Harry Potter. Half of my family hates it.
I am not sure of anyone at the Vatican’s position on Harry Potter before this, but am happy to see that my church sees the good.
That’s not entirely true, Gryffindor1991. I am religious and I love Harry Potter. My mom loves them too. My best friends and their families love Harry Potter and they too are religious. My pastor at my church and his family love them also. The people who are religious and don’t like Harry Potter just don’t understand the story because they haven’t read them.
I have to tell you, my jaw dropped when I read the headline. Then, after a moment, I had to smile. After all the people who have said HP is evil and tried to get the books banned (without even thinking that maybe they should, I don’t know, actually READ what they are condemning), we finally have a high-level Christian authority giving a good review of a HP film and acknowledging the positive themes that exist in the novels and movies. The times, they are a-changin’. I am a Christian myself, and I have never felt the need to choose between my religion and my favorite book series. I believe many of the themes in HP are very compatible with Christian ideology, and I’m glad that other people are starting to see that as well.
Hm. Interesting… I just want the movie. Don’t care what people think now!
I don’t see what all the fuss is about. There aren’t any “KILL THE CHURCH” themes like in the Golden Compass, and if someone’s going to say that Harry Potter is Wikan or something and that magic is bad and sacreligious, you will be barring yourself from quite a lot of things in life.
Frankly, who cares what the Vatican thinks about this, but I’m sure that the films demographics will be strengthened: Christians who opposed Harry Potter may ease up a little bit.
At least the Vatican is looking at the work for what it is, entertainment.